Annual Report 2020 - 2021

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Workshop Participation – 2020-2021

GOAL 3.3: Foster a culture of collaboration, continuous improvement and individual growth


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2019-2020 TOTAL



2018-2019 TOTAL



Number of Participants by College

Academic Year 2019-2020




Art & Architecture




College of Business & Entrepreneurship


College of Engineering


College of Letters & Science


College of Nursing


Education, Health & Human Development


Gallatin College


Honors College




Graduate School


Administrative Departments & Other



CFE held a total of 83 workshops with 1,825 attendees. 
We welcomed Instructional Designer, Dr. Shihua Brazill to the team. Dr. Brazill specialized in Universal Design Learning and Accessibility.

Academic Year

Number of Teaching Consultations

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New Faculty Orientation

This event was held August 10 and 11, 2021 in Inspiration Hall in the Norm Asbjornson Hall and online and January 7, 2021. 75 attended total (28 tenure-track, 25 non-tenure track).


Early Career Faculty Mentoring Program

The year-long program had 16 matches. The CFE fosters a network of mentors and connects incoming faculty to more senior faculty members to help navigate the academic experience and help with strategies to achieve best practices and attain career success at MSU. Mentorship also includes access to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s network of mentors.



Certificates of Completion

  • 15 individual earned the Certificate of Teaching Enhancement.
  • 4 individuals earned the Early Career Success Certificate.
  • 19 faculty were recognized as new members of the Center.


Faculty Symposium

The Center assisted in the second day-long University-wide Faculty Symposium on online on October 6th with 50 attendees.



Early Career Faculty Success Program Highlights

The Center developed Early Career Faculty Success Program, including new faculty orientation, faculty mentoring program and the new year-long faculty learning community, to build a welcoming and inclusive culture that spreads into classroom, research, creative and community spaces. It is designed to equip faculty with the knowledge of how to promote student success through 
·       Taking advantage of student support services
·       Being part of a network of mentors
·       Participating in professional development and training
·       Seeking internal and external grants to support education, research and creativity

 The participants strongly agreed that the faculty learning community:

  • “helped me feel welcome and included.” One comment mentioned that the focus on “inclusive pedagogies” was the most valuable part of the program.
  • “Provided a central place to get information as I begin my career at MSU.”
  • “Helped me understand expectations around retention, tenure and promotion.”

Faculty were most satisfied with sessions on:

  • Strategies for Enhancing Your Productivity in Research, Creative Practice, Teaching 
  • Successfully Navigating Challenges in the Classroom
  • Departmental Expectations for Career and Tenure Track Faculty
  • Moving through Resistance and Successful Grant Writing and Fellowships
  • Your Strategic Plan, Service Expectations, and Choosing Venues for Your Work


Each year, the Center solicits feedback from participants and incorporates feedback to improve future workshop offerings. Testimonials from faculty:

  • Connecting with participants before teaching content.  Making learning engaging and interactive.
  • Being sensitive and aware of different (accessibility) situations that may be affecting students, staff and faculty.
  • I have just begun to tap into the usefulness of Brightspace and TechSmith.  Even when we go back to fully face-to-face classes in the fall, I will continue to use D2L, TechSmith, and Microsoft Teams for my classes to offer more resources to students and to keep students more connected when they are unable to get to class.
  • Thank you for meeting to give me some online teaching tips/D2L organization tips. Your advice is working. Two students specifically mentioned about D2L organization/online structure with excellent course evaluations

Teaching and Advising

  • GOAL 1.1: Broaden access for underrepresented populations and increase academic success for all students through excellence in undergraduate education.
  • GOAL 1.3: Implement evidence-based high quality, high impact teaching and learning practices for every student

4 Instructional Innovation Grants were awarded to 7 individuals.

David Claudio was given Academic Advising Award for faculty to recognize his significant contributions to academic advising. This award closely follows the National Academic Advising Association’s core values and criteria for national outstanding advising.

