August 2019

First Day of Class: Success on Day 1, Success Throughout

Kelly Millenbah, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

11:15-1:00 (lunch available at 11:15, program begins at 11:30)

1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building


You only get one change to make a first impression, so what impression do you want your students to have of you and your course from your first day of class? In this session, we will focus on four core principles that can help shape your planning for the first day of your course, logistics of a successful first day, including managing the space and technology as well as getting to know your students, suggestions for putting the principles and the logistics into practice and suggestions for how to support the good work you have done on the first day into the rest of the semester.


Dr. Kelly F. Millenbah is the Senior Associate Dean and the Director for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University (MSU). In that role, she oversees the academic and student affairs portfolio of the college (including 2-year certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs encompassing approximately 4,800 students) and manages the college’s General Fund account. She is also a Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. While originally trained as a wildlife biologist, Millenbah developed into a scholar of natural resources education with a focus on teaching and learning within the classroom, curricular design and development, and recruitment and retention of students in the sciences. She earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. Millenbah previously served as the Associate Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program, Director of Academic Programs in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Associate Dean of Lyman Briggs College (a residential college for students interested in the sciences), all at MSU. She has been recognized for her commitment to teaching and learning through several awards including a Lilly Teaching Fellowship, the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Sigma Alpha Agriculture Advocate Award. She is also the recipient of MSU’s Simmons Chivukula Academic Leadership Award and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Faculty Award.

Video of Session