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DPA Orientation

Date: Thursday, January 26
11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, Room 204
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The Digital Professor Academy is designed to assist faculty in the development of solid pedagogical teaching practices regardless of the instructional environment. The DPA is delivered online and faculty also have opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops that are aligned to the goals of their course as well as support of Instructional Designers in the FCTL. Plan to attend one of these orientation sessions to learn more about this program.

MSU Faculty Write Program Retreats–Spring 2017

Friday, January 27
Tuesday, February 7
Friday, February 24
Tuesday, March 7
Friday, March 24
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.

Call for Nominations: FCTL Teaching Awards

DEADLINE: January 31, 2017
Late submissions will not be accepted.

The FCTL Faculty Teaching Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty. Because effective teaching can be accomplished through many different approaches, the FCTL Advisory Council wants to recognize faculty contributions in areas that are important to the mission and long-term goals at Missouri State University.

Awards will be made in the following areas:


Accessible learning provides all students with equitable access and opportunity for student success regardless of disabilities. This award recognizes faculty who have taken a proactive approach toward accessible teaching practices, course design, and ensuring all instructional materials are accessible.


Students come to the university with many different experiences, different ways of seeing the world, and different expectations. This award recognizes faculty who focus on culturally responsive teaching and faculty who demonstrate a scholarly approach integrating diversity into the classroom.

High Impact Learning

High impact learning practices demand considerable time and effort, involve learning outside of the classroom, encourage collaboration and meaningful interactions with faculty and other students, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. This award recognizes faculty who have adopted teaching strategies that focus on the students’ ability to critically reflect on their own assumptions, beliefs, and basic worldviews.

Self-Application Process: Please submit the following criteria to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to be considered for this award.

  • Letter of interest from the faculty member that provides a philosophy of teaching encompassing one of the focus areas; accessibility, diversity, or high impact learning.
  • Letter of support from their department head.
  • Up to three supporting artifacts that provide evidence of their accomplishments in their chosen focus area. The council encourages applicants to include at least one artifact that provides evidence of student learning outcomes or the advancement of student learning.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty members with at least one year of teaching experience at MSU.

Recipients will receive their FCTL Faculty Teaching Award at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception.

Call for Nominations: FCTL Per-Course Faculty Award

DEADLINE: January 31, 2017
Late submissions will not be accepted.

The FCTL Per-Course Faculty Award recognizes the commitment and contributions of part-time faculty members in helping students at Missouri State achieve academic success. This may be done by bringing experiences from their field of work into the classroom, through innovative teaching, mentoring or advising students, or other ways of helping students to be successful academically and professionally.

How to Nominate: Nominations for this award will be accepted from faculty, program coordinators, or other administrators. Letters of nomination indicating why the part-time faculty is deserving of this award should be submitted to FCTL@MissouriState.edu.

Recipients of this award will be recognized at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception.

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.

Tuesday, February 7, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Meyer Library, Room 204

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 four 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 1: Diversity for Learning

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, FCTL Conference Room 204

This mini-workshop sets the stage for understanding what diversity means in and out of the classroom. Activities and strategies are included to assist instructors in identifying how diversity benefits their teaching and student learning.

Mini-Workshop 2: Creating Inclusive Classroom Climate

Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, FCTL Conference Room 204

This Mini-Workshop focuses on setting up your classroom for inclusion. Participants will learn how to identify their role in creating an inclusive environment and learn strategies to develop and support an inclusive classroom climate.

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.

Share Your Expertise at a Conference of Your Peers

October 6–8 in Baltimore, Md.

Proposals are now being accepted for the Magna Teaching with Technology Conference (formerly the Teaching Professor Technology Conference). The purpose of the conference is to explore new ways that technology can facilitate teaching and learning.

Find out more information about submitting your proposal by visiting the conference website.

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