- COACHE Survey
Dear Baylor Faculty,
I cannot express enough how much we appreciate your understanding, dedication and teamwork during these uncertain times in response to the coronavirus or COVID-19. We recognize the significant ask that we have made of you – to stop in the middle of the semester, change pedagogical approaches, rework syllabi and handle student inquiries - while also looking out for your well-being and the health of your families.
The challenges before not only Baylor, but all of higher education, are great this semester, but they are not insurmountable. I am aware of the heroic efforts of many of our faculty who are developing plans for online science labs, determining how to resolve internship dilemmas, and assisting students who need specific learning or physical accommodations, to highlight a few. We must continue to be thoughtful, creative, flexible, and, most of all, student-focused as we approach the next several weeks.
I wanted to address several critical areas as we prepare for online course instruction beginning next Monday, March 23:
The Vice Provosts, Deans and I are working diligently to assist you and provide appropriate resources over the weeks ahead. We must all embrace and exhibit grace and understanding for each other - and particularly for our students - over the next several weeks.
I sincerely appreciate the unwavering support of President Livingstone and the President's Council in their attention to the needs of the faculty and our students and staff. The President's Council and the COVID-19 Task Force continue to monitor all aspects of our current national emergency on an hourly basis. We have developed a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions on Baylor's COVID-19 website, and you can always email any questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimately, our focus at this time needs to be on our students and on the academic mission of the University. I am truly grateful for your commitment to our students' education, and I pray that you will take care of yourself and your families during these critical times over the next several weeks.
Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D.