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Order Regalia for Summer Commencement

graduation_capYou are invited to participate in the Summer 2016 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. in JQH Arena. In order to facilitate your participation, the University will assume the cost of renting your gown. Our contract allows each participant to keep his or her cap and hood for use in future commencement ceremonies.

If you plan to participate in the Summer 2016 commencement, please complete and return the faculty regalia order form (Note: Form will work correctly with all browsers except Firefox). However, if you own your own regalia and will be participating, please send a note to Karen Foster.

You can send your completed form to Karen Foster by campus mail, email, or it can be faxed to 836-5886. You will receive a confirmation via email from Karen Foster.

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is Thursday, June 30. We cannot process late requests. If you have questions, please call Karen Foster (ext. 6-5886).

Regalia will be available at the MSU MaroonNation store beginning Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28.

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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 5/22/16 until sometime around the 3rd week of June. Please call at 6-3059 or email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to register during that time.

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 now to reserve your spot.


Summer Faculty Writing Retreat

Help to complete your writing project this summer!

Dates: July 25–29, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: FCTL Conference Room, Library 204
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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.

Free to all MSU faculty and staff. Registration is limited to 20 people.

Register now by emailing the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or by calling 836-3059.

Leading and Influencing as a Department Chair

Dates: June 13–15, 2016
Location: St. Louis, MO

Learn practical tips for managing issues you are likely to encounter as a department head, including how to:

  • Deal with difficult complaints
  • Motivate and mentor faculty
  • Set clear expectations for your department
  • Monitor crises that occur on your watch

Additional information can be found at Academic Impressions.

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