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Curriculum Innovation Faculty Awards—Call for Proposals

The FCTL Advisory Council is soliciting proposals for the creation or improvement of high-impact learning practices. Two-types of funding are available:

  1. Grants to develop high-impact practices and student learning
  2. Faculty stipends for integrating diversity into teaching and learning

Additional Information can be found on the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning website.

If you have any questions contact the FCTL.

MSU Faculty Write Program Retreats–Fall 2016

Friday, October 14
Thursday, October 27
Friday, November 11
Tuesday, November 29
Monday/Tuesday, December 19–20
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Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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.

Book Talk – Enrique’s Journey

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario is Missouri State University’s 2016–2017 common reader. This is a must read book, whether you use it in your course or to broaden your horizons. Travel with Enrique for a life changing view of immigration and the forces surrounding this issue. Pick up a copy 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, October 4, 10:00–11:00 a.m., Meyer Library, Room 204
  • Thursday, October 13, 3:00–4:00 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, Student Development and Public Affairs, 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 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.

Facilitator: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun
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All four mini-workshops will be held at Strong Hall 0200 at 3:30–5:00 pm. The remaining dates are:

  • Workshop 2—Thursday, October 20
  • Workshop 3—Thursday, November 17
  • Workshop 4—Thursday, December 1

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

Tough Talks Fall 2016 Series

Protest and Patriotism

Dates: Wednesdays, September 7–October 5 (five week series)
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Location: Strong 404

Protest has always been a part of the identity of our nation. You might say we started from a protest! The recent actions by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ignited another round with many different opinions. What do you say? Join the conversation.


Dates: Thursdays, September 8–October 6 (five week series)
Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Strong 404

Is it good or bad? Can we really see color or is it okay to acknowledge that we are different and that is great?

RSVP to Lyle Foster.

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Academic Advisor Forums

The academic advisor forums will be included in the Provost Communiqué prior to the each event date. If you want to view all of the forums for the Fall 2016 semester, visit the academic advisement center website.

Master Advisor Refresher Workshop

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 308

Space is limited and registration is required through the Academic Advisement Center website.

Designed for those whose Master Advisor designation has lapsed or for those who wish to complete the year’s recertification requirements in one session.

Topics planned for the refresher workshops include: Characteristics and initiatives for first generation students, Veteran services, tips and processes for academic appeals, and complexities of degree audits.

Advising Students Preparing to Graduate

Date: Thursday, October 20
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 317
Presenter: Misty Bowen
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So, what happens when a student applies to graduate? Learn how you can help students who are in their final semesters. This seminar will look at the role of the Registrar and the role of the advisor in the application to graduate process. It will also look at how degrees are awarded and diplomas are printed. Walk through the process from application, advising notes, commencement, and beyond.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Ethics in Advising: Perceptions of Students, Staff, and Faculty

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 314
Presenters: Xiafei Xue, David Lutz, and Austin Boon
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In spring, 2016, we conducted a study across campus that examined the views of students, staff, and faculty regarding ethical dilemmas in advising. We will present the results of this study, emphasizing the importance of faculty and staff in recognizing ethical dilemmas and dealing with them appropriately.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

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Pen to Paper: A Writing Retreat Focused on Writing With, For, and About Service and Engagement

Dates: October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m. – October 21, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.
Location: Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Campus Compacts of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin are partnering to present the 2016 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat which will be held October 20-21, 2016 at George Williams College in the shores of Lake Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. This event is designed to provide space, time, and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts related to service and community engagement. Missouri Campus Compact’s Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education will be in attendance as one of the journal sponsors.

Registration is open until Friday, October 7, 2016

Missouri State University is a member of Missouri Campus Compact and will be given the member rate of $549 for single occupancy and $429 for double occupancy.

For more information and to register, see the Indiana Campus Compact website.

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