News and Events

The LSU Faculty Senate produces news releases throughout the year to highlight Senate actions and events.  If you are a member of the media and require information for a story, please contact facultysenate@lsu.edu or 225-578-5248.

Faculty Senate Meeting

April 22

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of March 17, 2021 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Update on the Response to the Husch Blackwell Report, Jane Cassidy, Interim Vice President for Civil Rights & Title IX
  9. Standardized Syllabus Template with Required and/or Highly Recommended Components, Professor John Hopkins, Faculty Senate Courses and Curricula Committee Chair
  10. Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Racheal Hebert, LCSW-BACS, President & CEO, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response
  11. Old Business
    1. Postponed to August Meeting, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights”
    2. Ad Hoc Committee Minimum Standards for Remote Teaching, Professor Wright, Faculty Senate Member-at-Large
  12. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Resolution 21-03, Continued Vote of No Confidence in the LSU Board of Supervisors, Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Profs. Kevin Cope and James Robinson
    2. Faculty Senate Resolution 21-04, Faculty Compensation for Thesis & Dissertation Credit Hours, Sponsored by Faculty Senator Pamela Blanchard, PhD, on behalf of the School of Education
    3. Faculty Senate Resolution 21-05, A Call to Add Covid-19 Vaccination as a Requirement to the Existing List of Mandatory Immunizations At LSU, Sponsored by Inessa Bazayev and Tara Houston
    4. Faculty Senate Standing Committee Reports
      1. Admissions, Standards, and Honors, Professor Williams
      2. Benefits Advisory, Professor Rouse
      3. Courses and Curricula, Professor Hopkins
      4. Library Advisory, Professor Hachmann
      5. LSU Press, Professor Costello
    5. Faculty Senate Officer Elections
      1. President
      2. Vice President
      3. Secretary
      4. Member-at-Large
    6. Faculty Senate Committee Elections
      1. Budget and Planning Advisory Committee
      2. Faculty Adjudication Committee

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

March 17, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of February 23, 2021 minutes
  7. University Update, LSU Interim President Tom Galligan
  8. President’s report
  9. Research Priorities, Samuel Bentley, Vice President, Office of Research and Development
  10. LSU Online Update, Sasha Thackaberry, Vice Provost of Digital & Continuing Education
  11. Ad Hoc Committee Minimum Standards for Remote Teaching, Professor Wright, Faculty Senate Member-at-Large
  12. Old Business
    1. Postponed, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone
  13. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Standing Committee Nominations
    2. Faculty Senate Officer Nominating Committee
    3. Faculty Nominations, LSU Athletics Council

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

March 1, 2021

"Although COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently limited, letting LSU know whether you're interested in receiving the vaccine by completing the pre-registration survey determines the number of doses the university will request from the Louisiana Department of Health."

Please visit Roadmap to Spring, COVID-19 Vaccines for more information and access to the survey.

 

LSU COACHE Survey

February 26, 2021

All faculty are highly encouraged to participate in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) faculty job satisfaction survey.  The data will be confidential and will be used to address and engage faculty concerns.  Survey closes April 12.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

February 23, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of January 25, 2021 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. University Update, LSU Interim President Tom Galligan
  9. Student Systems Update, Matt Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. International Office Update, Samba Dieng, Senior Internationalization Officer and Executive Director, International Programs
  11. School of Collaborative Programs Update, Theda Daniels-Race, Program Director, School of Collaborative Academic Programs
  12. Faculty Senate Integrative Learning Core Committee, Ken McMillin, Faculty Senate Past-President
  13. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 21-01, “Formation of Ad-Hoc Committee to Develop A Comprehensive Framework for Open Access Publishing at LSU” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee
  14. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-02, “Faculty Endorsement of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights” Sponsored by Faculty Senator Daniel Tirone

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

January 25, 2021

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of November 18, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Mr. Robert Dampf, Board of Supervisors Chair
  9. Proposed Wholesale Revision to PS 104 Dismissal for Cause of Faculty, Dr. Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. COACHE survey and the Advance Grant Update, Dr. Emily Elliott, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
  11. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 20-05, “Confronting Anti-Blackness by Ensuring Undergraduate Access to Antiracist Curricular Offering” Sponsored by Professors Sonja Wiley and Cassandra Chaney
  12. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 21-01, “Formation of Ad-Hoc Committee to Develop A Comprehensive Framework for Open Access Publishing at LSU” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee
    2. Faculty Senate Standing Committees Elections
      1. Budget and Planning Advisory Committee
      2. Faculty Adjudication Committee
      3. Faculty Appeals Board

 

ALFS Releases the 2020 Faculty Survey

January 12, 2021

2020 ALFS Survey (For an accessible version of this survey, please email facultysenate@lsu.edu.) 

A letter from ALFS Vice President, Kevin Cope

"Dear Members of the ALFS and Alexandria Summit Networks,

As everyone knows, 2020 has been a tough year.  ALFS has not been immune from its miseries and inconveniences.  Fortunately, our sturdy ALFS colleagues have managed to keep our collaborative efforts going, indeed occasionally thriving.  I am delighted to report that the team of Matt Butkus, Cynthia Cano, Mary Jarzabek, and Marcia Hardy have now completed their monumental survey of faculty perceptions of Louisiana higher education, of their own situation in the profession, and of their understanding of their prospects within and without the Louisiana higher educational system.  You will find that brilliant research achievement attached.

The survey reveals and confirms many of the (often sad) facts that well all know about colleges, universities, and their faculty in our region.  Better, the survey delivers hard, statistically confirmed data while also explaining the importance of its revelations to the future of Louisiana and its economy.  Complaining or petitioning academic professionals are often dismissed by those with influence on the grounds that their reports are only anecdotal.  This survey provides firm evidentiary support, on a very large scale, for the suggestions that we make to those in authority.

I and the ALFS leadership encourage everyone to share this survey with anyone who might learn from it.  That would include any decisionmaker within your range of access or acquaintance, whether a Provost, a Dean, a legislator, a pastor, or another citizen.  If you are internet-fluent, please post this study on pertinent web sites, social media, or listservs.