Hannah DelCurto-Wyffels was awarded the Teaching Innovation Award, designed to honor faculty who have incorporated outstanding innovative teaching practices into their classes at Montana State University.

Maria Velazquez was awarded the President's Excellence in Teaching Award to recognize excellent teachers who have made exemplary contributions to instruction and student learning at Montana State University. 

Susanne Cowan was given the President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning recognizing her work in helping students apply their academic skills and knowledge to address the genuine needs of a community organization. 

Research & Scholarship

  • GOAL 2.1: Enhance the significance and impact of scholarship
  • GOAL 2.2: Expand interdisciplinary scholarship
  • GOAL 2.3: Strengthen institutional reputation in scholarship

Faculty Excellence Grants are awarded two times this year with a total of 36 awards. 2021-2022 Grant Recipients

9 faculty, staff and postdocs participated in the fall Grant-Writing Bootcamp.

The Women in STEM Faculty Learning Community met 5 times throughout both the Fall and Spring semesters with 52 participants.

15 grants were submitted (3 NSF Career proposals) by faculty who received assistance from the Research Resources Coordinator. 


The Center has continued its many collaborations and added new partnerships focused on faculty excellence. Most frequent collaborations involved:

Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education: We continued the strong connection with the Office of Sponsored Programs with the Research Coordinator attending OSP’s weekly meetings and coordinating on grant submissions. The Research Coordinator also began meeting regularly with the Associate Vice President for Research Development, Dr. Elizabeth Shanahan. In FY20/21, the partnership has grown to include supporting VPREDGE efforts to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and grant submissions. CFE has also created a close collaboration with the Dean of the Graduate School working on Research Group Excellence, graduate student communications and Graduate Teaching Assistant training and mentor training for faculty.

  • GOAL 1.2: Expand high-quality graduate education
  • GOAL 2.2: Expand interdisciplinary scholarship

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: The ODI and CFE collaborated on several workshops this year including a two-part series to incorporate Racial Justice into teaching as well as “what you want your students to know” sessions. We are collaborating to create a civil, supportive and respectful environment where difference and diversity are sources of strength.

Library: CFE, the Library and REDGE are working together to create the “Alliance for Research Engagement and Impact (AREI)” that amplifies the impact of MSU research by coordinating services through the full cycle of research and scholarly communication. It supports the ongoing evolution of research infrastructure at MSU and responds to the 21st century needs of researchers, the university, and funding agencies.

Other notable collaborations involved:

  • Office of the Provost & Academic Affairs
  • Office of Planning & Analysis
  • Academic Technology & Outreach
  • University Studies/Academic Advising Center
  • Writing Center
  • Disability Services
  • Leadership Institute
  • Facilities/ Campus Planning, Design & Construction


Teaching Excellence Action Committee: Worked to improve faculty teaching by allocating funds for faculty development projects; support assessment and outcomes on campus by sponsoring teaching improvement activities; support attendance at instructional development workshops which provide the potential to impact teaching methods on campus

Research Capacity Team: The RC Team met monthly to focus on supporting MSU faculty in their scholarship and interdisciplinary research teams. At the request of President Cruzado, the Team worked on recommendations to bring to University Council that will support MSU’s Strategic Goal: GOAL 2.2: Expand interdisciplinary scholarship. The Team has reviewed information around interdisciplinary scholarship (IDS) from multiple data sources, including previous MSU reports, best practices from other universities, discussions with graduate students and MSU faculty feedback from a 2019 survey, as well as feedback from individuals currently engaging in IDS at MSU. Based on these data, the RCT has developed some key considerations and recommendations with regard to expanding IDS.

Service Learning Committee: The Service Learning Committee meets regularly and offered a training about how to implement service learning in one’s class as a high quality high impact practice (HQ HIP). In 2020, Professor Marvin Lansverk was selected as one of three faculty from the MSU community as a Montana University System Regents Teaching Scholar to lead a faculty learning community (FLC) exploring service learning at MSU.