Announcements - 2016 Archive

  • Applications for Sabbatical Due January 9, 2017
    In order for us to submit our sabbatical recommendations for the coming 2017-18 academic year to IHL for their consideration in early 2017, please forward the appropriate paperwork for faculty seeking sabbaticals to the provost office by January 9, 2017. This will allow us to include their names on the IHL Board agenda.

    Sabbaticals are an opportunity for faculty members to expand their expertise in teaching, research, or outreach. This is a privilege and, as such, should be well-documented and justified in order to be given full consideration for possible approval.

    IHL Board of Trustees Policy 408.03 dictates that no more than 4% of the faculty should be on sabbatical at any given time. Although this does not restrict numbers in any given department, please keep in mind that having more than one person on sabbatical leave in a single unit could present logistical challenges.

    Please remind those wishing to take a Sabbatical that a report of their activities during Sabbatical should be forthcoming to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President immediately upon return.
  • Nominations for William L. Giles Distinguished Professors
    TO: Deans and Department Heads
    FROM: Judy Bonner, Provost and Executive Vice President

    It is time to begin preparing nominations for faculty whom you wish to be considered for selection as William L. Giles Distinguished Professors. The criteria for nomination and selection appear in AOP 13.02. The format for recommending faculty for distinguished professor should be the same as that used for promotion.

    For your information, a checklist used by the Distinguished Professors Review Committee is attached to this announcement. The deadline for nominations and supporting material to be in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is January 31, 2017. Deans will be set earlier deadlines for their respective colleges.



    Attached file › Distinguished Professor Evaluation Form.doc
  • 2017 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2017 Alumni Association Awards
    This is a general call for applications for the 2017 Grisham Master Teacher Award and the 2017 Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Awards. Interested faculty must submit an electronic application in PDF form to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President (e-mail grishamaward@provost.msstate.edu) by October 17, 2016. All current full-time faculty members at Mississippi State University with the required years of service, regardless of rank, are eligible to apply for these awards. Late applications will not be accepted.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • You must be teaching at least one course during either Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 to allow for in-class observation, which is required to be eligible for any award.
    • To be eligible for the Grisham award, applicants must have at least 7 years of experience at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.
    • To be eligible for the Alumni Association Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, applicants must have 3 to 6 years of experience at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.
    • To be eligible for the Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of experience at MSU teaching primarily graduate students.

    Applicants will be evaluated on criteria such as: engagement of students in learning, assessment of teaching and learning, clarity and organization of teaching, variety of teaching methods, enthusiasm, scholarship of teaching, and neatness of the application. Finalists will be observed in actual classes during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. An application cover sheet may be found below.

    After careful review, the UIIC will select and announce the winners before the end of the Spring 2017 semester. Strongest consideration will be given to those applicants who carefully follow the application packet requirements and succeed in clearly documenting and demonstrating their mastery of outstanding teaching. Application packets of prior Grisham Master Teacher winners are displayed in the Special Collections section in the Mitchell Memorial Library and may be re-viewed by potential award nominees and/or nominators.

    We are deeply grateful to Mr. and Mrs. John Grisham and to the Mississippi State University Alumni Association for their longstanding support of these highly prestigious teaching awards

    Attached file › 2016-2017_Teaching_Awards_cover_page.pdf