Thank you for your attention.  Stay tuned for more announcements concerning ALFS activities!

With best wishes for an improving new year,

KEVIN

Kevin L. Cope

ALFS Vice-President"

 

Call for Faculty Senate Committee Nominations

December 15, 2020

In September, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee requested that all members and chairs/vice chairs of each committee remain in place until the changes to the Faculty Senate Bylaws were passed. We are happy to announce that they were passed during the October 29 meeting and are ready to start accepting nominations!  Please visit the Faculty Senate Committees webpage to review vacant seats.  Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more information or to nominate.

 

Redesigned Academic Technology and Learning Design Site

December 8, 2020

The faculty support site for academic technology and learning design has been revamped. The team created a video overview (less than 5 minutes). For more information, visit: LSU Online Faculty Resource and Support

 

Call for Nominations to Graduate School Task Force

December 7, 2020

The graduate school VP and Dean, Jim Spencer, has requested faculty senators to serve on each of five working groups tasked with designing a strategic plan for the LSU Graduate School (Details are provided below). We are currently in need of three more volunteers. Please send your nominations (self or otherwise) to the facultysenate@lsu.edu.    

 

The Graduate School Strategic Planning Process:

As a comprehensive institution, the Strategic Plan for the LSU-GS requires substantive engagement with its wide-range of constituencies. Thus, the planning process will be composed of five working groups of about 10-15 members each: 1) graduate students, 2) faculty and academic advisors, 3) department chairs, 3) graduate coordinators, and 4) academic administrative leadership.

Moreover, this particular moment is an opportune time to reconsider graduate studies more broadly for several reasons:  At the turn of the 20th century, University of Michigan President James Duderstadt authored A University for the 21st Century (2000), writing that “if lasting institutional reform is to be achieved, it will require changes in graduate education, with greater emphasis upon the integration of the disciplines and their applications to societal issues.”  As a Land, Sea, and Space-Grant university, LSU is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this lasting change.

Even 20 years into the 21st Century, higher education has only scratched the surface of these changes, especially in the face of a demographic change in the United States that is anticipated to be a “majority-minority” nation by 2050. In 2020, we saw the confluence of major issues: COVID-19, racial tension and social injustice, economic disparities and more. With these trends in mind, our strategic planning process will identity challenges and opportunities relevant to this mission of the public university at this moment, and how graduate education can shape them. 

On December 10, we will host a GS Symposium on Graduate Education in the 21st Century with an overview of how several trends are shaping graduate education: 1) Digital transformation; 2) Accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion; 3) Sustainability; 4) Internationalization and globalization; and 5) The practical need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education.

Following an overview of these trends, the symposium will provide: 1) overview of LSU’s Roadmap to Diversity and the state of the university’s broader strategic planning process and how that aligns with the LSU-GS planning process; 2) a description of the current undergraduate student body at LSU and beyond that is more diverse than prior cohorts thereby bringing different skill sets to higher education; and 3) a panel discussion on how technology has affected the ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and conveyed in recent years.

A second guided formal discussion will take place with each working group followed by several working meetings that will result in preliminary recommendations to the LSU-GS, which will then be organized into a comprehensive five-year strategic plan for review.

·       December 10, 2020: Initiating E-Symposium

·       December 17, 2020: Guided Discussions for Working Groups

·       December 18 – January 31, 2021: Self-organized Discussions of Working Groups (~4-5)

·       February 15, 2021: Overview Reports of Working Groups Conveyed to Graduate School

·       March 30, 2021: Draft Graduate School Strategic Plan Ready for Review.

 

Guidebook for Faculty Searches

November 24, 2020

This Guidebook has been assembled as a resource to academic units for the 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.

It can be found under Office of Academic Affairs faculty resources, titled "Search Committee Guidebook"

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

November 18, 2020

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more log in information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative Representatives
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)
  6. Consideration of October 29, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Digital Ownership, Andrew Maas, Associate Vice President for Research -Technology Transfer Director, Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization
  9. LSU IT Updates, Craig Woolley, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
  10. Standardization of Hiring Practices, Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  11. Old Business
  12. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Standing Committees
    2. First Reading Resolution 20-05, Confronting Anti-Blackness by Ensuring Undergraduate Access to Antiracist Curricular Offering

 

Faculty Senate Meeting 

October 29, 2020

Email facultysenate@lsu.edu for more log in information

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)
  6. Consideration of September 22, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. Tiger Tracker, Dr. Keena Arbuthnot, Associate Vice President, Office of Research & Economic Development
  9. National Guard COVID Testing, Lt. Colonel Dorrie Staal
  10. Graduate School Update, Dr. Spencer, Vice Provost & Dean, Graduate School
  11. Old Business
    1. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Changes
  12. New Business

 

ITS Customer Satisfaction Survey

October 19, 2020

LSU recently welcomed Craig Woolley as its new Chief Information Officer. This recent change in leadership of LSU's IT organization provides a timely opportunity to assess the current state of IT at LSU. We are seeking your input as an institutional stakeholder for this assessment. Your responses will be incorporated into the development of strategies for improvement and increasing value to the university. We would be very appreciative of your honest input. The survey is anonymous and should not take longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Visit https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TZ3jIoLNCPxHlb to take the survey. 

 

Gear 2 Geaux

September 29, 2020

The LSU Student Technology Fee funds the purchase of mobile computing devices available for check-out at the LSU Library Access Services. A student ID is required to check out these items.  Any items not returned will be charged to your fee bill.

You can also check-out equipment through Communication Across Curriculum.

You must be an LSU STUDENT to be eligible for Gear2Geaux. Unfortunately, Faculty and Staff are not eligible as these services are provided through the Student Tech Fee.
 

AVAILABLE GEAR
Apple MacBook Air
Dell Latitude laptops
Chromebooks
Kajeet MiFi hotspots
Microphones/webcams
HDMI cables
VGA Connector Cables for Mac
Power Cords
Phone Chargers: iPhone 5-11 and 4, and Android
Computer mice
Combination Locks
Calculators
 
Eligibility & Order Procedures
Available To:    LSU Students.

