Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs
As a growing and dynamic institution, academics are at the heart of who we are and what we do. The Office of Academic Affairs is dedicated to carrying out the academic mission of the university by administering an outstanding array of undergraduate and graduate programs and fostering the success of our faculty and students.
The campus’ rich academic portfolio includes 80 undergraduate degrees, 50 graduate and professional schools and over 20 online bachelor’s and graduate degrees. The Office of Academic Affairs continues to support integrating community engagement initiatives into our rich academic curriculum in keeping with SHSU’s motto ‘The Measure of a Life is its Service.’
February 17, 2020
As Provost Eglsaer explained in his email to faculty (dated January 22, 2020; see below), the next step in the review of policies related to faculty evaluation is the gathering of feedback to the draft policies created by the Summer Policy Review Committee. The draft polices can be found below.
A total of four faculty forums will be held (see schedule below) with the sole purpose of providing an opportunity for faculty to provide any and all feedback on the draft policies. The forums have been scheduled for a variety of days and times in an effort to accommodate teaching schedules. We hope that all faculty will be able to attend one forum. We know that this may not be possible in every case, so faculty are encouraged to send their comments to their faculty senators if they are not able to attend one of the faculty forums.
- Monday, February 24 at Noon-1:00 p.m. in CHSS Building, Room C070
- Wednesday, February 26 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. in CHSS Building, Room C070
- Tuesday, March 3 at 8:00-9:00 a.m. in CHSS Building, Room 120
- Thursday, March 5 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. in CHSS Building, Room 110
- Friday, March 6 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. at The Woodlands Center, Room 110 (updated 8:33 a.m., 03/02/2020, saf)
*Please note that the faculty forums are specifically aimed at faculty who do not hold administrative positions at the level of department chair, associate dean, or dean. Faculty in those roles will have separate opportunities to provide feedback, as noted below.
As the faculty forums are being held, the Faculty Senate, Council of Chairs, Council of Academic Associate Deans, and Council of Academic Deans are all meeting separately to review the draft policies and provide feedback. All such feedback will be sent (with all names redacted) to the Summer Policy Review Committee. The committee will, in turn, review the feedback and make adjustments to the policies, as appropriate. The finalized policies will then be sent to the Office of General Council for legal review and then to the Council of Academic Deans (who will address any and all legal recommendations). The Academic Affairs Council will then consider the finalized policies and make a recommendation to the President. This approval follows our normal process with the exception of the additional opportunities for faculty feedback, which we are confident will provide an even greater level of transparency and communication.
Christopher Maynard, Vice Provost
Academic Policy Reviews
January 22, 2020
As a part of our SACSCOC accreditation, Sam Houston State University has made a commitment to continuous improvement. One part of that commitment is reflected in our regular review of current policies as a vital part of an ongoing planning and evaluation process. To that end, we are currently reviewing four academic policies related to faculty evaluation. Many of these policies have not been reviewed in a decade or more:
APS 820317: The Faculty Evaluation System (last reviewed in 2009)
APS 980204: Performance Evaluation of Tenured Faculty (last reviewed in 2010)
APS 800722: Merit Advances in Salary (last reviewed in 2010)
APS 900417: Faculty Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (last reviewed in 2013)
In 2019, I appointed a Summer Policy Review Committee to examine each policy and provide suggested revisions. The goal of the current review process is to ensure that we have a group of polices that collectively provide for a robust evaluation process focused on the professional development of faculty.
Summer Policy Review Committee members included broad representation from across campus: Michael Hanson, Lee Miller, Mary Petrón, Valencia Browning-Keen, Bobby LaRue, William Wells, Jacob Blevins, Craig Henderson, Juliana Lilly, Edward Morin, Darren Williams, Phillip Lyons, Stacey Edmonson, and Christopher Maynard.
The Summer Policy Review Committee has developed an initial draft of each policy. The Faculty Senate will be meeting to review the drafts with the Summer Policy Review Committee on January 23. Additionally, Academic Affairs will be hosting town hall meetings throughout the spring semester. Your participation and input is an essential part of this review, and I invite you to review the policy drafts as linked above.
Once you have reviewed the policies, please share your thoughts with your faculty senators and plan to participate in one of the upcoming town hall meetings. Dates and times for those town hall meetings will be distributed soon after the initial meeting with the Faculty Senate. This will be a transparent process that seeks input from faculty from across all colleges and ranks. With your help, we will continue to have a fair and equitable process that encourages and rewards faculty over the span of their career.
Thank you for all that you do for our students and this university.
Richard Eglsaer, Provost
Academic Community Engagement (ACE)
ACE courses provide students with transformative learning experiences by applying course concepts in partnerships with the community. Learn More About ACE
ACE Gazettes highlight success stories from ACE courses in which students engaged in meaningful ways to make life better in their communities. This issue highlights efforts by Professor Jeffrey Wozniak, along with ACE facilitator David Yebra, guiding students in an Honors Seminar ACE course in creating an interactive hurricane awareness website on the KatSafe Emergency Response System.