The goal of the Faculty Symposium is to feature exemplary practices in pedagogy, classroom technology, teaching innovations and the teaching-learning mindset furthered by our mutual understanding of faculty teaching practices, needs and opportunities as educators and to shape the future of instructional innovation on our campus.

2021 Faculty Symposium:Inspiring Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 || 9:00 am - 2:00 pm || Inpsiration Hall and WebEx

Sponsors: A joint initiative of the President’s Office, Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Faculty Excellence and Academic Technology and Outreach

2021 Faculty Symposium


8:30 am Registration   
9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks      

  • Provost Robert Mokwa
9:20 am

Critically Reflective Teaching   

Moderator: Ken Silvestri, CFE


10:35 am     

Inclusive Pedagogy                                            

Moderator: Shihua Brazill, CFE

Panelists: MSU MUS Teaching Scholar Faculty

Learning Community members:

11:30 am

Learning from Blended Experiences

Presentations during lunch

Sarah Codd, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering:

  • Grade Scope

Robert Peterson, Land Resources & Env. Sciences:

  •  What if we Flip the Script? Brightspace as the Foundation for the Course

Katey Plymesser, Civil Engineering:

  • Skeleton Notes: Scaffolded Learning

Will Fassbender, English:

  • Developing Online Presence

Christine Sung, Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship:

  • Using Course Evaluations to Reorganize Your Class

Christine Stanton, Education:

  • Helping Virtual Participants Feel at Home in the Blended Classroom

Durward K. Sobek II, Vice Provost, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering:

  • Effective Class Structure for Blended Learning
1:00 pm

Teaching & Mentoring Graduate Students

Moderator: Dean Adams, CFE. Table discussions.

1:55 pm

Closing remarks



2020 Faculty Symposium: Inclusive Excellence in Equity-Minded Education

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 || 9:30 am - 2:00 pm || SUB Ballroom D or WebEx

Image for the Symposium

In 2020, the symposium featured sessions on Beyond the Pandemic - innovative practices discovered during Covid-19 that will persist beyond the pandemic; High Quality High Impact Practices - how MSU faculty are employing HQ HIPs in their courses; and Equity-Minded Pedagogies - how MSU faculty are committed to addressing racial and social inequities and injustices through equity-minded pedagogy and curriculum.


2019 MSU Faculty Symposium: Inspiring Excellence in Teaching and Learning

SEPTEMBER 26th, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm in Inspiration Hall, Norm Asbjornson Hall

The goal of the second MSU Faculty Symposium is to build awareness of best practices, create opportunities for communities of support around teaching innovation and to build bridges between practicing experts and interested faculty so that successful strategies can be shared and improved. In 2019, the symposium gave an overview of High Impact Practices in Education, including the First Year Experience, E-Portfolio,CORE Re-Invigoration, and Independent Experiential Learning -- Research, Internships and Capstones.


2018 Symposium

The inaugural MSU Faculty Symposium: Inspiring Excellence in Teaching and Learning was held onNovember 8, 2018. The symposium – a joint initiative of the President’s Office, Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Faculty Excellence and Academic Technology and Outreach – featured a stimulating array of fast-paced presentations from MSU faculty. A post-symposium reception in Barnard Hallwashosted by Academic Technology and Outreach.