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Active Learning Basics: Rethink Your Teaching to Promote Deeper Learning

Wednesday, September 1st || 11:00 am to 12:00 pm || SUB Ballroom B and via WebEx  

***Recurring Workshop: Last offered Fall 2020***

Teaching with active learning pedagogies can move students to a deeper, more engaged learning experience where they activate higher-order thinking skills and learn from each other in an enriching, collaborative environment.  In this workshop, you will actively learn about active learning pedagogies, including proven strategies and evidence-based, best practices for creating an active learning classroom. 

Academic Advising: Tips for New Faculty and Those New to Advising

Thursday, September 9 || 1:00 -2:00 pm || SUB235 & via Webex

Information to help faculty understand the basics of how academic advising works on the MSU campus and how to connect to resources and technology to facilitate your work with students. 

Join this series of six workshops: Welcoming Tribal College student transfers and new students

Thursdays, Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 18 || 3:00 to 4:30 pm || Room 108 Plant Biosciences Building

MSU will offer six workshops to welcome tribal college student transfers and new Native American students on Thursdays, September through November. The workshops will aim to prepare participants for successful, community-based participatory research, graduate and undergraduate student advising and classroom teaching. The workshops are offered collaboratively with administrators of Blackfeet Community College and other Amskapi Piikani Tribal members. This activity is open to all tribes as part of the New Beginnings for Tribal Students grant that is a cooperative effort with Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Browning Public Schools and Heart Butte Public Schools.

Improve Your Path to Success by Joining a Writing Group

Thursday, September 16 || 10:00 – 11:00 am || SUB 233

No RSVP needed 

Presenter: Nika Stoop, Center for Faculty Excellence
Research has shown that daily writing, recording keeping, and accountability increases faculty productivity by a factor of nine or ten based upon the number of pages written or revised per year! Come to an information session on the model we use for writing groups and join a group. By attending the information session, you are not committed to joining a group, but you will be considered as being seriously interested.

Participating in a writing group means committing to writing at least 15 to 30 minutes a day, keeping a log of your writing, and meeting weekly with the group to share your results. The group will be expected to provide substantive input – this is not an editing group.  

Watch this webinar from NCFDD: How to develop a daily writing practicefor more hints on how to get started.

Attending this workshop allows faculty to achieve this CFE faculty learning outcome:

  • Increasing scholarly productivity

Intro to Grants and Finding Funding

Friday, September 24 || 10:00 -11:30 am || Library Innovative Learning Studio

New to writing grants? Join us for an interactive session that introduces you to the grant writing process, and the MSU policies and procedures. We will also cover how to find funding opportunities that fit your research program beyond searching on funding websites.

Online Teaching Square - share, learn about, and discuss online teaching practices - starts Sunday, September 26th

Participate in an 8-week Online Teaching Square where you will observe and discuss the online courses and teaching practices of other online instructors from across various disciplines at MSU. See how other online instructors organize their online courses, engage students with online learning activities and assignments, present content online, communicate and interact with students, and design and facilitate online discussion boards.

Note that to be eligible to participate, you must be teaching an online course this fall semester during the teaching square timeframe of 9/26 to 11/20. Those who successfully complete the Online Teaching Square earn 4 credits towards the Certificate of Teaching Enhancement. It takes between 3-6 hours total to complete the Online Teaching Square. 

The Online Teaching Square starts Sunday, September 26th.  If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ken Silvestri at 406-994-7835 or [email protected]

Open Enrollment - Complete the Teaching Online Program (TOP) Basic-Level Course

The Center for Faculty Excellence is excited to announce the opportunity for faculty to receive training and resources for teaching online through the Teaching Online Program (TOP).  The basic-level course is ideal for those new to online teaching, those who want a refresher, and instructors who will be teaching an upcoming online course.  Learn more here.

Fall 2021 New Interactive Workshop Series on Inclusive Pedagogy

Wednesdays, Sept. 29, Oct 27, Nov 10 || 1:00 to 2:30 pm || Reid Hall 124

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. The first workshop of the Inclusive Pedagogy series is “Getting Started with Inclusive Teaching”. In this workshop, 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.


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



Note from the Registrar, Tony Campeau: Students still manage their course registration via MyInfo from the time they are issued an advisor/registration PIN through the open registration period.  But when students are not able to change their own registration via MyInfo, they will need to seek instructor approval to add a class and advisor approval to drop a class.  Instructors and advisors now submit add and drop requests via new functions in MyInfo.  DocuSign forms (or their paper equivalent) are no longer used except for add-drops for extraordinary reasons.

Details on the new add-drop procedures can be found on this webpage: https://www.montana.edu/registrar/newadddropcourse.html (note the Add/Drop Instructions on the bottom third of the page).  Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the procedures.  You may wish to bookmark this page for quick reference.  Also, please remember that if you want to add a student to an otherwise full class, contact [email protected] to raise the capacity of the section and/or seek another room.

Grant-Writing Bootcamp: From Idea to Proposal

Fridays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and November 5 || 9:00 – 11:30 am


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-week 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.

