FAQ: What is MSU’s Academic Advancement Network?

FAQ: What is MSU’s Academic Advancement Network?

An Introduction to MSU’s Reimagined Office of Faculty and Organizational Development

If faculty, academic staff, academic specialists, deans, directors, and chairs have checked their campus mail any time in the last week or so, they likely noticed a few brochures from the Academic Advancement Network (AAN), formerly the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development.
We’d like to share a sort of “FAQ” with you about the AAN and address some of the changes that have come with our rebranding, as well as some of the things that will continue to be familiar.

Why the name change?

It better encapsulates who we are and what we seek to do. Let’s break that down a bit:

Academic–Who we serve: academics–faculty, academic staff, and academic leaders (librarians, research associates, postdoctoral scholars, academic specialists, fixed term faculty, tenure stream faculty, administrators, deans, directors, and chairs). Graduate students are also welcome at our Teaching and Learning seminars.

Advancement–We support academics along their career paths, through various stages and roles, recognizing that not all career trajectories are homogenous.

Network–The academic life interweaves teaching, research, and leadership. So does our unit. This term also denotes our commitment to collaboration with academic units, campus experts, and administrative offices across the university.

What is being offered?

We offer orientations, workshops, seminars, trainings, resources, consultations, and learning communities for professional development which integrate various aspects of one’s academic life: Research and Scholarship, Academic Career Paths, Teaching and Learning, and Leadership. Through these opportunities for experiential and evidence-based learning, we aim to foster an MSU culture that helps academics succeed.

Will we continue to offer Survive and Thrive, Orientation, Lilly seminars, etc.?

Some colleagues from across the university familiar with the foundational work of the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development have expressed concern that with our new structure, we would not be offering some of its hallmark programs. Our new structure allows us to better connect with other campus resources to offer a more integrated, fulsome program. We are working to develop a portfolio of services and resources that meet the current and future needs of the community that we serve. This will include many of the former F&OD programs.

Who are the key players?

Our node leaders, listed below, have a wealth of experience, knowledge, and connections at MSU and beyond. They work with the AAN staff to implement programming, and they collaborate with a team of diversity consultants to ensure that our programs promote the intellectual, disciplinary, and cultural diversity that underpins excellence at Michigan State.

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Coordinator, Academic Advancement Network
Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Dean, Lyman Briggs College
University Distinguished Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ann Austin
Academic Career Paths Node Leader
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development — Academic Career Paths
Associate Dean for Research, College of Education
Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

Jeff Grabill
Teaching and Learning Node Leader
Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology 
Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology
Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Beronda Montgomery
Research and Scholarship Node Leader
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development – Research
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics in the Department of Energy (DOE)
Plant Research Laboratory 

Juli Wade
Leadership Development Node Leader
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development – Leadership Development
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Professor of Integrative Biology

How can I contact you?

AAN will have a table at MSU Hub’s October 27, 2016 Open House event. Please stop by any time between 9 am and 6 pm to connect with us!

Contact Blythe White, Communications Coordinator, at AANcomm@msu.edu, or (517) 355-7497, or call the main office at 432-1185.

You can read more about AAN at our website.  See our calendar of upcoming events. You can also find us on Facebook  and on Twitter.

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