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Follow-Up Opportunities

Various units provide supplemental information and resources or offer workshops as the new academic year begins.  Below are some current supplemental orientation offerings. Upcoming professional development opportunities throughout the academic year can be found here.

Welcome to MSU! – presented by the MSU WorkLife Office

January 24, 2024, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST (Virtual-Zoom)

If you are new or returning to Michigan State University, the Greater Lansing area, Michigan, or the United States, the WorkLife Office can help connect you to campus and community resources. Even if you aren’t new to the area, the Office has plenty of ways to help you locate the resources you need and become connected to your colleagues and your community.

This webinar is geared toward newcomers at MSU. MSU is a large place and the MSU WorkLife Office is here to help you navigate it! This webinar will serve as an introduction to the WorkLife Office and will include information about things to do at MSU, and in the greater community.

Welcome to MSU! Please reach out to the MSU WorkLife Office if there is anything we can do to help you during your transition (worklife@msu.edu | 517-353-1635).

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Active Violence and Emergency Response Training

Due to the recent update from the University, the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development will not be hosting an Active Violence and Emergency Response Training on August 22. We look forward to the release of a new university-wide program that will be released early this fall. More details with be forthcoming through university communications.

Teaching and Learning Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the year, opportunities will be available through the new Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation [CTLI]. The Center is MSU’s first dedicated teaching center with a goal to help educators across all disciplines when they need advice, feedback, coaching, guidance, or to find resources at the university. CTLI helps MSU’s educators improve their understanding of teaching and learning, develop themselves as more capable educator, and improve their teaching performance or learning experience design. Contact CTLI to talk through your needs, and how we might help directly or connect you with the resources you are seeking.

Instructor Jumpstart

Part 1 – January 4, 2024, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Topics that will be covered include:

    • Syllabus Considerations*
    • Setting the Tone from the Start*
    • Engaging Students in the Classroom*
    • Working Collaboratively with Graduate Educators (GTAs)
    • Available MSU Educator Resources

To register for this session click here

Part 2 – January 10, 2024, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST

Topics that will be covered include:

    • Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
    • Inclusive Teaching and Pedagogy*
    • Building Your Teaching/Learning Network
    • MSU’s Early Warning System for Students
    • MSU Student Information System

To register for this session click here

Academic Career Conversations

Starting an academic career involves new opportunities to learn, connect with others, and make meaningful contributions–to share one’s excitement about one’s field with learners, to advance the knowledge base, and to use one’s expertise to address pressing issues in the broader society.

Faculty and academic staff in all appointment types are invited to attend. The Conversations are intended to be no-pressure, enjoyable opportunities to meet others at your career stage, learn about resources, and be welcomed more fully into the university community. The Conversations will be facilitated by Marilyn Amey, Assistant Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development. Please join us!

Spring 2024 Conversations: schedule coming soon!

Join a Learning Community

Learning Communities, formerly known as Faculty Learning Communities, are ongoing discussion groups that allow MSU colleagues to gather from across departments in order to develop their skills (and even create new resources) related to a specific teaching and learning topic.

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Continuing to Connect- Future Topics

To provide support for instruction throughout the year, we will offer subsequent opportunities for ongoing discussion for faculty and academic staff, and highlight on our OFASD events page valuable engagement opportunities offered by our campus partners. Additional topics for engagement will include Formative and Summative Assessment, Handling Difficult Topics and Classroom Discussions, Using New Classroom Learning Tools and Strategies, and Writing a Compelling Narrative That Documents Your Work.

Check our events page for upcoming sessions.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Michigan State University is proud to be an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally recognized center dedicated to helping faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in navigating their academic careers. Through our partnership, we offer convenient access to mentoring, tools, and support needed for success in the Academy. Access upcoming seminars, past documents, and recorded sessions by creating an MSU institutional membership (using your NetID) by clicking here to navigate to the NCFDD website.


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