Provost Communiqué for March 28, 2013


In This Issue:


Nominations and Applications are Solicited for the Provost Fellow
for Public Affairs

Deadline to apply is Friday, April 12

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the theme for the 2014–2015 academic year will be The Ethical Citizen: Can You Make a Difference?.  In order to allow for better planning and preparation, we have selected the theme early and are now accepting nominations and applications for the Provost Fellow for Public Affairs for 2014-2015.  The selected Fellow will “shadow” the current Provost Fellow, Dr. Kevin Evans, in order to better understand the planning process of the Public Affairs Conference.

The Office of the Provost welcomes applications and nominations for a Provost Fellow who will be responsible for refining this theme, developing and promoting related activities and serve as the chair of the 2015 Public Affairs Conference.  The person selected will receive a one course reassignment per semester (total of 6 hours) and an $8,000 stipend.  Although the appointment will be for one year, the person selected will be asked to shadow the 2013–1024 Provost Fellow in order to gain an understanding of the full responsibilities of the position.

Individuals wishing to be considered for this position should submit a CV and letter of interest outlining their experience, skills and ideas to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 12.  Review of applications will begin March 25. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Rachelle Darabi.

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cameraFaculty and Staff Free Portrait Days

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, April 8–9
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (both days)
Location: PSU 312
Who: Faculty, Staff, Administrators
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No appointment is necessary

Need your photo updated or a new one taken? Photographic 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.  Professional dress is preferred!  Please contact Chuck Busby, Office of the Provost, at 836-6495, if you have any questions.


Missouri State University Students Publish Book on Edgar Allan Poe

Poe-First-CoverFeaturing the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, the April 2013 “Big Read” is a community-wide literacy outreach sponsored by Springfield-Greene County Library District. This year, Missouri State University students are joining the Library District in its annual “one book, one community” celebration.

Fourteen students in English and twelve in Art and Design have collaborated over the publication of Edgar Allan Poe: A Guide for Readers Young and Old (Springfield: Moon City, 2013). This illustrated book features several of Poe’s best-known works and essays on various subjects, including Poe’s life and the mystery of his death, Poe’s place in history and in today’s popular culture, and Poe’s contributions to horror fiction, detective fiction, and science fiction.

Download news release and book event schedule


Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter

The next issue of the Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter is available. Our unit is focused on student success, and in that spirit, we wanted to publish a newsletter that would provide faculty with best education practices and also information about MSU happenings. This issue features articles on the becoming acquainted with the SDPA unit and upcoming events.

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Staff Senate Nominations

Faculty members can nominate staff members for Staff Senate

Staff Senate is now accepting nominations for the term beginning July 2013. Those elected will have the chance to serve Missouri State University for a three-year term by advocating for continuous personal and professional development improvements by initiating or assisting in programs and changes that benefit staff.

Our responsibility to Missouri State University includes, but is not limited to: reviewing policies/procedures and offering recommendations regarding the interests of staff and non-faculty employees; assisting in the communication of issues and activities affecting staff members; serving as a liaison between the President and staff; promoting participation in the University community; and encouraging a sense of community among all University employees. The University encourages all employees to attend Senate meetings and participate in Senate activities.

Staff Senate is actively engaged in the University’s Public Affairs mission by our involvement in Lee National Denim Day for breast cancer awareness and campus community activities such as Student Move In day.

Would you like to get involved by lending your service and expertise to Staff Senate?

If you or someone you’d like to nominate are interested in filling a vacant senator seat and…

  • have been a full-time staff member for at least one year,
  • can commit to a three-year senate term,
  • are able to attend one meeting each month, and
  • are able to serve on at least two Staff Senate committees,

fill out the online nomination form by Friday, April 19, 2013 or contact us for a paper form. Elections will take place after May 1, 2013.

For more information about Staff Senate, visit our web site or contact us at



Noncredit Programs

Crime Victim Advocate Certificate Program—Workshop B

Dates and Times: Friday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch); Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch)
Location:  Friday—Alumni Center, 2nd floor board room; Saturday—Jim D. Morris Center, Missouri Room, 1st floor
Fee: $195

In this workshop, communication with victims and survivors of crime will be the focus. Key communication skills, spiritual and cultural competency, and identifying immediate, short-term, and long-term effects impacting victims will be discussed.

Visit the crime victim advocate program course page for more information and to register online.


