January 2021
Research and Mentoring – Distinctive and Connected Ways
As we continue walking through the pandemic, as well as the strategic planning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion planning efforts during the next several months, it seems important first to take a step back, breathe, and realize that our work in its many forms – even if disrupted during this time – can be valuable and fulfilling. This month it felt important to focus on two aspects of the work in our collective community - both important and connected across many spaces. Research is at the core of our mission - to pursue problems and issues that matter locally and globally. The continued desire to both learn and teach has many seeking mentorship as a way to focus on specific career and learning goals, to network across colleges and institutions, and to pursue our desire for excellence within our respective fields ... (read more)

Best wishes,

Marilyn Amey
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
Mentoring as Care, Connection, & Goal-Setting
By Ellie Louson, Ph.D.
Mentorship happens at different levels of formality and with different goals. My favorite description of mentoring comes from Dr. Beronda Montgomery, an eminent MSU plant scientist and writer, who has written widely on mentoring and calls it “an opportunity to connect meaningfully with individuals in service to their pursuit of personally-defined goals or aspirations.” The university is a setting for ...

Starting an Academic Career in Unusual Times
AAN is offering monthly “Conversations for Early Career Colleagues,” designed to foster connections, answer questions, and support those early in their careers to navigate the university and the overall landscape of academic life.

Conversations with MSU Leaders
Conversation with President Stanley
President to meet with deans, directors, chairs, executive managers, and staff supervisors level 15-17, to promote ongoing communication and to discuss current issues, challenges, and opportunities.

MSU Office of the University Ombudsperson
  • Promotion and Prevention 1.0: Exploring the Nuances in Academic Integrity in the Classroom - Learn key strategies in discussing the importance of academic integrity, as well as in preventing misconduct. Additionally, university policies and procedures in responding to misconduct will be explored to navigate these sometimes difficult conversations. February 5 at noon
  • Promotion and Prevention 2.0: Understanding the Digital Landscape of Academic Integrity - Explore the digital landscape of academic integrity including considerations for assessment security and echeating, as well as how university policy should be considered in these spaces. February 19 at noon

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Sessions
  • Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Roadmap to Equity in Academia - This webinar will focus on the barriers and facilitators to gender equity in academia and highlights actionable strategies for institutions to implement to improve gender equity. January 26 at 2 p.m.
  • Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism: A Multi-Week Course to Facilitate Healing from Racial Trauma - In this two-part workshop series, Dr. Della will describe the connection between trauma, healing, compassion, and collectivism. She will also introduce and guide participants through practices that help cultivate compassion and collectivism as a means to help facilitate healing from racial trauma.
  • Week 1 February 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Week 2 February 17 at 2 p.m.
  • How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities - Grab your strategic plan and learn the secret to making it work day-to-day and week-to-week! This is a HANDS-ON webinar where you’ll not only learn the technique but actually do it! February 11 at 2 p.m.

View a comprehensive list of educator development resources.
MSU Dialogues Online: Connecting Humanity through Conversation Even at a Distance
By Briana Bohannan
MSU Dialogues provides a unique opportunity for the MSU community to have conversations about issues that impact our community. Open to students, faculty, staff, and administrators, it is one space for community members with different backgrounds and perspectives to be able to share their narratives and challenge the dominant narratives within our society. We each have our truths, which inform how we navigate the world.

Read more about MSU Dialogues and apply today

Next month's newsletter focus is DEI
Protecting the health of the general public, research subjects, students, and all MSU colleagues is and must remain the clear first priority. Please refer to this website for guidelines on a continuation of research.
Beyond developing your skillset, mentorship is an opportunity to broaden your network and ability to see issues from multiple points of view. Among the many things we’ve learned this past year, one key takeaway is how important cross-team support and collaboration is to creative problem-solving and innovation, especially during crisis.
Impacts shared about another educator
via #iteachmsu Thank an Educator:
Thank you to:
“Marisa has taken on the immense task of redesigning our intro HPS course / 1st year writing course. Designing and running the pilot for this course was a challenge even before we moved online. She now leads a group of instructors who are jointly running the online pilot, which is a bold remix of HPS, writing skills, and cohort building. She is brilliant, capable, and compassionate to our 1st-year students. We are lucky to have her in our college.”
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