Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Course Evaluations open from Monday, November 29th to Friday, December 10th

As you get ready for the close of the semester and the opening of course evaluations, we wanted to remind you of some resources that can help you with your students before course evaluations.

When the course evaluations open on November 29th, please encourage your students to complete the evaluations by sending them reminders and setting aside class time to complete the evaluations. Note that you can provide students with the direct link to your course’s evaluation by going to your CampusLabs account and grabbing the link underneath the course.  You can also check response rates here. 

View evaluations on the webpage

The following resources can help you have a conversation with your students about completing the course evaluations, including how to talk to your students about the value of course evaluations and the type of feedback that is most useful.

Also, take a look at the Teaching Tips for ideas on how to wrap up the semester with your students.



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.

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

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

Announcements  ePortfolio RFP

Development of ePortfolios for Spring 2022 Courses: Request for Proposals

Deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021.

MSU is seeking faculty proposals for the Spring 2022 semester for the funding of $500 to support the creation of student ePortfolios using one or more Adobe Spark tools.

Adobe Spark is a web-based suite of creative tools designed to introduce students to video editing, content creation and web design.

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 – 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:

Tips for wrapping up a course at the end of the semester:

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.

The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM

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The fifth and sixth episodes of Season Two of The Science of Mentorship, a podcast from theBoard on Higher Education and Workforceof theNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine(NASEM) are now available.

Negative Mentoring Experiences一The Impact
Mentees must rely on someone with more experience and power to support them through their STEMM career. Sometimes, conflict happens. And it can have a massive impact on both mentees and mentors.

Negative mentoring experiences in STEMM happen, and they can leave students and professionals feeling stuck and confused. In this episode, students and postdocs share their stories of what circumstances led to negative encounters with their mentors, and how these experiences impacted their careers. Students share the factors that contributed to these negative experiences for them, including unchecked intentions, refusal to get to know students, and uncontrollable circumstances.

Negative Mentoring Experiences - The Response
After a negative mentoring experience, students are often left confused, unhappy, and unsure of how to move forward in their STEMM career. These experiences can be tricky to navigate 
and respond to.

A negative mentoring relationship should never constitute the end of a student’s STEMM career. Students should feel safe to identify when a mentoring relationship isn’t effective and what they need instead. In this episode, students and postdocs share how they responded to negative experiences, how they were able to bounce back, and what strategies can prevent these experiences from happening in the first place.


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.

Overcoming by Understanding Academic Writer’s Block

Tue, Nov 30, 2021

12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT


MSU Center for Faculty Excellence
114/116 Montana Hall Montana Hall | Bozeman, MT 59717
http://www.montana.edu/facultyexcellence/ | [email protected]  | 406-994-4555