Professional Development Days

2014 - 2015 Professional Development Days 

Fredonia is a community of learning in which faculty and staff recognize the importance of modeling lifelong learning for our students. As such, two days have been designated in the 2014-2015 academic calendar, during which faculty and staff from all divisions are encouraged to participate in campus-wide professional development dialogues and activities.

SUNY Fredonia's Spring 2015 "Professional Development Day" will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015. A wide variety of activities will be available for students as well. Click here for the Student Activity Schedule


Framing the Future: Helping Students Succeed

Friday, February 6, 2015
Williams Center

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8:00 - 8:50 am   /   9:00 - 10:00 am   /   10:10 - 11:00 am   /   11:10 - 12:00 pm  /

12:00 - 1:00 pm  /  1:00 - 1:50 pm   /   2:00 - 4:00 pm  /   4:00 - 5:00 pm


Please feel free to attend any of the sessions listed, even if you did not register in advance-- all events are open to faculty and staff from all divisions. 

8:00 - 8:50 am:

Health & Wellness: Yoga with Lindsey Bauza
Dods Hall Gym


Refreshments and Networking
Williams Center Multipurpose Room


9:00 - 10:00 am: Campus-wide Roundtable Discussion

Framing the Questions: What Does it Mean to be a Community of Learners?
Williams Center Multipurpose Room

Join your colleagues from across campus for some lively discussions focused on what it means to be a student-centered campus. Come share your thoughts and ideas, and take this opportunity to connect with others while exploring different ways of  thinking about teaching, learning and working.


9:00 - 10:20 am: Health & Wellness

Introduction to LehrerDance technique
with Jon Lehrer and the LehrerDance company
Dods Hall Dance Studio, Rm 148

LehrerDance is an inspiring and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company showcases Jon’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. Jon’s extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms fosters choreography that is organic, artistic, accessible and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human condition. No registration required. 

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Dance


10:00 - 11:00 am: Breakout Sessions

High Impact Teaching Practices:

Building Living Learning Communities: Lessons from the four years of the Honor House
with Dave Kinkela, History; and Honors Students Jacob Schermerhorn, Julianna Grabowski, and Ken Starr
Williams Center 204A

Since 2011, the Honors Program has developed a strong residential component to its academic mission. The Honors House exists to expand the classroom experience by integrating learning through campus and community engagement. Students have the opportunity to be in an environment with other students who like academic challenges and that enriches their learning through special programs with faculty and staff, visiting speakers, cultural activities and events, service projects, and shared meals. This session is designed to highlight some of the High Impact Practices of the Honors House, while reflecting on some of the difficulties in creating a vibrant living and learning community (LLC) on campus. It will also draw on the literature on High-Impact Practices to address how we can better integrate classroom learning in a non-classroom environment. I envision presenting our efforts with the Honors House with an informal powerpoint presentation that will last no more than 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer period. After the session, I would like participants to be able to: - recognize the value of living and learning communities - develop strategies to help foster more LLCs on campus

Teaching Writing vs. Assigning Writing: Writing Process Elements in the Classroom
with Susan Spangler, English
Williams Center 204B

Workshop participants will: 1) examine their personal writing processes 2) learn new writing process elements 3) articulate methods for teaching writing process elements instead of merely assigning writing projects. Participants will draw their writing process in order to engage in a discussion about their own writing processes. In small groups, participants will look for similarities and differences in their processes and begin to articulate writing process elements. I will provide participants with a handout on descriptions of teaching writing vs. assigning writing. Participants will articulate ways they could incorporate the "teaching writing" descriptions into their own courses in their departments.


Discussion Forum:

Instructional Innovations Forum
with Kimberly Conti, Mathematical Sciences; Mike Jabot, Curriculum and Instruction; Tiffany Nicely, Music; David Stellhorn, Theatre & Dance; and Peter Tucker, Visual Arts & New Media
Williams Center 204D

Faculty from across the disciplines will be sharing stories of how they have innovated their classrooms with activities and technologies designed to enhance student learning. Come hear what your colleagues are doing, and feel free to bounce your own ideas off of others in this free-flowing discussion.


Campus Information Sessions:

Success with Google
with Christopher Taverna, Technology Training Coordinator
Williams Center 204C

Are you curious about ways you might use Google Apps better? Are you tired of making do with inefficient work-arounds? Are you looking for ways to have Google work for you instead of against you?

