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Professional Development Opportunities

MSU offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff members to improve their teaching, research, outreach, and support efforts. Lyman Briggs faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. Please contact any of the faculty or staff members who have participated in these programs and visit the Academic Advancement Network or the Human Resources Organization and Employee Development websites to learn more.

Adams Academy
MSU IT Leadership Institute
Faculty Success Program
Lily Teaching Fellows Program
Writing Boot Camp
CIC Academic Leadership Program

Adams Academy

The Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation brings a non-tenure stream faculty cohort together to discuss scholarship on effective university teaching and learning practices. For more information, visit:

Dr. Maxine Davis was an Adams Academy Fellow in 2012-13: "As a member of the Adams Academy, I had the great opportunity of meeting with colleagues from other colleges and departments across campus and to be a part of rigorous discussions on the theory and practice of teaching. I enjoyed being a part of a community of learners who encouraged, helped and challenged each other. Our monthly meetings were supplemented by readings on the scholarship of teaching and learning. I was particularly impacted by our discussions on the cognitive development of college students, an important area that was not on my radar. I continue to be influenced by what I learnt during my time with the Adams Academy."

MSU IT Leadership Institute

The IT Leadership Institute is designed to improve the leadership nd collaboration skills of MSU IT professionals. For more information, click here.

Joe Murray’s completed the IT Leadership Institute training in 2012: "MOR Associates started the program by saying  'you get out what you put in' which meant that if you wanted to be a risk taker and try to work outside your norm, it was HIGHLY recommended. The program opened my eyes to the opportunities that leadership skills can create for individuals, and for those that oversee college IT. I learned a lot about how I handle situations and how to improve my response to those situations. One of the biggest benefits of the program was the opportunity to network with my local cohort and with IT leaders across the country. Many doors have been opened to me since this opportunity to interact and learn from this cohort.  I can neither forget, nor say enough about the coaching sessions that I was lucky to have and experience. Having the opportunity to sit down with a coach and discuss how I am handling situations and projects and to work on methods and techniques to better prepare me for my everyday work tasks was priceless.

My continuing connection with my cohort shows that MSU has invested in a program produces wonderful results. Two examples are the recently created Leadership Cafe and the IT Council group, both started by graduates of IT Leadership Program."

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program

The Faculty Success Program is designed to help faculty members increase research productivity, improve time management, and achieve work-life balance. For more information, click here.

Dr. Logan Williams participated in the Faculty Success Program in 2013:National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's 'Faculty Success Program" was a 15 week boot camp which involved weekly large community calls, weekly accountability small group calls, and an online accountability tool (for writing & research). The weekly 'homework' was sometimes tedious and sometimes fun but it was usually enlightening. I very much appreciate some of the techniques that I learned for time management, career planning, and pushing through resistances to daily writing. Additionally, I benefited from the common-sense advice about teaching and research from my weekly accountability small group. I requested and was placed with other tenure-track assistant professors for my small group. We all had unique strengths and knowledge to share with each other that was very useful despite our different disciplines. By participating in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program, I have a better idea of how to achieve some of my goals.”

Lilly Teaching Fellows Program

The Lilly Teaching Fellows Program provides a cohort of tenure-stream faculty with opportunities to explore scholarship on effective practices in University Teaching. For more information click here.

Dr. Georgina Montgomery was a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2012-13: "The MSU Lilly Teaching Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to read, think about, and discuss scholarship in teaching and learning while also producing your own study about how students learn. Alongside colleagues from units from across campus, you develop new relationships with mentors, friends, and collaborators and gain new insights into the content and pedagogical approaches being integrated in courses from a wide range of disciplines.

Being a Lilly fellow certainly made me into a better educator. I also found the experience to be incredibly useful, rewarding, and fun. I would be happy to discuss the fellowship further with any LBC faculty interested in applying."

Writing Boot Camp

Writing Boot Camp is an informal gathering designed to help faculty members increase their writing productivity and to build community. The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Department and Lyman Briggs College sponsor it, but faculty from other colleges can also participate. For more information, contact Cheryl Murphy:

Dr. Cheryl Murphy organizes Writing Boot Camp: "We book at least one Friday a month to write... write whatever is needed (grant proposals, papers, books, etc.).  We use the group to motivate ourselves to focus on one particular writing project during that day, free from distractions (emails, phones, etc.).  It is sponsored by Fisheries and Wildlife and Lyman Briggs (they provide snacks), and it gives new professors permission to book off an entire day for focused writing. This is something that many new professors struggle with, and after a while, they learn how to do this themselves and realize how valuable it is. Not only does this group increase productivity, but it also creates a sense of community...we all share what we are writing, and support each other. We often go out for lunch and get to know others in vastly different disciplines."

CIC Academic Leadership Program

The CIC Academic Leadership Program is a year-long cohort program that prepares faculty members to address the challenges of academic administration. For more information, click here.

Dean Elizabeth Simmons participated in the CIC Academic Leadership Program in 2004-5: "I participated in the CIC Academic Leadership Program during 2004-05, my second year as Director of what was then the Lyman Briggs School within the College of Natural Science. This is a year-long cohort program on two scales: the six of us at MSU formed a tight-knit group within the larger cohort from across the CIC (the Big Ten plus Northwestern and University of Chicago). Our MSU group met monthly with MSU Faculty & Organizational Development Director Deb DeZure to discuss readings and interview selected MSU leaders (President, Provost, Athletic Director...). Three times during the year, we gathered with the full CIC-ALP cohort for a week-long meeting at another CIC campus; these involved lectures and hands-on sessions related to various aspects of university leadership, tours of the host campuses or nearby institutions, and lots of time to exchange stories with peers from other institutions. The MSU group traveled to the workshops together, designed our own "team" polo shirt, and made memorable excursions to jazz clubs with then-AVP for Academic Human Resources Robert F. Banks.  

I learned a tremendous amount about academic leadership and management from the CIC-ALP workshops and readings that year, far more than can be covered in or remembered from MSU's helpful but brief summer orientation for new chairs. I read some interesting books and others that were so poorly argued they made me angry. Best of all, I got to know some amazing leaders from across the campus—those we interviewed during our monthly sessions were very generous with their time and ideas.  My cohort was fantastic to work with and brought diverse points of view to our discussions. I still see most of them at the annual reunions where we share memories, catch up on accomplishments, and tell the incoming cohort what a wild ride lies ahead. Over the years, I've found many other MSU friends and colleagues at those reunions too, a truly wonderful cross-section of the campus.  

I highly recommend this program for anyone who is strongly motivated to learn more about academic leadership."

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