October 2021
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Continuous Improvement Cycle of Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning are core features of any postsecondary institution, closely tied to student success in so many ways. Yet, it is an aspect of academic work for which most have little real training before assuming their position at a research university like Michigan State University (MSU), with the exception of those who might have been a teaching assistant at some point previously... (read more)

Best wishes,

Marilyn Amey
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
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Learning from the Village:
Teaching from Self, Soul and Black Joy
Our first teachers are the village of people that surrounded us growing up. Our own world in higher education is constructed on the history of our education as much as it is based on our identity within our families, our culture, our home, and every place and experience between birth and now. 2021-2022 Lilly Fellows Lamar Johnson and Carrie Symons discuss identity, pedagogy, and leadership principles. Read more
Conversation with
Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.

Leadership Institute

Creating and Sustaining a Respectful
Work Environment Series:
Assessing the Climate in your Unit

Starting an Academic Career in Unusual Times

Well-being at Work Conference
  • October 21: 9 - 11 a.m. (zoom) - Strong work cultures have a 14% turnover rate, while poor work cultures have a 48% turnover rate. Join us for a Well-being at Work Q&A session addressing how we can individually and collectively change our message and advocate for a well and strong work culture that is more productive, collaborative, and healthy. Register Today!

Ask Me Anything (AMA)
  • October and November - Ask Me Anything is an asynchronous opportunity for educators to be in conversation with their colleagues around different topic areas.

View a comprehensive list of educator development resources.
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 MSU NetID for an account linked to our MSU institutional membership.
Use this approach for receiving feedback on the course experience at a moment when it is possible to make adjustments. By taking part in mid-semester feedback, educators have a chance to adjust a course based on just-in-time feedback. Mid-semester feedback provides an opportunity to gain insight on the course experience, not specifically on you as the instructor.
Join a safe and supportive space for complicated conversations about curriculum and pedagogy. This year’s communities have many intersections and opportunities for discussion.
Key technology services and tools MSU IT has available to support teaching and learning.

Explore a list of upcoming training opportunities available from MSU IT geared toward educators.
Check out this long list of services to assist you.
FREE online resources available to benefit-eligible staff and faculty – books, videos, courses, and more! Log into EBS and look for the "elevateU" tile under the "My Career & Training" tab. You can access elevateU from your computer or through the Skillsoft Learning App for Android and iOS devices.
Impacts shared about another educator
via #iteachmsu Thank an Educator:
Kate Birdsall
Associate Professor
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

"Learning from KB has truly been the highlight of my experience at MSU. Kate Birdsall ROCKS. I had the true pleasure of having her for advanced fiction writing as a fluke when the other semester was out. That was three semesters ago and I have taken class with her each semester since. In person and on zoom, Kate cultivates a powerful environment of camaraderie and caring that makes all the difference, especially during the pandemic. She asks her students how they are and cares about the answer. She pushes her students, particularly those writing for The Current in WRA 480, to produce the best work they can and, when she's your teacher, you want nothing more than to make her proud by doing just that. And you do. I am an incomparably better writer, editor, and communicator because I've worked with KB."
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