Join the PDC’s Christopher Taverna as he shares his expertise using Google Apps with you. This session will be a fast-paced, fun, and functional demonstration of the big three of Google Apps - Mail, Calendar, and Drive. Learn some new tips and tricks to get the most out of Google Apps! The demonstration will last approximately 30 minutes, with a question and answer period immediately following.

Campus Update on Title IX and Sexual Violence
with Bill Boerner, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator
Williams Center 204E

Members of the Fredonia campus community have the right to live, learn, and work in an environment that is free from sexual violence and harassment.  This session will highlight Title IX regulations, the new SUNY policies regarding Sexual Violence response and prevention, as well as share resources available to support students.  

Advising Information and Course Proposal Forms for Academic Affairs Secretaries
with Amy Leclair, Coordinator of Academic Advising and Liberal Arts, and Joseph Straight, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee
Williams Center G103A

Best practices for handling advising and course proposal forms will be shared, and time will be provided for Q&A. 


11:00 - 12:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

High Impact Teaching Practices:

Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research
with Scott Medler, Biology
Williams Center 204D

Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research Undergraduate (UG) research provides students with valuable experience that enriches their understanding of basic processes they’ve learned about in the classroom, and exposes them to the process of science. Several studies have shown that UG research experiences result in gains in critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, personal and professional development, and a better understanding of how science works as a process. In this seminar, I will focus on the history and definitions of authentic undergraduate research, and then present examples of some of the ‘best practices’ that can be taken from successful models of UG research.My goal is to engage attending faculty and administrators in an active discussion about how to facilitate meaningful undergraduate research at Fredonia.

Talking about Race and Racism in the Classroom
with Bill Boerner, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Jeffry Iovannone, Women & Gender Studies Coordinator
Williams Center 204B

With an increasingly diverse population of students at Fredonia, our classrooms are becoming opportunities for interracial interactions with may spark racial microaggressions and difficult dialogues. Session participants will explore these dynamics as well as strategize effective ways to approach incidents of racism in the classroom and co-curricular environment.  


Health & Wellness:  

Happiness Advantage
with Christopher Taverna, Professional Development Center
Williams Center 204C

The Happiness Advantage training video gives you a formula for improving productivity, overcoming challenges, increasing cognitive abilities, and improving teamwork – all while improving your mindset. This comprehensive training program is based on Shawn Achor's book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.


Discussion Forum:

Research & Creative Activities Forum
with Catherine Creeley, Psychology; Timothy Frerichs, Visual Arts & New Media; Natalie Gerber, English; Judith Horowitz, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Sponsored Research & Faculty Development; Sam Mason, Chemistry; Joseph McFall, Psychology; Paul Murphy, Music; Jonathan Titus, Biology; Emily VanDette, English; and Birger Vanwesenbeeck, English
Williams Center204A

Faculty from across the disciplines will be discussing research and creative projects that they currently have underway. All are welcome to share what they are working on-- feel free to join the conversation!


Campus Information Sessions:

Branding 101: Understanding the Dos and Don'ts of using Fredonia's new name and logo
with Mike Barone, Director of Marketing and Communications, Patty Herkey, Communications Designer and Erin Ehman, Graphic Designer
Williams Center 204E

The Creative Design Team will walk attendees through many issues they should consider when creating or using any print or electronic communication materials which contain the university's brand.  Logo formats, fonts, color schemes and more will be discussed, and helpful tips will be shared to ensure that your department's materials look as professional as one would expect from the third-largest four-year university in Western New York.

NET & Travel Cards Refresher
with Sandy Noble, Director of University Accounting
Williams Center G103A

In this session, Net & Travel Card procedures will be reviewed, and participants will have the opportunity to have questions answered.


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Health and Wellness: Yoga with Lindsey Bauza
Dods Hall Gym


Lunch on Your Own


1:00 - 2:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

High Impact Teaching Practices:

From Global to Local, and Keep them Local: Strategies to Recruit and Retain International Students Part I
with Guangyu Tan, Curriculum & Instruction
Williams Center 204A

Learning objectives: 1) The audience will know the trend of globalization of higher education. 2) The audience will learn the strategies to attract and recruit potential students, especially international students. Methods: 1) I will use statistics to demonstrate the trend of globalization of higher education. 2) I will use personal accounts to discuss what matters to international students when it comes to choose a higher education institution in the United States.

