Dear Spalding students,

Please join Spalding student development and campus life leaders, academic area leaders and other university leaders on our new HD Meeting platform (see link and instructions below) at noon, Thursday, Aug. 13 for a Town Hall meeting regarding the return to campus for Fall 2020.

The three of us – Dean of Students Janelle Rae, Dean of Undergraduate Education Dr. Tomarra Adams and Dean of Graduate Education Dr. Kurt Jefferson – will facilitate this candid conversation to assist you in understanding the changes to campus and academic life due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related regulations and protocols that will be implemented for all students, faculty and staff as classes begin for graduate students and undergraduate students in late August. This is an important meeting, and we request your attendance.

Students will learn about:

  • The Spalding Promise community pledge agreement regarding the importance of staying healthy, maintaining social distance, wearing a mask, and working to keep all Spalding community members safe during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • The daily student, faculty and staff health assessment via the #CampusClear app on one’s smartphone, tablet or personal communication device.
  • Classroom regulations and etiquette in face-to-face and hybrid classes and classroom hygiene.
  • Student success services and advising and how those services will be delivered in the coming year.
  • Campus housing updates, student activities, student health care via Eagle Care, and other important events, clubs, and group information and how the COVID-19 protocols affect the services of the Office of Student Development and Campus Life.
  • Campus dining and food consumption and access as the new academic year begins.
  • Academic policy updates that affect students focused on temporary and permanent academic policies that have been affected by the pandemic.
  • New classroom technologies and other features of remote, hybrid and face-to-face classrooms and learning at Spalding.

The information to join the meeting is at the very bottom of this message. Office Suite HD Meeting is a product that is new to Spalding in the 2020-21 year. To join an HD meeting you can download the plugin/app at this link: Or it will download automatically when clicking the invitation link below. There is also the option to call in only.

We are excited to see you at the Town Hall and for start the new academic year!


Tomarra Adams, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Kurt Jefferson, Dean of Graduate Education
Janelle Rae, Dean of Students

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Dear Spalding Community,

We are excited for the start of the 2020-21 academic year and cannot wait to see our students again soon. The fall semester will continue Spalding’s rich tradition of innovative teaching and learning across multiple formats. While we are, of course, looking forward to the safe restart of in-person instruction on our campus, we are also continuing to grow and enhance our online course offerings. We are mindful of the important work our students, faculty and staff have been doing since March, when we transitioned to remote learning in a matter of 10 days.

Following last spring’s unprecedented movement of courses, information and people – including transitioning faculty, staff, and students to work from home – we wanted to review the important direction that Spalding University was moving, regarding teaching and learning, prior to the pandemic. We also want to discuss how those activities connect to the directions we are heading as we prepare for classes in fall 2020.

Several important educational outcomes have been realized at Spalding since early 2018 in the delivery of academic programs, courses and services. Here are some of the important developments that have taken place:

• Since February 2018, an intentional transition has been taking place to provide a broader ecosystem of course modalities and options for traditional and nontraditional learners at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In 2018, a 14-person online taskforce of faculty and staff studied and recommended taking more programs online and providing more hybrid options as well. As a result, between Academic Year (AY) 2016-17 and AY 2019-20, undergraduate online and hybrid courses grew as a percentage of all courses from 16% to 24%, while master’s courses grew from 4% to 7%, and doctoral courses grew from 12% to 14%. Hence, online, hybrid, and remote learning options have been growing at Spalding and providing additional accessible platforms to complement face-to-face courses. More digital immersive options will be coming for Spalding students.

• In line with the vision of the 2018-19 Spalding online taskforce, the University has also linked its online courses and programs to an online program management organization, Symbiosis, that will build up to 20 new online courses for our faculty in AY 2020-21.  The University will utilize funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief program (part of the CARES Act) in order to deliver new courses that will be connected to both hybrid and fully online programs. The Provost, Academic Deans and a number of faculty leaders are currently working with Symbiosis on identifying courses for development.