Request Service:    Check out from the Access Services desk in LSU Library.

Delivery Timeline:    Immediate / As Available.

Fees:    No fees to check-out items, however Late Fees and Lost Fees will apply if applicable.

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

September 22, 2020

Meeting ID: 920 852 1199

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of August 31, 2020 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. ITS Update, Craig Woolley, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services
  9. PS-109 Update, Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. HRM Update, Clay Jones, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resource Management
  11. Old Business
  12. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Changes

Faculty Senate Meeting

August 31, 2020

Meeting ID: 920 852 1199

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of April 21, 2020 minutes
  7. University Update, LSU Leadership
  8. President’s report
  9. Virtual Instruction Support, Sasha Thackaberry, Vice President of Online and Continuing Education
  10. Emergency Operations Center Update, Jake Palmer, Manager of the Emergency Operations
  11. FY 2019-20 Annual Report for the Ombuds Office, Retha Niedecken, LSU Ombudsperson
  12. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 20-04, “Gender Equity in Health Insurance Benefits” Sponsored by the Benefits Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
  13. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Leadership 2020-2021 Junior Member-at-Large Election
    2. Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Changes

Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates News

August 24, 2020

We are all eager, in these difficult times, for some indication that faculty can influence and improve their future.  I am therefore pleased to draw your attention to an important initiative that is underway on the campus of Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS).  Our colleague Brian Salvatore, who is a regular at ALFS-Alexandria meetings, is an AAUP regular, and is a graduate of the AAUP Summer Institute, is spearheading a faculty and student drive to keep LSUS safe by going to online-only education during the new fall semester.  Brian and his colleagues have faced an intransigent administration that has downplayed faculty concerns, ignored faculty expertise, and triggered an adverse relation among both faculty and students.  Brian and associates have pleaded with the administration to give up on a fast-tracked but poorly-conceived plan that, for example, vaunts to control this fierce epidemic with “wellness centers.”

Today, Brian scored a major victory by getting on the television news and thereby putting the LSUS administration on the run.  You may see Brian’s short interview at https://www.ksla.com/video/2020/08/21/lsus-virtual-only-petition-2/

LSUS faculty are also partnering with LSUS students in an online petition drive that is urging the headstrong LSUS administration to rethink its position and implement an online semester.  The petition is available for inspection at . https://www.change.org/p/lsus-students-move-all-classes-at-lsus-online-for-fall-2020?recruiter=1142523188&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=sms&utm_campaign=share_petition&recruited_by_id=20423070-e1cf-11ea-9a14-2babf7522972  .

Anyone who would like to help Brian and his colleagues, many of whom fear for the health, may sign that petition (electronically, online) and may also leave comments.  These colleagues need your help in betting an administration with no training in disease control to listen to profession al advice.  Leaving comments on the petition site would be especially helpful in signaling to the LSUS administration that sending faculty into unsafe, unhealthful conditions is substandard policy.

 

FY 2019-2020 Annual Report for the Ombuds Office and Operation Practices

August 17, 2020

This year’s report provides more information than just statistics, which comprised last year’s report. The report is also available on the Ombuds webpage under the “Resources” tab: https://www.lsu.edu/ombuds/files/ombuds-office-annual-rept2019-20.pdf 

In honoring the health and safety protection directives of the Governor and LSU Board of Supervisors, until further notice, the LSU Office of the Ombudsperson will provide services through a hybrid practice. Commencing the week of August 17, 2020, The office is located at the University Administration Building, 3810 W. Lakeshore Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ms. Niedecken will be working remotely from home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meetings will be by appointment only, no drop-ins, please. Meetings will be offered in-person, with a mask (Tuesday/Thursday only), by Zoom, or by telephone. Please email to schedule a day and time at OMBUDS@lsu.edu  Please note the office is no longer at the Student Union.

 

Return to Campus Measures

August 5, 2020

  • Masks are required on campus in public spaces, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least six feet. This includes entering and exiting buildings, moving through hallways, using common rooms, and sitting in classrooms and other shared spaces. Masks must be worn correctly – over the nose and mouth.
  • Students, faculty and staff should maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
  • Stay to your right when walking through buildings. When you enter or exit a building with double doors, always use the door on your right. Walk on the right side of a hallway or staircase. This will help groups of people to move through a building more quickly and to stay separated as much as possible.
  • Follow any signs or arrows in buildings, hallways or on doors that may direct the flow of traffic. This directional guidance has been carefully planned and placed to encourage safety, so please pay attention to signs and follow the instructions.
  • Cleaning materials will be provided in classrooms and students and faculty will be responsible for wiping down their own desks/chairs before and after each class. Please dispose of wipes properly.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, please email reportcovid@lsu.edu and follow the protocols outlined here: https://www.lsu.edu/roadmap/health/symptoms.php.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Students who miss class because they feel ill should contact their instructor immediately.
  • If you are planning any meetings or events on campus, you must follow the Fall 2020 Meeting and Event Guidelines: https://www.lsu.edu/roadmap/campus/events.php.
  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a Return to Campus form when they return, to provide LSU with information that will help with contact tracing and providing assistance to anyone who tests positive. More information on this will be shared soon.
  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a symptom checker each day via text or web-based application. More information on this will be shared soon.

 

Faculty and Instructional Guidance

July 31, 2020

Guidance for faculty and instructional activities for fall 2020

 

Protecting our International Students

July 9, 2020

From VP Matthew Lee in response to the FSEC query about plans to protect the education of our undergraduate and graduate international students after the Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that "foreign students who do not transfer to in-person programs and remain in the United States while enrolled in online courses could face 'immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings'". 