MSU Learning Environment - Brightspace Training Opportunities

Are you new to the MSU Learning Environment Brightspace or would you like to learn more about how to use this tool? The ECAT Team is offering two trainings this fall:

Basics 1: The session will cover Brightspace login, My Home page, Course Homepage navigation and the Course Admin area. It will also include an explanation of how Banner and Brightspace work together, how course evaluations are delivered via Brightspace, details related to continuous delivery functionality and an overview of available support resources.

Basics 2: The session will detail common navigation features and related tool access/availability. Participants will learn common functionality related to:

  • How to create an announcement
  • HTML editor
  • Exploration of the content area
  • How to create modules and topics
  • Generating links
  • Understanding Learning Technologies integration

Participants will also be given a brief tour of the Manage Files area.

Learn more and register for the sessions here

Sign-up for the Early Career Faculty Mentoring Program

The Early Career Mentor Program matches new faculty starting out in their careers with a network of mentors. Mentorship encompasses all aspects of what we do at Montana State University from understanding the goals and wishes of freshman undergraduate students to guiding graduate students through their academic journey to enabling the success of early career faculty in pursuing excellence in scholarship and teaching throughout faculty careers.

As part of this continuum, the CFE Mentoring Coordinators pair early career tenure and non-tenure track faculty with experienced faculty outside of the new faculty member’s college. Matches meet one-on-one two times during fall semester and three times in spring semester. Other meetings are at the discretion of the mentors and early career faculty. Several group meetings of mentees and mentors are scheduled on a variety of topics throughout the year. 

Fill out the mentee survey to join the program today!


Thurs, September 2, 2021 @ 12-1pm PDT
Online Zoom Event

In this session, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences will provide an overview of the research and training resources available to investigators and team members across the region, along with some basic information about their website, how to navigate it, find resources, opportunities and services.

ORCID Workshop for Researchers

Update your ORCID Record to Save Time and Get Credit in Funding Applications, Publications, and Research Reporting

Getting and using your free ORCID iD and ORCID record can help you save time and get credit for your work in funding, publishing, and research reporting workflows. Funding organizations, publishers, and research institutions are increasingly requiring or asking for ORCID iDs from researchers, so this workshop will help you make sure you are ahead of the game.

In this workshop, we will cover:

❖ An overview of the benefits of ORCID for researchers
❖ How ORCID can help you save time throughout the research landscape

❖ Tips and tricks for keeping your ORCID record up-to-date

No prior experience with ORCID necessary. The session recording will be sent to all who register. See you there!


Teaching Tips

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

  1. Fuentes, M. A., Zelaya, D. G., and Madsen, J. W. (2020). Rethinking the course syllabus: Considerations for promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. Teaching of Psychology, 48(1), 69-79. Equity,Diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are receiving considerable attention in higher education. This article offers eight considerations informed by theoretical frameworks and best practices in the discipline and suggestions for the successful implementation of EDI in the syllabus.
  1. Gurung, R. A. R., and Galardi, N. R. (2021). Syllabus tone, more than mental health statements, influence intentions to seek help. Writing a warm toned syllabus and addressing stress and mental health with a university statement may increase student’s intentions to ask for help.
  1. Nusbaum, A. T., Swindell, S., and Plemons, A. (2021). Kindness at first sight: The role of syllabi in impression formation. Teaching of Psychology, 48(2), 130-143. Strong faculty–student relationships are an important predictor of student retention and success in higher education. Faculty often work to establish these relationships by developing rapport with students in the classroom, but minimal research has been done on whether syllabus design and language can affect these relationships. 

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.

Graduate Teaching Scholarships

Graduate students impact the lives of many undergraduates through their classroom teaching. To acknowledge this excellence, the Graduate School awards Graduate Teaching Scholarships for a semester. To be eligible for these awards, the graduate student must

  • Have a GTA appointment for the semester that includes some classroom, lab, or field-work teaching. Grading GTAs are not eligible. GTA portion of the appointment must be at least 10 hours.
  • Have completed one of three sets of professional development (see below) before the semester starts.
  • Be in good standing
  • Apply for the scholarship before the 1st day of the semester

There are three levels of scholarships, each requiring an increasing level of professional development:


Required professional development

Semester scholarship

Dean’s teaching scholarship

Center for Faculty Excellence’s (CFE) Teaching Enhancement Certificate offered through CFE (12 hours of workshops/training plus a 3-page reflection)


Provost teaching scholarship

Pass EDLD 635 College Teaching (3cr, i.e. 45 hours)


Presidential teaching scholarship

Complete College Teaching certificate (12cr, i.e 180 hours)


To apply for this award, please fill out the Graduate Teaching Scholarship Application.For questions, contact the Graduate School at [email protected].


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: Supporting Trans* Scholars
Facilitated by: D-L Stewart, PhD, Colorado State University
August 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET
Register Here

NCFDD Programs offered for a fee
WriteNow Access Fall Session
Program Dates: September 20 - November 12
Registration: July 14 - September 2

Spring 2022 Faculty Success Program
Program Dates: January 16 - April 9, 2021
Priority Registration: September 20 - October 13


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