“Back to State” Information for Faculty
Updated Monday, July 6, 2020
For current information on University news and actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for returning to on-campus work and learning in Fall 2020, visit the “Back to State” webpage, which includes regularly updated answers to extensive FAQs.
- Comprehensive guidance on work adjustments for faculty is available here, and an evolving Classroom Guidance for Instructors document is posted on the website for the Office of Student Conduct. The document describes the steps that faculty can take to provide a positive learning environment and manage COVID-19-related concerns in the classroom.
- Penn State’s “Keep Teaching” website includes guidance on Returning to Instruction and details about Flexible Instructional Modes for the Fall 2020 semester, as well as frequently updated FAQs.
- Several video messages from Penn State leadership and experts on key topics can be viewed here.
- A comprehensive archive of news digests summarizing developments since early April is available, along with a complete list of relevant news items. The digests now are distributed via email at least twice weekly (on Tuesdays and Fridays) to all University faculty, administrators, and other key stakeholders.
- Penn State is augmenting outreach to all faculty via multiple platforms to share key information. To support this effort, faculty are encouraged to submit questions via this online form so leadership can read and respond to them in upcoming communications. Questions may be submitted anonymously or with identifying information.
- To help create a safer learning, living, and working environment for all faculty, staff, and students, new classroom policies will be in effect this fall across Penn State’s campuses in alignment with public health recommendations and Gov. Tom Wolf’s requirements for higher education institutions.
- Course delivery details for Fall 2020 will continue to evolve in the coming weeks.
- Penn State has updated guidance and requirements for University-related domestic travel effective July 1, 2020, as well as for meetings and events.
- The University is asking students to complete a poll in LionPATH regarding their intentions about returning to campus in the fall.
- Transportation Services has resumed on-campus operations in University Park.
Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs works closely with the Executive Vice President and Provost in areas including faculty development, leadership training, promotion and tenure, executive searches and reviews, and other issues related to academic personnel and their concerns. The Vice Provost also serves as the Provost’s contact person for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the academic arm of the Big Ten Conference, and the University Faculty Senate in issues relating to faculty affairs, and is the liaison for the Provost and President to University deans and chancellors.
Penn State Faculty Affairs News
- NEW: David Witwer, professor of American studies, named 2020-21 Penn State Laureate
- NEW: Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program inducts six new fellows
- NEW: Five named to Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers program
- Two faculty members honored with Evan Pugh Professorships
- Three selected as Administrative Fellows for 2020-21 academic year
- Laura Guertin receives the 2020 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration
- Ten faculty named 2020 Distinguished Professors at Penn State
- Penn State’s new Visiting Scholar policy takes effect
(Visit the Visiting Scholars webpage for additional information.)
- Penn State announces promotions for nontenure-line faculty, effective July 1, 2019
- Penn State announces promotions in academic rank for tenure and tenure-line faculty, effective July 1, 2019
- Six Penn State faculty receive Fulbright Awards for 2019-20
- Five Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer (DEO) Fellows named for 2019-20
- Six named 2019-20 Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellows
- William J. Doan, professor of theatre, named 2019-20 Penn State Laureate