Provost Communiqué for February 28, 2013

Graduate College Dean Candidates to Visit Campus

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the two candidates who will interview for the Graduate College 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

Uncovering the History of the Ozarks

BrooksBlevins_smallAlthough small in size, the Ozarks region is rich in history and tradition. Dr. Brooks Blevins, professor of history, specializes in finding and telling the stories of our unique region.

Visit the Missouri State University research website


Offered by the Office of Assessment

General Education Course Proposal Open Labs

The goal of these open labs is to provide time and a place for faculty to prepare General Education course proposals. Whether you are working on a first-time submission or revising a proposal for resubmission, please join us!

Please contact Keri Franklin with questions at 836-6300 or

Download open lab schedule



Grant Writing from Good to Great

Date:  Friday, March 22
Time:   9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location:  Alumni Center, 2nd Floor
Fee: $150 per person, $100 per student

This course will allow seasoned grant writers and newcomers the chance to understand and practice the essentials of writing grant proposals in an interactive and creative workshop! From writing, research and learning how to locate funding sources to grant writing tips and tutorials that have taken years of our expertise to cultivate, let our insight into the vast resources, grant search, and grant writing strategies benefit your organization. In addition, you will learn how to pursue grant funds. This is a course not to be missed.

Visit the grant writing course page for complete course information and online registration.

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Mental Health First Aid: Dealing with Crisis Situations

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12–13
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Alumni Center, 1st Floor
Fee: $50

“Mental Health First Aid: Dealing with Crisis Situations” is a 12-hour certification course to help communities better understand mental illness and respond to psychiatric emergencies.

Visit the mental health first aid course web page for complete course information and online registration.


28th Showcase on Teaching and Learning Call for Proposals

Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, March 27

The FCTL and Showcase Planning committee invites proposals for presentations at the Fall 2013 Showcase on Teaching and Learning.

The Showcase on Teaching and Learning will be held Wednesday, August 14 and focuses on Passion, Inspiration, and Innovation in teaching and learning.

Presentations should be 50 minutes in length and this year we are offering the following tracks for presenters and participants:

  • Learning Online—Enhancing the online learning experience for students.
  • Best Practices in Teaching—Instructional strategies for engaging today’s students.
  • Teaching with Technology—Innovative ways to engage students with technology in or out of the classroom.

Proposals should be 100 words or less and must be submitted through the Proposal Submission Form.

Proposals will be reviewed by peers who are members of the Showcase Planning committee and presenters will be notified no later than Friday, April 5.

We encourage you to share with your fellow faculty members and present at the 28th Showcase on Teaching and Learning.

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Digital Professor Academy Online Course Development Spring 2013

The Digital Professor Academy is offering the following two modules back to back with lunch provided between modules. You may opt to attend one or both sessions on the same day or on separate days.

Event Location: Meyer Library Room 204
Instructor Led: FCTL Instructional Design Team

Online Course Collaboration (3-hour face-to-face module)

At the completion of this module faculty will:

  • utilize Blackboard tools to enhance online collaboration and student engagement
  • use technologies such as mind-mapping tools
  • learn best practices for blogs, wikis, and groups in Blackboard
  • Explore Web 2.0 Tools that promote online collaboration

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Monday, March 4
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday, March 8
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Monday, March 25
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday, April 5

Online Course Assessment (3-hour face-to-face module)

At the completion of this module faculty will:

  • create assessment activities that align to specific student learning objectives
  • explore a variety of classroom assessment techniques
  • learn about alternative assessment strategies to exams and tests
  • create critical thinking discussion questions for online and classroom discussion
  • learn about authoring software such as Respondus Study Mate
  • explore the use of rubrics for assessment activities

1:00 p.m.–4:00 pm, Monday, March 4
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Friday, March 8
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday, March 25
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Friday, April 5

Please register on My Learning Connection or send an RSVP to  Include any dietary concerns in your RSVP.

Visit the FCTL website for information about upcoming events.

International Friends of Missouri State University

intlflagsWith a growing number of international students choosing Missouri State University to advance their education, International Programs is adding a number of services to help these students adjust to a new country, environment, and a different culture.

One of the most recent services to be added under the umbrella of International Programs is International Friends of Missouri State University.  In this program, “university family” along with community friends have an opportunity to apply for an international student(s) to become friends, spend some quality time together, and provide emotional and cultural support.

Learn more about this program and how you can become involved by visiting the international friends website (feel free to sign up) or contacting Paula Vinson at 68943 or

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