Missouri State Test Prep Classes

Refer your students to this workshop. With preparation courses for the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT, we are Springfield’s leading test prep solution.  Scores on standardized tests like the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT play an important role in the graduate school application process.  In addition to helping to determine admissions status, standardized tests are often used in merit-based scholarships, grants, fellowships, and assistantships.  Let Missouri State University’s Test Prep program help your students prepare for, and succeed on, these important exams.  A team of test prep professionals and former standardized exam item writers design and teach each test preparation course. Our experienced and professional instructors are highly trained and care about student success.

Visit the test prep website to find out about dates of upcoming GRE and LSAT classes, costs, and online registration.


Marketing Your Nonprofit

Date:  Thursday, April 11
Time:  9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location:  Alumni Center, 2nd Floor
Fee: $150 per person, $100 per student

Participants will learn the ins and outs of marketing their nonprofit in 2013 and beyond. Understand effective use and tools in the world of social media, including Facebook to Twitter. Create a buzz around your nonprofit with the news and other media. From press releases to advertising and public service announcements, you will be amazed by how much attention and funds you can be raking in beyond worn traditional fundraising ideas.

Visit the marketing your nonprofit course page for complete course information and online registration.


Fundamentals of Photography

Dates: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, April 16, 18, 23, 25
Time:  6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location:  Morris Center, Room 318
Fee:  $50
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This course will help the student learn the functions of their cameras (film or digital) and how to make better use of composition, lenses, lighting, software, flash units, and other equipment including tips and techniques for capturing photographs that stand out from the everyday snapshot image.  In addition, this course is recommended to hobbyists, budding journalists who need to shoot their own stories, artists, and anyone else looking at improving their photographic imagery.

Visit the fundamentals of photography course page for complete course information and online registration.


Culture of the Ozarks Series

Take a journey through Ozarks culture with these noncredit courses.

Legends, Lore & Outlaws
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $50

Gettin’ Our Kicks on Route 66
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $50

Civil War Crossroads
Dates: Tuesday’s, July 23 & 30
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Fee: $50


Office of the Provost

Workshops for New Faculty

Beginning and Implementing a Focused Research Agenda

Date:  Monday, April 1
Time:  3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location:  Strong Hall Basement, Room 1
Presenters:  Elizabeth Rozelle, COB; Chris Barnhart, CNAS; Eric Sheffield, COE; and Julie Masterson, CHHS and Provost’s Office
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Beginning and implementing a programmatic line of research is important for new academics.  We will discuss the advantages of a specified research agenda and offer potential ways to overcome the challenges of narrowing one’s focus.  Panelists include previous winners of the MSU Foundation Award in Research and other campus leaders in scholarship.


Preparing for Promotion to Senior Instructor

Date: Monday, April 1
Time:  3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall Basement, Room 2
Presenters:  Tracy Dalton, English; Chris Craig, Provost’s Office
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This workshop will focus on the criteria that are used for promotion to senior instructor and how to optimally prepare to meet them. Establishment of yearly goals and documentation of progress will be emphasized.


Supporting Students with ASD in Your Classroom

Date: Monday, April 8
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall Basement,  Room 1
Presenters: Joanie Armstrong and Susan Hawkins, MSU Project Access; Linda Garrison-Kane, Special Education
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Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and basic knowledge of the disability can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who experience it. This professional development presentation is designed to acquaint participants with a basic, brief general knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of autism, remind attendees that behaviors represent messages, and take a look at some core issues that an autism spectrum disorder can create for an individual. There will be time allotted for a panel to address specific questions from the audience.


Students for a Sustainable Future present Dr. Eban Goodstein

Good Work for Hot Times: Sustainability Leadership in Business
and Policy

Dr. Eban Goodstein
Dr. Eban Goodstein

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall Auditorium
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Dr. Goodstein is an economist, author, and environmental educator known for his work in the clean energy movement, and for his climate education events, which have engaged over 2500 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions in solutions-driven dialogues about global warming and climate change.

Dr. Goodstein is Director for Bard College’s MBA program in Sustainability and Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

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Dr. Earle Doman
Dr. Earle Doman

Academic Advisement Forum

Lessons Learned and Anticipated Challenges

Date:  Tuesday, April 2
Time:  12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location:  Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary Room
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Join Dr. Earle Doman, retiring Vice President for Student Affairs, as he shares his perspectives from his time here at Missouri State and what challenges lie ahead.



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