November 2019
Ann Austin
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
AAN can help make connections and support your work

I am writing on behalf of the Academic Advancement Network (AAN) with wishes that you are deeply engaged with the work of this academic year. We hope you are enjoying your work as you support the success of our students, work with colleagues, dig into your research, and connect with those in the community around issues of mutual interest.

AAN is a unit within the Office of the Provost that is dedicated to...
Making an Impact
Rob Roznowski
Rob Roznowski: Centralizing Resources for Student Mental Health
Rob Roznowski is the head of acting and directing in the Department of Theatre. As an AAN Leadership Fellow last year, he created a central resource for faculty to help their students access mental health resources.

“Mental health is not my area of expertise but teaching is what unites all of us working at MSU. Our mission at MSU is to create the next generation of fearless trailblazers. And this generation needs our education to reach them in new ways based on their struggles with mental health. The importance, of this project, laid in our common goal of education,” Roznowski wrote in his final report.

Amy Bonomi: Women Leading Change in Academia
Amy Bonomi
Amy Bonomi Professor and former chair in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies ,
Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellow 2014-15.  
Her recent book Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper" (Rennison & Bonomi, 2019) is a collection of experiences from women academic leaders from across higher education. This first of its kind book convenes the perspectives of 23 women academic leaders-- including five MSU-affiliated authors-- spanning topics including institutional power structures, bias, the glass ceiling, the glass cliff, the double bind, strategic planning, leading through resistance, negotiation strategies, mentoring, networking, work-life balance, and knowing when it’s time to move on, up, or out of academic leadership. 

Learning through Collaboration & Connection
Leadership Fellows
Now in its third year, the AAN Leadership Fellows program will be sending the call for applications for the 2020-2021 cohort in late November. This year-long program creates partnerships between mentors (current administrators) and fellows (faculty at least 5 years post-tenure). Fellows gain first hand exposure to academic administration by shadowing their mentor and working together to develop a project that effects change/innovation in an area of institutional priority. The goals of the program are to help individuals learn about all aspects for academic leadership while taking time to reflect if an administrative position aligns with their personal and career aspirations.
Exploring Academic Leadership Lunches
Are you interested in what academic leadership positions really entail? Do you wonder what path someone took to entering academic leadership? If so, you're invited to a series of lunchtime gatherings to talk with and learn from engaging campus leaders regarding the inner workings of their diverse positions at Michigan State University. Sessions are designed for a smaller audience to facilitate a more informal conversation.
Adams Fellows
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. Participants learn from and contribute to a community of teacher-scholars committed to excellence in teaching and learning.
Upcoming Events
Critical Friends Series
November 19: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
This opportunity is open to all department chairs, school directors and associate deans in non-departmentally organized colleges.

Exploring Academic Leadership Lunch
November 20: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Informal opportunity to meet with academic leaders and explore the inner workings of their diverse positions. 

Academic Women's Forum
November 20: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A panel of mothers holding different appointment types from around campus will begin the discussion by reflecting on their experience’s as mothers in the academy and what they are doing to juggle the multiple priorities. 

Leadership Institute
November 22: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
It is optimal to solve problems in a context of moving the unit forward in substantial, positive ways. This workshop will offer perspective from experienced administrators in this process.

Tending the Path Forward
after Full Professor
December 3: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Engage scholarship and expertise on career development, peer mentoring, and women’s leadership to guide our discussions, as well as personal and professional development.

Academic Women's Forum
December 4: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Connect with other academic women and share strategies for releasing fall semester and starting Spring semester with renewed energy, strength, and focus. 

Teaching and Learning Bootcamp
December 11: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
December 12: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshop designed to familiarize faculty and academic staff new to MSU with the resources available to assist with effective teaching and learning.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Program (ALP)
MSU yearlong program that provides intensive leadership and managerial development, addressing the challenges of academic administration at major research universities.

Designed in consultation with current, and specifically new, academic administrators, this series of web pages is designed to make readily accessible some policies and practices frequently used by academic administrators, particularly at the department/unit level. The information is organized into four sections: (1) Policies & Basic Information, (2) Practices to Consider, (3) Additional Resources, and (4) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Are you aware that MSU has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)? The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, academic staff, postdocs, and graduate students. MSU’s institutional membership with NCFDD opens up many online resources for all academics at the University. Included in the membership is access to writing groups, online modules and webinars on a variety of topics relevant to academic life.
Michigan State University is a large and diverse institution hosting a variety of climates and cultures. Understanding and navigating these cultures can sometimes be challenging, so this list of resources is provided to increase awareness of the opportunities for learning and growth that are available to enhance our community and those that engage with it. It is the responsibility of everyone at MSU to contribute to an academic environment that welcomes every individual and respects their unique talents as we all work toward preparing future generations of Spartans. 
The  #iteachmsu Commons  now exists as a shared resource for educators to promote collaboration and growth in competency-grounded teaching practice. These competencies are parallel to those in the Graduate School Certificate in College Teaching and the upcoming Educator Development Competency Framework. The site itself is completely community-driven, so the integration of these five competencies in the site as “categories” is a way to ensure that all the #iteachmsu content relates back to teaching and learning. Log in with your MSU NetID and password.
Impacts shared about another educator
via #iteachmsu Thank an Educator:
Thank you to:
Laura Bix
“Dr. Bix has been a prominent figure in my academic career throughout both my undergraduate and graduate years at Michigan State. She has been an exceptional example of a hard-working, dedicated, and helpful faculty member. She is always willing to help a student in any situation, and always keeps her door open to students interested in her laboratory. Working on her team as an undergraduate student truly inspired me to continue my education in packaging and pursue a Master of Science of Packaging. Furthermore, as a student in her PKG 452 - Medical packaging course, I was able to experience the exceptional teaching qualities Dr. Bix possesses. Even though this was an online course which many students often struggle with paying attention to among the various distractions of life, Dr. Bix kept the course very interesting and engaging, and I feel I learned more in that course than most others during my time at MSU. She continually pushes me to perform at my very best and is always there to assist along the way - I would not be in the position I am today without her guidance and wisdom. As a result of her desire to help students achieve their dreams, I have been published twice in scholarly journals with a third on the way. In addition, her support of my academic career through numerous letters of recommendation resulted in funding for my undergraduate research project through the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and various scholarships throughout my career at MSU.”
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