November-December 2021
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Season of Challenge, Support, Reflection, and Integration

It’s a time when we often reflect on what has been happening in our lives personally and professionally, as we recognize the seasons also changing around us. This combination of reflection and change is often what we think about when characterizing what it means to be an educational institution where learning is at the center – learning that requires considering new ideas, often very... (read more)

Best wishes,

Marilyn Amey
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
A Good Time for Gratitude
Thanking an educator is super simple. Any Spartan can visit the Thank an Educator page on the #iteachmsu Commons. At the end of the academic year, all of the educators thanked are recognized by the Provost with an #iteachmsu Educator Award. Thank Someone Today
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#iteachmsu Commons Sees Surge in Traffic, New Use Cases
23,000 users. 36,000 sessions. As with any new platform, users flocked slowly to the #iteachmsu Commons, a platform for educators at MSU that combines aspects of an online forum and social network. But has seen exponential growth over the last year. Makena Neal, head of the #iteachmsu Commons team, attributes this growth, in part, to the versatility built into the platform’s core concept: that it would be whatever purpose its community of users decided. Read more
New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation
  • January 6 - This orientation will: 1) acquaint you with Michigan State University; 2) identify the values, aspirations, and expectations of the university community; 3) introduce you to campus leaders; and 4) describe additional opportunities for engagement. Register Today!

Thriving in Your Academic Career Series
  • Save the Dates starting in February. Registration coming soon. See the Thriving Series in the Recurring Events section. Learn More

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration - call for programs

View a comprehensive list of educator development resources.
Michigan State University's own: James M. Lucas, Nicola Imbracsio, and Sheila Marquardt have shared an excellent resource on Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for educators entitled "Global DEI Models and Methods" (2021).
This resource guide was created through a partnership between the MSU Libraries and IPF's Diversity Council. While the audience for this guide is IPF employees, the resources provided may be useful to anyone who is interested in learning more about diversity, equity, and inclusion and related topics.
DigitalX exists to help students, faculty, and staff create digital experiences that are accessible for everyone, through consulting and best practices.

Tutorials for simple, step-by-step guides to solving common accessibility problems in a number of document types.
MSU offers a variety of resources to help the community increase awareness and identify ways to support an inclusive campus. The following resources have been created by various programs and departments across the university.
Answers about race, religion, ethnicity, gender.
Blog and article posts on various topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice
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:
Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education
International Studies in Education
"Sandro has been the guiding light for me in ways that he helps me see the world anew. I am indebted to him and his commitment to being a teacher of life. His openness to ideas and his broad ways of thinking offers a home to many of us who are lost.

Sandro's warmth and love is always something I fall back on. Here's to someone who lights up my life--THANK YOU, SANDRO!"
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