September 17, 2019
Volume 4, Number 3
Making the Most of Missing Class
Sometimes professors run into a conflict that prevents them from making it to a class period they’re scheduled to teach. When that happens at Davidson College, the Center for Career Development has a message for them: Don’t cancel class.

Instructors can instead invite staff members from the career center to cover for them. The pitch: “Let us take that time and come in and do something meaningful with your students,” says Jamie Stamey, executive director of the center.

A number of other colleges, including  Elon University and the  University of Iowa, advertise similar programs. [Link to the variety of presentations that MSU's Career Services offers: ]

Here’s how it works. At the start of the semester, the career center sends out an email explaining the offer. It includes a link to a form that professors can fill out with the date they’ll be away; the sort of presentation they’d like students to be given; and some details about the class, like the number of students and when they’ll be graduating.

Professors can choose from a list of existing presentations, and career-center staff can tailor them based on students’ characteristics, like class year and major. Often, Stamey said, presenters will draw on Davidson’s data on what its graduates are doing six months after they finish college. For instance, presenters have shown first- and second-year students in a chemistry class how to use its tools to network with other chemistry majors.
The center asks professors for a two-week heads up about their coming absence, but does its best to help out when there’s less warning, too.

Last spring, when the career center made this offer for the first time, it got 20 requests and ultimately presented in 15 classes, Stamey says. This semester, it has already gotten 13 requests.

Offering to sub for instructors helps the career center get in front of more students. It also builds relationships with professors, Stamey says — even though they don’t usually attend the workshops themselves.

That’s something that the center is eager to do. Students respect their professors, Stamey says. When faculty members are the ones encouraging students to check out the career center, they’re a lot more likely to listen.

Ultimately, Stamey said, the center aims to help students understand how what they learn in class — and outside the classroom, too — can help their professional development. Running the sessions during otherwise unused class time is one way to help students connect those dots.

What do you do when you have to miss a class? Does your campus or department provide an alternative use of that time for your students? Tell me about it at and your example may appear in a future newsletter.

– by Becky Supiano, Teaching Newsletter: The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Trust: Gather & Share Event
The FCTL is offering "  Gather & Share  " events on the 1st Monday of each month, from 3:45pm - 4:45pm in ADUC 310. The objective is to have a "topic" area and share a couple of ideas and then have folks gather and share about the topic.

The Next Gather & Share Event:
Topic: Trust
When: Monday, October 7, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 310
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “Student Engagement” at this “Gather & Share” event. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Trying Something New: Book Reads
Instead of offering traditional educator developments, the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (FCTL) is offering something new this semester: Book Reads. Faculty, staff, and students may participate in these book reads. As of now, these are planned:

Fall 2019 Book Reads:
  • Carol Dweck - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Led by Michael Dobranski
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich PhD, - Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life - Led by Kent Price
  • Joshua Eyler - How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) - Led by Daryl Privott
  •  Mary-Ann Winkelmes (Editor), Allison Boye (Editor), Suzanne Tapp (Editor), Peter Felten (Foreword), Ashley Finley (Foreword) -Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership: A Guide to Implementing the Transparency Framework Institution-Wide to Improve ... Practices for Teaching in Higher Education) - Led by Kim Nettleton

Blackboard Buzz
Using the Blackboard Calendar
Are you familiar with the teaching plan for this semester? Whether you are familiar or not, check the school calendar from time to time to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Blackboard Calendar is an easy-to-use feature that students and instructors can utilize when they’re not sure about the teaching schedule.

This tutorial video on YouTube explains the features students and instructors use in Blackboard.  Email for additional information and on-campus support.
What I Love About Teaching Campaign
Hello Educators!

We are looking for your response to the question "What do you love about teaching?"

Click the link below to share your response:
KOSS (Kentucky Organization for Student Success)
KOSS Conference, October 24-25, 2019, at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel in Berea. For more information, checkout their FaceBook page:
2019 Tri-State Conference on
Diversity & Inclusion

The Conference will be held September 27, 2019 at Morehead State University and is being chaired by staff in the Office of the President and Communications and Marketing. The 2019 conference theme is Equity in Education: Erasing Opportunity Gaps.  All workshops will be centered on the central theme of diversity and inclusion with a focus on achievement gaps for marginalized student populations. Information on past workshops can be found at
Sponsoring Institutions
Ashland Community & Technical College
Marshall University
Marshall University School of Pharmacy
Ohio University-Southern
Morehead State University
Morehead State University-Ashland
Mountwest Community & Technical College
Shawnee State University
University of RIO Grande

Leadership in Higher Education Conference
October 3-5, St. Louis

A Leadership Conference that Gives You More!
Seven Unique Conference Tracks:
  • Academic Leadership and Professional Development
  • Administrative Leadership and Professional Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Program and Department Evaluation and Assessment
  • Faculty Hiring, Development, and Assessment
  • Institutional Culture and Climate
  • Special Topics in Academic Leadership

Scaled for networking and reflection, this conference provides multiple opportunities to meet with other like-minded peers. 

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference limits registrations to a manageable size to support a collaborative gathering of higher education professionals. We’ll examine trends, strategies, and best practices over two and a half impactful days.

Budgets are scarce. That’s why this year, we’ve reduced our registration fee by $200. Still the same great conference—at an even better value!

For more information, click here .
12th Annual Conference on

Higher Education Pedagogy

 February 5-7, 2020  

Virginia Tech /   Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Registration will open in October. For information about conference registration and associated fees, visit the conference website:
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University