COVID-19: Daily Update (3/18)

March 31, 2020

This message was originally sent on March 18, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.

We continue to be inspired by the grace you have shown as things change, and continue to change. I cannot thank you enough for all you are doing.

Here is a list of academic programming updates for today:

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion and Tenure process – This year’s Promotion and Tenure process (for both T/TT and NTT Faculty) is proceeding as planned.  We anticipate that, in line with last year, final decisions will be made by the end of the semester. For faculty members who are scheduled for review in the upcoming year, we expect the process to move forward as planned.

However, we recognize that the reprogramming of academic activities due to COVID-19 may mean longer preparation times for instruction, and, in some cases, more administrative assignments as well.  Research activities for some faculty may also be affected by changes in protocols announced March 18th by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.  Additionally, some faculty may experience additional personal burdens, such as responsibility for schooling children at home and taking care of elderly and/or sick family members.

We have a process ( that allows affected faculty to apply for extensions of the probationary period in extenuating circumstances. If faculty believe their progress toward tenure is being affected, they should file a request for an extension in the upcoming weeks.

Annual and third year or mid-probationary reviews – It is important at this time to continue to provide annual reviews for faculty (and the third year or mid-probationary reviews for certain faculty) so that they can have feedback to gauge their performance and progress.  Providing feedback and support to all faculty, but particularly junior faculty, is critical, especially during times like this.

Five-year reviews – Reviews for  faculty scheduled for  a 5-year review under should continue as planned.

If you have specific questions regarding any of these matters, please contact Associate Provost Dr. Riley-Tillman

Department chairs’ meeting – March 19, 2020

We will be hosting a meeting with Department chairs via zoom tomorrow, March 19, 2020 at 10 am to discuss academic programming changes and answer questions about these.

Resources from the  Writing Center

Discussion Forum: Online Teaching Strategies for WI Courses

Friday, March 20, 10-11 am,  Zoom:

Join CWP and colleagues to share useful online teaching strategies for WI courses

Campus Writing Program Teaching Awards

The Teaching Excellence Award is a great way to recognize a colleague for excellent WI teaching and support of WI courses. Please consider nominating a WI colleague, teaching team, advisor, TA, or other.  Click here. For more information.

Online Teaching Resources

The Campus Writing Program staff have compiled a list of resources to assist as you transition to online teaching.  For information please visit our website or contact Christy Goldsmith at

Library Hours

See new library hours at:

As always, thank you for all you do for Mizzou.


Latha Ramchand, PhD

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs