Roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions – Teaching and Research

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | August 19, 2021

To expand on the message attached, I want to bring your attention to my office’s ongoing efforts to address teaching and research-related questions via the Texas State Roadmap.

The webpage entitled, Teaching & Research, has been updated to include 19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well as guidance specific to the fall 2021 semester.  We will continue to add FAQs and other information as needed.  Beyond the Teaching & Research section, please read and frequently monitor the Roadmap and webpages for all Employees and Students.  For example, the Employee section includes FAQs related to supervisors, travel, insurance, time and leave, wellness resources, and other areas. 

Inquiries regarding unique scenarios, managing discipline-specific courses and teaching assignments, routine syllabi and instructional matters, instruction modes and contact hours, and similar teaching and research questions are first addressed by chairs, directors, deans, relevant offices, or guidance contained in policy and procedure statements.  The university’s Policy and Procedure Statements website is searchable and provides immediate access to policies promulgated by The Texas State University System, the university, and each division, including policies specific to the division of Academic Affairs

President’s Cabinet meets weekly with our Chief Medical Officer to review the latest data on vaccination rates and COVID-19 case counts, to assess the effectiveness of current protocols, and to make adjustments.  As the situation evolves, we will communicate quickly and update the Texas State Roadmap.  For example, President Denise M. Trauth and other university leaders hosted a Virtual Town Hall on August 17, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to discuss the fall 2021 semester.  A recording of the event is now posted on President Trauth’s website for your viewing convenience.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at University Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting tomorrow morning at the University Events Center.