March 2021
Spring Symposium, Spring Conference, and Fellowships to Explore
Throughout the year, we have emphasized an aspect of academic work in the monthly AAN newsletter, presented short stories from campus colleagues showcasing their academic experiences, and highlighted certain resources we hope you find valuable. The second half of spring term brings so many opportunities to get involved in myriad seminars and workshops and to consider the ways in which you want to connect with others in distinct settings over the summer and in the 2021-22 academic year, which is a focus of this month’s newsletter. While you might feel fall is just too far away and you cannot see how you could add one more thing to your plate, we encourage you to consider ... (read more)

Best wishes,

Marilyn Amey
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
Dr. Alan Smith Receives Simmons Chivukula Award for Academic Leadership
Steadfast and even-handed in his support of department faculty, staff, and students, Dr. Smith demonstrates his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by fostering an inclusive and equitable environment in student recruitment, faculty hiring, committee assignments, and workloads. Regularly consulting with faculty to assess and appreciate their needs, as well as the demands placed on them, Dr. Smith takes these factors into account when he allocates tasks and does so with the highest level of transparency. He never hesitates to seek counsel on various issues, an indicator of continuous learning and improvement. These attributes and many more make Dr. Smith an excellent fit for the Simmons Chivukula Award for Academic Leadership. Read more
Spring Symposium: Imagining the Future of the University and Academic Work
April 19 from 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
In the context of the immense challenges and changes that have characterized the past year, the Spring Symposium will offer avenues for conversation in which we can “imagine the future of the university and academic work.” We invite all faculty members, academic staff, and administrative leaders to reflect on what we have learned in the pandemic about ourselves and our work, what we want to retain, and what we want to change regarding academic work and the life of our university community going forward. Read more
Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success
The focus of this year's conference is on Lessons Learned and New Experiences from 2020. This year's conference will be virtual with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Agenda information and registration will be available next week ... Read more
Creating and Sustaining a Respectful Work Environment Series
This workshop is intended for leaders (executive managers, deans, directors, chairs, and supervisors, level 12-17) from across the University to work together to improve the current climate and culture in their units and across the greater campus community.

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. April 14 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Sessions
  • Navigating Faculty Career Transitions: Getting to Mid-Career and Beyond - The focus of this session is on helping faculty develop a plan to navigate their faculty career, with a focus on the needs of mid-career faculty. The presentation will discuss some typical barriers that faculty face at mid-career and share recommendations for navigating career transitions. March 23 at 2 p.m.

  • Mastering Academic Time Management - This webinar is specifically designed to address these issues and provide participants with concrete skills to successfully transition from graduate student to professor. April 8 at 2 p.m.

View a comprehensive list of educator development resources.
The purpose of mid-semester feedback is to collect formative feedback on your course to explore possible adjustments. Mid-semester feedback is optional. The feedback comes to you only and is not used for administrative review purposes.

This is a collection of resources to help guide educators through the process of collecting mid-semester feedback, interpreting the data, and making an action plan!
In an effort to understand the experience of working as an educator during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are asking faculty to take a moment to fill out this short survey. The results of this survey will aid in developing future professional development opportunities as well as reflect on the lasting impacts of the pandemic on institutions of higher education.
Entirely self-paced training to guide you through the process to develop an online version of your course. Since there is no one way to develop an online course or teach online, our goal is to help you make informed choices based on your own particular needs and contexts.
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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