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Nominate an Outstanding Advisor

In recognition of outstanding academic advising, two Missouri State University Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising awards will be presented during the spring semester 2017. One will honor a faculty advisor, and one will honor an advisor who is a member of the professional staff. Each recipient will receive a $1500 cash award, presented at a reception to honor all Master Advisors. Information on qualifications and criteria for selection is available on the Academic Advisement Center website.

To nominate an outstanding advisor, please submit the name by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 to Kathy Davis, Director of the Academic Advisement Center. Candidates may be nominated by current students, alumni or colleagues. Submit the name in a short e-mail to Kathy Davis.

Download award guidelines

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Call for Nominations for Foundation Awards

Nominations due Friday, December 16

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 2016–17 application form. Nominations are due to the Provost Office by Friday, December 16, 2016. Application materials will be due in departmental offices by Friday, January 27, 2017. Please view the 2016-2017 Guidelines for additional information.

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FCTL Events


MSU Faculty Write Program Retreat–Fall 2016

Date: Monday/Tuesday, December 19–20
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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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 and held in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Meyer Library Room 204, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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


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 mini-workshops. Sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. 35 participant maximum per session. Sign up for one or for all.

Mini-Workshops Facilitator: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun

Inclusive Instruction for Diversity Mini-Workshop: Diversity for Learning

TBA (Spring 2017)

Please RSVP for these workshops via email at Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Submit Proposals for 2018-2019 Public Affairs Theme

Deadline is Thursday, December 15, 5:00 p.m.

Public Affairs Theme suggestions for the 2018-2019 academic year are now being accepted. As is the case with this year’s theme of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on Self-Government”, the intent is to identify and adopt a theme that can be embraced and explored by 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 various parts of the university community (students/faculty/staff); 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 2018–2019 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 (one 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 2019 Public Affairs Conference, proposals including the names 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 Thursday, December 15, 5:00 pm. We hope to have the theme selected in early January.

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