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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.”

Connection Hours with CFE!

Tuesday, December 21 || 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:00 – 2:00 pm || via Webex

Click here to join via Webex from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Click here to join via Webex from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

We would like to hear from you! Join us anytime from 10:00 – 11:00 am or 1:00 – 2:00 pm via Webex to let us know how you are doing and how we can support you. What things are working well? What things are you struggling with? Share your thoughts with your colleagues and the CFE team.

Workshop: Panopto Basics

Thursday, January 6, 2022 || 10:00am to 10:45am || Webex (register for the link)

REGISTER HERE and the link will be sent to you

Join us for an online workshop and learn how to use Panopto, our new institutionally-supported lecture capture service! In this workshop you will learn how to: 

  • Log into and explore your Panopto account. 
  • Record, edit, and share videos. 
  • Embed videos into D2L/Brightspace courses. 

For more information about Panopto, please visit the Panopto page on the Academic Technology & Outreach website. 


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


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. 

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.

MSU Library Open House - In-Person & Interactive Virtual Activities

January 18, 2022 from 3-6 p.m

The tradition continues. We look forward to gathering with MSU faculty, staff, graduate students, and Bozeman community members to enjoy food and beverages, listen to music, and explore the services offered by MSU Library and our partners. Our theme this year will be a bit different. In the past, we’ve chosen themes centered on classic works of literature, but for 2022, we will broadly celebrate the theme of reading. We've asked partners to select a book and we'll celebrate the joy and importance of reading in our personal, intellectual, and professional lives.


Teaching Tips

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

  •  Last Class Session: How to Make It Count Short article on strategies for wrapping up a course in ways that help students integrate content, prepare for exams, and request useful feedback for the course.
  • Ending the Semester Includes additional ideas for wrapping up a course as well as using the course to look forward, i.e. how to reach out to you for letters of recommendation.
  • Parting Ways: Ending Your Course Provides strategies for ending a course with both academic and emotional closure.

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.

Parallel certificates to strengthen careers

Does your graduate student's career plan involve teaching at the college level, or using data to support decisions, or require supporting individuals who may be dealing with mental health concerns? Then one of our graduate certificates may provide parallel preparation for their career. 

“Parallel” because these certificates can be completed while  working on a main graduate program.

MSU offers certificates in:

  • College teaching (12 cr.) where most students complete 9 cr. of coursework in education and 3 cr. of field experience. Students who complete the certificate and who are appointed as a GTA are awarded a $1000/semester teaching scholarship.
  • Applied statistics (12 cr.) where students learn to distill data into useful information, visualize patterns, explain scientific phenomena, and predict future events. Many students have taken 3-6 cr. towards this certificate (STAT 511 and 512) in their regular POS and are halfway to earning the certificate.
  • The new Mental Health Support Certificate provides mental health training for anyone who works with people -- community health workers, educators of all levels, librarians, emergency personnel, and so much more. The 12 credits of online coursework can be completed throughout two summers. Coursework will focus on development and helping theories, helping skills and attending behavior, crisis management, and trauma, reducing stigma around mental health, consultation and referral, and multicultural diversity/inclusion education and support. 

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.

Thu, Jan 13, 2022

12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Facilitator: Carlita Favero, PhD

  • Do you often start the semester or term with high hopes for your writing projects, but end disappointed by your actual productivity?
  • Do you desperately want (or need) to write a lot this semester?
  • Do you want to figure out how to be more productive AND enjoy your life this semester?

We offer this planning webinar at the beginning of each semester so that you can take time out of your schedule to identify your personal and professional goals, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community, support, and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced semester ever! 



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