  1. We will review the schedule of every international student and make sure they are in at least 1 face-to-face/hybrid course. At the undergrad level the usual student support units can do this, but at the graduate level (where 2/3rds of our graduate students are enrolled), this will presumably be a departmental matter. Faculty mentors typically play a critical role in this sort of thing. 
  2. Dissertation, thesis, research and independent study hours are all cataloged as face-to-face. A brief syllabus should be developed for all of these as an added layer of evidence, and we recommend faculty specifically spell out times/days when they will meet with the student and keep it handy. I would also recommend indicating that things like special collections, labs or instrumentation will be used when appropriate to further shore up that the work is campus-based. This is for the protection of the student, and getting the word out on this would be extremely helpful.  
  3. I have spoken with the Provost, and if we have a severe viral outbreak this fall semester we will do everything we can to avoid going completely online. We may spell out special stipulations for the kinds of hours mentioned above as well as some other things. 
  4. International Services has sent out general messaging to all international students. I have briefed our legislative liaisons, and we are coordinating a cohesive system-level response. We are looking at joining the chorus of voices from every major higher ed professional association to push for a rollback on this. Our federal delegation will be briefed on our position on this.
Matt Lee
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services
Office of Academic Affairs
Louisiana State University

 

Geaux Get Tested

July 7, 2020

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the opening of several testing sites in East Baton Rouge Parish beginning Tuesday, July 7, through the "Geaux Get Tested" initiative.

The hours and dates of operation for all sites are 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., seven days a week. Test sites will open for 12 days, from Tuesday, July 7, to Saturday, July 18 (unless otherwise noted).

The sites are located at:

  • LSU: Alex Box Stadium parking lot, Gourrier Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
  • Southern University: F.G. Clark parking lot, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
  • Cortana Mall: 9701 Cortana Pl., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
  • Healing Place Church: Mobile Testing Site, 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
  • The Healing Place Church site will operate Wednesday, July 8–Saturday, July 18, with the exception of Sunday, July 12.
  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center: 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, LA 70737.  This site is supported by LDH, GOHSEP, and HHS.

Additional information can be found at https://lsu.edu/coronavirus/index.php and brla.gov

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Purchasing and PPE

June 29, 2020

Procurement will send requisitions back to Departments with University Stores’ link for ordering information for fulfillment by University Stores. Items that are not available at Stores should be entered on a punch out requisition through the master contract suppliers. If an item is not available via Punch out in Workday, send a request to Amy Bourgeois @ ahill5@lsu.edu, to assist with sourcing the item.

The University will provide an LSU-branded cloth mask for each employee. Departments can also order PPE items for employees via University Stores or Procurement, if their budget allows. However, individuals are also able to bring their own PPE supplies.

University Stores should be used to procure PPE items that are on inventory at University Stores using the form @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php  click on “PPE Order Form”). Lab/Research supplies should be processed through normal procurement processes.

There has been little information received to date on what expenses will be reimbursable, however the COVID grant accounts should be used for all COVID-related expenses until further notice. Colleges/units will be required to cover any expenses that are deemed ineligible or not fully reimbursable from their budgets.

Departments can order PPE items for Departmental use using the form provided @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php (click on “PPE Order Form”).

Departments can order PPE items for Departmental use using the form provided @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php (click on “PPE Order Form”) using the College COVID Account number.

The best way to place an order for Plexiglas shields is to work with your building coordinator to create a Facility Services work order, or contact the Facility Services Customer Service Center at facilityservices@lsu.edu or 225-578-3186.

The normal University Stores processes will be applicable to the purchase of PPE supplies.

It is still suggested that you evaluate the needs for 3-months to ensure inventory is purchased to cover this period of time. However, supply is catching up with demand, so this may no longer be a concern for some items.

The best way to place an order for Plexiglas shields is to work with your building coordinator to create a Facility Services work order, or contact the Facility Services Customer Service Center at facilityservices@lsu.edu or 225-578-3186.

You can contact Tyler Kearney (tkearney@lsu.edu) or Janet Parks (jparks@lsu.edu).

Departments were told not to use the account. Please clarify when the COVID grant account can or cannot be used. Since COVID-19 has been declared a federal emergency, Public Assistance through FEMA will be eligible. Category B/Emergency Protective Measures are eligible for reimbursement with a 25% cost share. There has been little information received at this time, but we believe that the costs associated with signage, large scale purchase of cleaning/sanitizing supplies and preparation for remote work and online delivery of courses may be eligible. Colleges/units will be required to cover any expenses that are deemed ineligible from your budget. More information will be provided on potential reimbursements as it becomes available.

Facility Services will work with individual departments on a plan to utilize the shields.

If the purchase is COVID-related and includes potentially reimbursable expenses, you should use the appropriate COVID grant account to help track these expenses.

Departments can order PPE items for Departmental use using the form provided @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php (click on “PPE Order Form”) using the College COVID Account number.

Departments were told not to use the account. Please clarify when the COVID grant account can or cannot be used. Since COVID-19 has been declared a federal emergency, Public Assistance through FEMA will be eligible. Category B/Emergency Protective Measures are eligible for reimbursement with a 25% cost share. There has been little information received at this time, but we believe that the costs associated with signage, large scale purchase of cleaning/sanitizing supplies and preparation for remote work and online delivery of courses may be eligible. Colleges/units will be required to cover any expenses that are deemed ineligible from your budget. More information will be provided on potential reimbursements as it becomes available.

Facility Services will be providing disinfecting wipes for classrooms and will be deploying disinfecting stands for common spaces serving classrooms. Others may become available for departmental purchase within the priority guidelines.

Copier Management plans to provide an initial supply of the recommended cleaning materials by Xerox – 70% isopropyl alcohol and soft lint-free wipes – for each Multifunction Device (MFD or copier). We anticipate the supplies being available before the start of the fall semester. If you have questions, please contact, copiermgmt@lsu.edu

I heard that priority will be given to classrooms and common spaces so not sure how far down on the list our college will be. And, I want to ensure that our units have supplies in place when they return to campus. PPE supplies identified in the June 18th Procurement memo are to be purchased through University Stores (https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php click on “PPE Order Form”). If additional supplies are needed, these are to be procured through normal university procurement processes.

