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Nominate an Outstanding Advisor

advawardIn recognition of outstanding academic advising, two Missouri State University Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising awards will be presented during the spring semester 2016. 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.

To nominate an outstanding advisor, please submit the name by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 to Kathy Davis, Director of the Academic Advisement Center. Candidates may be nominated by current students, alumni or colleagues. Submit the name in an e-mail to Kathy Davis. Visit the Academic Advisement Center website for more information.

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What are the Diversity Initiatives in Academic Affairs?

Given recent discussions around MSU’s commitment to diversity and the various programs that impact our goals in this regard, we believe it is important to highlight a few selected efforts led by faculty, students, and the administration in Academic Affairs. We do this with full recognition that there is still much work to be done.

Curricular Initiatives: Within the past two years, two new minors have been approved–one in diversity and a second focusing on studies in disabilities. The curriculum has also been enhanced by requiring all education majors to take a class on diversity. Evidence of student learning indicates that this class and the countless real-life and community based-learning opportunities facilitated by our faculty in many of the academic disciplines are helping to make a difference.

Redesign of General Education: The redesign of our general education program is yet another example of MSU’s commitment to the pillar of cultural competence with goals and emerging metrics developed with assistance from the Director of Assessment, Keri Franklin. The Quality Initiative Project (QIP) facilitated by the Office of Assessment has generated thousands of course-based artifacts and essays collected through the University Exit Exam that provide evidence of engagement by Missouri State students leading to a better understanding of the issues surrounding many forms of diversity. A multi-year collaboration of faculty, staff, students, and administrators has led to the development of a rubric to assess public affairs, including cultural competency.

Faculty Development: Academic Administrators have attended several diversity related workshops organized by the Provost Office to better understand the concerns of inequality that have been part of our campus conversations for some time now. Likewise, the Public Affairs Conference, by design, has been one of the most central and effective ways Academic Affairs has been able to facilitate diversity related conversations involving faculty, students, and our community stakeholders.

Hiring and Recruitment: Academic Affairs has exceeded President Smart’s goal that at least 20% of new hires come from underrepresented areas, including those with disabilities. We have established recruitment practices that give Missouri State better visibility with minority populations. New and expanded diversity scholarship programs provide opportunities that can attract and support graduate and transfer students as well as first-time freshman. These efforts appear to have contributed to the increasing numbers of diverse students reflected in our recent enrollment data.

Student Development: Counselors to Campus is a program facilitated by the College of Education and supported by the Office of the Provost that has increased our effectiveness in making the case that MSU is a safe and intellectually vibrant campus that embraces diversity and welcomes student involvement in relevant conversations.

While there are clearly still many challenges ahead and additional work to be done, the above examples illustrate the commitment of the Academic Affairs units of MSU to diversity initiates designed to strengthen the learning and workplace environments. We intend to continue this commitment as we seek to advance a broad range of actions and discussions on diversity that are inclusive of religious, racial, ethnic, disability, and sexual orientation. We believe that all types of diversity initiatives will strengthen our academic programs.

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FCTL Events


Upcoming Faculty Writing Retreats

Date: Monday, December 14
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 209 calendar icon

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.


Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor Series

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

A new program begins Monday, November 30

For instructors interested in exploring blended learning, deciding which course elements to teach face-to-face and which to address through online technology can be a major stumbling block. Learn a framework for making those essential educational judgment calls. Be confident that your selection of which materials to present online and which to present in the classroom will provide the best learning experience for your students.

How Do I Design Courses to Enhance Student Veterans’ Success?

A new program begins Monday, December 7

Military service is a formidable educational experience. Learn how to use course design to help student veterans make the most of it. In the process, you’ll also learn how to enhance learning for all students. This program covers situational factors, assessment, and learning activities

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


FCTL Open Fridays for Faculty

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 204

Dr. Eric Nelson, FCTL Faculty Fellow, and the FCTL instructional designers are hosting walk-in consultation sessions for faculty. No appointment necessary! Faculty may come and go at their convenience. All faculty are welcome to drop in and receive assistance with any course design, assessment, technology integration, or teaching needs. We look forward to seeing you Friday!

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Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service

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 2015 application form. Application materials will be due in departmental offices by Monday, January 25, 2016. Please view the 2015-2016 Guidelines for additional information.

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Request for Proposals – Public Affairs Grants Offer Faculty Extra Funding for Second Year

Proposals will be taken until February 2016

Missouri State faculty interested in incorporating public affairs in their classrooms have a new opportunity to receive funding this academic year. Grants of $500 will be awarded to applicants with compelling ideas or methods that advance the university’s public affairs mission. Projects eligible for grant funding include (but are not limited to):

  • Development of new public affairs courses or assignments
  • Revising current courses or assignments with an additional public affairs focus
  • Supporting collaborative review of student work in a program or department

The Office of Assessment in partnership with the Assessment Council has developed a proposal form and secured funding for a series of grants to be awarded beginning this fall. Deadlines for proposals will continue until February 2016, hitting on the second Friday of each month.

Interested applicants can visit the Public Affairs Grants website where they will find a link to the proposal form, additional information, helpful resources and examples of previous grant winners.

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