Provost Communiqué for March 8, 2012


In This Issue:


Periodic Review of Department Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Plans

General criteria and procedures for evaluating faculty performance in teaching, research, and service are discussed in the Faculty Handbook, which also specifies that these procedures should be reviewed and approved by the college Dean and Provost every three years.

These periodic reviews are important because they allow departments to ensure that their criteria are consistent with their goals and objectives for development and achievement by their faculty. Formal approval of the guidelines ensures that evaluations at all levels (department, college, university) will consistently be made within the context of the official criteria. Documentation of review and approval of faculty requirements also is important for accreditation.

Beginning in 2012, the Provost’s Office is implementing a process for review and approval of one-third of the academic departments each year. The departments undergoing review this year and specific procedures being followed are provided on the Provost website.

Call for Questions for Meghan McCain—
2012 Public Affairs Conference Plenary Speaker

Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, will be the evening plenary speaker on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8 pm. The format of this event will be a moderated question and answer interview. Dr. Gloria Galanes, professor of communication, will conduct the interview. If you would like to submit a question for consideration for the interview, please submit it no later than March 28 to the Office of Public Affairs Support at All questions will be reviewed and may be modified to fit the format of the program.

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Spring Public Affairs Convocation Event

Media Technology and Pop Culture

Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

Sean McEwen

Award-winning director, writer and producer, Sean McEwen (MSU alum), will discuss how the ever changing world of media technology influences pop culture, the arts and general interactivity. Sean will introduce an application created by his company, EnCameo, a smartphone application that allows viewers to identify and purchase the products they see on screen during a movie or television show. He will also show a music video his company has created for the Howard Stern Show/Howard TV, featuring a “power-group” of heavy-metal all-stars. He will discuss the multi-platform approach filmmakers, producers and the record label took to utilize the video to create awareness for the band and its tour… ie, from social media, to television, satellite radio, network sharing, etc.

Event and background information about Sean McEwen can be found on the public affairs website.

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Faculty Excellence in Community Service Awards Nominations

Deadline is Friday, March 16th

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Faculty Excellence in Community Service Awards. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Friday, March 16. This award is intended to recognize those individuals who volunteer their time to serve the community outside of their paid, university position in significant ways. A plaque and a $1,000 cash award will be given to two outstanding faculty based on nominations received at the All-Faculty Awards Reception, Monday, May 7. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit the Faculty Excellence in Community Service Awards webpage or contact Mary Ann Wood for more information.

The Just War Tradition in Islam

Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library Room 101

Campus community and the Springfield community are invited

From the earliest period of Islamic law, Muslim scholars have concurred that God has something to say about war. Who has the authority to wage war? What are the right reasons to wage war? How should soldiers conduct themselves in battle? These, among others, are pressing questions for those who wish to “fight in the path of God.”

“The Just War Tradition in Islam” examines how scholars have answered such questions throughout the history of Islamic law. Specifically, it discusses the major trends and turning points in the long-running and still ongoing discussion of legitimate warfare.

James Broucek is an instructor in the department of Religious Studies at Missouri State University and specializes in Islam and modern Islamic political thought in the Middle East.

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies

Showcase on Teaching and Learning—Call for Proposals

Event Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Submit proposals by Friday, March 30

The theme for this year’s Showcase on Teaching and Learning is “Engaging 21stCentury Learners.” Faculty and staff interested in presenting at this event may submit an online proposal for consideration by March 30.

Showcase presentations will be given the week before fall classes begin on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.

Abstracts should contain the title, presenter/s names, and a brief description of 150 words or less for the brochure publication. Brochures will be created by April 16 for showcase.

Acceptable proposals will describe student success stories in the classroom, pedagogies that foster learning environments, and activities that increase student engagement. Extra consideration will be given to collaboration across departments and colleges.

Eric Mazur, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, will offer a keynote presentation during the “free” Showcase luncheon in the PSU Ballroom.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and meet new faculty.

Please forward this call for proposals to faculty within your departments.

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Universal Design Seminar on Teaching Techniques

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 12:00 noon–1:15p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 204

Seating is limited to the first 25 persons (brown bag event)

As our student population becomes more diverse with different learning styles, languages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds; our teaching methods need to reflect this move toward a model of Inclusive Excellence.

Attend this panel discussion and hear how Missouri State University faculty are transforming their courses to create inclusive, equitable learning environments for all students.

Panel Participants include:

  • Megan O’Rourke, Coordinator, Access Technology Center
  • Dr. Eric Nelson, History department
  • Dr. Marc Cooper, History department
  • Mike Frizell, Director of Student Learning Services
  • Ian Shadrick, Program Coordinator, VI & O&M programs

Please register through MyLearning Connection under the category “Professional Development—Teaching and Learning.”

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at (417) 836-3059.

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The Teaching Professor Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 204

This series offers a unique opportunity to share experiences with colleagues and discuss topics from the monthly issue of “The Teaching Professor”; or bring a topic to discuss that directly relates to current classroom teaching experiences. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and drink. Attend any or all sessions because each session covers a different topic.

Sessions are presented by Dr. James Moyer, professor in the department of Religious Studies, and Provost Fellow for Teaching and Learning 2009–2010.

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Get Away with Study Away—Administrative Assistant Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 2:00–4:15 p.m.
Location: PSU 317

RSVP by Monday, March 12 at Noon

Study Away Programs will present a workshop for all academic administrative assistants. The purpose of the workshop is to educate staff about study away programs. Questions to be addressed include:

  • What does Study Away Programs do?
  • What are the differences between a short-term program, a semester exchange, an affiliate program, etc.?
  • What do I need to know about building Study Away classes into my department schedule?
  • How do our students register for Study Away Programs courses?
  • What is the difference between an international exchange student and an international degree-seeking student?
  • What should I know about students’ Financial Aid with studying abroad?

So prepare to set sail and say “Bon Voyage!” for an afternoon while you get away with Study Away!  Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP by Monday, March 12 at noon to Study Away at 836-6368 or

Fried: Why We Burn Out and How to Revive

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (book signing will follow)
Location: PSU Theater
Speaker: Dr. Joan Borysenko

Free admission and open to the public

Are you emotionally exhausted? Physically depleted? Snarky? Depressed? Working more, but getting less done? Psychology Club, SOFAC, and the Psychology department at Missouri State University welcomes Dr. Joan Borysenko, a world-renowned expert on mind-body health, to our campus. She will present information about the twelve stages of burnout and practical methods for climbing out of that rut to connect more deeply with the passion, purpose, and aliveness that inspire a creative and fulfilling life.

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Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

African-American History and Poetic Form in the Poetry of
Natasha Trethewey

Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cheek 205

All are welcome!

Join Dr. Jane Hoogestraat, professor in the English department, as she discusses the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Natasha Trethewey.  This seminar will be of particular interest to creative writing students and to anyone interested in contemporary poetry and issues of African-American history.

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CNAS Public Lecture Series

World of Weeds:
Invasive Species and the Homogenization of Nature

Dr. Chris Barnhart

Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time:  7:30–8:30p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 002
Speaker: Dr. Chris Barnhart, Professor, Biology

Travelers to far-away places are delighted to encounter flowers, butterflies, and birds that they have never seen before. This “biogeography” of life forms is a rich tapestry woven over millions of years. However, natural communities are threatened by highly mobile humankind moving animals and plants around the globe. We risk creating a world of weeds, in which aggressive expatriates disrupt natural ecosystems and erase native biodiversity. Dr. Barnhart will discuss the problem of invasive species, the animals and plants that are taking over where we leave off.

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