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 The State University of New York at Fredonia Professional Development Center strives to meet the professional development needs of all Fredonia employees by coordinating and providing educational opportunities for faculty and staff at various stages in their careers, and providing consultation and training opportunities for technology-related issues. The Center's goal is to provide a centralized location for collecting and disseminating information about professional development opportunities taking place on campus and beyond. The Center is committed to fostering a culture in which knowledge and expertise are shared among diverse constituencies and will provide a gathering place in which this dialog can occur.

Establishing the Professional Development Center

In 2006, the Fredonia Plan introduced 21 action items designed to further improve campus performance. Action item #3 of the Fredonia Plan called for the creation of a center that would assist faculty, professional staff, and teacher candidates to further improve and add new dimensions to what they already do in the classroom and in designing courses, programs, and curricula.

In the fall of 2007, the Vice President of Academic Affairs formed the Professional Development Center Committee to research, identify campus needs, and make recommendations for a Professional Development Center. Through a series of surveys and open forums the Professional Development Center Report was written making recommen-dations for the hiring of a full-time Director and designing a physical space for the Center.A

  Reports, Annual Reports and Assessment Data:

Annual Reports:

2012-2013 Annual Report

2011-2012 Annual Report

2010-2011 Annual Report

Needs Assessment and Survey Data:

Spring 2013 PDC "End of Year" Impact Survey

Spring 2012 PDC "End of Year" Impact Survey

2012 Professional Development Needs Assessment for UUP Professionals and CSEA Staff

Associate Series Workshop Evaluation Template

Planning Documents:

Fall 2012: Overview of the Professional Development Center's Planning, Programming & Services

Spring 2008: Professional Development Center: Summary of Campus Feedback and Final Report

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Dawn Eckenrode
Director, Professional Development Center

Dawn Eckenrode

Dawn earned a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She served as a lead author on the PDC Summary of Campus Feedback and Needs Assessment Report, co-chaired the PDC Organizing Committee, and served as the founding Chair of the Professional Development Advisory Board. She has coordinated offered numerous PDC programs and workshops, including the Annual Teaching Retreat, New Faculty Orientation, and Zotero workshops. Having served as the PDC Coordinator of Educational Programs & Outreach from 2010-2012, she was appointed as the Center's Director in 2012. Her research and pedagogical interests include constructivist approaches to teaching information literacy concepts, examination of the roles libraries play in promoting civic discourse, and the ways in which libraries can support the academic and research goals of service-based initiatives in higher education. 


Christopher Taverna
Coordinator of Technology TrainingChristopher Taverna

Chris earned a B.S. in Mathematics from The State University of New York at Fredonia.  Prior to joining the PDC in the Summer of 2012, Chris worked in ITS for 11 years.  Before coming to Fredonia, he worked for five years at Performance PC where he handled computer sales, support and training. Chris' professional interests include educational technology, leadership development, organizational development, productivity, social media, talent development, team building, and time management. 


Cheryl Dearthpicture of Cheryl Dearth
Instructional Support Assistant

Cheryl began her work with the Professional Development Center in the Fall of 2010, assisting with event planning and scheduling, website maintenance, communication and outreach efforts. She previously served the campus as the secretary for the campus’ Middles States Accreditation 2010.


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Professional Development Center Advisory Board

The Professional Development Center Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Professional Development Center. The Board will assist the Director in communicating the campus' vision for the Center, collecting feedback from the campus community regarding potential services and programming, and the review of proposals for awards administered through the PDC. The Board is responsible for assisting with the organization of the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. In addition to active participation in Board meetings, Board members are expected to attend: 1. a portion of the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2. portion of the Professional Development Days and 3. at least one PDC program each semester.

  • Arts faculty representative: 
  • Business faculty representative:  Susan McNamara, co-chair
  • Education faculty representative: Michael Jabot
  • Humanities faculty representative: Xin Fan
  • Natural Sciences faculty representative: Ann Deakin
  • Social Sciences faculty representative: Katrina Fulcher
  • Professional representative from Academic Affairs: Heidi Moldenhauer
  • Professional representative from Administration: Jodi Rzepka
  • Professional representative from Student Affairs: Erin Mrozcka
  • Professional representative from University Advancement: Roger Coda
  • Classified Staff representative: Rebecca Krzyzanowicz
  • FSA representative: Christopher Zenns, co-chair
  • At-large representative: Kathleen Gradel

PDC Board Minutes

Mission & Bylaws

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