College Resources

New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation Program

Each year, the college offers a series of informational sessions designed for those who are new to MSU to get an overview of what the College offers in terms of faculty and academic staff support and development. 

Academic Technology Office

The College of Arts & Letters Academic Technology Office collaborates with faculty in the College to provide support for technology and innovation projects and initiatives with a focus on teaching, learning and research. There are many useful links to help you navigate the transition to remote teaching for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Faculty Development Opportunities

College Faculty and Academic Staff Development 

In addition, to the College Mentoring Fellows Program, the College offers a variety of recurring and nonrecurring workshops throughout the year. 

  • College Faculty Mentoring Fellows
    • The Program is for faculty and academic staff and matches mentors with mentees at the College level.

Faculty Leadership Development Opportunities

The College offers a Leadership Fellows Program and a monthly New and Newish College Administrator meeting. The College also has developed an Academic Administrator Companion to help with onboarding new administrators. This companion is an ongoing collective effort of the administrators. New entry submissions and updates can be sent to the Associate Dean for Personnel and Administration. 

  • College Leadership Fellows
    • This group is designed for leaders in the units such as Assistant/Associate Chairs/Directors, unit Program Coordinators or Directors, Directors of Graduate or Undergraduate Studies. It meets monthly and has additional events associated with it.
  • New and Newish Administrators Group
    • This group is made up of Department Chairs and College-level Program and Center Directors in their first three years of appointment.  The agenda is determined by the group and often includes invited experienced administrators.  It meets monthly in SS 2020 on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm in 321 Linton Hall and can have additional events associated with it that are listed below.

For more information on any of the above College Programs contact Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean for Personnel & Administration or her administrative assistant, Leann Dalimonte. 

Campus Resources

Academic Advancement Network (AAN)
AAN works with all faculty, academic staff, and academic administrators at Michigan State University as they join the university, establish professional trajectories, and move through various stages of review, promotion, and growth. There are resources here for teaching and learning, review information for all appointment types, faculty and leadership development, many learning communities on different topics, resources on mentoring, accessibility, difficult conversations, counseling and psychiatric services, as well as a useful reference webpage for academic administrators.

The #iteachmsu Commons provides an educator-driven space for sharing teaching resources, connecting across educator networks, and growing teaching practice. #iteachmsu Commons content may be discipline-specific or transdisciplinary, but will always be anchored in teaching competency areas. You will find blog posts, curated playlists, educator learning module pathways, and a campus-wide teaching and learning events calendar.  You may also contribute to #iteachmsu.

MSU Learning HUB
The HUB is an experimental space that facilitates dialogues and collaborative innovation based in design thinking.  It sponsors many events throughout the year and is a great space to explore.

Check out different technology training and development resources that may be of interest to faculty, instructors, and academic staff.