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September 25, 2020                                              Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]

SHSU Online Hybrid Teaching Webinars Sep 28 – Oct 2

When you register for any of the webinars, you will be sent a calendar reminder with a zoom link to remind you when they start. Be sure to accept the invite and add it to your calendar.

SHSU Online is offering two new webinars at multiple times next week.
– Hybrid Teaching Strategies & Practices
– Protecting Your Zoom Room/Preventing Zoom-bombing

Hybrid Teaching Strategies and Practices
This webinar will cover hybrid teaching strategies, synchronous and asynchronous activities, discussion forum best practices, and how to plan learning activities.  Attendees are invited to share activities and practices that have worked in their courses.

Protecting Your Zoom Room/Preventing Zoom-bombing
A helpful webinar that covers practices that will protect the sanctity of your web-based meetings/lectures.  Attention will be paid to Zoom settings and best practices for securing your Zoom session.

Enroll today to reserve your spot!

Remember to visit the Fall 2020 Readiness page to gain information and resources for teaching in the Fall 2020 Semester. Contact our Support Desk at or 936.294.2780 if you have any questions.

Seeking "Honors Contract-Friendly" Courses

Submission Deadline: 
September 28

Faculty: are you interested in working with high-achieving Honors students in your classes this spring? If so, please consider making your courses “contract friendly.” To do so, simply send course information and very brief descriptions of each to We will include your courses in our list of Honors course offerings for spring and will recommend them to students during early registration advisement. To learn more about Honors contracts (and about other ways to become involved in Honors), visit the Faculty Resources Page on our website (still in progress):

For more information, contact Kimberly Bell, Dean of the Honors College, at

Faculty Learning Community Virtual Drop-In

When: Friday, Oct 2, 10 11 a.m.
Where: Zoom

Engaging Classrooms is excited to announce the inaugural year of the Faculty Learning Communities at SHSU starting with 6 FLCs this coming spring semester! Join our FLC facilitators for a virtual drop-in event to learn about each FLC theme and how it will function during the spring. Interested? Complete this short form to register and receive a Zoom link.

Contact: Stephanie Brown (4-4263;
Link to Form:

Bearkat Bundle & Textbook Adoptions

The University is launching a new textbook program called the Bearkat Bundle starting Spring 2021! This program allows students to have all their required course materials by the first day of class.  The program includes required textbook adoptions. Excludes supply items~ such as lab coats, googles, kits.  Faculty can partner with the bookstore team if they have questions regarding their materials. This program does not limit how many or what type of textbooks faculty members can adopt. For more information about the Bearkat Bundle program, please visit our website at

Contact: Auxiliary Services (4-1028;
              Dr. Kristy Vienne, AVP of Auxiliary Services

Higher Education Leadership Doctoral Program
Seeking Applications

Application review begins:  Oct. 1

The Doctoral program in higher education leadership is seeking applications for admission to its next cohort of students, beginning Jan. 2021.  The program’s classes are taught on evenings at the Woodlands Center and offer a well-rounded curriculum for leaders looking to advance in higher education administration.  Applicants should submit an application, written statement, and prepare for an interview with faculty in Educational Leadership.

Contact: Matthew Fuller (4-1147;

LEAP Live: The LEAP Center Hosts 
Susan Eisenhower

When: October 2, 2 – 3 p.m.

The LEAP Center will host a FB Live session featuring Susan Eisenhower, who will discuss her latest book, “How Ike Led,” which addresses the career and leadership of her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Topics will include D-Day, the end of the Korean War, the integration of Little Rock, AR, Joseph McCarthy, and the struggle for control of the Suez Canal.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn
      , 936-294-1456
FB Link:

Faculty Huddle

When: Oct 16 and 30

We are launching a new program this year to build community among faculty as we are teaching in the hybrid mode. In this participant-driven gathering, faculty will bring problems, issues, or questions about their own teaching and also share tips, tools, and strategies they have learned. Come join your colleagues during your lunch hour and enjoy a lunch provided by us or join in virtually on Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, fill out the short survey.

Contact: Todd Primm;
Link to Survey:

2021 Faculty Administrative Fellowship

When: Applications due October 2
Where: Link to Application

The Provost’s Office is seeking applicants for the 2021 Faculty Administrative Fellowship (FAF).  Qualified applicants will be tenured faculty who either (1) hold a leadership role in their department or college or (2) show strong potential for accepting the responsibilities of leadership. The program provides an opportunity to enhance university leadership skills; increase awareness of the operational capacities of Academic Affairs; and to assist the Provost’s Office with current or emerging issues which impact the University.

Contact: Cathi Gillette (4-1006;
Links: FAF Description; Application

Faculty Development Leave Application Deadline

When: Monday, October 5
Where: Department’s Chair

Eligible faculty interested in academic or professional pursuits on-campus or off-campus to study pedagogy, conduct research or creative activities, develop writing projects, conduct field observations, and/or enhance one’s discipline are encouraged to apply for Faculty Development Leave. Tenured faculty members are eligible when the starting date of the leave occurs after completion of five consecutive years of service at SHSU. The application policies and packet can be obtained from the link below.

Contact: Fidel Gonzalez, (4-4796;
Downloads: Application Policies and Packet

LEAP Live: The LEAP Center Hosts Jim Olson,
former Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA

When: October 9, 2 – 3 p.m.

The LEAP Center will host a FB Live session featuring Jim Olson, who served as the Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA in Europe.  He will discuss the ethics of spying, notorious cases of espionage, cybercrime, and the biggest intelligence threats facing the United States today.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn
      , 936-294-1456
FB Link:

Information Sessions:
Undergraduate Research Symposium

When: Wednesday, Oct 14, 3 p.m. AND
            Thursday, Oct 15, 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Zoom link:

The URS will be held on April 24, 2021, but it is never too early to prepare! The URS allows students to put forward completed, current, or ongoing research in a professional environment. To that end, all undergraduates and faculty are encouraged to attend a virtual information session over the URS (see the Zoom link above). We will begin with a brief overview of the conference, and then we will open the floor for questions.

Contact: Dr. Tracy E. Bilsing (4-1477;

Engaged Learning Fellowship

Deadline: October 16, 5 p.m.

Engaged Learning Fellowship applications are now available! The purpose of the Engaged Learning Fellowship is to allow faculty who are already engaged in active learning techniques to develop, implement and disseminate a new design for active learning in a particular course. Fellows spend two years on these disciplinary-based educational research projects, mentoring the next cohort of fellows in their second year.

Contact: Engaging Classrooms (

ORSP Internal Grant Program

Proposal Deadline: 
November 1

The FY21 ORSP Internal Grant Program is now open and proposals are due 1 NOV 2020! The Internal Grant Program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) provides financial support for the creative activities and research of faculty and staff across all academic disciplines. The internal grant program is divided into four programs – Individual ScholarshipNew FacultyInterdisciplinary Collaborations, and Pilot Studies for Future Funding. Please visit our website (here) for the full details of the programs. 

Contact: Michelle Metzler (4-3621;    

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!


Wednesday,  Oct. 7, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
via Zoom


Food Pantry Distribution

October 7 & 8

Contact: Kathleen Gilbert
Link: Website

CHSS Diversity Reader Event

Thursday, November 12

Contact: Dr. Bernadette Pruitt
               Dr. April Shemak
               4-1432 or
Website: How to be an Antiracist

Cathi Gillette
Executive Assistant to the Provost


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