November 21, 2018
Volume 2, Number 8
Christopher Beckham:
What Do You Love About Teaching?
"There's an old Latin proverb that says docendo discimus. It means "by teaching, we learn." So, first and foremost, I enjoy being a teacher because it both requires and allows me to continue to learn. I believe one of life's great joys is learning new things. Next, I enjoy teaching because it allows me to be see my students make discoveries, gain new perspectives, and deepen their own learning in their chosen field of Education. When the classroom is a place of inquiry, discovery and discussion, it can be "one of the most exciting places on earth," as Jesse Stuart wrote in The Thread That Runs So True. I believe he was right."

– by Chris Beckham, Ambassador for Excellence in Teaching, Morehead State University

If you are interested in hearing more from Chris, he is offering a professional development titled "Using Core Texts in Your Classroom", this coming Tuesday, November 27, at 1pm in the Camden-Carroll Training Room (100).

Send an email to if you would like to participate in the "What I love about teaching" campaign.
Professional Development Opportunities
on Campus
Here are opportunities for PD on campus:

Using Core Texts in the Classroom
  • November 27 (Tuesday) at 1pm in Camden-Carroll Training Room (100) - This professional Development is offered by Christopher Beckham. He is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education (FGSE). He was hired as a full time instructor in 2011, and became an Assistant Professor in 2015. Prior to that Dr. Beckham was an adjunct, teaching both history and education courses here from 1998-2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. In his spare time, he enjoys working around his farm in Fleming County and keeping up with the Cincinnati Reds.

Career Exploring Appropriate Outcomes, Measures and Targets for Assessing Administrative & Educational Support Units:
  • February 22 (Friday) from 2pm to 4:30pm in Combs 413 - This session will focus on formulating appropriate outcomes, measures and assessment plans:
  1. Defines outcome
  2. Choosing appropriate outcomes
  3. Define measures
  4. Direct vs. indirect measures
  5. Appropriate measures for different types of outcomes
  6. Setting appropriate targets
  7. Completing action plans/continuous improvement
  • Those interested in attending should register by emailing Kathy Hargett at or by calling 606-783-5470.
Events on Campus for Students
Here are opportunities for students (and maybe you) on campus:

MSU Event:
  • ADUC Open House and Holiday Carnival - Tuesday (November 27th) from 5pm to 7pm in the Adron Doran University Center
Mini Grants Available for
Alternative Spring Break Trips and Activities
Applications open October 1st

 KyCC has received Volunteer Generation Funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for alternative service activities that:
  • are in Kentucky
  • include reflection for participants
  • include an intergenerational component

For more information, see there website:
2019 Gateway Course Experience Conference
Atlanta, GA / March 17-19, 2019
Proposal Due Date: November 26, 2018

 Higher education faculty, professionals, students and educators are invited to  submit proposals  on a topic addressing:
  • Share innovative ideas and practices you are using to solve problems and enable transformative course redesign at your institution.
  • Connect and collaborate with colleagues from other institutions who are working to integrate active learning and other strategies into how they teach gateway courses.
  • Share evidence about how your course redesign efforts are improving student success and learning and/or advancing more equitable outcomes. 
  • We value your students' perspectives in all aspects of teaching and learning and encourage you to consider having a student(s) as co-presenter(s).

Early submissions are welcomed and appreciated.
Stem+ Monthly Webinar
First Friday of Every Month: 3-4pm EST
The Next Webinar: December 7th, 2018

 KyCC has created a monthly webinar for STEM+ faculty to connect with each other and learn about effective practices. The webinar is on the first Friday of the month from 3-4pm EST.  To read their latest newsletter and get the link for the webinar, please go here.
Teach Abroad
Deadline: March 1, 2019
F aculty are invited to apply to teach a course in a KIIS Summer 2020 program. KIIS operates approximately 22 Summer programs each year. Faculty application materials include:
  • Biographical information
  • CV (PDF)
  • Your proposed course title & a brief course description (For more information please click here.)
  • Details of your teaching & experience
  • Email address for your supervisor (he or she will receive an email to complete this section within 10 days of the faculty deadline)
The Faculty Summer application deadline is March 1, 2019. Click any “Apply Now” button at to begin your application. For information about your application, visit the “Faculty” dropdown at For information about the Winter programs, see the “Programs” dropdown.
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinars:

Should I incorporate Social Media into My Online Classroom?
Our students use social media in their day-to-day lives. This webinar explores whether or not social media can be a useful tool in the online classroom. Topics include:
  • Brief history of distance learning.
  • Evolution of social media technology.
  • Advantages and challenges of using social media.
How Can I Effectively Mentor Students?
Mentoring is a useful professional development tool. This webinar:
  • Offers new ideas on faculty, student and peer mentoring.
  • Gives fresh perspectives on being a mentor, mentee and teacher.

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Please note, you will be asked to submit a "Terms of Use" agreement before viewing any webinars.

Benefits of Magna Webinars:

I understand that you have a lot on your plate, so let me give you a few reasons why you should consider trying a Magna webinar:
  • Each webinar takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • All webinars are available on your schedule since they are online and easily accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Webinars include supplemental materials such as bibliographies and handouts.
  • Certificates of completion are available for professional portfolios and Faculty 180.
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University