“The Hough Post”
November 11, 2019
Volume 8, Number 11
RFT is searching for an assistant professor of multicultural education, a position that has been open for about three months. We have been very successful over the past five years or so in our efforts to invite applications from individuals who represent traditionally underrepresented groups. I will continue interfacing with our IHE networks that have proven so successful in the past to generate a good pool of applicants with the goal being to have a new faculty member on board by August 2020 if not before.
As some have already been made aware, Dr. James Satterfield has accepted a position at Auburn University. James will be the department head for Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology beginning June 1, 2020. Congratulations, James. Dr. Satterfield made me aware of this development late last week and provided an update over the weekend regarding his start date that allows an announcement to be made at this time at his request.
I will form a search committee for the CLSE department head position later this week. If anyone would like to volunteer to serve, please let me know before noon on Thursday, November 14th. I will give the committee its charge on Friday, November 15th. The committee will begin work on November 15th and continue until the process is complete. I will meet with CLSE faculty soon to discuss plans going forward should the search committee not find a suitable replacement by June 1, 2020.
We will miss Dr. Satterfield, his wife Michelle, and their family. However, they are leaving to take advantage of an opportunity for James to advance his career. We wish James and his family the very best: “War Eagle.” 😊
Opportunity to Develop Graduate Certificate
I will meet with interested faculty and their department heads sometime soon to determine the feasibility of developing a 9-hour graduate certificate program to prepare PK-12 individuals to interface with social service providers and mental health care professionals to provide services to PK-12 students. The certificate could be interdisciplinary by bundling existing courses in CFD, school counseling, and family counseling. The market would include individuals with bachelor’s degrees in social work, teaching, counseling and other areas affiliated with PK-12 schools.
Instead of legislating schools to do more sans extra funding, the idea would be to offer something of great need, and allow options. The ATLL could assist, as they currently provide professional development in this area. Schools might be willing provide tuition for their employees to obtain this certificate, and marketing would be enhanced from folk in Jefferson City who have told me they are solidly behind this approach.
Should faculty embrace the concept and develop such a certificate, the MSU COE would once again take the leadership role in our State by being the first IHE in Missouri to offer this much-needed assistance for our PK-12 schools. If you have an interest in this initiative, please let me know by Friday of this week.
The November 5th issue of this Post included information about the recent CAEP site team visit. According to CAEP guidelines we should receive the site teams’ report of findings and recommendations on or before Friday of this week. Regardless, those who have worked most directly to address CAEP standards, processes, and organizational issues will work directly with me going forward to explore options. One issue, for example, is that CAEP processes keep us in “limbo” until the Accreditation Council renders its report in April 2020. A six-month “holding pattern” of this nature does not seem appropriate to me. Stay tuned. . . .
Institute for Research and Evaluation Being Proposed
The COE Faculty Advisory Council and Budget Committee have both recommended
the college consider developing a proposal to establish a research institute. The Promotion & Tenure Seminar participants have indicated they support the idea, as well. Following is a narrative that captures the proposed concept:
- The MSU College of Education proposes to establish an Institute for Research and Evaluation to support faculty in the development of grants, research studies, and program evaluations. The Institute would provide assistance to faculty who choose to participate.
The Institute would be housed in Hill Hall or PCOB, pending approval by the MSU Space Committee. A part-time director and research graduate assistant would be employed to manage the Institute and provide proactive leadership.
The following goals and activities would be managed by the Institute:
A list of faculty research agendas would be maintained and shared to encourage collaboration.
- RFPs for grants and program evaluations would be identified and shared with faculty.
- Assistance would be provided to help faculty develop proposals to present research to professional organizations.
- Workshops and/or seminars would be developed, organized, and held to provide updates and share information pertaining to research funding sources.
- An annual report of Institute activities including faculty projects would be provided each August at the beginning of each academic year.
Funding for the Institute would come from COE Salary Savings for up to three years with the expectation that ongoing funding would be provided via indirect recovery from grants and contracts.
The COE Leadership Council will consider this recommendation at an upcoming meeting and present a concept paper for consideration at our January 31, 2020, COE Faculty meeting at Bass Pro’s Sportsman’s Lodge.
Extra Travel Support for Faculty to be Considered
The COE Budget Committee and Faculty Advisory Committee have discussed the feasibility of providing more funding for faculty to travel to present research to professional organizations. This was discussed at the last Promotion and Tenure Seminar, as well.
These groups considered choosing a professional organization like the American Education Research Association (AERA) that could serve as the “umbrella” for this added support initiative. However, due to a variety of potential conflicts and disadvantages to individual faculty that could potentially arise, the idea of selecting a specific organization or association is no longer being considered.
Instead, the BC, FAC, and P&T Seminar groups would prefer the COE LC consider an approach that would provide additional funding for research presentations to professional organizations deemed to be rigorous enough to warrant extra support. One idea put forward is to have the FAC review proposed research presentations along with manuscripts developed from same to determine whether the rigor of the research warrants additional funding. Dean Hough will present this idea to the LC at its next meeting, and we will discuss pros and cons at our January 31st COE Faculty meeting, as well.
Bear in Every Building
Bear in Every Building has been busy! To date, 660 Bears in Buildings have been identified. A map of Missouri (see below) has been placed on a bulletin board on the second floor of Hill Hall. Bears who have signed up for BIEB are represented by maroon dots in the county where their schools are located. It is a great visual showing where our Bears are located across the state and beyond.
