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Academic Advisor Forums

The Academic Advisor Forums will be included in the Provost Communiqué prior to each event date. If you want to view all of the forums for the Spring 2017 semester, visit the Academic Advisement Center website.

Advising International Students Workshop

Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Jim D. Morris Center 500 A
Presenters: Patrick Parnell, Director of International Services, and the IS staff

This three-hour workshop will equip advisors to effectively assist this unique population by providing information on the nuts and bolts of immigration, as well as enhancing cultural awareness through presentations and a panel discussion. Opportunity for group participation and discussion will be provided.

Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to the Academic Advisement Center website to reserve a spot.

This session is coordinated by Susan Martindale and Jamie Schweiger.

A Bipartisanship of Introverts and Extroverts

Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 308
Presenters: Christina Bowles and Rebecca Neal

“Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.” ― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

When it comes to academic advising, it can be challenging to navigate the differences between introverts and extroverts. How do we include introverts in a lively discussion? How can extroverts and introverts solve problems together? During an advising appointment, how can we accomplish all the tasks at hand with a talkative, extroverted student? Understanding Jungian personality types can help advisors assist students better and create a more cohesive work environment.

In this advisor forum, we will deconstruct the stereotypes surrounding Jung’s theory on introverts and extroverts, and discuss ways to be more effective and sensitive advisors and instructors. Through case studies, group discussion, and personal assessment, attendees will leave with a greater understanding of these personality types and concrete ways to accommodate students and recognize their environment preferences.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Master Advisor Refresher Workshops

Dates and Times:
There are two options for this session:
Thursday, March 9, 8:15 to 10:45 a.m.; or Friday, March 31, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Both sessions will be in University Hall 200

Designed for master advisors whose certification has lapsed or those who wish to fulfill certification for year with one session, the focus of these workshops will be on changes at MSU as well as advanced advising practices. Possible topics include changes in the testing center, updates on advising international students, multicultural programs and services, interdisciplinary majors, and the new language certification program.

Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to the Academic Advisement Center website to reserve a spot.

This session coordinated by Susan Martindale and facilitated by Amy Marie Aufdembrink.

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FCTL Events and Announcements


2017 Showcase on Teaching and Learning Call for Proposals

The Showcase on Teaching and Learning is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The FCTL Advisory Council is inviting faculty to submit presentation proposals highlighting teaching practices that would appeal to faculty across disciplines and all levels of experience.

Themes to consider include:

  • High impact learning practices
  • Universal design and accessibility
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Incorporating diversity into the classroom
  • Critical thinking and teaching through inquiry
  • Designing or redesigning courses
  • Facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom
  • Student writing in the discipline
  • Teaching with technology
  • Assessing student learning
  • Strategies for providing student feedback

Session Format:

A 60-minute interactive session that includes some combination of presentation, discussion, or other form of interactivity. Participant feedback tells us that audience interaction is an essential component of faculty sessions and your proposal should reflect this component.

Proposal Criteria:

Proposals should include a 150–250 word abstract that clearly states learning goals and outcomes (key takeaways) for the session. Submissions should include a cover page with title and presenter(s) information or bio. Proposals will be peer reviewed by the FCTL Advisory Council and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the proposal abstract including key takeaways and audience interaction component
  • Relevant topic that would appeal to faculty of all experience levels
  • Presents practical methods and techniques that others can use and apply
  • Provides evidence of successful outcomes or lessons learned

Submission Deadline:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 24. Proposals should be submitted via email to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your ideas prior to submitting, please contact Dr. Eric Nelson, FCTL Advisory Council Chair at fctl@missouristate.edu.


MSU Faculty Write Program Retreats–Spring 2017

Tuesday, March 7
Thursday, March 23
Tuesday, April 4
Friday, April 28
Monday/Tuesday, May 22–23
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, Room 204
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The Faculty Write Program focuses on promoting faculty productivity and camaraderie through writing-based experiences such as interdisciplinary writing retreats held twice a month, workshops, and 15-day writing challenges. Writing retreats include breakfast and a light lunch, opportunities to develop a strong network of peer support and accountability, and voluntary feedback sessions. Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Mandy Benedict-Chambers.

Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or call 6-3059 to register.


Book Talk

Whistling Vivaldi

Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele focuses on the health impact of prejudice and discrimination. If you think you handle the stress of being the “other” or you think you interact with everyone “equitably”, this book helps you rethink the long-term impact of inequity on our campus and in our community. Steele speaks to the signs that appear emotionally and physically related to prejudice and discrimination. This book makes each of us more aware and vested in how to create and maintain equitable environments. Pick up a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi in the FCTL, Meyer Library Room 204, and join us for an in-depth and lively discussion of this engaging and challenging book. Sign up for any or all book talk dates.

Wednesday, March 8, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Meyer Library, Room 204

Thursday, April 6, 5:00–6:15 p.m.
Meyer Library, Room 204

For more information contact: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow, (417) 836-5916.

The Book Talk Series is sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.


Inclusive Instruction for Diversity Mini-Workshops

Want to reach all your students? Want to be culturally inclusive, but not certain how? Come try out a few strategies with us. Each mini-workshop will target different inclusion goals and strategies. Practice with us at all or any of the sessions. 35 participant maximum per session.

Facilitator: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow
Audience: All Faculty

We encourage you to register for all of the workshops or as many as you can attend.

Please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to register for the session(s) of your choice. Light refreshments will be provided.

Mini-Workshop 3: Inclusion of Diverse Perspectives

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, FCTL Conference Room 204

This mini-workshop provides methods and strategies to encourage diverse perspectives to maintain an inclusive learning climate and discusses ways to incorporate students’ diverse perspectives to improve student learning.

Mini-Workshop 4: Developing Inclusive Content

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, FCTL Conference Room 204

This mini-workshop assists instructors in methods to increase substantive diverse representation in their content. Participants will discuss ways to avoid “token diversity” or “diversity at the margins” as they design inclusive content to optimize student participation and learning.

Sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate due to the design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting in advance: Ashley Raines, Division for Diversity and Inclusion at (417) 836-8815 or Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at (417) 836-5916.

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Call for Hearing Panel Participants

The Office of Student Conduct is seeking interested applicants (faculty, staff, and students) to serve on our University Hearing Panel.

What is the University Hearing Panel?

The panel convenes to hear a case and make a decision on if a student is responsible or not responsible for violating University policies. The panel will hear statements from the student, the complaining party, and witnesses provided for either side. The panel will have the opportunity to question all parties. After hearing both sides the panel then decides the outcomes for the case and the appropriate consequences if necessary.

Faculty and staff members are eligible to serve on Title IX University Hearing Panels. Those individuals who are interested in serving on the Title IX University Hearing Panel are required to attend additional training throughout their term. Interest will be garnered for these panels at the required training.

What is the time commitment?

Individuals who chose to volunteer for this position will be required to attend one initial training and one refresher training (in the fall). Supplemental trainings are offered throughout the year from the Office of Student Conduct and are optional. Individuals who chose to volunteer will be asked for their schedules prior to sitting on a hearing.

Please make sure to ask your supervisor prior to applying for this volunteer position.

How do I join?

Applications for new hearing panel members is taking place now! The application can be found online and are due by Monday, April 3 at 5:00 pm. All individuals who apply are REQUIRED to attend a training session on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00am – 2:00pm. Applications who are chosen will be notified prior to this date.

If you or anyone else you might know have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Conduct at (417) 836-6937 or email Dr. Andrea Weber directly.


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