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November 2020
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A Note from the Provost

Give a Healthy Holiday, Remember to Get Tested

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach a well-deserved break next week, I want to take a moment to reflect upon how far we have come this past year. When we were ringing in the year 2020 and celebrating a national football championship, we had no idea what challenges would be right around the corner. I admit that, at times, it has felt like the longest year imaginable, with one crisis appearing after another, but then I remember the many things we have accomplished and why I am so fortunate to serve the faculty, staff and students of this campus.

While all of higher education has been challenged this year, LSU’s response has been inspiring. We have worked long days and nights, Zoomed here and there, masked up, practiced social distancing, and endlessly strived to do the very best for our students. Our faculty have continued their scholarship and creative activities, including pioneering new ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus, all while learning and adapting to new teaching methods. The staff have kept us moving forward, providing the strong foundation we need to navigate these uncertain times. 

I want to take the time to echo President Galligan’s message regarding the USA Today news article. LSU does not tolerate sexual assault or violence, and we are committed to providing a safe learning and work environment. I can assure you that we are listening, and we want to hear from you. I look forward to conversations with our community about what we can do to improve our processes, and to reviewing the report from Husch Blackwell. I encourage you to reach out to our Title IX office if you would like to report an incident, or if you would like to provide feedback on how we can do better.

In my 30 years at LSU, I have never seen a time more full of possibilities and openness to change. You will soon hear more about the work our Roadmap to Diversity committees have been doing and I look forward to continuing that critical work. It gives me great hope for the future of LSU and for our community.

As much as this year has been challenging for all of us in our professional lives, it has also taken a toll on our personal lives and that of our family and friends. Health and wellness resources are available if you need them. Take time for yourself during the holidays.

I look forward to hearing from you at our next faculty and staff forum on December 2. I hope you have a safe and very happy Thanksgiving. 

Best Wishes and Happy Thanksgiving, 

Stacia Haynie
Executive Vice Provost & President
J. W. Annison, Jr. Alumni Professor

Our People

Joshua Grimm Named Interim Dean for the Manship School of Mass Communication

Joshua Grimm


LSU has announced that Joshua Grimm has been appointed as the interim dean for the Manship School of Mass Communication. This decision comes after the sudden and tragic loss of the school’s dean, Martin Johnson. Grimm, associate professor, has been at LSU since 2012 and has been serving as associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration.  


Search Committee Guidebook

The Guidebook has been assembled as a resource to academic units for LSU’s faculty hiring process. Throughout, attention has been focused on detailing the process such that campus protocols are followed, and the intended outcome of increasing the number of highly qualified diverse faculty can be realized. The Guidebook is organized in chronological order through the hiring process. Search committee members and Diversity Advocates should reference this Guidebook during faculty searches.

Fall 2021 Call for University Faculty Award Nominations

LSU takes great pride in its world-class faculty. The university's Distinguished Faculty Awards recognize faculty accomplishments and showcase superb teaching, research, and service at LSU. A call for nominations is sent during the fall semester and awards are celebrated in the spring semester. Click here to find awards offered, additional instructions and deadlines for submissions.

LSU Diversity Day of Giving

The LSU Diversity Day of Giving is a wonderful opportunity to show the world that LSU Tigers are committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference and prioritizes cultural inclusion. As a devoted member of the LSU family, you understand the importance of creating access and opportunities for students to participate fully in the life of the university. Visit diversityday.lsufoundation.org to find out more about LSU Diversity Day of Giving.


Faculty Support

College-Dedicated Faculty Support

LSU Online & Continuing Education (OCE) is excited to announce the launch of college-dedicated technical and course design support for faculty! A first-of-its-kind initiative, the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) and Design & Development (D&D) team will offer support one day per week for each college. Whether faculty are just exploring the idea of teaching online or preparing to develop and teach an online or blended course, the FTC and D&D teams will now just be a consult away. For more information, visit the Faculty In-Residence Support webpage.

Center for Academic Success Spring Planning for Faculty

The LSU Center for Academic Success provides resources for faculty to help with Spring planning. Consider using the syllabus statements below for your Spring courses, and learn more information about on-campus testing options available for Spring 2021.

For generic remote proctoring syllabus statement, visit our Remote Proctoring page.

Paper/Pencil Testing for Spring 2021

The LSU Office of Testing and Evaluation Services will provide on-campus locations for flex-scheduling/hybrid courses to take paper and pencil tests. For additional information about scheduling paper and pencil testing space, please visit the Paper and Pencil Testing page.

New LSU Online Faculty Resources Website

LSU Online & Continuing Education is excited to announce the release of its new faculty resources website. Our goal is to provide just-in-time solutions as well as long-term course planning resources for faculty navigating Moodle and online course design and development. The site demonstrates our ongoing commitment to faculty success, and represents the suggestions and feedback we have received from our faculty. This site will continue to evolve with your changing needs. Look here for innovative ideas and for learning opportunities.

Programs, Policies & Planning

Annual Digital Resource & Content Accessibility Mandatory Employee Training

Please remember to complete the Digital Resource & Content Accessibility Awareness Annual Training by December 31, 2020. All classified, unclassified, and other academic employees, faculty members, contingent/transient workers, and graduate and teaching assistants are required to take this training. Trades positions and custodial staff are exempt from this training. To take this course, visit the Digital Resource and Content Accessibility Awareness Community Moodle page.