• All Spalding students have access to the internet, computers and technology aides, and Spalding’s staff in information technology and online learning have equipped our students with the tools they need to successfully complete their academic coursework. In August 2020, Chief Information Officer Ezra Krumhansl will unveil a new video conferencing platform for faculty and their students in classes: Office Suite HD Meeting. HD Meeting is a branded Zoom product that will allow both full-time and adjunct faculty access to video conferencing for both real-time instructional use in the classroom and one-on-one and group meetings with students. Additionally, HD Meeting has a classroom-style “breakout groups” feature that divides synchronous classes into breakout groups during the class session. CIO Krumhansl will announce HD Meeting training soon.

• The University has continued to invest in the latest tools and applications in regard to cutting- edge educational technology. This summer faculty and students got access to our new learning management system—Canvas. Not only is Canvas the higher education industry’s gold standard, but it provides a state-of-the-art mobile app for students that will allow them to access course content and communication quicker, easier and better.

• The University continues to invest in academic support services for undergraduate and graduate students with an excellent writing center and math lab and increased graduate assistant support for various faculty and staff units so both undergraduate and graduate students will be supported in their quest to become better students in their academic, personal, and leadership endeavors. Continuing to offer these services in a hyflex/hybrid online and in-person format in AY 2020-21 will be one of the goals of the student success area.

• Spalding continues to provide financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants and loans for both undergraduate and graduate students, and graduate assistantships provide $450,000 per year for approximately 75 graduate students. An increasing number of students will receive some form of financial aid in the coming year, making a high-quality Spalding degree affordable.

In March 2020, we were able to adapt not to a storm, but a climate shift in higher education due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With our commitment to the best in face-to-face and remote learning, Spalding is making 21st century education accessible and attainable for our students.  Each student is important at Spalding.  Our commitment is to allow students to have a highly individualized experience that is cutting-edge and academically rigorous and yields the outcomes that will help each student not only find intellectual satisfaction but apply the Spalding mission of “meeting the needs of the times.”

We look forward to serving you in the coming academic year!


Dr. John Burden, Provost
Dr. Tomarra Adams, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Dr. Kurt Jefferson, Dean of Graduate Education

Spalding University announces that it has elevated Associate Provost and longtime faculty member Dr. John Burden to the role of Provost. He replaces Dr. Joanne Berryman, who is retiring as Provost but will remain at the university as a consultant and manager of special academic programs and outreach projects.

As Provost, Burden will serve as the chief academic officer at Spalding and oversee all academic affairs of the university. The move took effect on July 1.

Burden has been a Spalding faculty member for 20 years and has extensive knowledge of the university’s academic programs.

Before being promoted to Associate Provost for the 2018-19 year, Burden spent four years as Associate Dean of the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences, overseeing Spalding’s natural science and psychology programs.

He has also served as the Chair of the School of Natural Science, where he directed programs for undergraduate students focused on pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy and other tracks. Burden, who holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Louisville, has been a chemistry professor at Spalding since 1999 and is a past recipient of the university’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Burden has also served as Spalding Faculty Senate President and faculty representative on the university’s Board of Trustees. Over the course of his Spalding career, he has held roles in strategic planning, curriculum development and review, and accreditation.

“I’m delighted that long-serving faculty member John Burden will move into the role of Spalding University’s new provost,” Spalding President Tori Murden McClure said. “He is highly respected by our faculty and brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the position. Dr. Burden is a great teacher who understands the goals and dreams of both our faculty and our students as well as the day-to-day challenges they face. He has a strong devotion to Spalding, and our academic programs will be well-served by his leadership.”

Berryman is retiring as provost after three years in the position. Prior to that, she spent seven years as Dean of the Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences, overseeing nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, athletic training, social work and natural science programs.

Berryman will continue to work at Spalding as a consultant on projects and partnerships that she helped set in motion as provost, including several involving the university’s health sciences programs. She’s also expected to manage leadership training programs.

Berryman came to Spalding after establishing herself as one of the area’s most accomplished health care leaders. She is a former Senior Vice President of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare and was the CEO of Frazier Rehab Institute. She was named Louisville Business First’s 2019 Health Care Lifetime Hero.

“I can’t thank Joanne Berryman enough for her leadership and wisdom while serving as provost,” McClure said. “She is one of the preeminent leaders in health care in Louisville, and she has been a mentor to me and many others who work at Spalding. We are fortunate that Dr. Berryman isn’t going anywhere. In her consulting role, she will continue helping the university carry out its mission of teaching and service.”