January 9, 2019
Volume 2, Number 10
Timothy L. Simpson:
What Do You Love About Teaching?
What I love about teaching is learning. A learning teacher is critical to the success of the classroom. There is no denying that the student has a role to play. The student must dominate the learning. Schools of all levels too often let students ignore their responsibility for learning. Students must “get their boots on” and “get ready to work.” Teachers, however, can help. They can help by being fully immersed themselves in the pursuit of the True, the Good and the Beautiful. To be less so robs the student of a model and exemplar of learning. My students will never be brought to love and serve the pursuit unless I am a witness of that love and service to the pursuit. My students cannot be brought into thoughtfulness and self-examination unless I have gone there before them. I, therefore, must, like the late Amy Kass recommended, be in love with every book I share with my students to read. Through my enthusiasm, I hope to help them experience the beauty and challenge of these books for themselves. From that vantage point, they will be prompted to examine themselves and expand their own horizons. Thus, they will no longer be asleep, but awake, and awake they will be able to discern the better from the worse and choose the better. If I as a teacher can achieve such a result, then I believe I will have served my own desire to learn but, more importantly, I will have served as an exemplar of learning for my students.

by Timothy L. Simpson, FGSE, Morehead State University
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:
Events on Campus for Students
Here are opportunities for students (and maybe you) on campus:

MSU Event:
  • Public Show at the Star Theater - Friday (January 18th), 6pm to 9pm, and Saturday (January 19th), 1pm to 5pm, at the Space Science Center
Announcing: Gather and Share Events
The FCTL will be offering " Gather & Share " events on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting in January, from 3:45pm - 4:45pm in ADUC 301. 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: Student Engagement
When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 301
Educator: FCTL
Synopsis: Join FCTL in exploring “Student Engagement” at the inaugural “Gather & Share” event. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Professional Development Opportunities
on Campus
Here are opportunities for PD on campus:

Office 365 Suite Tools:
  • January 21 (Monday) from 11am to noon in the Camden-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Theresa Arnett and IT in exploring select tools in the Office 365 Suite.

Using Magna Webinars:
  • January 31 (Thursday) from 1pm to 2pm in the Camden-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Sam Stapleton in exploring the "Magna 20 Minute Webinars".

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 k.hargett@moreheadstate.edu or by calling 606-783-5470.
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: https://kycompact.org/americorps/alternative-spring-break-funding/.
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  kiis.org to begin your application. For information about your application, visit the “Faculty” dropdown at kiis.org. For information about the Winter programs, see the “Programs” dropdown.
2019 Gateway Course Experience Conference
Atlanta, GA / March 17-19, 2019

 Higher education faculty, professionals, students and educators are invited to:
  • 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.
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinars:

Is Your Syllabus Sending the Wrong Message?
Your syllabus and classroom policies set the tone for your class, but they may not be creating a welcoming learning environment. This webinar provides tips for developing classroom policies to support student engagement and a smooth-running classroom.

How Do I Create a Welcoming Online Classroom?
In this webinar, you will gain the skills to improve the atmosphere in your online classroom so students:
  • Connect with you.
  • Connect with fellow students.
  • Seek support when needed.

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 msuonline@moreheadstate.edu.
  • 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