Provost Communiqué for March 29, 2012


In This Issue:


Task Force on General Education Revision Open Forums

The Task Force on General Education Revision will host two open forums in April for the campus community: Tuesday, April 10, and Monday, April 16. Times and locations will be announced. A draft of a curricular structure under consideration has been posted, and the Task Force would appreciate your input.

Visit the general education task force website for more information about the proposed curricular structure.

Seeking Faculty to Serve as Living-Learning Communities
Faculty Fellows

The Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) through the Department of Residence Life and Services are seeking faculty interested in serving as LLC Faculty Fellows for the 2012–2013 academic year.

The commitment to be a Faculty Fellow is minimal; we ask for your time, energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to meet the following expectations:

  • Attend one social event/semester—e.g., lunch or dinner with the floor, etc. (the cost of your meal will be covered)
  • Attend one educational event/semester—e.g., program held on the floor or elsewhere on campus
  • Present a program to members of the floor one time during the year (the subject matter is up to you)
  • Meet with the Residential Programming Assistant (RPA) at the beginning of each semester to discuss plans for the upcoming weeks.

We look forward to connecting students and faculty outside the classroom. If you are interested in learning more about Living-Learning Communities at Missouri State University, please visit our website at If you are interested in learning more about the LLC Faculty Fellow opportunity, please contact Alisa Garbisch, Coordinator for Residential Academic Programs for more information at or via phone at 6-8840.

How Relationships, the Mind, and the Brain Interact to Shape the Development of Children, Families and Communities

Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall Auditorium, Room 208

Dr. Dan Siegel of the UCLA School of Medicine, award-winning educator and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, will be speaking via Skype on the topic of neuroscience and relationships at the Public Affairs Conference. In his presentation, Dr. Siegel will explore the ways in which the child’s mind develops from within important attachment relationships and the structure and function of the growing brain.

Read more about this presentation and about Dr. Siegel on the Public Affairs conference website.

This event is funded by the Public Affairs Grant Program. Admission is free.

Professors as Writers: Monthly Faculty Writing Retreats

Can’t find time to write? Come to “Professors as Writers” on Monday, April 30 at the Alumni Center, Turner Family Hospitality room to write in a distraction-free zone with other faculty.  Start a new article, revise and resubmit, work on your book proposal, or complete final edits. Coffee, breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be available.

Write for the morning, afternoon, or all day. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Contact Keri Franklin at for more information.

Faculty and Staff Free Portrait Days

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, April 9–10
Times: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)
Location: PSU 312
Who: Faculty, Staff, Administrators

Professional dress is requested! No appointment is necessary.

Need your photo updated or a new one taken? Photo Services will be taking portrait pictures of faculty, staff, and administrators free of charge! These photos are perfect for your department’s website and print projects. Please contact Chuck Busby, Office of the Provost, at 836-6495 if you have any questions.

The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God:
C. S. Lewis, Narnia, and the Planets

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Glass Hall 101

Please join us for a free public lecture with Dr. Michael Ward

Millions of people have been captivated by C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia—but some questions about them have been difficult to answer. Why are there seven books? Why are only three of them obviously structured around biblical narratives? Many have attempted to discover the organizing key, the “secret code,” of the Chronicles, but it has remained a mystery—until now. Michael Ward reveals the single subject that links all seven novels. He explains how Lewis structured the series, why he kept the code secret, and what it shows about his understanding of the universe and the Christian faith. Scholars have hailed Ward’s discovery as the most ground-breaking work ever done on the Chronicles of Narnia, and once you know it, you will never read them in the same way again.

Sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and the College of Humanities and Public Affairs

Download event flyer and author bio

CNAS Public Lecture Series

Ten Foods which Changed the History of the World

Melanie Grand

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 002
Speaker: Melanie Grand, Assistant Professor, Department of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration

In a country of “supersizing” and abundance, it is difficult to appreciate that specific foods have played a significant role in writing the history of humans. Ten foods have been identified which have influenced the outcome of wars, our ability to populate hostile environments or contributed to cultural and industrial development.

Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

Colleagues, Come and Listen to “My Story”

Wes Pratt

Date: Monday, April 2
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

Come and listen to Wes Pratt, Equal Opportunity Officer, as he shares his story of living in Springfield during the 60’s and 70’s.

Download event flyer

Showcase on Teaching and Learning: Call for Proposals!

Proposals due on or before Friday, April 6

The FCTL and Showcase Planning committee invites proposals for presentations at the Fall 2012 Showcase on Teaching and Learning.

This year’s Showcase on Teaching and Learning will be held on Wednesday August 15, 2012. The theme for Fall Showcase is Engaging 21st Century Learners. This year we are offering several tracks for presenters and participants. We encourage you to submit a proposal and take this opportunity to present to your peers at MSU.

Showcase Presentation Tracks:

  • Learning Online—Enhancing the online learning experience through the use of technology and effective online instructional strategies.
  • Blended Learning—Engaging students in and out of the face-2-face classroom time.
  • Best Practices in Teaching Strategies—Sharing instructional approaches and strategies for engaging today’s students.
  • Teaching with Technology—Innovative ways to use technology to engage students and enhance the instructional process.

Click on the link below to submit your proposal online. Proposals will be reviewed by peers who are members of the Showcase Planning committee and presenters will be notified no later than Friday, April 13th. Please contact the FCTL if you have any questions.

Showcase on Teaching and Learning: Engaging 21st Century Learners – Proposal Form

Suggestions for a Common Reader in GEP 101

Recommendations must be received by Friday, April 6.

The First-Year Programs office is currently accepting recommendations of books suitable to use as a common reader in GEP101, First-Year Foundations. All sections of GEP101 and some sections of UHC 110 will use the book.

We need your help in identifying books that relate to the 2013–2014 Public Affairs theme, “Global Perspective: Why it Matters.” The Office of the Provost’s announcement of the theme characterized it in this way:

In the 21st century, developing a global perspective is no longer merely an option; it is a cultural imperative that involves examining our experiences, our knowledge, and our learning in the light of the people and cultures of an increasingly interconnected world.

Why does global perspective matter? How can we best address social justice on a global level? What are the implications of continued economic internationalization? What have we learned from international collaboration, or the lack thereof, that informs the future? Are we prepared for a worldwide pandemic? How can we educate our children for citizenship in the global community? What are the consequences of ignoring global environmental concerns? To what extent can we better understand ourselves as we understand our global neighbors?

The purpose of the theme, “Global Perspective: Why It Matters,” will be to encourage members of the Missouri State University community to develop awareness, skills, and values that will equip them to work collaboratively, across nations and cultures, toward a more just and sustainable future.

An ideal common reader selection will explore the theme in ways that students coming from a variety of disciplines and interests can relate to. The books you recommend need to be written for a general audience, requiring little or no expertise with the topic in order to understand the book.

The selection committee will consider both fiction and nonfiction. The main evaluation of books will be based on the book’s relationship to the public affairs theme, the quality of the book itself, and the book’s suitability for first-year students.

Please send nominations to Include the following information: the title of the book, the author of the book, and a brief explanation about why you are recommending the book.

Academic Advisor Forum

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About an
Individualized Major

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 314

In this academic advisor forum, Lori Roessler will share guidelines for development of individualized majors. Then four students will share information about their individualized majors and the process they went through to develop their own academic programs.

Presented by Lori Roessler and a panel of students with individualized majors:

Thom Hutchison, Mathematical Aesthetics
Hunter Klie, Mandarin Chinese
Molly Hedgpeth, Digital Marketing Communication
Russell McLaughlin, Game Studies

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