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Provost's Updates: COVID-19

The Office of the Provost is sending regular email updates to all personnel in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA).  Please visit the Provost's Wednesday Briefing Page where all communications are cataloged by date.  

In an effort to streamline our communications during this time, the Office of the Provost has set up two new email addresses:

  • The [email protected]  email account has been created for faculty and staff to send messages regarding any academic questions, needs, or concerns.
  • The [email protected] email account has been created for faculty and staff to send paperwork for Divisional Executive approval and to answer general questions regarding ASA budget and operations issues.

Listed below are various resources which have been sent for faculty, staff and students during this crisis.  We hope that this collection of resources is helpful to the campus community as we navigate unprecedented public health situation.


General Information on COVID-19

EMU COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Resources - This is Eastern's official webpage for announcements related to the COVID-19 crisis.  Please check this page daily for the most updated communications to the campus community.

The Chronicle: Latest Coronavirus News - The Chronicle of Higher Education is providing free access to breaking-news updates

Inside Higher Ed: Latest Coronavirus News -  Inside Higher Ed is providing free access to its website during the COVID-19 crisis

Working Remotely

EMU: Preparing to Work Remotely - Download a guide from Eastern's  Division of Information Technology for setting yourself up for success while working from home

EMU: Google G-Suite for Education Resources - this page provides helpful information on Eastern's Google G-Suite 

Google Apps Support - Get help with using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms

Teaching Online - Tips, Tricks, and Resources

Lab/Simulation Resources - Check out this Google Sheet listing resources available to faculty to supplement their online teaching.

EMU Center for E-Learning - Eastern's Center for E-Learning (CFE) supports instructors using the Canvas learning management system.

Faculty Development Center    Contact FDC Director, Peggy Liggit via email at [email protected] to arrange virtual meetings or conference calls to support instructor needs.

EMU Library Support -  For questions regarding library resources in Canvas course shells, contact Online Learning Librarian Bill Marino at [email protected] or 734.487.2514

Disability Resource Center (DRC) The DRC strongly encourages faculty, staff, and administrators who may need to consult about the accessibility needs of students to please submit their questions to the  Faculty, Staff, Administration: Accessibility Question page.

Office of the Ombuds: Faculty and staff may book remote appointments with the Office of the Ombuds

The following articles addressing online teaching may be of interest to faculty:


The Chronicle of Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed

Virginia Tech: Continuity of Instruction: How to Keep Teaching When You Can’t Meet in Person 

Stanford University: Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) 

Association of College and University Educators (ACUE):

AIGA: Design Education Resources and Considerations for Dealing with COVID-19

College Music Society: Teaching Music in the Age of COVID-19

Other Resources

Title IX Office


General Information on COVID-19

EMU COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Resources  - This is Eastern's official webpage for announcements related to the COVID-19 crisis.  Please check this page daily for the most updated communications to the campus community.

Fever and Upper Respiratory Illness Clinic at IHA Urgent Care @ EMU

Academic Support Services

EMU Library Support  -  Resources for online learning

EMU Center for E-Learning  - Eastern's  Center for E-Learning (CFE) supports instructors and students using the Canvas learning management system.

EMU Writing Center: Virtual writing support

University Advising and Career Development Center - updated information on advising and career development assistance

College-specific advising questions should be submitted via email to the following addresses:

Student Athlete Support Services (SASS):  Student athletes in need of advising for summer and fall registration may sign up for a virtual meeting

Holman Success CenterLinks to online services to support your success

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) - Resources to support your mental health

Office of the Ombuds The Office of the Ombuds will be available for remote/virtual assistance. Office staff can be reached by email at [email protected]), by phone at 734.487.0074, or by scheduling a Zoom video appointment.

Title IX Office: Resources for students facing discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual assault and harassment. 

Disability Resource Center (DRC)The DRC staff will be available for remote assistance. Email  [email protected]  

EMU Campus Bookstore: Free Textbook/e-Textbook Options, Free Shipping Options, etc.

General Education Office: Students with questions regarding general education requirements may request assistance by sending an email to [email protected]

Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID [PDF] The University of Michigan has prepared a guide for students who are adjusting to online learning

Resources for Internet Access: In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, many internet providers are offering plans to support individuals at this time with low cost or free services. Below is additional information about some of those plans:

  • FCC agreement states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots;
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families; all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time;
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months;
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families;
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but follows the FCC agreement above;
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge; and,
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Community Resources 

Engage @ EMU: List of Community Resources Related to Housing, Food, Internet, Volunteer Opportunities, etc.

Provost's Office

The Provost and Executive Vice President is Eastern Michigan University's chief academic officer. The Office of the Provost brings together key academic leadership and resources to promote excellence in teaching, research, professional achievement, creative activity and service. The Office of the Provost serves faculty and students in their pursuit of academic excellence.

About the Provost

Interim Provost Rhonda Longworth

Provost Rhonda Longworth, Ph.D.

As provost and executive vice president, Rhonda Longworth leads Eastern Michigan University's Division of Academic and Student Affairs and its more than 200 degree programs in five colleges. She also oversees the function of information technology.

Provost Longworth’s assignments at Eastern over the years include: Women's Studies Director; Department Head, Political Science; Assistant Vice President (interim), Academic Affairs; Assistant Vice President (interim), Academic Human Resources and Divisional Budget; Director, Course and Program Development; and Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, with a double major in political science and history. She earned her doctorate in political science, also from the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching interests have focused on the determinants of successful executive leadership, particularly in electoral and legislative arenas, and the politics of gender. She is the coauthor of the book "Framing Sarah Palin: Pit Bulls, Puritans and Politics" (Routledge 2013).

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