Recently faculty from the MSU College of Education (COE) attended the Missouri School Counselors Association state meeting in Lake Ozark MO. Many Bears were greeted during the exhibit time and a reception for MSU graduates was held after the sessions concluded for the day.
On Thursday November 14th, MSU COE will travel to Columbia to the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) state convention. If you are attending, please stop by our booth in the exhibit hall and plan on attending the reception we are hosting Thursday evening.
Bear Swag is being processed and distribution is occurring. Be patient! Deliveries are occurring and more Bear Wear has been ordered!
If you know of a MSU COE graduate who would like to participate in our program, please email us at COE_BIEB@missouristate.edu. If you have questions about the program, please contact Rhonda Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bear POWER Updates
State of the Art National Conference and First Annual Inclusive College Fair
November 12-14th is the State of the Art National Conference, which will be held in Reno, Nevada at the University of Nevada. Missouri State Bear POWER will be participating in the very first annual College Fair, including 30 inclusive post secondary programs across the country. Rachel Mast, current Bear POWER student, will receive the national Laura Lee Self Advocacy Award and will be a keynote speaker, giving a 30 minute presentation at the conference. You can read more about Rachel Mast here. Rachel, David Hough and Chris Craig will attend the conference.
Midwest Inclusive Post Secondary Alliance (MIPSA) Fall Meeting
On Monday, November 4th the MIPSA (Midwest Inclusive Post Secondary Alliance) Fall Meeting was held at the Kentwood Crystal Ballroom hosted by the College of Education and Bear POWER. Edith Cusack, Director of the REACH Program at College of Charleston was the keynote speaker and led a faculty training and round table discussion break out. Wes Pratt, Chief Diversity Officer and Stacy Rice, Senior Instructional Designer with the Faculty Center for Teaching and learning both presented at the meeting.
Over 75 faculty and staff from the following Universities were present: Missouri State University, Evangel, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Missouri St. Louis, UMKC, University of Central Missouri, University of Oklahoma, Northeastern (Oklahoma) State University, and The Ohio State University.
Kim Roam, Missouri State Faculty, Edith Cusack, Director of REACH Program, College of Charleston,
Rachel Heinz, Director of Missouri State Bear POWER)
Edith Cusack, Director of REACH Program, College of Charleston
Bear POWER Fall Open House
Saturday, November 9th Bear POWER is hosting a Fall Open House on campus for prospective students and families. Over 60 students, families, and educators will be present. The event will include a program overview, student panel, ambassador panel, and a campus tour. Admissions applications open directly following the event, application deadline for the January 2021 semester are due by February 28, 2020.
Bear Partnership Expands to Liberty Schools
On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Drs. James Satterfield and Denise Cunningham visited the two Liberty School District high schools to present information regarding the 2020 Bear Partnership program. Eight students from Liberty High School indicated they were interested in pursuing a career in education and participated in the presentation. The students asked valid and insightful questions and, by the end, all indicated they were interested in attending this summer’s event. Liberty North High School provided seven interested students for the presentation.
Dr. Robert Vogelaar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Relations, and Dr. Andrea Dixon-Seahorn, Academic Services – Grow Your Own Programs, joined the presentations. Dr. Vogelaar promised the district would provide transportation for the students who wanted to attend the event in June. He went on to tell the students that the Bear Partnership program is “the best deal being offered in the state of Missouri” and he hoped the Liberty-Missouri State partnership continues to grow over the years. Jill Brock, counselor at Liberty North, stated that Missouri State was the number one college destination for Liberty students and had just returned from a campus visit to MSU with 48 students earlier in the week.
You are welcome to attend any of the workshops below. For questions, contact Joi Hook at email@example.com
|Tuesday, November 12, 2019||SW Region MLDS Developing Yr. 2 Session #2||PCOB 112||8:30||1:30|
|Wednesday, November 13, 2019||Quality Eligibility determinations||PCOB 112||8:30||3:00|
|Thursday, November 14, 2019||SW Region MLDS Developing 1 Leadership Series: Session 2 November 14th||PCOB 112||8:30||2:30|
|Thursday, November 14, 2019||MTDS: Teacher Leader Cohort 2019-2020||PCOB 204||5:00||7:00|
|Friday, November 15, 2019||MTDS: Statewide Teacher Academy 2019-2020 Cohort – Springfield||PCOB 112||8:30||3:00|
|Monday, November 18, 2019||VIRTUAL – Supporting English Learners in the Classroom: Session three of three||ZOOM||9:00||11:00|
|Monday, November 18, 2019||STEM for Sprouts and More||PCOB 112||8:30||3:00|
|Tuesday, November 19, 2019||MTDS: Professional Development Committee (PDC) Training||PCOB 112|
|Wednesday, November 20, 2019||Equity Lab||PCOB 112||9:00||12:00|
|Wednesday, November 20, 2019||MTDS: TAG: Teacher Academy Graduates – Springfield Cohort||PCOB 204||8:30||3:00|
|Thursday, November 21, 2019||Reaching and Teaching Students with Characteristics of Dyslexia – Session IV||PCOB 112||8:30||3:00|
|Friday, November 22, 2019||Southwest MELL Collaboration||PCOB 112||12:30||3:30|
|Monday, November 25, 2019||Help and Support for the Most Challenging Students||PCOB 112||8:30||2:00|
All notes/minutes from Leadership Council, Faculty Advisory Council, Budget Committee, and College Council are on the COE website: https://education.missouristate.edu/
Keep Calm and November On,