Category Archives: Provost’s Post

Finding Balance

A theme I come back to over and over again when speaking with young faculty members at NMSU is to find balance. A faculty job is not an eight-to-five job, and the work, whether it is finding the last bit of information that will complete a lecture, keeping up with the literature in one’s field,…
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Addressing the Problems of our Time

When I arrived at NMSU in 1988 as an Assistant Professor of Biology, the overarching question we asked about scholarship when hiring new faculty members was, “Can he or she develop an independent research program that addresses important questions and (for the sciences and engineering, at least) attract funding?” For some disciplines, such as history…
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Affiliate Faculty Program

Earlier this week, Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Chris Brown sent out a white paper to the faculty of NMSU on beginning an Affiliate Faculty Program. This afternoon an updated version of the white paper was distributed to faculty by Dr. Janet Green on behalf of Team 6. As noted in the white paper, the purpose…
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General Education Reform in New Mexico

The Statewide General Education Steering Committee, which has been meeting for the past two years in an effort to more purposefully incorporate essential skills into the general education curriculum as well as to streamline the curriculum, met for the last time on January 24th. In two years of sometimes twice-a-month meetings, faculty and administrators from…
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Vice President for Research Search and My Retirement

The research and creative activities enterprise at New Mexico State University is large and complex. With more than $100 million in research expenditures, NMSU is an important center for research on water, sustainable agriculture, desertification, chile, cotton, onion, alfalfa, emerging infectious diseases, cancer, health disparities, symbiosis, bird behavior, neuroscience, nanomaterials, software engineering, artificial intelligence, smart…
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Convocation 2018

As we go into the Spring Semester, there is a lot of good news to celebrate. The state budget is in its best shape in years and there is a solid prospect for pay increases for state employees, including those who work in higher education. Recruitment of new students is going well and we have…
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Fall 2017 Commencement

Over the course of the next two days, over 1,800 students will graduate from the NMSU system with certificates, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctoral degrees. The instruction and training they have received from NMSU will prepare them for the workforce, for further learning, and to be leaders in their communities. Although some…
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Post-Thanksgiving Thanks

With its focus on family, fellowship, and food, Thanksgiving is, for many of us, our favorite holiday of the year. An unpretentious holiday, it quietly opens the holiday season, and provides university communities with a much-needed break before the sprint to the end of the fall semester. The uncharacteristic quiet of NMSU during the week…
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Looking Forward

Two weeks ago, I traveled with Associate Professor of Biology Michèle Shuster to Washington DC to attend the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Universities Looking Forward Meeting. HHMI has funded undergraduate science education programs at select research universities for many years and NMSU has been an HHMI university since 2004. At the meeting, we considered…
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HLC Review Team Visit Next Week

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Review Team will be on the Las Cruces campus next Monday and Tuesday (November 13 and 14) to meet with the faculty, staff, and administrators of NMSU as part of our reaffirmation of accreditation. Some of you have already received invitations to meetings on specific topics relevant to your responsibilities…
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