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Provost Communiqué for November 20, 2014

Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service

Nominations for 2014–2015 are being accepted now

The Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service are intended to provide incentives for continued performance to a select number of full-time faculty who evidence significant accomplishments in teaching, research and/or creative activities and service. The awards are funded by the Missouri State University Foundation.

Six awards are presented annually at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception held in May of each year, and each recipient will receive a $3,600 award.

Faculty members do not need to be nominated to submit application material. Download the 2014 application form. Nominations are due to the Provost Office by Friday, December 12, 2014. Application materials will be due in departmental offices by Monday, January 26, 2015. Please view the 2014-2015 Guidelines for additional information.


Computer Services Presents

Microsoft IT Academy

Missouri State University full-time staff, faculty, students, and alumni now have an exciting new opportunity for online training through Microsoft’s IT Academy! Microsoft IT Academy program provides you with the opportunity to enhance your technology skills so you can advance your education and your career. Over 400 free, self-paced, interactive, and engaging online training classes are available in several languages. Enroll today by filling out the form on the Microsoft IT Academy web page.

For more information, visit the Help Desk website, and be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Academic Advisor Forums

Meet the Provost’s Academic Advising Council

Date: Tuesday, December 2
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary Room
Presenter: Josh Smith and other members of the Provost’s Academic Advising Council
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Come to this session to learn more about the Provost’s Academic Advising Council and learn about the mission statement for advising at MSU, best practices for advisors and departments, and the sub-committee structure of the Council. Participants will share their ideas and priorities for improving academic advising services at Missouri State University.

The Bear Bones of Academic Integrity

Date: Wednesday, December 3
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary Room
Presenter: Katie Stinnett and Jessica Silvey
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What is Academic Integrity? What happens when you see academic dishonesty? Come learn about the Academic Integrity Council, the Academic Integrity Policy, and how you can make a difference for students.

FCTLLogoMonday Morning Mentor Series

What Are Five Tips for Writing Effective Learning Outcomes?

Monday-morning-mentor-cupA new program begins Monday, November 24

Writing effective student learning outcomes is one of the toughest tasks you face as an educator. The quality of the SLO’s affect your ability to design curricula and your students’ ability to succeed. This session is presented by Linda Suskie, who is an educator and author of Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide. It is one of the best-selling books on higher education assessment.

How Can I Design Copyright Compliant Online Courses?

A new program begins Monday, December 1

This Magna 20-Minute Mentor program will focus on copyright compliance in online education. The presenter, Linda Enghegen, is an attorney and Professor at the University of Massachusetts. Through her early involvement in distance education, she is an expert in copyright law as it relates to educational settings.

Call for Public Affairs Theme Suggestions for 2016-2017 Extended

pa_statueAs is the case with this year’s theme of “The Ethical Citizen: Can you make a difference?” and the 2015-2016 theme of “Building Healthy Communities: Body, mind and spirit”, the intent is to identify and adopt a theme that can permeate the campus community for the academic year. While public affairs themes generally focus on challenges in public policy or issues confronting our world, you are encouraged to submit any and all ideas. Ultimately, the theme will be developed in a collaborative manner involving representatives of the university and Springfield communities; these individuals will look for a concept that can engage and excite the campus through a broad topic and provide meaningful opportunities for learning.

The intent is for the annual public affairs theme to be selected a minimum of two years in advance so that the theme may be incorporated into SOAR materials for new students in the 2016-17 academic year.  This time frame also allows for careful planning of a multitude of public affairs activities that will occur that year.

In addition to serving as the focal point of the annual Public Affairs Conference, the theme should be broad enough to be used in a wide variety of both curricular and co-curricular activities, yet focused enough to be illustrative of our public affairs components:  community engagement, cultural competence, and ethical leadership.

Proposals should include a brief (1 page) description of the theme and how it would fulfill the above criteria (including specific examples of curricular and co-curricular activities that could take place).  Because the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs will select a Provost Fellow to coordinate the year-long activities, and in particular, to serve as the coordinator of the 2017 Public Affairs Conference, proposals including the name(s) of potential Provost Fellows for Public Affairs are encouraged.

Send all proposals to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs by Friday, December 5.

Journal of Undergraduate Research

Read the New Issue of LOGOS

LOGOS_Cover_Vol7Volume 7 is now available online and at sites around campus!

LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research is an annual publication developed and edited by students in Missouri State University’s Honors College. Each volume features academic scholarship and artistry produced by undergraduate students and selected in a double-blind, peer and faculty reviewed process.

Established in 2008, LOGOS now has over 2,300 copies in public circulation. Volume 7 (Fall 2014) features eight publications in as many academic disciplines, selected from over 30 submissions by undergraduate students.

Submissions are now being accepted for Volume 8, which will be published in Fall 2015. Interested students are also encouraged to apply for editorial and peer reviewer positions. Complete details are available on the LOGOS website.

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