Provost Communiqué for February 16, 2012


In This Issue:


State Historical Society Materials Available Monthly at
Meyer Library

Missouri State University Libraries are in a cooperative arrangement with the State Historical Society of Missouri which will make research collections available to local researchers on a limited basis. This is a pilot project to see how much demand there is for the service. Please see the attached flyer for more information and directions on how to request a collection. For more information please contact Anne M. Baker, Archivist, Meyer Library 836-4298 or

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Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Away Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 2–3 p.m.
Location: PSU 308

Do you know that Missouri State faculty are leading over 30 short-term programs in 2012? And do you know that over half of all Study Away students go abroad on a short-term program? Are you interested in leading a short-term program abroad? Then join Study Away staff on Thursday, March 1 at 2 p.m. in PSU 308 for an introduction on directing a short-term program. Information covered will include: program proposal process, budgeting and financial logistics, health and safety issues, and traveling with students.

Seeking Courses for Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability

Submit courses by Tuesday, February 21st

The Sustainability Action Minor Committee is seeking existing courses for inclusion in an interdisciplinary minor in Sustainability. Tracks within the minor include “Technology and the Built Environment,” “Social Equity and Ethics,” “Economics and Policy,” and “Environmental Systems.” The minor is being proposed spring 2012. Courses that meet the definition of “sustainability focused” (see announcement) are eligible for inclusion in this new minor. Study Away, Internships, Independent Research, and Service Learning courses can also be included in the minor. Submit your courses for this new minor by February 21st to Lora Vess at

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Congratulations to the 2011 Master Online Course Award Winners

Missouri State Online and the Master Online Recognition Award Selection Committee are happy to announce the winners of the 2011 Award!

Best overall in the four categories of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment and Course Technology and Media Value goes to Brett Garland—CRM 350, The Police in American Society.

Additional merit goes to the following participants in individual categories:

  • Best in category for Interaction and Collaboration
    Marci Dowdy—COU 702, Foundations and Ethics of School Counseling
  • Best in category for Assessment
    Deanne Camp—RDG 420, Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Schools
  • Best in category for Course Technology and Media Value
    Brian High—CHM 106, Fundamentals of Chemistry

The winner was announced at the Missouri State Online Advisory Board meeting on February 13, 2012.  The winners will be recognized at the May 2012 Faculty Service Awards ceremony in the PSU Ballroom.

We are happy to bestow this recognition on the instructors for their hard work and devotion to their students!

Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

Dr. Tamera Jahnke

What is Diversity and Inclusion?
My Personal Journey

Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

Join Dean Tamera Jahnke as she shares some of her personal life experiences about diversity and inclusion.

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Dr. Xingping Sun

Faculty, Student & Staff Seminar

The Professional Science Masters’ Program at MSU

Date: Wednesday, February 29
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) is an innovative, new graduate program designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. Join Dr. Xingping Sun as he presents details about the program and the opportunities the PSM program can offer to MSU students.

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Quality Health and Physical Education Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Registration Fee:
$80 (lunch included)
Meyer Alumni Center 1st Floor Hospitality Room

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri State Outreach Noncredit Programs and the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance collaboratively present the 15th annual Quality Health and Physical Education Workshop for 2012.

This workshop will offer a full day of quality professional development designed primarily for PK-12 health educators and physical educators.

View program description and registration information

Service-Learning Call for GEP 101 Instructors

Are you interested in including a service-learning component in your GEP 101, First-Year Foundations class next year? The First-Year Programs department, along with the Citizenship and Service-Learning office, has a goal to recruit 25 instructors to include an integrated service-learning component in GEP 101 in fall 2012. For more information, download the Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience Call for Instructors form.

Download Service-Learning Call for Instructors Form

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Call for GEP 101 Instructors

The First-Year Programs department is now accepting applications for first-year seminar (GEP 101) instructors for fall, 2012. The instructor compensation schedule has recently changed, and the instructor selection criteria have been updated as well.  Finally, the course goals and objectives have been refined to better address the Public Affairs intensive experience for our students’ first year.

For more information, download the GEP 101 Instructor Criteria. To begin the process of applying for a position, please complete the Instructor Position Request form, available on the First-Year Programs website.

Download GEP 101 Instructor Criteria

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Learning Communities and the First-Year Experience
Call for Instructors

Submit form by Friday, February 17th

In fall 2012, Missouri State University is offering a limited number of Curricular Learning Communities for first-year students. The most common configuration for LC’s is GEP 101, combined with either ENG 100/110, or COM 115. However, other course options are welcomed, assuming the courses are appropriate for first-year students. Please ensure you have your department chair’s support before recommending a course. For more information, please download the Learning Community and the First-Year Experience Call for Instructors form. Or, you may contact Mike Wood at 417-836-8343.

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