College of Liberal Arts Development Initiatives
With encouragement and support from the MTSU Office of Development and University Relations, the College of Liberal Arts has identified the following priorities, which we hope to fund with private support from our alumni, friends, and the community.
Support Students’ Academic Pursuits
Scholarships, both merit-based and need-based, allow the College of Liberal Arts to attract the region’s most gifted scholars and provide crucial assistance to deserving students with financial need. In addition, students majoring in the Liberal Arts are challenged to reach their full potential through participation in academic activities outside the traditional classroom. Examples include studying abroad, internships, joining a learning community, conducting field research, competing in mock trial, playing in a musical ensemble, presenting a paper at a conference, or premiering an original play in a regional theatre festival. These activities help make students’ time at MTSU truly an excellent and memorable experience while positioning them for future success.
Opportunities for Intellectual Exploration
College-sponsored events and performances can provide students with memorable and moving experiences. The College of Liberal Arts hosts acclaimed speakers, performers, and artists-in-residence each year. These efforts bring world renowned and inspiring groups and individuals to the MTSU campus for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff, and the middle Tennessee community. Recent guests have included David McCullough, Kathy Reichs, Béla Fleck, and Sandra Day O’Connor. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to expanding the selection of thought-provoking, creative, and entertaining events that enrich the intellectual exploration of students, faculty and guests.
Attract and Retain Exceptional Faculty and Leadership
Great faculty members, through their teaching and research, are fundamental to the educational experience of our students. In all disciplines, hiring and retaining effective and enthusiastic professors are critical for student success. Each talented and engaging faculty member can greatly influence an academic program and assist hundreds of students. Likewise, strong and effective leadership across the college assures our continual pursuit of excellence. Support includes both annual awards as well as endowments for professorships and chairs.