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2016 Professor Salary Incentive Program (PSIP) Recipients

This year, a total of 12 faculty who have been at the rank of professor for five or more years were granted a PSIP award. Each recipient received a $5000 increase in salary for their sustained work in research, mentoring students, and who have a strong record of both teaching and service. This year’s recipients are:

Melissa Burnett, PhD
Professor, Marketing, COB

Barbara Bushman, PhD
Professor, Kinesiology, CHHS

John F. Chuchiak IV, PhD
Professor, History, CHAPA

Billie J.A. Follensbee, PhD
Professor, Art and Design, COAL

Richard C. Garrad, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Sciences, CHHS

Kartik C. Ghosh, PhD
Professor, Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science, CNAS

Randall P. Hamm, MSEd
Professor, Music, COAL

Reza Sedaghat-Herati, PhD
Professor, Chemistry, CNAS

Cedomir Kostovic, MFA
Professor, Art and Design, COAL

William Garrett Piston, PhD
Professor, History, CHPA

Wenping Qiu, PhD
Research Professor, Agriculture Mt Grove Campus, SAGR

Xingping Sun, PhD
Professor, Mathematics, CNAS

We invite everyone to visit the Provost Website to review components of the successful applications which were funded this year. Since the PSIP has been in place, we have granted a total of 52 awards to our professors. We offer our congratulations those selected this year and thank them for their commitment to MSU.

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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 through that system will be unavailable until further notice. 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.

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