Whether you are a new member of the MSU community or someone with years of experience here, there are times when a faculty or academic staff member looks to talk about career issues with someone who understands academic work in its many forms. The staff and node leaders of the Academic Advancement Network are here to be that sounding board as you create a successful academic career here. We invite you to stop by our virtual “Coffee Hours” to discuss aspects of academic work that are on your mind. Drop-in for a quick question, to engage in conversation instead of just email, to set up a consultation, or to inquire further about the many activities and opportunities offered by AAN throughout the year. Each session will be facilitated by a different AAN leader but you can come by to ask any of us specific or general questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Check back, more dates will be posted as scheduled.


October 23rd, at 10:00, hosted by Dr. Ann E. Austin
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development-Academic Career Paths, Associate Dean for Research and a University Distinguished Professor

Ann will be discussing the Academic Career Paths Node and how this work supports academics striving to create meaningful and productive professional and personal lives across the arc of a career.

October 8th, at 10:00, hosted by Dr. Jeff Grabill
Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University (MSU)

Jeff is the node leader for teaching and learning and will chat with those interested in this domain and in the Educator Development approach he is taking to activities this year.

September 25th at 10:00, hosted by Cindi Leverich
Director, Academic Leadership Development

As the node leader for leadership development Cindi welcomes the chance to chat with you about opportunities for those already in administrative positions or those interested in learning more about what leadership entails at MSU.

September 9th at 10:00, hosted by Dr. Beronda Montgomery
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development-Research, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics in the Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University (MSU)

This conversation will explore strategic approaches to promoting interdisciplinary connections as a way of stimulating high-impact interdisciplinary research at MSU.