Provost Communiqué for January 17, 2013

College of Arts & Letters Dean Candidates to Visit Campus

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the three candidates who will interview for the College of Arts and Letters Dean position. Each candidate will be presenting an open forum followed by a question and answer session. View CV and open forum schedule for each candidate.

Provost’s Series for Faculty Development

Digital Measures

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall Basement, Room 2
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Digital Measures is intended to be the repository for faculty accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. Most of the teaching data are automatically uploaded into the system. However, faculty must enter their intellectual contributions and service activities. It is important to keep entries up-to-date because they serve as the data source for various reports made by the department, college, and university. This workshop will provide an overview of procedures for entering performance data.

For more information on other faculty development activities, please visit the faculty development website.

Website Features Faculty Research and Accomplishments

research_siteWhat significance do freshwater mollusks hold for conservation? What insight does mussel research provide for understanding water pollution and fish species? The answers to these questions, along with answers to many other research inquiries, can be found on the faculty research website. The website features spotlights on faculty research projects, faculty accomplishment updates, and links to research resources and support offices.

Academic Advisement Center presents

“Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans” Workshops

The Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that enrollment of veterans in college has increased 16-fold and well over 500,000 veterans have traded in their uniforms for text books. With the development of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan coming to an end, colleges across the state see dramatic increases of veterans attending classes. At Missouri State University, we have developed the Veteran Student Services office to meet the growing demands of this exceptional group of students.

In this session, learn about the unique needs of student-veterans, discuss ways we can engage, encourage and empower our student-veterans, and hear from current student-veterans about their personal transition and experiences. Jenifer Kautzman from Veteran Student Services will facilitate.

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend one of two identical workshops:

Friday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in PSU Ballroom East calendar icon
Tuesday, February 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. in PSU Ballroom East calendar icon

We have room for up to 50 participants in each workshop and registration is required. You may register on the Academic Advisement Center website.

The “Boots to Books” workshop is co-sponsored by Veteran Student Services and the Academic Advisement Center. For Master Advisors, participation in one of these workshops would complete recertification requirements for a full academic year.

Please contact Kathy Davis at ext. 65258 if you have questions.

Missouri State Graduate to Speak on Campus

Dr. Hilda Smith
Dr. Hilda Smith

Date: Friday, January 25
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall 003

Join Professor Hilda Smith, a 1963 graduate of Missouri State, as she presents her topic, “Letter Writer and to Account Keeper: Skilled Women in Early Modern Art.” Professor Hilda Smith established herself not only as an internationally recognized authority in early modern English women’s and intellectual history but also as a true pioneer and enduring influence on the more general field of women’s history, both in the U.S. and the world academy.


Showcase on Assessment

Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location:Plaster Student Union

The Assessment Council, Office of Assessment, and the Office of Student Success and Public Affairs are proud to present the Showcase on Assessment to be held in Plaster Student Union on Wednesday, January 23, from 1:00–5:00 p.m. The Showcase schedule and more detailed information is posted on the Office of Assessment website and the Calendar of Events.

The Showcase on Assessment highlights faculty assessment projects related to teaching, research, and service. Faculty in each college are represented, and the breakout sessions will offer opportunities for the audience to share, respond, and ask questions.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Jean Henscheid, is an associate professor from Portland State University and current Executive Editor of About Campus. She will also be available to consult with assessment teams from colleges and co-curricular programs.

Any faculty and staff who have an interest in assessment, work with program review, accreditation, or general education proposals should find this conference helpful. Send a team from your department to begin a dialogue and find ideas to modify your own programs. Attendees can register through My Learning Connection.

For more information contact Dr. Keri Franklin, Director of Assessment, at or 417-836-6300.

Attend the Ribbon Cutting and Reception

Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: PSU 131
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The Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning and the Center for Leadership & Volunteerism are pleased to announce their new shared office space in the Plaster Student Union Suite 131. You are cordially invited you to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony & reception. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the reception to follow.

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Annual Service-Learning Faculty & Staff Development Conference

Save the Date!

Wednesday, March 27

CASL_conferenceThe Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) invites you to attend their annual Service-Learning Faculty & Staff Development Conference, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. For those of you who attended the Beyond the Borders: The Future of Service-Learning conference in 2012, this year’s conference promises to be even more inspiring and motivational.

This year’s conference, Innovate…Impact: Changing Learning, Changing Communities, Changing Lives will provide attendees with valuable information from scholars in the field of service-learning. Sessions and presentations will focus on innovative strategies for implementing service-learning into curriculum and showcase opportunities that can truly impact communities and the lives of others.

Keynote presenters include: Dr. Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University; Stephen Black, Director—Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at University of Alabama; and Vincent Ilustre, Founding and Current Director of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. Breakout Sessions include presentations and hands-on course development from Stephen Black; Dr. Paul Matthews, Assistant Director—Office of Service-Learning at the University of Georgia; Dr. Susan Reed, Associate Professor at DePaul University’s Adult Program, School for New Learning; and Dr. Howard Rosing, Director of DePaul’s Steans Center for Community Service Learning.

The conference will also include a breakfast and lunch. Registration for the conference will begin March 1, 2013. Watch for more details. Master advisors who participate in this workshop will receive six hours of recertification credit.

Co-sponsors for the conference include the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), the Office of Public Affairs Support, the Office of Student Development and Public Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, MS Online, MSU Adult Student Services, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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