This site is focused on helping new MSU STEM faculty get a running start for classroom instruction. While any seasoned teacher will note that there are many many paths to becoming an effective and inspiring teacher, there are some essential topics that every instructor must deal with. 

Individuals in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) thrust colleges collaborative developed resources for new MSU STEM faculty, starting out in the 2011-2012 academic year with a series of mid-day seminars. 

If you have suggestions for topics that you consider essential for new STEM faculty at MSU that they need to know on their first day of class that we are not covering in our workshops, please let us know using the contact form you can bring up with the link in the navigation menu to the left.

Information about previous year's sessions, along with the PowerPoint slides and videos of most of the sessions, are available on the left side of the page.

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2017 - 2018 Workshops 

Check at the beginning of Fall Semester for a list of next year's workshops

Past 2016 - 2017 Sessions

The Hub for Innovation and the AAN: A Working Session on Opportunities and Collaboration

Jeff Grabill

Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:30 - 1:30 

         Hub for Innovation, D101 Wells Hall (Former Math Library)

Lunch Provided

More Information and Video of Workshop

Objects in the Classroom

Megan K. Halpern and Isaac Record

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:30 - 1:30 

1425 BPS

Lunch Provided

More Information and Video of Workshop

Learning Narratives from Students of Color in STEM Classrooms

Danielle Lopez, Kendra Pyle Kanaboshi, Lazarius Miller, and a panel of undergraduate STEM students

Thursday, February 16, 11:30 - 1:30

3405 Engineering

Lunch Provided

More Information, Handout and Video of Workshop

Impact of Undergraduate Research on Faculty Productivity and Career Advancement

Korine Steinke Wawrzynsk and Justin Micomonaco

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:30 - 1:30 

1425 BPS

Lunch Provided

More Information, PowerPoint slides and Video of Workshop

Tips for Successful Team Teaching

Jon Stoltzfus
Kristin Parent
Terri McElhinny

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:30 - 1:30 

3405 Engineering

More Information, PowerPoint Slides and Video of Workshop

Strategies for Effective Creation, Implementation, and Assessment of Student Teams

Kendra Spence Cheruvelil 

Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:30 - 1:30 

3405 Engineering

Developing Assessments that Engage Students in Three-Dimensional Learning

Danny Caballero, Department of Physics and Astronomy 
Justin Carmel, Department of Chemistry 
Melanie Cooper, Department of Chemistry 
Diane Ebert-May, Department of Plant Biology 
Cori Fata-Hartley, College of Natural Science 
Lynmarie Posey, Department of Chemistry

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:30 - 1:30

1425 Biomedical Physical Sciences Building

More Information and Video of Workshop


  • Syllabus Design Resources Resources on syllabus design, including the "MSU Syllabus Checklist", can be found here.
    Posted Sep 4, 2012, 5:50 AM by R Chivukula
  • Sticking with innovative teaching... A news release from the AAPT, with links to the original article.
    Posted Aug 31, 2012, 11:43 AM by R Chivukula
  • Explorations in Instructional Technology - Fall Schedule The fall 2012 brown-bag series on instructional technology is attached.
    Posted Aug 29, 2012, 2:06 PM by R Chivukula
  • Academic Writing Blog Lots of useful tips on academic writing, either for research or in courses, can be found at "Explorations of Style: A Blog about Academic Writing".
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 8:26 AM by R Chivukula
  • Writing in STEM Classes: A Case Study The paper attached describes a strategy for teaching the basic skills of reading and writing scientific literature in an immunology course, and utilizes backward course design, peer instruction/group learning ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2012, 6:25 AM by R Chivukula
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