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Textbook Information


DEADLINE FOR SPRING 2020:  October 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.

30-DAY FOLLOW UP: November 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.


DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2020 AND FALL 2020:  March 9, 2020 at 4 p.m.

30-DAY FOLLOW UP: April 9, 2020 at 4 p.m.  


Faculty Enlight

ALL textbook and course materials will need to be entered into our affiliated bookstore, Barnes & Noble’s Faculty Enlight systemFaculty Enlight is a live database that contains the data from 3 previous terms for each course along with the appropriate ISBN, costs, editions, etc., to aid the academic units in determining the appropriate textbook needed for adoption. Along with the interactive ordering process, additional faculty resources are available in this system for faculty to research text usage at peer institutions.

The ‘process’ for textbook selection will not change as a part of this new system. Faculty will continue to determine which textbooks and course materials are needed in accordance with the Southern Miss Textbook Policies and submit to the unit’s textbook liaison to enter into Faculty Enlight. If there are No Course Materials required for a particular course, that information still needs to be indicated in Faculty Enlight (unless it is already excluded from textbook adoptions based upon the course or course type - e.g. Dissertation hours, studio, special projects, etc.). Please work with your unit liaison for any questions.

If a faculty member has an account established by Barnes & Noble, and they request a textbook, the submission will go only to the unit liaison via email who must, in turn, approve in Faculty Enlight for the bookstore to process the request.  Reports to review the textbooks and course materials requested can be run through Faculty Enlight.

Barnes and Noble will provide a list of courses with "No Adoption" status. If any of the courses do not have a textbook or any class materials that will be ordered from the Bookstore, the No Materials Required option will need to be selected in the Faculty Enlight Adoption page.

NOTE: There are NO internal queries in SOAR that have textbook adoption information. Adoption information is provided by the bookstore, via the Office of the Provost. In addition, units should download their textbook order report from Faculty Enlight for their records.

Training and account access for data entry within Faculty Enlight are available through the Textbook Manager at Barnes & Noble.  Contact the manager at


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Textbook Exception Requests

Please use the following Textbook Exception Request Form link below to submit for review of the following:

  • Minimum of 3-year adoption cycle

  • Multiple sections with different materials

  • Requested beyond the deadline




NOTE: NEW PROCESS - The Textbook Exception Request is now a MachForm and will replace the existing paper-based process. After completing the form and obtaining the appropriate signatures, please submit with the required documentation (emails from ODA and Barnes & Noble ), etc. There are checkboxes to indicate that you have received the necessary approvals from your director and dean. Upon notification of approval, the unit textbook liaison is responsible for entering the new textbook information into Faculty Enlight.


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