Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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New Workshop Series on Inclusive Pedagogy

Wednesdays, Sept. 29, Oct 27, Nov 10 || 1:00 to 2:30 pm || Reid Hall 124 (indicate in the comments section if you plan to attend via Webex).

Facilitator: Shihua Brazill, Instructional Designer, Center for Faculty Excellence

The purpose of the Inclusive Pedagogy workshop series is to engage faculty in creating a supportive learning environment that removes barriers for students. Participants will benefit from attending all three workshops but are not required to attend all of them. In Workshop 1 Inclusive Teaching, participants will learn about evidence-based inclusive teaching strategies. Together, we will discuss and implement specific strategies for creating inclusive learning environments that will support all learners. In Workshop 2 Universal Design for Learning, we will explore ways to incorporate UDL principles to design course instruction, materials, and content that engages all students and removes barriers to learning. In Workshop 3 Trauma Informed Pedagogy Panel, participants will learn from a faculty panel about how to implement trauma informed pedagogy into their teaching and interactions with students.

Welcoming Tribal College Student Transfers and new Tribal Students

Summary of remaining sessions for 2021 

Co-facilitators from Blackfeet Community College (BCC) are enrolled Amskapi Piikani who are BCC administrators, faculty, former MSU students

All sessions are held from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in Room 108 Plant Biosciences Building

28 October – Speaking to power; how to proceed when one’s supervisors don’t understand other ways of knowing or principles of engaging local, Indigenous students. (special guest, ret. USDA NIFA center director, Hiram Larew, who did learn these principles)


4 November – Native Science, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Western Science processes. Similarity, differences, complementarity.


18 November – Participants from the Workshop series present one change they will make in the classroom, research lab, advising, or engagement program to improve their tribal student welcoming environment.


The MSU Library Revealed: A Learning Series for Faculty

Join library faculty for six workshops in our series, The MSU Library Revealed: A Learning Series for Faculty.

TODAY Workshop 2: The MSU Library Revealed: Accessing and Using Library Resources – Oct 19 & 20

Learn how to access and use library resources through methods like connecting Google Scholar to the MSU Library, installing browser extensions that quickly connect you to library resources, etc. This workshop will also discuss how to search and borrow print items from other Montana academic libraries, alternative access methods for obtaining journal articles the library does not subscribe to, using interlibrary loan, and more.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 10am-11am, Innovative Learning Studio, MSU Library REGISTER HERE
  • Thursday, October 21, 1pm-2pm, WebEx Room REGISTER HERE

Workshop 3: The MSU Library Revealed: Teaching with Library Resources – Nov 8 & 9

Learn how to teach with library resources. This workshop will demonstrate methods for assisting students in finding the right resources for research, how to embed library resources into Brightspace, and more.

  • Monday, November 8, 10am-11am, Innovative Learning Studio, MSU Library REGISTER HERE
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2:00pm-3:00pm, WebEx Room REGISTER HERE

994-Calling! Series Featuring Omar Shehryar – October 25th

Omar Shehryar, Professor of Business - Marketing in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship present for the 994-Calling series on Monday, October 25th at 4 pm. Dr. Shehryar’s research involves application of Terror Management Theory to understand fear-arousing advertising and communication. A second area of focus is consumers’ processing of price and perceived value. He teaches various undergraduate marketing courses. In addition to English, Omar speaks Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and a little R. 

Course Evaluations Info Session

Tuesday, November 9th || 10:00 am to 11:00 am || SUB 168 and via Webex

REGISTER HERE for the Info Session**

**Add a comment in the registration if you would like to attend via WebEx, so that we can send you the link.

Facilitators: Ken Silvestri, CFE Instructional Designer

This info session on the course evaluation system and the IDEA Teaching Essentials survey instrument will cover the following:

  • Strategies for increasing response rates
  • How to ask students for constructive feedback
  • What instructors and students can expect and process for conducting course evaluations
  • Accessing and interpreting faculty reports

Please feel free to bring a laptop to follow along by accessing current and prior course evaluation reports.  

Contact Ken Silvestri at 994-7835 or [email protected] for questions. 

Those attending will receive 1 credit towards the CFE Teaching Enhancement Certificate, Annual Membership in the Center, and Early Career Faculty Certificate. 

Grant-Writing Bootcamp: From Idea to Proposal

Fridays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 11 || 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Facilitated by Nika Stoop, CFE Program Lead – Research/Scholarship

Co-sponsored by the Office of Research Development (part of the Office of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education)

APPLICATIONS DUE BY December 15, 2021!

