November 7, 2018
Volume 2, Number 7
Kelly Collinsworth:
What Do You Love About Teaching?
"I love getting to know the students and watching them develop skills they will use in their professional lives. I also love having the opportunity to bring popular culture into my classroom, particularly Harry Potter, to help make connections with students."

– by Kelly Collinsworth, Ambassador for Excellence in Teaching, Morehead State University

If you are interested in hearing more from Kelly, she is offering a professional development, titled "Adding an International Experience to Your Course", this coming Monday, November 12, at noon 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.
Mental Health Crises on Campuses
"Young adulthood is a time of growth, learning, and exploration - a time to start building a life of one's own and to feel excitement about the future. Yet, for many of our nation's 21 million college students, transitioning into adulthood can be a time of significant struggles and intense challenges. We see the effects in headlines every day: a death from binge drinking, an overdose, a suicide."

"Depression and anxiety also have a negative impact on GPA. A 2016-17 Healthy Minds Survey of 8,000 first year students from 48 campuses found that 94% of all first-year students with depression reported that mental health difficulties had impaired their academic performance."

Creating a culture of caring and compassion on campus can help these students. To read more, click here .

– The Chronicle of Higher Education, and
The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit to protect emotional health & prevent suicide
Professional Development Opportunities
on Campus
Here are opportunities for PD on campus:

Adding an International Experience to Your Course
  • November 12 (Monday) at noon in Camden-Carroll Training Room (100) - This professional Development is offered by Kelly Collinsworth. She is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Campus Pre-law Advisor, and Director of Education Abroad. She started working at MSU in 2008 after practicing law in the Morehead area for eleven years. In addition to her role at MSU, she is also an assistant County Attorney in Bath County.

Writing Effective Outcomes, Choosing Measures and Setting Targets for Academic Programs:
  • November 20 (Tuesday) from 2pm to 4:30pm in Combs 413 - This training will focus on writing concise and appropriate learning outcomes, choosing appropriate measures and setting appropriate targets for academic programs. The training will delineate the differences in goals and outcomes and how to articulate outcomes, specifically define what student learning outcomes are and provide examples of good outcomes for such academic programs. Also, the training will explore appropriate measures to utilize based on the outcome to be assessed. Setting appropriate targets and how to articulate targets will also be discussed.
  1. What is a student learning outcome?
  2. Examples of good student learning outcomes
  3. What are appropriate targets for my unit?
  • Those interested in attending should register by emailing Kathy Hargett at or by calling 606-783-5470.

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:

Career Services (ground floor of the Camden-Carroll Library):
  • LinkedIn or Left Out - TODAY from 2pm to 4pm in the Bert Combs Building, Room 302. Drop in and learn how to build or improve your LinkedIn profile and use it to expand your professional network. Come professionally dressed for a free photo.

MSU Event:
  • #METOO Movement Lecture - TOMORROW (November 8th) at 4:30pm in 002 Breckinridge Hall. The lecture is called “Bad Sex, Sexual Assault and #MeToo: The Personal is Political and What to do About It.” During the talk, Huebner will discuss the importance of making social change that is survivor-based, intersectional and visible. Huebner draws on social movement theory and gender studies theory to describe how the #MeToo movement is different from other social movements.
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:

Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?
Faculty rarely use group work as a strategy for testing. This webinar, however, explores how to:
  • Overcome common concerns about group exams.
  • Use group exams to increase student learning and improve outcomes. 

What Three Things Should I Do Each Week to Engage Online Students?
In this webinar, you will learn practical and reedy-to-implement strategies to support student success in online courses including:
  • Components and dynamics of online learning.
  • Personalization of the online classroom.
  • Multimedia tools for online courses.

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