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New Workshop Series on Inclusive Pedagogy: Workshop 3 Trauma Informed Pedagogy Panel

Wednesday, Nov 10 || 1:00 to 2:30 pm || Reid Hall 124 or WebEx (indicate in the comments section if you plan to attend via Webex).

Moderator: 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. The third workshop of the Inclusive Pedagogy series is Trauma Informed Pedagogy Panel. In this workshop, participants will learn from a faculty panel about how to implement trauma informed pedagogy into their teaching and interactions with students. Trauma informed pedagogy is not a set of prescribed strategies, or one more thing you need to do. Instead, it is an inclusive lens to help you build meaningful relationships and promote equity in the classroom. Those attending will receive 1.5 credit towards the CFE Teaching Enhancement Certificate, Annual Membership in the Center, and Early Career Faculty Certificate.

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. 

Researcher Visibility

Monday, November 15 || 1:00 – 2:00 pm || SUB 233


**Indicate in the "Comments" whether you would like to attend via WebEx and a link will be sent to you before the session.

Facilitated by Doralyn Rossmann, Head of Digital Library Initiatives and Leila Sterman, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Library

By making your research visible and accessible you increase chances of your research being noticed, used, and having impact, thus increasing your own reputation and chances of success in your academic work. Researchers are embracing a variety of activities and tools to promote work, connect with other researchers, and engage in scholarly discourse. This workshop will cover six steps to increased visibility and impact of research activity and will provide recommendations of tools that can help in this process. 

All are welcome: undergraduate/graduates students, postdocs, and staff as well as faculty. Please make sure you register as space is limited!

What Your Students Want You to Know About Emergencies and 911

Thursday, November 18 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm || WebEx – link will be sent to you before the session.


Hear from professionals in the Dean of Students Office, MSU Police Department and Residential Life and ask questions about how MSU supports students in emergencies and what happens when a faculty member files a Care Report or is concerned about a student’s well-being. This important, informative session is intended to help faculty better understand how to help students in crisis situations outside of class, reveal how the MSU emergency system works, and what students experience when they are involved in such situations.

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.

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

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

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.


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


Trauma-Informed framework to Guide Faculty in Supporting Graduate Student Wellness

CDC’s trauma guidelines group into three areas: 1) safety & trust, 2) peer support & collaboration, and 3) empowerment.

More information on the 6 Guiding Principles to a Trauma-Informed Approach

See the GRADUATE STUDENT CORNERfor some example projects to support graduate students...

Mandatory Reporter Training

All employees are required to take a Mandatory Reporter Training on abiennial basis. Click on the button below to complete the on-demand online training. Once you finish the training, just click on the "Next" button on the "Record Your Training Session" page, and your attendance will automatically be submitted to Office of Institutional Equity.

This training is required for the Early Career Faculty Success Certificate.

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

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:

Trauma-Informed Teaching: How to Be More Intentional with Course Policies, LMS, and Scaffolding Feedback Revising course policies, using LMS tools to increase student involvement, and providing scaffolding feedback are all strategies that can be used to show consideration of students that have suffered trauma, also known as trauma-informed pedagogy.

The Benefits of Higher-Order Multiple-Choice Tests  If you are in the midst of creating final exams, check out this article on how to enhance multiple choice tests with authentic assessment type questions.

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.

Trauma-Informed framework to Guide Faculty in Supporting Graduate Student Wellness

CDC’s trauma guidelines group into three areas: 1) safety & trust, 2) peer support & collaboration, and 3) empowerment.

More information on the 6 Guiding Principles to a Trauma-Informed Approach

Some example projects to support graduate students could be

CDC Area

Possible Projects

Safety & trust

  • Discuss with faculty that traumatized graduate students may have difficulty in regulating responses to stress. If you are concerned, refer students to CPS or submit a CARE report.
  • CPS staff may be able to join your department, e.g., during a dept faculty meeting to discuss graduate well-being. E-mail [email protected]
  • Increase students’ faculty contacts by scheduling early-Fall, committee meetings for each student, possibly a group walk or outdoor activity.
  • Encourage your students to take an anonymous mental health screening at the start of each semester. The info from this is never linked to a student. Students who complete a screening receive suggestions on possible next steps. 

Peer support & collaboration

  • Partner with your department’s student organization to host social events, outdoor recreation, either with faculty or just for students.
  • Discuss the topic of norms of long hours for students and how quality work is often best done when students are well-rested.
  • Sleep – consider due dates to be in the early evening rather than the morning (especially for online classes) to discourage students from working on things all night for an early morning deadline.
  • Consider including syllabus language that encourages health and well-being.
  • The new, MUS-sponsored, [email protected] app has some helpful well-being tips for students (mindfulness, time offline, rest, and sleep habits) along with goal setting.


  • Encourage students to meet with their committee and prioritize what is needed to complete their degree.
  • Allow for as much flexibility for students to demonstrate learning outcomes as is reasonable.
  • Host career workshops with virtual alumni panels.
  • Support graduate student change agents who work on improving their department.

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.

How to Manage Stress, Rejection & the Haters in Your Midst

Thu, Nov 11, 2021

12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT

Mindi Thompson, PhD

Overcoming by Understanding Academic Writer’s Block

Tue, Nov 30, 2021

12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT


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