Bootcamp syllabus

Go through the grant-writing process from beginning to end while working on your own grant proposal. With feedback from peers and experts, this 5-session workshop over 6 weeks is designed to help novice grant writers understand the requirements of a grant opportunity, collect and create the many parts of a proposal, organize and write about their project, connect with MSU resources, and submit a grant proposal at MSU.

A participant described it as “…a fabulous workshop and learning opportunity.” They say that it “…helped me solidify my ideas and get specific feedback about the research part of my proposal.”

Visit the CFE website for the most up-to-date listing and links for registration. For a full archive of past workshops, visit the Recorded Workshop library


Health & Human Development now offers non-degree Mental Health Support Certificate

Leaf in waterThis graduate online certificate in Mental Health Support will provide mental health training for career professionals to better support those who work in environments that intersect with human services. This certificate will require 12 credits of online coursework. Coursework will focus on development and helping theories, multicultural and diversity/inclusion education and support, helping skills and attending behavior, crisis management and trauma, reducing stigma around mental health, consultation, career, and leadership theory. This certificate program will be offered during the summer schedule to accommodate faculty schedules as well as to increase accessibility to those working in K-12 as well as the university setting.

Microsoft Monday Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Every Monday from noon to 1:00, UIT MarCom staff will be hosting an online information and training session about Microsoft 365. Learn what Microsoft 365 is and what it means to you. 

November → SharePoint & Shared Document Libraries

December → Microsoft Teams

DXI Symposium: October 28-29, 2021

Montana State University will host a two-day 100% virtual symposium on October 28 and 29 that will change the narrative around the culture of dyslexia. This event focuses on the powerful advantages of the dyslexic mind including imagination, spatial awareness and creative thinking.

Free Speech on Campus: A Sprint Course!

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this short informational course from our “Brown Bag Series”. Have you attended a Free Speech workshop? Would you like more information on what can and cannot be done on campus? Do you have questions or just want to learn more about policies within the university system? For your convenience, throughout the first semester there will be three 1-hour Free Speech Crash Course workshops offered during lunch time, so simply register for the time that works with your schedule and come learn something new about where you work. 

  • Free Speech on Campus: A Crash Course – Wednesday, November 10th from 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Free Speech on Campus: A Crash Course – Tuesday, December 14th from 11:30am – 12:30pm

To register, please visit the MSU Registration site and search for the course, Free Speech on Campus: A Sprint Course.

Resources to Help Faculty with the Box Transition to OneDrive

As the university gets closer to its transition away from the storage site Box, University Information Technology would like to remind the MSU community how they can play a part in the successful migration of their data.

  • Clean up your collaborators. To make it easier for UIT to assist individuals, use the Box Shares Report folder to review current collaborators on files and folders. Learn more by visiting Box Transition How-To prepare videos  
  • Reduce the number of files and folders. Delete any unnecessary documents or folders to expedite migration time. 
  • Learn more about OneDrive for Business(OneDrive) and SharePoint Document Libraries.


Teaching Tips

In this section, we are posting some short articles with practical teaching tips:

6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom This short article focuses on inclusive course design based on two frameworks: universal design for learning and culturally responsive pedagogy.

The Appreciative Close: A Strategy for Creating Classroom Community

A way to for students and the instructor to build rapport, trust and community at the end of each class session.

Classroom Cognition: The Science of Learning in Lecture

Some ways to help students make lectures more effective for their learning.

If you have a teaching tip related to teaching in a blended or online format to share in this section, please send a description and any related resources or examples to [email protected]

 Grad Student Corner

Find graduate student resources here that you can share with your students.  Visit The Graduate School resources for faculty and staff website.

Teaching with Empathy and for Equity at the Graduate Level

The incentive structures of academia discourage faculty from investing time and energy in being good teachers and good mentors for their graduate students. Meanwhile, the power dynamics in academia discourage graduate students from seeking the support they need. In this webinar, we will discuss how faculty can effectively, efficiently, and inclusively advise, mentor, teach, and support their graduate students. We will discuss strategies for building a foundation of trust in graduate teaching and mentoring relationships, providing constructive feedback on student work, and being advocates for students' needs. 

NCFDD ONline Faculty Development

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity members receive a weekly motivational email (the Monday Motivator) and access to the full NCFDD Core Curriculum, guest expert webinars, intensive multi-week courses facilitated by national experts, a private discussion forum, monthly writing challenges, and the opportunity to connect with a writing accountability partner. Learn more about how to register.

Guest Expert Webinar: Dismantling Disciplinary Whiteness: Centering Care in Editorial Stewardship

10/19/21 (Tuesday) 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Facilitator: Mohan J. Dutta, PhD, Massey University


MSU Center for Faculty Excellence
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