MSU Training Resources
MSU Writing Center
The MSU Writing Center supports both MSU students and faculty/staff through the offering of workshops, writing groups, and one-on-one VIRTUAL or face-to-face appointments. They use Google Docs and Google hangouts to give you feedback and coaching on your articles, proposals, or any other professional writing!
To set up an online session:
- Create an account.
- Upload your writing to Google Docs and make an appointment with them. For location, choose online.
- When making an appointment, you will see open time slots as well as the writing tutor assigned to them. Choose one! For class and instructor, enter N/A.
- They will send you instructions to follow at the time of your appointment.
MSU Human Resources
MSU Human Resource offers regular training sessions which are listed on their Professional Development website. They have many excellent courses, some of which are even free. You may also be eligible to apply for funding from the Professional Development Endowment to cover the cost of attending, and non-academic employees can use their $900 yearly educational assistance program funding. The workshops are usually offered face-to-face on campus. If you want to attend one, and cannot make it to campus, let Anne Baker know so we know which courses we should consider working with them on to offer off-site or online. To register and/or check pricing and dates, log into EBS and go into "Courses for Employees at MSU."
MSU Communications and Brand Awareness
CABS Teams advance the Michigan State University brand through promotion and management of the university's reputation, image and identity. They offer workshops on topics aimed at helping academics communicate with the public. Their interactive workshops are done face-to-face on campus. Some example workshops include:
- Introduction to Public Communication
- Communicating Complicated Stuff – A Writing Workshop
- Your Online Presence
- Media Training
MSU WorkLife Office
The MSU Worklife Office often holds lunch-hour workshops and lectures on a variety of topics related to your home life, and/or balancing work and home. These events are frequently able to be joined via Zoom. Some past and present topics from their events calendar include caregiving, breastfeeding, special education, medical intervention plans, and women’s leadership.
MSU University Outreach and Engagement
The Office of University Outreach and Engagement “facilitates university-wide efforts to create an ecosystem of engagement by supporting the engaged activities of faculty, staff, and students; fostering public access to university expertise and resources; and by advocating for exemplary engaged scholarship, nationally and internationally.” They offer many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. View their upcoming workshops.
You have access to many materials through the MSU Library, which has many electronic materials that are easily accessed online. In addition, MSU Librarian and our liaison to the MSU Library, Suzi Teghtmeyer, has created some wonderful new research guides for us. Helpful resources include:
- MSU Extension: Resources for Institutes. This guide hosts a page for each of the Extension Institutes. On the page, each team unit has a box which lists recommended databases, online resources, and other materials or guides that will give you a head start on researching that topic area.
- MSU Extension: Resources for Organizational Development. This guide mirrors our core competencies, with resources identified for each competency.
- MSU Extension's MSU Library FAQ document will answer your frequently asked questions about the library.
MSU library also hosts many types of training. View MSU Libraries Events, Seminars, and Workshops.
New Horizons Training for MSU employees
MSU has negotiated rates with New Horizons, a company that provides training related to information technology, software, and business skills. Be sure to access courses through the New Horizons Training Portal for MSU to see MSU pricing.