News from the Office of Academic Affairs
Inaugural Deans and Program Director Appointed for the LSU School of Collaborative Academic Programs
Three deans have been appointed to serve as the inaugural deans of the newly announced School of Collaborative Academic including: Troy Blanchard, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Martin Johnson, dean of the Manship School of Mass Communications; and Cynthia Peterson, dean of the College of Science. Theda Daniels-Race, professor in the Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering, will serve as the program director for the school.
Our policy statement on promotion and tenure, PS 36T, allows for an extension of the tenure clock for those situations that might severely impact the tenure case of a faculty member. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly rises to that level.
LSU is proud of its world-class faculty, and we are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of university-wide distinguished faculty awards. While current circumstances do not allow us to gather and celebrate these stellar faculty in person, we join the entire LSU family in sending our sincere congratulations. Special thanks to the Tiger Athletic Foundation, the LSU Alumni Association, and the LSU Foundation for their generous support.
LSU is pleased to announce the establishment of the School of Collaborative Academic Programs, or SCAP, a multi-college, interdisciplinary and cutting-edge program bridging faculty expertise across disciplines to offer cross-disciplinary curriculums to undergraduate and graduate students, which also includes online students
LSU has named Roland Mitchell as dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education. Mitchell is the E.B "Ted" Robert Endowed Professor and interim dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education at LSU.
Associate Professor Prosanta Chakrabarty is highly sought out due to his expertise in fish curation and his 2,500 square-foot research laboratory and collections space located in LSU’s Museum of Natural Sciences (MNS). Chakrabarty travels around the world to study the evolution and biogeography of known, newly discovered, and extinct fishes.
LSU welcomed its largest incoming class this fall 2019 semester. The incoming freshman class is the most academically accomplished in the history of LSU and boasts an average ACT of 25.42 and a grade-point average of 3.66. The class also ranks the highest in honors commits with 860 students. In addition, the class is among the most diverse ever, with a 130 percent increase in African American students and a 105 percent increase in Hispanic students.
Recently named Vice President of Research & Economic Development Samuel Bentley, Sr. met with LSU faculty members and administrators to discuss the Office of Research & Economic Development’s (ORED) mission to facilitate productive research on campus. In his presentation, he outlined a five-year plan to build sponsored research and economic development in all aspects of the scholarly enterprise.
Willis Delony and Gabriela González Named Boyd Professors, the Highest Professorial Rank Awarded by the University
The LSU Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to award Boyd Professorships to Willis Delony, LSU Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano & Jazz Studies, and Gabriela González, LSU professor of physics.