February 2020
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This month the Academic Advancement Network is highlighting some of the note-worthy programs available to support faculty and academic staff as they develop the many facets of their careers within the MSU community. We hope these, and the various other opportunities described, will be useful as you map out your own ongoing professional development. We especially urge you to note various opportunities highlighted throughout the newsletter to advance MSU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Best wishes,

Ann Austin
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
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Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews, Chair of
Top-Ranked Teacher Ed. Dept., Reflects on Steps to Becoming a Successful Leader
By Gregory Teachout
When Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews came to Michigan State University in 2005, she was immersed in her work as an assistant professor. While her research, which focuses on issues of racial justice and discrimination in schools, remains a passion and focus, Dr. Carter Andrews has taken on many new responsibilities at MSU in the years since ...

Learning through Collaboration & Connection
The Diversity Research Network: Institutional Mentoring meets Innovation
By Deborah J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Now in its fourth year, the Diversity Research Network (DRN) is intended to support and be facilitative of faculty of color and diversity scholars, and to elevate their work and networking where possible. We want to increase awareness of and participation in our programs as well as network opportunities. We are pleased to continue supporting DRN members and creating new spaces for faculty scholarship through connection and thoughtful resources/programming.

College of Social Science Dean's Research Associate and Distinguished Senior Scholars Programs
By Nwando Achebe
In 2018, the College of Social Science (CSS) launched two major faculty diversity initiatives, namely, the Dean’s Research Associate Program, and the Dean’s Distinguished Senior Scholars Program. Both programs aim at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment in which outstanding scholars in the social sciences who support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy are hired and retained .

Upcoming Events

May 4-6, 2020
This is a conference of MSU educators that showcases innovative teaching ideas and fosters a dynamic community of all who enhance the experiences of students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the meeting is to create a shared space for conversation about educational practices that lead to student success.
  • Call for proposals open now through March 3
  • Registration opens in March
2:30 p.m. - Administration Building, Room 443

11:15 a.m. - 1425 Biomedical and Physical Sciences (BPS) Building

3:00 p.m. - Administration Building, Room 443

8:30 a.m. - MSU Ballroom

11:30 a.m. - Phillips Private Dining Room 150

9:00 a.m. - Kellogg Center, Room Big Ten A

8:30 a.m. - Kellogg Center, Room Big Ten C

9:00 a.m. - Administration Building, Room 443 

See a full list of AAN and related events.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
Faculty Success Program
The Provost will support the program costs for approximately
10 tenure-system faculty to participate in the summer
2020 NCFDD Faculty Success Program.

Call for Adams Fellows
The program brings together a cross-disciplinary group of faculty and academic staff for a year-long fellowship focused on teaching and learning. Adams Academy Fellows explore the literature on effective university teaching and learning practices and consider how this robust body of research can be used to guide instructional decisions in the courses they teach.

AAN Leadership Fellows
MSU yearlong program that creates partnerships between mentors (current administrators) and fellows. This program involves both a shadowing experience and work on a project developed jointly between the mentor and fellow.

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. The theme for the upcoming annual conference held June 8-9 is “The Voice of Women in Higher Education.”
A new website for the Multicultural Center Feasibility Study has launched that provides a brief history of student activism and advocacy for such a facility, information on the project background, names of the members of the steering committee and planning committee, and an opportunity for members of the campus community and beyond to provide comments, questions, or feedback.
HERC is a non-profit coalition of colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non-profit and for-profit organizations, committed to diversifying the pipeline of faculty, staff, and executives in academia.
This website (and accompanying document) provides guidelines and tools intended to be useful to all within the MSU community who have advising and mentoring roles related to graduate education. While attention to compliance issues (e.g., Responsible Conduct of Research, Title IX) is essential to creating a community of integrity and excellence, the purpose of this document is to highlight the essential role of advising and mentoring.
“Having this type of funding available could make it more imaginable to more women scientists that they can have a full life with a family,” said Abigail Stewart, professor of psychology and women’s studies, on the announcement by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that it will provide up to $50,000 to NIH-funded researchers to step away from the lab for up to one year to navigate family commitments and major life challenges.
Impacts shared about another educator
via #iteachmsu Thank an Educator:
Thank you to:
Marilyn Amey
" I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amey. After taking one of her doctoral courses as a part of my PhD electives, I asked Marilyn to be the chair of my dissertation committee (and while the HALE department is filled with talented educators - I feel this was one of the best decisions of my doctoral career). Not only is Marilyn competent in her field and extremely knowledgeable, she is a fantastic educator who creates spaces where learning happens in multiple directions. She is kind, compassionate, and thoughtful - all things she demonstrates as my committee advisor and as a departmental leader. There are few people who have recognized and accommodated me as a 'whole person' (with things in my life outside of school), and I will feel forever indebted to her for that. MSU needs more faculty, administrators, and educators like Dr. Marilyn Amey! "
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