2021 Spring Symposium

AAN Spring Symposium: Imagining the Future of the University and Academic Work

Date: April 19, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

The Academic Advancement Network (AAN) hosts a symposium each spring on a topic of importance for higher education in general and MSU in particular.

Mentoring as Care, Connection, and Goal-Setting

By Ellie Louson

My favorite description of mentoring comes from Dr. Beronda Montgomery, eminent MSU plant scientist and writer, who has written widely on mentoring and calls it “an opportunity to connect meaningfully with individuals in service to their pursuit of personally-defined goals or aspirations.” As someone new to a formal mentorship role,

Leading in New Ways

Every university has a visible structure that identifies administrative positions by title and reporting lines and in many ways, represents authority and decision-making purview. Persons on the organizational chart certainly are ones to whom we look when in need of guidance and support but it is also not true that only these people are leaders at MSU.

2020-21 AAN Leadership Fellows

Started in 2017-18, the Leadership Fellows program creates partnerships between mentors (current administrators) and fellows (faculty at least 5 years post-tenure).  This program involves both a shadowing experience and work on a project developed jointly between the mentor and fellow.

Starting an Academic Career in Unusual Times

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.

OFASD Virtual “Coffee Hours”

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.