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Spring Semester Welcome

Dear Faculty and Academic Staff:

As we anticipate the start of spring semester, we once again find ourselves in a liminal space, occupying a transitional – and hopefully brief – time of remote learning as we navigate the ongoing pandemic and its impact on our daily lives. In this first note of the academic spring, I would like to share some updates from 2021 and goals for the coming semester. It is my hope that reviewing these recent achievements reminds us of our values, capabilities, and aspirations as we commence our individual and collective work this semester. In the note I begin with policy updates and move toward institutional transformation. Values, capabilities, and aspirations join grace and empathy on our list of ways of thinking, working, and transitioning through time and tasks. I look forward to your feedback and engagement at this time and in this space.

My best,

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
MSU Foundation Professor