Provost Communiqué for August 21, 2014


In This Issue:


New Diversity Studies Minor

Missouri State has a new Diversity Studies minor. This is a notice that the Faculty Senate approved the diversity minor at the May meeting and we want to make sure that all faculty and advisors are aware of this option for our students. The minor in Diversity Studies takes a more holistic approach, seeking to provide a broad picture of the range of diversity in society.

Objectives include:

  • Introducing students to the main forms of diversity in society today; namely race and ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, religion, language, aging, and disability
  • Understanding how diversity affects society
  • Allows students the opportunity to engage personally through Study Away or service-learning experiences
  • Aims to prepare students to participate effectively in a diverse world

For more information on this new and exciting option for our students, please call Dr. Pam Sailors, Associate Dean CHPA at 836-5529 or refer to the catalog.


cameraFaculty and Staff Free Portrait Days

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, August 25–26
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (both days)
Location: PSU 312
Who: Faculty, Staff, Administrators
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No appointment 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. This is a great opportunity for new faculty and staff members to have their pictures taken. Professional or business casual attire is preferred. Please contact Chuck Busby at 836-6495, if you have any questions.


Taylor Health Center News

Changes Planned for This Year’s Wellness Incentives (aka Biometrics and HRA)

Your life is about to get a lot easier as we head into fall. This year, although the HRA will still have to be completed, there will be no requirement to complete biometrics, sign any release forms, or turn in a note from your doctor. As the University moves to only requiring biometric information every three years, those items will not be necessary to save on your health premiums in 2015. Stay tuned for more information to follow in a few weeks!

Free Shingles Vaccine Clinic

Date: Friday, September 19
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Taylor Health Conference Room

Taylor Health and Wellness Center is very pleased to host a clinic by the Greene County Public Health Department
for free shingles vaccinations. Faculty and family members who reside in Greene County and are aged 60 years old and above are eligible. The usual cost of vaccine is $200.

Pre-registration is required. Please call Ms. Connie Pyle, RN at 836-4033 to pre-register.


Conference on Civic Engagement

Building and Sustaining Partnerships for Stronger Communities

CtrCommEngagement_logoDate: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union

Save the date for MSU’s inaugural conference on civic engagement! This conference will focus on the university’s involvement in partnership-based solutions to address pressing public issues in Springfield and the surrounding region. Register by contacting the Office of Public Affairs Support at 417-836-8832.

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Student Government Collegiate Readership Program

The readership program started on the first day of classes. Please promote this program to your students. The Collegiate Readership Program’s mission is to:

  • Provide global awareness
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Cultivate social responsibility
  • Tie course work to world issues
  • Create active discussion in the classroom
  • Improve ability to articulate views

Read a letter from the SGA President about the Collegiate Readership Program.


FCTLLogoRegistration is Now Open!

Teaching Tips and Troubleshooting for New(er) Teachers

Date: Every Tuesday August 26–September 30
Time: 2:00–2:50 p.m.
Location: Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Meyer Library Room 204
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Short chapters in The Joy of Teaching by Peter Filene will be the basis for these discussions along with participant’s teaching successes and teaching problems. Discussion will be led by Jim Moyer and is intended for faculty who are in their first five years of teaching and interested in improving their teaching experience. The Joy of Teaching book is complementary from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to those who participate.

Please register through My Learning Connection. For more information email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

Digital Professor Academy Orientation Meetings

The Digital Professor Academy is designed to assist faculty in the development of solid pedagogical teaching practices regardless of the instructional environment. The DPA is delivered online and faculty also have opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops that are aligned to the goals of their course as well as have the support of Instructional Designers from the FCTL. Plan to attend one of these orientation sessions to learn more about this program.

Wednesday, September 10, 8:00–9:00 a.m. calendar icon
Thursday, September 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m. calendar icon
Monday, September 15, 2:00–3:00 p.m. calendar icon
Tuesday, September 16, 8:00–9:00 a.m. calendar icon

All meetings will be at the FCTL, Meyer Library Room 204. Please register through My Learning Connection. For more information email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

Accessibility 101

As faculty we know the importance of making our course materials accessible to students; including individuals with disabilities. But how can we do this? This session will provide valuable insights from a visually impaired graduate student on how screen readers navigate documents and practical tips on how you can make your course materials more accessible.

This session will be offered two different times in the FCTL, Meyer Library Room 204.

Monday, September 8, 1:30–2:15 p.m. calendar icon
Tuesday, September 9, 8:00–8:45 a.m.

Please register through My Learning Connection. For more information email the FCTL or call 836-3059

Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor Begins August 25!

The Monday Morning Mentor is a weekly 20-minute mentor online program. A new topic is available on Monday morning and can be viewed from your desktop PC or any mobile device.

The Fall 2014 schedule begins on Monday, August 25. Download the Fall 2014 Monday Morning Mentor Schedule.

Faculty will receive information on how to access the series once the program is released on Monday, August 25.

For more information email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

Fall Teaching Conferences and Workshops

Blended Learning Course Design: A Boot Camp for Instructors
October 9–10, 2014—Denver, CO

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference
October 10–12, 2014—Denver, CO

International Conference on Online Learning
October 29–31, 2014—Orlando, FL

Creating a Comprehensive Plan for the Flipped Learning Environment
November 7–8, 2014—San Antonio, TX


CHPA Presents

The Occupational Status of Women Head Clergy: Findings from the National Congregations Study, 1998, 2006, 2012

Date: Thursday, September 18
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall 350
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Dr. Catherine Hoegeman will present on women who have made it “above the stained glass ceiling” and have positions as leaders of religious congregations. She explores whether or not women and men head pastors have equitable positions.


Workshop for Critical Inquiry Presentation

Date: Thursday, September 4
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Library Auditorium, Room 101

The Philosophy Department and the Workshop for Critical Inquiry welcome the first speaker of the 2014–2015 year, Dr. Ethan Kleinberg, Professor of History, Wesleyan University. His talk entitled, “Not yet Marrano: Levinas, Derrida and the Ontology of ‘Being-Jewish’”, will examine the ways that Levinas and Derrida each confront the issue of Jewish identity (the “jewish-question”) in relation to their own philosophical work but also their respective historical contexts. He concludes by trying to provoke questions about current notions of identity and identity construction.



Computer Services Presents

Blackboard Spotlight: Online Training!

Computer Services has launched new, online ways to get Blackboard training, including weekly online live courses and virtual Blackboard Expert Office Hours, as well as a video edition of our Blackboard Jumpstart course. See the University Calendar or Help Desk website for class information and how to register.

More information on Blackboard resources and support can be found at or the Blackboard at Missouri State blog. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and tips!


Video and Print Student Contest

 “What Would a World Without Academic Integrity Look Like?”

Submissions are due Monday, September 22

The Academic Integrity Council (AIC) and Academic Integrity Matters Student Organization (AIM SO) would like to announce a video/print contest this fall which answers this question.

Video submissions need to be no more than two minutes long. Print submissions need to be submitted as a PDF file. The top three video and print submissions will be selected by the student body and the winners will then be selected from the top three by the AIC and AIM SO.

The student with the winning video and/or print entry will receive an iPad. There will be other prizes as well for runners up. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 2.

Please contact either Katie Stinnett (836-4174) or Jessica Silvey (836-8346) with any questions. Visit the academic integrity website for more information about the contest.

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