The Academic Advancement Network (AAN) hosts a symposium each spring for academic employees at MSU on topics of wide university interest. We also use the conversations at the event to frame programming for the following academic year. The theme of the 2021 AAN Spring Symposium is Imagining the Future of the University and Academic Work. In the context of the immense challenges and changes that have characterized the past year, the Spring Symposium will offer avenues for conversation in which we can “imagine the future of academic work.” We invite all faculty members, academic staff, and administrative leaders to reflect on what we have learned in the pandemic about ourselves and our work, what we want to retain, and what we want to change regarding academic work and the life of our university community going forward. Dr. Shirley Malcom, senior advisor and director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will keynote the Symposium, emphasizing that a time of disruption is an opportune time for change. Following her talk and panelist responses, those attending will have opportunities to share their own ideas, hopes, and expectations.
Pero G. Dagbovie
University Distinguished Professor, Department of History
Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Dean, Residential College of Arts and Humanities
Associate Professor, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
College of Education
Kelly F. Millenbah
Senior Associate Dean, Director of Academic and Student Affairs
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Please contact the Academic Advancement Network at AAN@msu.edu with any questions.