Supporting student success in difficult times

April 2, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I know many of you are still adjusting to remote teaching for the term, something that we’ve all had to adjust to in a short period of time. In the Office of the Provost, we are seeing many impressive examples of faculty going above and beyond adjusting to adapt creatively, resourcefully, and courageously to the new learning environment we find ourselves in as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As you continue to work through your course planning, curricula, and other elements to ensure success, it’s clear that our faculty members are doing everything they can to create an environment focused on students’ needs. Whether you regularly teach in a lecture hall, a studio, or a lab, you are being innovative and standing up to the challenges before us.

I want to take the time to recognize some examples of what that dedicated engagement looks like by pointing you to this page on the provost’s website. I’m sure these stories represent only a fraction of the innovation that’s happening at our institution, and I’d like to make sure that we keep highlighting the great work being done throughout the term. So, I’d appreciate hearing from you if you have others to share. Please let me know by sending me an email to

In the meantime, enjoy these stories about your colleagues, and continue doing everything you can to engage your students. Thanks for all you do to help the University of Oregon stand tall as we face the adversity created by the coronavirus. Together, we’ll get through this.


Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President