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All-Faculty Recognition Reception

Date: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: PSU Ballroom
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Our faculty members work diligently to make the university and our community a better place to live. Join the Office of the Provost and President Smart as we gather to honor this year’s award recipients and retirees at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception. The esteemed recipients of the Missouri State University Foundation Award in Teaching, Research and Service, Years of Service, Community Service Awards and others will be recognized. Hors D ’Oeuvres will be provided.

Find more information about other events in this week’s Provost Communiqué.

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FCTL Events

30th Showcase on Teaching and Learning: How Learning Works

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Time: Luncheon with Keynote Address 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Workshop with DiPietro 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michele DiPietro

Michele DiPietro

Michele DiPietro, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University.

Michele received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. His scholarly interests include learning sciences, academic integrity, diversity and inclusivity in the classroom, statistics education, student evaluations of teaching, and teaching in times of tragedies.

His book, How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching, co-authored with former Carnegie Mellon colleagues, distills the research on learning of the past 50+ years into 7 principles and provides pedagogical strategies for educators.

His course “The Statistics of Sexual Orientation” has been featured on The Chronicle of Higher Education and in other publications as a highly innovative course. He has served as the Director of the POD/KSU International Institute for New Faculty Developers, which brought together 100 individuals from 10 countries to learn how to foster teaching and learning at the higher education level.

For more information, send an email to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.



Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor Series

What Works and What Doesn’t When Teaching Large Classes?

A new program begins Monday, May 4

It doesn’t really matter what the subject is. If it has 101 in the title, it’s going to be big. Sizeable classes present sizeable challenges regardless of the subject matter. That doesn’t mean that it is impossible to do it well. It just means you have to be strategic about everything from class design and content delivery to class flow, assignments, and grading.

To access the Monday Morning Mentor programs, email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

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Faculty Survey of Student Engagement

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) is a vital component of the most important student survey in higher education: the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). It is designed to measure faculty expectations of student engagement in educational practices that are known to be empirically linked with high levels of learning and development.

At Missouri State University, a number of teaching faculty members are being invited to complete the survey. An invitation message is being emailed by Provost Frank Einhellig to each potential participant. Faculty should search their Bearmail account for the keyword “FSSE” on or after April 13. If you are included in the survey sample, you will have received an email invitation from Provost Frank Einhellig containing a link to complete the survey online. Please also check your spam folder, just in case it has been filtered out of your inbox. The survey administration period begins April 13, with the final invitation to participate going out April 30.

Including the faculty perspective in this major survey of student engagement is important. The goal is to provide a catalyst for discussions related to undergraduates’ experience. The online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Completion of the survey is entirely voluntary and your responses will remain anonymous. Please check out the FSSE page on the Office of Assessment website for more information. View the FSSE questionnaire.

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Thinking of leading a short-term Study Away program?

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If you’re thinking of leading a short-term Study Away program in the summer of 2016, please note the priority deadline to submit a proposal: July 17, 2015. Proposals submitted by the priority deadline will guarantee the program director table space at the September 9, 2015 Study Away Fair for student recruitment. If you miss that deadline, you may submit summer 2016 proposals up through September 18, 2015. Please see the Study Away short-term program proposal template for international programs here. The domestic program proposal template is here. Information about leading a Study Away program is found here. Questions: Contact Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong at 836-6368.

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