Three Provost's Fellows Appointed for Academic Affairs
Ph.D. Professional Education Studies, Oklahoma State University
M.A. English, University of West Florida
B.A. English/Secondary English Education, Florida State University
Jacqueline Bach is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Services in the College
of Human Sciences and Education and holds the Elena and Albert LeBlanc professorship
in the School of Education. Since she joined LSU in 2006, she has served as the Director
of LSU’s Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program and has held several leadership
positions in the School of Education. At the university level, she has served on the
Institutional Effectiveness Council, several policy revision committees, and the faculty
senate’s courses and curriculum committee. She was a member of the 2013-2014 SEC Academic
Leadership Development Program Fellow Cohort.
In her role as Provost’s Fellow for Academic Affairs, Bach will serve as the Executive
Vice President & Provost’s representative on all program review matters and the liaison
to the Learning & Teaching Collaborative. In addition, she will chair LSU’s Pregnancy
& Parenting Program and the Student Technology Fee Committee.
Sibel Bargu Ates
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.S. Chemical Oceanography, University of California at Santa Cruz
B.S. Biology, Istanbul University
Dr. Sibel Bargu Ates is the Associate Dean in the College of the Coast & Environment
and holds the Shell Professor in Oceanography/Wetland Studies in the Department of
Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Since she joined LSU in 2006, she has served as
an LSU Faculty in Residence and chaired the first student retention committee and
developed the undergraduate research program in the College of the Coast & Environment.
She was a member of the 2019-2020 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow
In her role as Provost’s Fellow for Academic Affairs, Bargu Ates will serve as the
Executive Vice President & Provost’s representative on the Administrative Process
Improvement Committee, the Benefits Oversight Committee, the Campus Planning Oversight
Committee, the Committee on Naming University Facilities, the Executive Oversight
Committee for University Operations and Services Assessment, and the Faculty Senate
Benefits Committee. In addition, she will serve as ex-officio on the University Budget
Committee and collaborate with the Office of Facility & Property oversight on overall
space allocation and planning.
Ph.D. Cognitive/Experimental Psychology, University of Georgia
M.S. Experimental Psychology, University of Georgia
B.S. Psychology, Truman State University
Dr. Jason L. Hicks is Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
and holds the William R. & Letitia Bell professorship in the Department of Psychology.
Prior to becoming Associate Dean in 2018, he was Chair of the Psychology Department
from 2014-2018. His 23 years of service at LSU include overseeing the LSU undergraduate
psychology degree programs from 2004-2009, the psychology graduate degree programs
from 2009-2014, and being the respective Director of these programs. He was a member
of the 2015-2016 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program cohort.
In his full-time role as Provost’s Fellow for Academic Affairs, Hicks will serve as
the principal resource for interpretation and application of all academic personnel
policies for the Executive Vice President & Provost. His responsibilities include
travel and expenditure approvals, as well as faculty hiring and credentialing. In
addition, he will serve as the SEC ALDP Liaison for LSU.
Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Search
The Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Search Committee is pleased to announce
that two candidates will visit LSU at the end of March and beginning of April to participate
in on-campus interviews. The two candidates are Dr. Battinto Batts Jr. and Dr. Naeemah
Clark. Candidate biographies and CVs are now available on the search website.
As part of their interviews, candidates will speak at open forums, which all members
of the LSU campus community are invited to attend. The open forums will be held via
Zoom, and will be recorded for those that cannot attend at the designated time. Zoom
information for each interview can be found on the search website.
An online survey to collect feedback on the candidates will be available, and the results will be shared with campus administration and
search committee members. This anonymous survey will open on March 29 at 8 a.m. and
close on April 13 at 11:59 p.m.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
The state of Louisiana partnered with LSU to administer doses of the Johnson & Johnson
COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, March 14, at a mass vaccination event at Tiger Stadium.
LSU hosted a second vaccination event at Tiger Stadium on Friday, March 26, offering
first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.
As of Monday, March 29, all Louisiana residents ages 16 and older are eligible for
the COVID-19 vaccine.
LSU will continue to offer vaccinations to those in the LSU community who pre-registered
as they become available. If you have not yet pre-registered to receive the vaccine
at LSU, please visit COVID-19 Vaccine Preregistration.
Once you receive the COVID-19 vaccine, either at LSU or elsewhere, please complete
the Vaccination Reporting Survey so LSU can keep track of how many vaccines are still needed on campus.
Please visit LSU Roadmap to Spring for more information and updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
2021 and 2020 Graduates Invited to Walk Across the Stage
LSU is pleased to announce that it will hold in-person commencement exercises this
spring. May graduates, March graduates of the LSU Online program, and all LSU graduates
from throughout 2020 will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and have their
names called during the ceremonies.
Ceremonies for 2021 graduates will be held on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8.
The Vet School will hold a ceremony for DVM candidates on Monday, May 10, and the
Law Center will hold a ceremony for its JD and LLM candidates on Saturday, May 15.
All 2020 graduates from last May, August and December who did not get to walk across
the stage at a commencement ceremony due to the pandemic are invited to attend a separate
ceremony exclusively for them on Friday, May 14.
All ceremonies will be streamed online for those unable to attend in person.
Masks will be required at all times. Please know that if the status of the pandemic
changes, or if the state’s event guidelines change, these ceremonies could also change.
Please visit the LSU Commencement page for more information regarding locations, times, and more.
Make-Up Class Days
Because classes were cancelled last month due to the winter storm, LSU must hold make-up days to ensure that the spring semester meets the minimum number of required class days.
The last make-up day will be held on April 10.
COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey
LSU is currently participating in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher
Education (COACHE) faculty job satisfaction survey, operated by the Harvard Graduate
School of Education.
Eligible faculty have already received a link to take the 25-minute survey, sent from
firstname.lastname@example.org, featuring “COACHE” in the subject line. Additionally,
faculty will soon receive an email reminding them to participate. More information
about the survey can be found at the LSU COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction webpage. Additional questions can be sent to COACHE@lsu.edu.
The survey data will be used to directly engage faculty concerns as LSU develops policy
to improve faculty satisfaction. These data will better align LSU priorities with
faculty priorities, but without faculty participation the data cannot be effective.
Therefore, LSU asks you to please take the time to participate. The survey will close
on Monday, April 12.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting Wins Award for LSU Rural Life Museum Film
Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) was honored by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters
(LAB) with the award for Best Series or Documentary during LAB’s 2021 Virtual Prestige
Awards presentation. The documentary "A Living History: LSU Rural Life Museum Turns
50" won the award in the large-market television station division.
"A Living History: LSU Rural Life Museum Turns 50" documents how the museum got its
start becoming a historical and educational treasure, not only for Louisiana, but
for the world. The educational program takes viewers through the historical buildings
that make up the museum explaining the details of the architecture and exploring the
early ways of life in Louisiana from farming and gardening to cast iron production.
"A Living History: LSU Rural Life Museum Turns 50" was written, produced and directed
by Tika Laudun and photographed and edited by Rex Q. Fortenberry. The documentary
is available for viewing with LPB Passport, an extended viewer benefit. Visit the
LPB Passport webpage for more details.