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Weekly Update: Maintaining Our WVU Community

Dear WVU Faculty and Instructors:

Yesterday, during our Campus Conversation we heard some sobering information about the current and potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our University’s finances. I recognize these are uncertain times and that many of you may be fearful. Hopefully, yesterday’s conversation demonstrated that the University is being very proactive in its approach and that our goal is to minimize harm while preserving our financial position for the future.

Despite the challenges and the unknowns, we still have cause to celebrate. Not only have we come together as a campus community in support of our students and each other, the work of our outstanding faculty and instructors continues to shine and provide a beacon of hope and inspiration during difficult times.

To that end, today’s update focuses on faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, service and creative scholarship.

Celebrating Long-Form Scholarship

As you know, all celebratory events on campus were cancelled this spring, along with the shift to virtual course delivery and the campus closure.

Unfortunately, we were unable to host the Fifth Annual Long-Form Scholarship Celebration in person this semester. A collaborative effort among the Provost’s Office, WVU Libraries, WVU Press and WVU Humanities Center, this event is held each spring to recognize the achievements of our productive and creative faculty.

The event always includes a showcase of the work produced by the faculty members being recognized. To continue in the same tradition, we have launched a virtual showcase to share and celebrate the commitment, hard work and achievements of faculty who are helping to propel our institution forward.

The 27 individuals included in our virtual showcase this year exemplify the individual and collaborative efforts that put WVU at the forefront of teaching, learning, insight and discovery. I hope you take the time to explore your colleagues’ work and be sure to tell us about your long-form scholarship and creative work next year.

Teaching and Service Awards

Despite the change in format, we continue to recognize faculty who have achieved the University’s highest honors in research, teaching and service. Last week, we announced the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. And this week, I’m excited to celebrate three additional faculty members who are being recognized for their teaching and service.

Congratulations to:

These three awards honor the significant contributions our faculty members make to our students’ learning as well as to the community and state. Professor Arthurs is recognized for the iterative writing process and extensive workshops he uses in his courses. Professor Duncan is known for her extended service and outreach to patients across Appalachia. And finally, Professor Strager is recognized for his collaborative interdisciplinary research, program development and service to conservation, recreation and ecology organizations throughout West Virginia.

All of the 2020 award recipients will be recognized by President Gordon Gee and me during a faculty and staff awards dinner at Blaney House, which has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to the University closure and COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about these and other awards on the website.

New Teaching MVP Awards

While we continue to recognize faculty and instructors through these traditional awards programs, my team also is looking at ways to honor faculty who have put in extraordinary effort to provide a high level of instruction and support to our students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next week, we will be rolling out a student-nominated “Teaching MVP Awards” process to identify faculty and instructors who have gone above and beyond to provide an outstanding learning experience for their students this semester.

We will be asking students to nominate faculty and instructors who demonstrated significant creativity, support and compassion in the transition from classroom instruction to virtual delivery. Students will be asked to suggest award titles and provide a brief explanation for their nominations.

The nominations will be completely student-driven and will help us recognize some of our “Most Valuable Players” during this semester.

As we finish out the spring semester and begin fall contingency planning, please know how much President Gee and I appreciate you for your many contributions to our students, University, state — and the world. We will continue to work together to put WVU in the best position possible so that we come out the other side of this experience, stronger, smarter and even more unified as a community.

Please stay safe and know you are valued.


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Maryanne Reed
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs