1. Call for Proposals EXTENDED to April 1, 2010: Midwest Research to Practice Conference
MSU is proud to be hosting this conference next year, and we encourage all graduate students to consider submitting a proposal. Graduate students in K-12 administration who study professional development or teacher/leader capacity are especially relevant.

Please join us this fall on the beautiful Michigan State University campus for the
29th Midwest Research to Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community, and Extension Education

September 26 - 28, 2010

A website for this conference is available at:
with additional information about the location, lodging, and program details, as they become available.

The Call for Proposals is also available on the Conference website at:

Proposals are due April 1, 2010.
The location for the conference is centrally located on campus and lodging is within walking distance.
If you have any questions regarding the call for proposals or the conference contact John Dirkx, dirkx@msu.edu

2. 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellowship Opportunities

The MSU Office of International Studies and Programs cordially invites faculty, graduate students and students graduating in 2011 to attend a Fulbright Scholarship Program Informational Workshop according to the following schedule: MSU STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2011 WORKSHOP on Thursday, April 1, 2010, Room 303 International Center from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
MSU GRADUATE STUDENTS’ WORKSHOP on Monday, April 5, 2010, room 303 International Center from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
MSU FACULTY AND PROFESSIONALS SCHOLARS’ WORKSHOP on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, Room 303-305 International Center from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In these workshops participants will be informed about the objectives, requirements, and deadlines for each program as well as how to: 1) develop a more competitive application, 2) select a host country, 3) make necessary host country contacts, and 4) solicit winning letters of recommendation. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Fulbright fellowships are prestigious, career-enhancing awards that confer special status on winners during and following their foreign study. They become outstanding, officially recognized representatives of the United States. Grants are provided to students, faculty, and professionals who undertake graduate study, advanced research, or teaching at the elementary, secondary, or university level in more than 140 countries. Most grantees choose their own programs. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, classes in an academic institution, a music conservatory, art school, or on special projects in the social or life sciences. The grants pay for air travel, a monthly living stipend, health and accident insurance and in some cases for tuition waivers and/or a research allowance.
To attend a workshop please register with Kathy Riel at 355-2350 or e-mail riel@msu.edu.

To learn more about the Fulbright Program, contact Professor Frank M. D'Itri, the MSU Fulbright Program Advisor, at ditri@msu.edu.

The approximate application submission deadlines for selected Fulbright Fellowship Programs for the 2011-2012 academic year are:

Faculty/Professional Programs
1) Fulbright Scholar Program--August 1, 2010
2) Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program--November 1, 2010

Student/Graduate Student Programs
1) Fulbright U.S. Student Program--September 23, 2010
2) Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program--November 1, 2010
Tech talks
Spring 2010 Schedule

3. Workshop -Taking Charge: Strategies for Success in Academia
Free Workshop from The Graduate School presented by Dr. Greg Lambeth from the University of Illinois
For graduate students, postdocs and new faculty interested in developing strategies to become more effective in managing multiple projects.

This workshop will evaluate some of the most typical issues affecting productivity, including procrastination, motivation and perfectionism. It will also examine the way that academic workplaces are structured and how this frequently contributes to productivity-related problems. The hands-on workshop will offer several exercises related to goal-setting, time management and accountability to assist participants in developing practical strategies for meeting their goals.

Friday, April 16, 2010
9:00 AM to Noon
Rm 6 Student Services Bldg

Registration is required. To register e-mail gradwrsp@msu.edu with your name, department, e-mail address, and the name/date of the workshop. Space is limited. Participants should bring a pencil or pen to the workshops.

4. The Center for the Scholarship of Teaching is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Marianne Amarel Fellowship for the Scholarship of Teaching and Teacher Education.

The fellowship is intended to help the awardee establish - and pursue -- a line of inquiry concerning the scholarship of teaching and learning in K-12, teacher education, or higher education. The awardee can choose to study his/her own teaching or that of other teachers and their students. The fellowship is a one year fellowship (although recipients can apply for a renewal) and provides the grantee with a 25% research assistantship to complement another assistantship and up to $500 in travel per year.

What is a scholarship of teaching and learning?

There has been a growing interest, both in K-12 education and in higher education, for scholarship that informs teaching and learning in schools, colleges and universities. Starting with Ernest Boyer's report, Scholarship Reconsidered, many universities and professional associations have initiated conversations about how work on teaching could be a focus of one's scholarship and lead to, as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching argues:

  • significant, long-lasting learning for all students
  • advances in the practice and profession of teaching, and
  • bringing to teaching the recognition afforded to other forms of scholarly work

Who was Marianne Amarel?
Marianne Amarel was an educator and scholar who advocated the teacher's role in the creation of knowledge and the construction of curriculum. She was an officer of the American Educational Research Association, a member of the national advisory board of the Institute for Research on Teaching here at MSU. She participated in the creation of the Holmes Group, serving as liaison to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her papers are archived at MSU. The Marianne Amarel Memorial Lecture series was established in 1989 by Michigan State University, the Holmes Group, and family, friends, and colleagues of Marianne Amarel.

How to apply
Active doctoral students currently enrolled in any doctoral program in the College of Education at Michigan State University are invited to apply. The application deadline is 9 April 2010. Applicants should submit a personal statement providing information on the development of their interests in a scholarship of teaching and for learning (maximum 2500 words); a research plan for one year of study (maximum length 2500 words); a current resume; two letters of recommendation from University faculty; and one writing sample (this can be a conference paper, a course paper, a published chapter/article, etc.). One full set of the application materials should be sent electronically to Jackie Hohenstein (hohenst1@msu.edu) by 5 pm on 9 April. Materials that exceed the word count will not be considered.

One fellow is selected. Winners will be notified by 28 April 2010. If you have any questions, please contact
Dr. Suzanne M Wilson, Chair
Department of Teacher Education
318 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

5.Tech Talks
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 105 Natural Science Building. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Byron Brown (brownb@msu.edu).

March 26 Open discussion on classroom management in the age of Twitter and the iPhone.

April 9 Ethan Watrall, MSU Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media, and MSU History, "Developing and Teaching History 250, an Online and Hybrid Course."
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