We have vendors that we use to purchase those items as well as items that are specific to cleaning a recreation center. Also, we do charge all of our cleaning supplies related to COVID-19 to our COVID grant account? University Stores should be used to procure PPE items they have available. @ https://lsu.edu/fs/departments/university-stores/order-forms.php  (click on “PPE Order Form”) using the College COVID Account number.

 

Purchasing PPE and Sanitary Supplies

June 26, 2020

Information is provided on the items the University will be acquiring and deploying across campus as well as those that will need to be requested by departments and units through normal procurement processes to meet their specific operational needs in returning to campus.   

Procurement in partnership with Stores is working to source all necessary sanitary and PPE items, including those with supply challenges, to ensure we are able to meet the mission of teaching and learning.

University-Provided Sanitation Supplies and PPE

The sanitation supplies and PPE to be provided by the University are being procured in bulk quantities and will be available to the entire campus community through University Stores to ensure the safest possible return to campus experience. The items being procured by the University include the following:

  • Hand sanitizer and dispensers
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Disinfectant spray and dispensers
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable masks
  • Nitrile (non-latex) gloves

Building Services staff will deploy and replenish these supplies and commodities in classrooms, labs, and other public access areas as necessary and consistent with current CDC guidance. Additionally, Facilities Services will be fabricating Plexiglas shields for classroom podiums and other public-facing areas as necessary. These items will also be available to individual departments and units through the normal University Stores ordering process, though the initial priority for fulfillment of supply will be for use in classrooms and common areas. Any questions on these specific items should be directed to facilityservices@lsu.edu.

Other Sanitary Items and PPE

It is understood that departments and units will also require additional sanitary items and PPE outside of the items listed above to address their specific operational plans and needs in returning to campus. These items should be requested through the normal University procurement process. We recommend utilizing the LSU Master Contracts in Workday. If you have any concerns about current availability of product and delivery time, contact the LSU Master Contract sales representative (https://www.myworkday.com/lsu/d/inst/13102!CK5mGhIKBggDEMenAhIICgYI1A0QmQE~/cacheable-task/2997$2151.htmld) and they will be able to assist. In addition, Procurement is always available to help. Any questions on this process or available supplies and commodities should be directed to purchase@lsu.edu.

Downloadable PDF

 


LSU Faculty Senate on PS-15: Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and Tenure

June 10, 2020

PS-15 Academic Freedom, Free Speech and Tenure was issued from the Office of Academic Affairs on April 22, 2020. The history of the policy statement kindly penned by Professor McMillin is included below. Please share this information with the faculty you represent.

 From Past-President McMillin:  "My understanding is that there was no actual LSU policy statement on academic freedom, but the Faculty Handbook, last updated in 1997, had two paragraphs about academic freedom. I’m not sure of the prompting for Kevin Cope to provide some thoughts on expansion of the paragraphs to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in September, 2012. The topic was discussed off and on in the many following Faculty Senate Executive Committees, with numerous wording changes and researching of academic freedom statements and policies at other universities. In the last SASCOC review, Kevin revised the wording and posted aspects of the Faculty Handbook on the Faculty Senate website. When I became Faculty Senate President, Kevin and I agreed that having a formal policy was becoming more important and urgent, but drafts were never finalized for submission to Academic Affairs. After the Legislature passed the free speech legislation, LSU adopted PM-79 Freedom of Speech and Expression effective November, 2018 in response to the mandate for universities to have policies. The policy seemed inadequate to encompass academic freedom so the FSEC debated wording and inclusion of free speech aspects into a policy in summer and fall of 2019 and submitted a draft to Academic Affairs in November of 2019. Academic Affairs, General Counsel Office, Council of Deans, and other groups reviewed and countered with minor changes in February, 2020, with final version of PS-15 Academic Freedom, Free Speech & Tenure effective on April 22, 2020."

 

LSU Faculty Senate Survey Results, Fall Semester 2020

June 8, 2020

Thank you for your efforts on the faculty survey about Fall 2020 plans. The Faculty Survey Fall Semester 2020 results have been shared with the administration. The feedback from the C&C and ASH committees are the basis for our ongoing discussions with administration about Fall 2020.

 

LSU Faculty Senate requesting feedback on Fall Semester 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

As elected representatives of our LSU faculty, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee requests that you provide the information below based on responses from the faculty you represent.  Please a summary to facultysenate@lsu.edu NO LATER THAN 3 pm Thursday, May 28, 2020.  The collated  information will be used by the FSEC, ASH, and C&C committees to formulate a framework  for administrative implementation.  The framework must be submitted by early in the first week of June.  Note: Similar questions will be posed to college deans from the Office of Academic Affairs. 

 Specific considerations include the following:

 To reduce travel:

  1. Cancel the fall holiday
  2. Switch to online instruction following the Thanksgiving Holiday (students would not return to campus following the break).

 Question - What is necessary to make the changes above without compromising either assessment or the educational mission?

 To reduce large classes (examples):

  1. Hybrid teaching
    1. Simultaneous online and limited class room instruction with alternating days for student attendance.
  2.  Laboratories in larger spaces to allow for social distancing.
    1. Student and instructor PPE.

Question - Please submit some potential scenarios to accomplish social distancing and reduce crowding in your college courses.  Be sure to include resources that will be needed.  

 

LSU Board of Supervisors Meeting

May 22, 2020

MEETING NOTICE & AGENDA

HOW TO SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS: The Board of Supervisors will take public comment up to 2 hours in advance at lsuboard@lsu.edu

HOW TO WATCH THE BOARD MEETING: The Board of Supervisors meeting will be conducted via a software application called Zoom (https://zoom.us, though it is not necessary to download the application to watch the proceedings.

Using Zoom:

Zoom meeting address: https://lsu.zoom.us/s/98163561248 
Meeting ID Number is 693 032 0712

Without Zoom:
Use this link: https://zoom.us/wc/join/98163561248?pwd= 
Enter your full name and click "Join"
You will be placed into a waiting room until the meeting host admits you to the meeting

Without Zoom, Just Audio:
Dial toll free: 877.853.5247 or 888.788.0099
Enter the Meeting ID: 981 6356 1248
Follow Zoom prompts, you will be placed into a waiting room until the meeting host admits you to the meeting

Should a transmission problem occur use the “Without Zoom, Just Audio” instructions.

The Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College is established by Article 8, Section 7 of the Louisiana Constitution. It is a constitutionally empowered board granted the authority and responsibility to “supervise and manage the institutions, statewide agricultural programs, and other programs administered through its system. ”The constitution provides that the membership of the board is composed of two members from each congressional district and three members from the state at large, appointed by the governor with confirmation of the Senate. Those members serve six-year terms, which are staggered. In addition, a student member is selected to serve a one-year term.

 

Help the LSU Faculty Senate Collect, Collate, and Quantify Faculty Information

May 20, 2020

As a reminder, you can help the FSEC collect, collate and quantify faculty information in several ways:

  1. The Faculty Senate Website: https://www.lsu.edu/senate/index.php
  2. The Faculty Survey: https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aV3mBIz6At07Tsp 

 We value each and every bit of information, and I assure you that we use it to report to the administration. If you will be so kind as to direct your colleagues to these useful sites, it will help us immensely.

 

URec Exercise Programs

May 18, 2020

There was a great deal of interest in exercise programs conveyed in the recent faculty survey.  Please see a link below for some "virtual" programs offered by URec. There are many options to fit any number of exercise preferences. 

https://www.lsuuniversityrec.com/urec-at-home-programs

 

Faculty and Staff Survey

April 30, 2020

LSU Faculty Senate wants to know how you are doing. Please take five minutes to take the following survey. This survey is designed to gauge the current needs of our faculty and staff. Although LSU may not be able to meet every need identified, the goal is to identify local, state and national resources that could be helpful. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Anonymous survey for faculty members – https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aV3mBIz6At07Tsp 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

April 21, 2020

Meeting ID: 384-934-8385

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of March 16, 2020 minutes
  7. LSU Update, University Leadership
  8. President’s report
  9. Multi-Factor Authentication, Sumit Jain, Chief Information Security Officer, Information Technology Services
  10. Copyright, Darcee Olson, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Policy Director, LSU Libraries
  11. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 20-01, “Class Cancellations for Athletic Events” Sponsored by Kevin Cope and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
  12. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 20-03, “Pathway to Censure Removal” Sponsored by Kevin Cope and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
    2. First Reading, Resolution 20-04, “Gender Equity in Health Insurance Benefits” Sponsored by the Benefits Advisory Committee and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
    3. Faculty Senate Leadership Elections

 

Free URec Programs for Faculty and Staff

April 9, 2020

UREC is offering some virtual offerings during this unprecedented time and we would like all faculty to be aware of these free programs.  No UREC membership is required to participate in either program.

Virtual GroupX Classes via Zoom

Here is a link to the schedule: https://www.lsuuniversityrec.com/virtual-groupx-classes 

Beginning next week, there will be special noon workouts designed specifically for Faculty and Staff to help them stay active at home.

Tiger Fit Mileage Challenge

The Tiger Fit Mileage Challenge allows participants to walk, jog, and/or bike on your own time and submit distances during the month of April! It is open to all LSU students, faculty, and staff to participate and win prizes.

To find out how to register, please visit our UREC at Home Program page: https://www.lsuuniversityrec.com/urec-at-home-programs#TigerFit 

 

Final Vote on Tenure Extension

April 6, 2020

These are unprecedented times that raise unique circumstances. Such occasions also require daily navigation of uncharted territory.  My best wishes for you all. Please don't hesitate to reach out with your questions, concerns, and thoughts.  

Now, the result of the vote on the tenure extension granted by the administration.

The faculty voted to "opt-out" if the extension is or becomes unnecessary or otherwise undesired.  

Final tally:

28- yes, opt-in

30- no, opt-out

1-abstention

Thanks to all who participated.  More details will be forthcoming.  Please see the Faculty Senate website for current information.  

 

Opt-in or Opt-out 1-year Extension Vote

April 1, 2020

Reminder: Tenure Track Timeline Vote

Note: The faculty senators will send the final votes by Friday, April 3 for or against “opting in” to an automatic 1-year extension to the tenure clock for all untenured, tenure track faculty. If the vote is against, faculty will need to “opt out” of the automatic 1-year extension described by VP Cassidy below.

VP Cassidy:

For those of you who are in your mandatory year this year, the process is in its final stage and you will hear before May 1 the outcome, so the extension of the tenure clock does not apply. For all others, we have asked the Faculty Senate to recommend whether this be an opt-in or an opt-out process. An opt-in process would require you to request an extension by a certain date due to COVID-19 disruptions. An opt-out process would mean that all untenured faculty would automatically be given a year extension, and if you did not want that you would have to request being put on your original timeline. We acknowledge that many of you are well on your way to amassing a body of research that will meet or exceed the expectations of your department, and for some of you your work can be accomplished remotely. So, you may not want to delay promotion and tenure and the pay increase that comes with it. For others of you, the current situation significantly impairs your ability to do your work and you will need the extra year to get on track. Either way, you will have an opportunity for an extension of your tenure clock that will be automatically approved if you respond by the deadline that will be communicated in the near future. Should you be in your first or second year, this request would also push back your third-year review by a year. If you are currently undergoing your third-year review, it will not be pushed back.

Additional Questions on opt-in voting:

What are we voting on again?

If faculty vote to opt-in (a yes vote), the extra year won't be added unless requested.  If they vote to opt-out (a no vote), all untenured, tenure track faculty (with the exceptions noted by SVP Cassidy) will have to request NOT to have the extra year added.

Who should vote?

A decision by the LSU faculty as a whole has been requested. As such, please query all faculty that you represent for a majority decision to guide your vote. Each senator has one vote on behalf of the faculty represented by that senator.

When would this become effective?

The understanding is that it will be effective immediately. Additional guidance on implementation will be requested from the administration.

