Provost Communiqué for January 16, 2014

pa_logo_2013-14Call for Nominations—Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs

The Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs has been established at Missouri State University to recognize faculty and staff who excel at carrying out the public affairs mission. Up to three faculty award winners and up to three staff award winners are selected each year to receive a certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors, and a $1500 grant to be used for travel and/or research related to their work with public affairs.

Please visit the excellence in public affairs awards website for faculty and staff award information.


A Documentary Film

Jim Crow to Barack Obama

Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
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How have issues of race and racism changed in the last 100 years? “Jim Crow to Barack Obama” is a documentary film featuring African Americans 75 years old and older. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will be used for student scholarships. The first 100 students with an MSU ID will be admitted free.

This event is sponsored by the Springfield NAACP Branch, the Missouri State University Division for Diversity and Inclusion and Polsinelli, PC.

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study away logoStudy Away Exploratory Travel Funds

In 2013–14, the Provost and Vice President of Research and Economic Development have provided $20,000 in funding for faculty exploratory travel. The aim of the exploratory travel funds is to increase the number of faculty-led short-term Study Away programs towards an end of increasing students’ cultural competence. Additionally, funded travel will help to ensure faculty preparedness in safety measures for future short-term Study Away programs. The deadline for the spring round of funding is Monday, April 7, 2014. Please review the request for proposals here. Contact Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong, 836-6368, if you have any questions.


FCTLLogoDigital Professor Academy for Spring 2014

The Digital Professor Academy is designed to assist faculty with developing an online course and teaching in an online environment. A significant portion of the DPA is delivered online providing an online learning experience from the student perspective. During the DPA, faculty will also have opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops and develop their online course with support of Instructional Designers in the FCTL.

Plan to attend of these information sessions to learn more about the DPA.

Tuesday, January 28 9:30–10:30 a.m. Meyer Lib 204
Tuesday, January 28 3:30–4:30 p.m. Meyer Lib 204
Tuesday, January 28 5:30–6:30 p.m. Meyer Lib 204
Wednesday, January 29 9:00–10:00 a.m. Meyer Lib 204
Wednesday, January 29 3:00–4:00 p.m. Meyer Lib 204
Thursday, January 30 9:30–10:30 a.m. Meyer Lib 204
Thursday, January 30 3:30–4:30 p.m. Meyer Lib 204
Thursday, January 30 5:30–6:30 p.m. Meyer Lib 204

Registration for these meetings is now open in My Learning Connection.

Questions? Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.


Sign up Now for the Spring 2014 Faculty Writing Retreats!

Dates: Friday’s, January 24, February 21, March 21, April 25; and May 19–23
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center, Hospitality Room (Room 101)

Monthly Faculty Writing Retreats provide a supportive and productive environment to work on writing projects. Faculty use this time to work on research articles, books, data analysis, grants, dissertations, etc. Feedback sessions are provided as needed. Retreats are free of charge to faculty members. A light breakfast and lunch are provided. This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs Office, and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please register through My Learning Connection and contact Stephanie Norander, Provost Fellow for Faculty Development—Writing, with questions.


Bb_LogoBlackboard Feature Spotlight: Color Coding the Grade Center

Would you like, at a glimpse, to see who’s performing well and who’s falling behind in your course? By color coding the grade center in your Blackboard course, you can designate your choice of colors to a full range of options. Not only will colors show you what assignments or tests are In Progress, Need Grading, or Exempt, you’re also able to define score criteria that will trigger a designated color for a specified grade range. For example, if you would like students with scores below a certain percent to show with a red background with green text, you can! Want the students who are acing your material to have a soft blue background with subtle violet text? No problem! For instructions on how to color code your Grade Center, head over to this article on Experts.

See the Blackboard Blog to learn more about some of the great features in Blackboard, and don’t forget about all of the opportunities for Blackboard training at the Blackboard at Missouri State University website, and learn how you can become a Blackboard Black Belt while you’re there!


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