Ditching the Dull - Dynamic Design Strategies for Teamwork in the Classroom
with Roslin Smith, Communication
Williams Center 204B

In this interactive workshop participants will examine team dynamics and will explore several ways to incorporate teamwork in the classroom and sample activities will be modeled. Attendees will be encouraged to have fun while engaging in short teamwork exercises.

Learning objectives: 1) To explore various team building activities that encourage learning processes 2) How to use teamwork in the evaluation process


Writing Workshop:

Developing Daily Writing Strategies to Help Push You Towards Publication
with Katrina Fulcher-Rood and Anny Castilla-Earl, Communication Disorders & Sciences
Williams Center 204C

This workshop will focus on creating daily writing habits that will help in the academic writing process for publications, methodologies, and grants. Strategies from the books: How to Write A Lot, Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for paced, productive, and powerful writing, and Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to academic publishing success. This workshop will give participants practice, templates, and exercises on how to infuse academic writing into their daily work life. In addition, interested participants will learn about available writing groups that can serve as a resource for their productive writing.

Learning Objectives:

• After engaging in this talk, participants will be able to identify at minimum two writing exercises that will aid them in being my proficient academic writers

• At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to understand the function of a writing group and if it is an appropriate tool for them to utilize in the production of academic writing


Health & Wellness: 

Ballroom Dance
with Jon Lehrer and the LehrerDance company
Dods Hall Dance Studio, Rm 148

LehrerDance is an inspiring and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company showcases Jon’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. No registration required. 

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Dance


Discussion Forums:

“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Forum
with Lisa Melohusky, on behalf of the Information Technology Advisory Board
Williams Center 204D

In Fall 2014, ITAB (Instructional Technology Advisory Board, formed several task forces to investigate some of the high profile technology topics on campus. One of the groups created was charged with investigating the development of goals and objectives for instructional technology. This task force has begun by focusing on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and would like your feedback and ideas on devices being used, support and training needs, and high impact teaching methods impacted by BYOD. Join us to discuss current ways BYOD is being used in the classroom and help us create a wish list that would support your future teaching.

General Education Assessment Roundtable Discussion: From Accountability to Quality Enhancement
with Lisa Hunter, Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support; Joseph McFall, Psychology; Kathleen Magiera, Education; and Justin Conroy, Physics
Williams Center 204E

Assessment of general education is often viewed as a way to ensure that institutional goals are being met. However, truly meaningful assessment typically happens when the assessment results lead to ways to strengthen and improve the program. Please join us to explore this important topic from multiple campus perspectives.

Academic Department Secretaries Forum
with Christopher Taverna and members of the Secretary’s Professional Development Committee
Williams Center G103A

In this session, Academic Department Secretaries are invited to join in a discussion to share ideas, workflows, and best practices for success in the workplace.


2:00 - 3:30 pm


Health & Wellness:

Drugs of Abuse Used by Today’s College Students
Michele Caliva, RN, Director of Upstate Poison Control Center
Janette Zhu, RN, Professional Education Coordinator, Upstate Poison Control Center
Williams Center G103A

 This program provides an open discussion regarding new drugs that have been introduced and used primarily by the 20 to 40 year old populations throughout communities within New York State. The presenters also encourage dialogue with the attendees to gather data representative of drugs found in the community in which they are presenting. The program would particularly benefit emergency response personnel, including Building Safety Coordinators, CERT members, University Police, Residence Hall directors, custodians, counselors and anyone who works with students or shares an interest in this topic.

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Department Discussions

(watch for details on these activities from your chairs, deans and department heads)


4:00 - 5:30 pm 

Informal Showing of the LehrerDance company followed by a Q&A with the artists
No registration required

The LehrerDance style is based on three main elements of movement: Circularity, 3-Dimensionality, and Momentum.  These combine to create a form best described as “Organically Athletic” – integrating the approach and fluidity of modern dance with the excitement and energy of jazz dance to create an expressive, engrossing style of movement.

LehrerDance is a “small, enviable team of dynamite Buffalo, N.Y. dancers” (Chicago Tribune)  comprised of 8 individuals who bring their own unique skills to the LehrerDance vernacular. From Break-Dancing to Modern, Ballet to Gymnastics, each dancer adds their own spice to the LehrerDance mix, keeping it fresh and evolving. 

Sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Dance


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View the Fall 2014 Program of Events

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