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All-Faculty Recognition Reception

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: PSU Ballroom West
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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.

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Soliciting Nominations and Applications for the 2017–2018 Provost Fellow for Public Affairs

Deadline is Friday, May 6

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that the Public Affairs theme for the 2017–2018 academic year will be Sustainability in Practice: Consensus and Consequences. In order to allow for better planning and preparation, we have selected the theme early and are now accepting nominations and applications for the Provost Fellow for Public Affairs for 2017–2018.  The selected Fellow will “shadow” the current Provost Fellow, Dr. Kevin Pybas, in order to better understand the planning process of the Public Affairs Conference.

The 2017–2018 Public Affairs theme, Sustainability in Practice: Consensus and Consequences, is rich with opportunities to engage the campus community in discussions. It will serve as a vehicle for investigating the benefits, issues, and challenges of sustainability not only in the natural sciences, but also how it encompasses societal components that reach every corner of human behavior: government, business, education, the arts, medicine and human services. As is the case this year with the theme of Building Healthy Communities, the intent will be to incorporate this new theme into as many campus activities and programs as possible.

The Office of the Provost welcomes applications and nominations for a Provost Fellow who will be responsible for refining this theme, developing and promoting related activities and serve as the chair of the 2018 Public Affairs Conference. The person selected will receive a one course reassignment per semester (total of 6 hours) and an $8,000 stipend. Although the appointment will be for one year, the person selected will be asked to shadow the 2016–2017 Provost Fellow in order to gain an understanding of the full responsibilities of the position.

Individuals wishing to be considered for this position should submit a CV and letter of interest outlining their experience, skills and ideas to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, no later than 5:00 p.m., May 6. Review of applications will begin immediately. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Rachelle Darabi.

Read expanded definition of 2017-2018 of Public Affairs theme


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FCTL Events


31st Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Register now! Due to the implementation of a new learning management system, registration will be unavailable from May 22, 2016 until sometime around the 3rd week of June.

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Showcase Highlights:

  • 8:00–8:50 a.m. Inclusion of Diversity at Missouri State University
    Join Dr. Wes Pratt as he discusses the background, history and the future for the inclusion of diversity on campus as well as in the Springfield community.
  • 9:00–11:30 a.m. Faculty Workshops and Interactive Poster Sessions
    Participate in 50-minute faculty expert sessions and interactive poster sessions presented by MSU Curriculum Innovation award winners.
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Address with Dr. Thomas J. Tobin
    Dr. Tobin will present “Universal Design for Learning That You Can Do Today” which will introduce participants to Universal Design for Learning, newly revised for higher education (CAST, 2014). You will discover how to implement UDL in program assessment, policy development, technology selection, course design, and teaching practices. This is best accomplished through an incremental approach, using a “next 20” series of milestones—achievements that can be attained in the next 20 minutes, 20 days, and 20 months (Tobin, 2014). You’ll also find out where to look for help at your institution: recent research from CAST and the Center for Universal Design in Education suggests that institutions whose faculty-support staff use UDL, too, see better adoption rates and deeper penetration of UDL principles across all courses (CAST, 2014; DO-IT, 2015).

Please register for Showcase on Teaching and Learning and the Keynote Luncheon on MyLearning Connection.

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


Upcoming Faculty Writing Retreats

Dates: Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: FCTL Conference Room, Library 204

Monthly faculty writing retreats provide dedicated time and space to work on academic writing. Retreats include breakfast and a light lunch, opportunities to develop a strong network of peer support and accountability, and voluntary feedback sessions.

For more information, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please register through My Learning Connection.

Summer Faculty Writing Retreat

Jump start your summer research!

Dates: July 25–29, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
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This interdisciplinary academic writing retreat is designed to:

  • Create a motivated and positive environment that fosters excellent work
  • Encourage productivity through peer accountability and immediate feedback
  • Help you start off your summer by completing a writing project

The retreat includes five days of committed writing time, mini-sessions on removing productivity challenges and fostering good writing habits, and feedback on writing style, grammar, and more. The retreat is open to anyone working on a scholarly writing project. The goal is for each participant to arrive with a work in progress and leave with a manuscript prepared for submission.

For more information, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please register through My Learning Connection.


Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor Series

How Can I Transform My Tests into Learning Tools?

This program began Monday, May 2

Tests and other assessments are effective tools for determining how well students learned (and how well you taught) earlier in the semester. But they don’t really do much to help students learn in the present, or as the semester progresses. This fast, focused program will provide you with an assortment of tools and techniques to promote better learning.

How Can Students Use Self-Compassion to Reduce Test Anxiety?

This program begins Monday, May 9

Sometimes students get in their own way. They panic before exams and fill their heads with worries about failure. This program shows you how to help your students reframe the way they look at their exams and themselves. When they learn to love themselves a little more, they will fear exams a little less.

To access the Monday Morning Mentor programs, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or call 836-3059.


Tools of the Trade Series

Social Media

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: LIBR 204

Let’s face it, perhaps the easiest way to reach out to your students is through social media. Since your students are already connected, why not use that connection in your classroom? In part four of the Tools of the Trade Series, you’ll learn a variety of ways to utilize social media in your classroom for enhanced student connections and understanding. You’ll also learn best practices for using tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Diigo and Youtube.

For more information, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please register through My Learning Connection.

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Academic Advisor Forums – Spring 2016

Feel free to bring your lunch to any of these sessions.

Challenges and Ideas for Working with Non-Traditional Transfer Students

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 312
Presenter: Jaime Ross
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This presentation will focus on the challenges that non-traditional transfer students face when making the transition to a four-year institution. These challenges include balancing financial commitments, lack of social capital, technological knowledge gaps, and self-doubt. Please join us to discuss ideas for working with these students to create a solid foundation for their success.

Co-sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee

Retention Initiatives at Missouri State University

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 312
Presenters: Kelly Wood and Rachelle Darabi
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Distance Education Options at Missouri State University

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 312
Presenters: Lacey Geiger and Gary Rader
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