COVID-19 Weekly Update (7/30)

Aug. 3, 2020

(This message was originally sent on July 30, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

Dear Department Chairs, Associate Deans, Deans, Vice-Chancellors and colleagues:

Website for all Faculty Info for Fall 2020

I realize that every week faculty are getting new information about how to plan for Fall 2020. In order to keep everyone informed, and because documents regularly have to get revised and updated, we have created a space on the on the Faculty page of the Show Me Renewal website where we will house important documents. (See the box called “Resources for Faculty.”) Please refer to that website for the most up-to-date documents.

Designating a back-up instructor in Canvas 

As part of the planning process for Fall classes, we have asked all instructors to have a designated back-up instructor who can access their Canvas sites if necessary. There are 2 options for how Chairs should handle this:

Option 1: Internally designate an “administrator” who can then request instructor access to individual sites on a site-by-site basis as the need arises by e-mailing eLearning at (for instance, the administrator on all graduate seminars could be the DGS).

Option 2: Officially designate an “administrator” and ask that they be entered as an instructor into a set of Canvas sites in the program/department. If you choose this option, please send the name and email of the designated “administrator” to Danna Wren ( after August 21.  Please make clear the dept./program course designators over which your “administrator” should have access. (Note that if you take this option, then all of those courses will appear in the administrator’s “Courses” area in Canvas, and they may receive e-mails from students or teaching assistants.)

Teaching For Learning Center: This Week at Mizzou

The Teaching For Learning Center continues to offer a wide array of resources for faculty during this time. Please make sure to look at their offerings here. Below is a list of what is available the rest of this week.

Thursday, 7/30

Guiding Principles for Crafting Your Accommodation Plans for Students Who Might Shift from In-person to Remote Learning
Facilitated by Dr. Tori Mondelli
Details and RSVP here.

Proctoring Online Tests with Proctorio

Facilitated by Course Design and Technology
Details and RSVP here.

Proctoring Online Tests with Proctorio

Facilitated by Course Design and Technology
Details and RSVP here.

Friday, 7/31

WI Show and Tell: Sharing WI Class Strategies, Challenges and Questions
Facilitated by the Campus Writing Program
Details and RSVP here.


Latest News Regarding International Students

  • New F-1 students may take a combination of in-person, blended and online courses, but cannot take all of their coursework online. New students are also not permitted to participate in online degree programs inside the United States.
  • In the event that MU is required to switch or modify its mode of instruction to fully online during the fall semester for health and safety reasons, international students will continue to maintain their status and be able to remain in the United States.


In the midst of this pandemic, the good work of our faculty, does not stop – it continues, and grows.  I am so pleased to share that the work of our faculty continues to receive accolades and recognition even during these challenging times.

Congratulations to Dr. Noah Heringman, professor of English, who received a $99,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to support the completion of an open access digital edition of Volume 3 of Vetusta Monumenta (Ancient Monuments), an 18th century collection of engraved prints and essays published by the Society of Antiquaries of London from 1718 to 1906.

Kudos to Dr. Ashley Groh – the NSF has just awarded Dr. Groh, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, an $800,000 5-year grant to study Neural Responding to Infant Distress Cues over the Transition to Motherhood.

And we salute our colleagues in nursing at MU and across our sister institutions in the MU system for the national nursing award —the Innovations in Professional Nursing-Public College/University category from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing was awarded to the CARMA PhD Course Collaboration across the three UM Schools of Nursing. Collaborations for Advanced Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) is a nursing PhD course sharing collaboration that was established in 2016 between the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU SSON); Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU FCMD); College of Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL); and School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). CARMA courses have drawn students from various disciplines on all three campuses, including agricultural education, communication, criminal justice, health management and informatics, human development and family science, public health, social work, and rural sociology. Congratulations to Deidre Wipke-Tevis, PhD Program Director of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, and her team.

As leaders of your departments, units, and colleges, your dedication and hard work continues to inspire.  At our weekly meetings, we learn from each other – your input and the discussions you lead, prompt action which create impact.  We cannot do this alone and we cannot do this just out of Jesse Hall.  For this I am grateful to every one of you.


Latha Ramchand