If a person wants to go forward at the usual time, without delay, that should not be now considered “early”, with the attendant hoops to jump through. 

This situation should not occur. Under an “opt-in” process the person would not submit a request for an extension. Under an “opt-out” process the person would simply put in a request to revoke the extension. In both of those cases, the person would go up on their original timeline.

What about AgCenter faculty?

I heard back from Phil Elzer from the AgCenter. He said they were discussing it and would consider what the campus was doing. He said he would get back to me.

Please send your votes in by THIS Friday, April 3 to facultysenate@lsu.edu 

 

The Pregnancy and Parenting Program is hosting the webinar “Five Homeschooling Strategies for Work-at-Home Parents

March 30, 2020

The Pregnancy & Parenting Program Committee hopes you are all staying healthy and well inside of your homes. During these very uncertain and overwhelming times, we thought it would be best to bring our speaker series to you in the comfort of your home via Zoom webinar. The speaker series webinar will highlight pertinent topics and include physicians, professionals, researchers and teachers. Our goal is to help serve and support our LSU families during this unprecedented time. The schedule will be posted on our Pregnancy & Parenting Program website once confirmed. 

For our first webinar, we are excited to have Kimberly Bagley from Longview, TX present “Five Homeschooling Strategies for Work-at-Home Parents.” Kim is a full-time CPA and a busy mom to four girls ages: 18, 16, 8, and 5. Kim homeschooled her two oldest daughters for 10 years (from kindergarten to 9th grade) and is currently homeschooling her three youngest daughters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kim will present five strategies to help those parents who became teachers overnight while working full-time at home.
Topic: "Five Homeschooling Strategies for Work-at-Home Parents”
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Click here to register for the Virtual Webinar Series hosted by the Pregnancy & Parenting Program. A Zoom webinar link will be sent to all registrants. Please forward this invitation to your colleagues. 

 

Remote Work Webinars

March 26, 2020

There are technology webinars offered by ITS that are available to faculty and staff to assist with leveraging some of the technologies available for remote work and teaching.  The schedule is currently as follows, but we will be adding dates to this on a weekly basis going forward.

I’ve attached the current schedule below , but the live Web page with this information and the link for launching the webinars can be found at https://lsu.edu/it_services/remote/

There is also a wealth of information on technology attached to the LSU Coronavirus page, https://lsu.edu/coronavirus/ 

 

Faculty Senate Questionnaire

March 24, 2020

Everyone is immersed in innumerable activities amid uneasy and unpredictable conditions. Friends and strangers are working together - with appropriate social distancing - to keep the gears of society in motion. Despite the frustrations of removing peanut butter on a laptop keyboard from a child's wayward sandwich and fending off a petulant canine attempting to reclaim his chair during a video conference - we persist.  Meetings are held, work is underway, progress continues. Well done team!  

That said - The FSEC and I have been in regular communication with the administration about the circumstances that arise as we journey through our new paradigm to fulfill our academic mission. I have received and conveyed many messages from you on behalf of the faculty you represent - for which I am grateful. However, technical skills are not my finest point and connectivity among devices can wax and wane. 

So, Ms. Knoll has revised the LSU website link found here (https://lsu.edu/senate/faqs/questionnaire.php) for our current circumstances. If you will be so kind as to convey your findings, questions, concerns, etc. through this venue, I will ensure that they are conveyed.

As always, I thank you all for your service. Stay safe, stay well, and stay Fierce for the Faculty.

 

Registrar Response to Questions about the Academic Calendar

March 24, 2020

There are no planned updates to the Academic Calendar at this time. As you know, everything is fluid these days, but based on the guidance we have received, there will be no changes to the class meeting patterns once we return from Spring Break next week. As a result, the final exam period and grade posting deadlines should hold.

 

LSU Online Faculty Support

March 18, 2020

LSU Online has adjusted our hours and expanded our availability as a result of the limited capacity and hours of the FTC.  LSU Online will therefore be doing the following:

  1. Providing daily trainings during the week for faculty at 10 AM, 2 PM and 5 PM.  No registration is required.  There is a live link on the faculty page with the times where they can just click right into the training.
  2. The design team will be providing real-time support via Zoom from 10 AM – 9 PM during the week and 8 AM – 8 PM during the weekends for the next couple weeks.  Find this via the “Live Support” button in the right-hand sidebar.  A Learning Experience Designer will be available to answer questions, share screens, walk faculty through specific functionality, and answer questions.
  3. We are creating a whole series of recommendations for different subject areas as well as producing a great number of short videos.  We have created a QuickStart guide for going online.  We will also be sharing resources that are being collected through Communication Across the Curriculum.
  4. Please check the faculty website here:  https://online.lsu.edu/online-contingency-plan/ 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

March 16, 2020

135F Thomas Boyd Hall

Meeting ID: 384-934-8385

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of Zoom log-in
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of February 12, 2020 minutes
  7. Thomas C. Galligan Jr., LSU Interim President
  8. Stacia Haynie, Executive Vice President & Provost
  9. Dan Layzell, Executive Vice President & CFO for Finance and Administration
  10. Written information, Sam Bentley, Vice President for Research & Economic Development
  11. Matt Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services
  12. Sasha Thackaberry, Vice Provost for Digital and Continuing Education
  13. President’s report
  14. Candidates for Faculty Senate Executive Committee

 

Call for Faculty Senate Leadership Nominations

March 9, 2020

Planning is underway for April elections when the LSU Faculty Senate will elect candidates for the leadership body – the Faculty Senate Executive Committee /Officers. We have a robust group that has met and is developing nominations of eligible members for these important leadership positions, but we want to be as inclusive and encouraging as possible to encourage you to self-nominate or nominate Faculty Senate colleagues (thanks to those who have!) for any of the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Members at Large (2 positions open out of 3).

We have a superb group providing current leadership and your participation in this nominations process will help to ensure we continue to represent faculty/instructors well in a key time at LSU.

To self-nominate or nominate a Faculty Senate colleague, please email Lilly Allen (pallen2@lsu.edu

 

Upcoming FTC Events

February 26, 2020

Please join us for our March Coffee Chat – where we will ostensibly be available to chat about collaboration tools, but feel free to just drop by for the free coffee. This will be in 101 Frey on Wednesday, March 4 from 9-10AM. Coffee and snacks provided. Drop by in between your Wednesday classes.

We are working with the Learning and Teaching Collaborative to host a Speed Geeking event focused on instructional best practices from 11-1 on Wednesday, March 18 at Hill Memorial Library. This event features 7 of your colleagues providing micro-lectures on single practices that work for them.  You move from speaker to speaker in groups every 10 minutes, and then lunch is provided. 

 

Res Life Seeking Faculty-in-Residence

February 26, 2020

The Faculty-in-Residence program at Louisiana State University encourages structured out-of-classroom interaction between students and faculty to seamlessly blend student learning and development inside and outside the classroom. The Faculty-in-Residence are engaged and motivated LSU faculty members who are invested in directly impacting students’ residential experiences through experiences that promote social and intellectual development, academic support, and advising in the residential college setting. 

The Faculty-in-Residence live in specially designed apartments within or adjacent to on-campus residence halls to share the on-campus experience with residents. With an apartment on both the east side of campus in the Laville Honors House and on the west side of campus in the Residential College One area, the Faculty-in-Residence are the live-in faculty members serving all residents for his/her specific side of campus. They work with Residential Life staff to provide supportive living environments where students can learn and develop as well as serve as leaders, mentors, teachers, and active faculty to all on-campus residents. Examples of interactions include dining with residents at on-campus dining halls, hosting conversations about current events, developing and/or attending programs with Residential Life staff on areas of interest, or leading an introductory LSU course.

For details about expectations, term appointment, the application process, required and preferred qualifications, and more, please visit the Residential Life website.

Interested in joining the Residential Life team? Apply before March 10, 2020!

 

Deans as Scholars Seminar Featuring Dean Cynthia Peterson

February 19, 2020

Please join us in celebrating the scholarly accomplishments of Professor Cynthia Peterson, Dean of the College of Science, Wednesday, February 19 at 4:30 pm in the William A. Pryor Conference Room, Choppin Hall, where she will share her exciting scientific pursuits.

Be sure to arrive early; it's going to be an outstanding presentation.

 

Alexandria Summit with Governor Edwards

February 13, 2020

The next Alexandria Summit is only sixteen days away!  February 29th is the date for what is likely to be the most important Summit Meeting to date.  Our special guest and opening keynote speaker:  Governor John Bel Edwards.  I’m sure that everyone knows that Louisiana higher education is again in a state of tumult and uncertainty while also being uplifted by the promise of additional funding.  The ALFS leadership has been working for nearly six years to attract Governor Edwards as our keynoter.  Now is the chance that everyone has been waiting for:  a face-to-face with the top decision-maker in Louisiana.  Please do join us for an event that will give us a stronger voice.  Your campus needs your representation!

The details:  Saturday, February 29th, 10:00 am, the Live Oaks Conference room of the Student Center at LSUA (LSU of Alexandria).

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

February 12, 2020

Harrison Board Room, Foundation Building

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of a sign-in sheet
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of January 16, 2020 minutes
  7. Welcome, Interim President Thomas C. Galligan Jr.
  8. President’s report
  9. LSU Pregnancy & Parenting Program and National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Membership Opportunities, Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
  10. Strategic Communications Update, Jim Sabourin, Vice President, Strategic Communications
  11. Old Business
  12. New Business
    1. First Reading, Resolution 20-01, “Class Cancellations for Athletic Events” Sponsored by Kevin Cope and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
    2. First Reading, Resolution 20-02, “Commendation of William W. Demastes for Outstanding LSU Faculty Athletics Representative Service” Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
    3. New Faculty Athletic Representative, Lori Martin, Professor of Sociology

 

Statewide Faculty Survey to Close on January 31

January 28, 2020

The organizers of the statewide survey of faculty have asked me to remind everyone that the survey will close on Friday, January 31st. Those organizers report that we have had an excellent turnout, but they are hoping that those who might have delayed completing the survey would finish that task within the next few days. The first survey was astoundingly effective in bringing about needed change in faculty work environments, condition, and even compensation. If you would like to take the survey, please connect to it at https://s-us.chkmkt.com/?e=181256&d=e&h=45868FFF44C0070&l=en 

 

Faculty Senate Meeting

January 16, 2020

Harrison Board Room, Foundation Building

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of Alternative and Proxy Representatives*
  3. Roll, by means of a sign-in sheet
  4. Introduction of guests
  5. Public comments on agenda item(s)**
  6. Consideration of December 3, 2019 minutes
  7. President’s report
  8. GeauxGrants Update and Strategic Operations Plan, Sam Bentley, Vice President, Office of Research and Economic Development
  9. ACT Score Analysis, Jose Aviles, Vice President, Enrollment Management
  10. Update on PM-16 Implementation, Protection of Minors Participating in LSU Programs, Edward Nobles, Director, Office of Risk Management
  11. Old Business
    1. Second Reading, Resolution 19-07, “Tuition Reduction and Fee Remission for LSU Faculty Children and Spouses” Sponsored by Faculty Senate Benefits Advisory Committee
  12. New Business

 

LSU Student Union Survey

January 15, 2020

The LSU Student Union has partnered with Student Government on a survey to assist with filling a vacant space on our first floor. We want to make sure when we go to bid, we are filling the Union with vendors or services that best fit the needs of the student body. As we serve students, faculty & staff, I wanted to share this opportunity with both Faculty & Staff Senate as well.

The survey is only two questions. The first being an open-ended question asking for ideas on the services/vendors and the second being expected graduation year. As we’ve shared with faculty and staff, I’ve told them to state in the open ended portion that they are faculty/staff without a graduation year. As the second question is required, selecting any date is fine to submit the survey.

The survey is located at https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_24yaBkapOp5wWnH

 

For earlier news stories, please contact facultysenate@lsu.edu.