Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

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Reports will be available on June 7

To access your course evaluation reports, please go to your account and make sure the selected term is set to Spring 2024.

Here are templates, resources and short articles that provide strategies and tips on contextualizing and interpreting course evaluations.

  • Ask a Trusted Colleague to Help
    Course evaluations can provide insight into your students’ experiences in your class separate from their learning, and guide your teaching for future classes. If reading your course evaluations is a stressful activity for you, consider asking a trusted colleague to read your evaluations and put them in perspective using the Peer Feedback Template  assembled by Dr. Shihua Brazill, former CFE instructional designer. You may want to provide the same service for your colleague.
  • How to make the best of bad course evaluations
    This short article provides good advice on how to interpret common criticisms from students and put them into a bigger context. (PDF version available upon request, please email [email protected])
  • Course evaluations as a tool for growth
    This short article offers ideas for using reflection to identify common themes and areas to improve in without having to reread and revisit prior course evaluations. (PDF version available upon request, please email [email protected])
  • My worst student ratings ever
    One faculty’s experience with lower ratings after making a change that did not initially go well and what they learned from this experience.
  • Consultations Available for Course Evaluations 
    If you have trouble accessing the articles or would like to review and discuss your course evaluations with a CFE instructional designer, please email [email protected] to set up an appointment.


If you are located outside of Bozeman and would like to attend a workshop via Webex, please request a link in the comments section and it will be sent to you before the session.

TODAY- Two-Part Writing Workshop for Faculty Offered in May

Part 1, Today - May 14|| 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM || Romney 236||Register
Part 2, Thursday - May 16|| 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM || Romney 236||Register

While you know that you should write "clearly," how to write clearly is not always obvious. Grants and proposals present particular challenges because what is clear to one audience may not be to another. In this two-part workshop, we will review one of your drafts and discuss various editing strategies you can use to create direct, clear, and compelling prose. 

Effective Mentoring: Addressing Equity & Inclusion, Aligning expectations and Effective Communications

Tuesday, May 21 ||10:00AM- 12:00 PM || MSU Library 324 Teaching Space||Register  iCalcal

Looking for some ideas on how to best mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research? This training uses materials from the Center for Improved Mentoring Experiences in Research to explore many different subjects around mentoring.

2024 Fall New Faculty Orientation

Thursday, August 15||9:00 AM- 4:00 PM || Romney 211||Register ||iCalcal

travel map with locationOrientation of new faculty at any institution is essential for creating the culture of the university. At MSU we aim to build a welcoming and inclusive culture that spreads into classroom, research, creative and community spaces, and to equip faculty with the knowledge of how to promote student success through achieving excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. If you are new faculty, please register here.


Nina Mondré Schweppe the Center’s newest Instructional Designer, is available for consultations for support and feedback related to teaching and learning.To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please contact Nina at: [email protected]  

Recruiting for Teaching Large Enrollment Courses Faculty Learning Community

Facilitated by Ken Silvestri, CFE Instructional Designer

With hundreds of students, teaching large classes has several challenges, including getting to know students, keeping as many students as possible engaged in the learning, providing support to so many students, and managing grading.

In this faculty learning community, we will identify and discuss the above challenges that come with teaching this type of course and share teaching practices and ideas for addressing them.

Format and Commitment

The one-hour meetings will take place once per month starting in mid-July and ending in November. We are starting in July to provide some time to incorporate ideas for large enrollment courses taught in the fall. However, if you are unable to attend in July, you are still welcome to participate in subsequent meetings.

If you are interested in joining the group or have questions, please email Ken Silvestri at [email protected]

New! CFE Podcasts

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The CFE has created a new podcast series that offers teaching tips and information about resources on campus. We also are interviewing faculty and students about their campus experiences. Listen to current episodes here.


NSF Deputy Division Director Luis Cubano to visit MSU 

Tuesday, May 21|| 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM ||Chemistry & Biochemistry Bldg, Byker Auditorium||Register||iCalcal

MSU will host Dr. Luis Cubano, National Science Foundation Acting Deputy Division Director for Equity and Excellence in STEM within the Directorate for STEM Education (EDU). 

Canvas Transition News

Please visit ato.montana.edu/canvas for news about Canvas - MSU’s transition to a new LMS. Check back for updates posted on the website including: 

  • Transition timeline and important dates
  • Information about course content migration
  • Instructor resources and training information
  • Resources for students
  • Previous communications

Important Dates for Canvas Transition 

  • August 2024: Faculty can access their MSU Canvas accounts
  • May 2025: All courses will be fully transitioned to using Canvas.
  • June 2025: D2L/Brightspace will no longer be available.

Faculty, staff and students can obtain a
generic Canvas account to explore.  Questions about the upgrade to Canvas can be sent to [email protected]


Moving from Resistance to Writing

Thursday, June 13th|| 12:00pm -1:30p.m. MST|| Register Here

Presenter: Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD

You will need to log into your National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development (NCFDD) account and then click the link above to access the event. This online resource is available to the MSU community free of charge. Learn more about how to register.

MSU Center for Faculty Excellence
Renne Library 324 | Bozeman, MT 59717
http://www.montana.edu/facultyexcellence/ | [email protected]  | 406-994-4555