September 2021
Welcome to Fall 2021
Whether this is the first time you are setting foot on the MSU campus or whether this is the first time you are doing so after an 18 month hiatus, it is a distinct experience – beautiful grounds to walk around and gardens to explore, a brand new STEM education building to walk through, and of course, the Red Cedar River working its way through campus. And perhaps, could it be, the Spartan Marching Band warming up on Adams Field preparing for a home football game? And yet, so much has also changed from when we were last together in person beyond the 2x2 Zoom lenses through which we came to know and work with each other. It’s a lot like coming for the first time – not “back” to campus but “to” campus knowing that many things have changed, including ourselves. Perhaps at moments like this, when we are really starting anew, it’s worth remembering... (read more)

Best wishes,

Marilyn Amey
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
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Welcome to the 2021-2022 Fellowship Cohorts
Fellowship programs provide opportunities to expand leadership, teaching, learning, and research in different ways with the support of facilitators and a network of colleagues in each cohort. Read more to find out about this year's fellowship participants, including information on the programs and projects for the upcoming year. In early spring, look for an informational session that will introduce these many opportunities to engage, learn, and build your networks. Read more
Professional Development and Community Groups - 2021-2022
As educators at MSU you are invited to participate and contribute to an array of opportunities. Consider the options below as ways to integrate with the university and collaborate with colleagues.
Simmons Chivukula Award: 
Call for Nominations Due October 7
This award is for exemplary work in academic leadership at the ranks of: department chair, school director, assistant dean, or associate dean (individuals must be currently holding one of these positions at the time of nomination). An individual will be selected annually on the basis of consistently demonstrated excellence in academic leadership, including the dimensions of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Leadership Institute

Starting an Academic Career in Unusual Times

Student Success Launch

View a comprehensive list of educator development resources.

More events and professional development sessions will be added - see the event calendar.
The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity offers live and recorded webinars, courses, and workshops covering many topics that pertain to different stages of academic careers. For example, learn how to plan your academic year, your term, and your weekly schedule in a way that is aligned with your tenure and promotion criteria. To receive many resources at no cost to you, register with your NetID for an account linked to our MSU institutional membership.
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via #iteachmsu Thank an Educator:
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Gratitude is so important especially for the wide educator community (including but not limited to faculty, GTAs, ULAs, instructional designers, academic advisors, program support staff, librarians, coaches, etc.) who help support learning across MSU. At #iteachmsu, we believe elevating, recognizing, and celebrating those contributions is vital.

The #iteachmsu Educator Awards are dedicated to honoring individuals who have been recognized through the Thank an Educator initiative. This is a simple but important act of saying thank you and recognizing the great work of educator colleagues across campus.

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