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Professional Development Days

2015 - 2016 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 2015-2016 academic calendar, during which faculty and staff from all divisions are encouraged to participate in campus-wide professional development dialogues and activities.

Spring Semester Faculty & Staff Professional Development Day Events:

“Moving Beyond Walls: Teaching Through Engagement” 

Friday, February 5, 2016

 8:00 am    --    9:00 am     --    10:00 am    --    11:00 am    --    12:00    --    1:00 pm    --   2:00 pm    --    3:00 pm


Feel free to drop-in, even if you haven't had a chance to register. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.


Click here for a printable "Schedule at a Glance!


The schedule in brief:

  • Health & Fitness: Yoga and Zumba 8:00 - 9:00 am; Free blood pressure screening 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Yoga and Zumba 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Networking with Colleagues: 8:30 - 9:00 am
  • Breakout sessions: 9:00 - 9:50 am, 10:00 - 10:50 am, 11:00 - 11:50 am, and 12:00 - 1:50 pm
  • Featured Speaker: Why Great Writing Matters:  An Interview with Randy Cronk, '72, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Departmental Discussions: 3:00 - 4:00 pm (watch for details on these activities from your chairs, deans and department heads)

Refreshments available throughout the day

About the Featured Speaker

A wide variety of activities are available to students as well.  Please encourage your students to attend! Student Schedule Available Here!


8:00 am - 8:50: Health & Wellness

Yoga with Lindsey Bauza
Location: 148 Dods Hall

Zumba with Paul
Taught by Paul Mockovak, Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Certified Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor
Location: Dods Gym

Start your day right with some fun international dance moves. If you know Zumba!, great. If not, find out - see why it is the user friendly dance party especially for faculty, staff and employees. A 40-45 minute class where you participate at your own level to launch you into a great day. Will make sure you can get to a 9:00 am session.


9:00 am - 11:00 am:

Safe Zone 101
Presented by Jellema Stewart, Director, Center for Multicultural Affairs; Margaret McCurdy, MS, LMHC (P), Mental Health Counselor, Student Counseling Services; Amanda Pruden, Student Assistant, Center for Multicultural Affairs
Location: Williams Center G103B

Safe Zone 101 is a two-hour introductory workshop designed to educate and empower participants to be agents of change against issues faced by individuals within the LGBTQ and MOGII community. Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of LGBTQ and MOGII terminology and symbols, history, concepts of privilege and identity development, campus resources and reporting; while also building skills for identifying and interrupting language and behavior that may be discriminatory. The purpose of Safe Zone 101 is to create a network of supportive allies who will continue to understand and be sensitive to the varied identities within the LGBTQ and MOGII community, and who seek to foster a more respectful world for everyone. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the option to display a Safe Zone symbol as a visible network of support, and as a signal to the campus community, that they maintain a safe and affirming environment


9:00 am - 1:00 pm:

As part of Healthy Heart Month, Student Health Services will be offering free blood pressure screening for faculty, staff and students, as well as information resources for keeping your heart healthy through diet and exercise. Look for their resource table outside the Williams Center S204 rooms!



9:00 am - 9:50 am:

Fredonia Applied Learning
Presented by Fredonia Applied Learning Council Members
Location: Williams Center 204B

On May 6th, 2015, the SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution stating that SUNY shall develop a plan to make approved applied learning activities available to SUNY students enrolled in the 2016-17 academic year, and that this plan will include individual campus plans. To achieve this goal each campus is required to submit an Applied Learning plan that documents the types of applied learning activities available. SUNY campuses are also required to examine the feasibility of making applied learning activities a graduation requirement. This session will provide an overview of SUNY’s resolution and discuss Fredonia’s progress toward developing a campus Applied Learning plan. 


Principles and Practices in Problem-based Learning
Presented by John Hausmann, Music
PDC Associates Series workshop
Location: Williams Center 204A

Problem-based learning (PBL) “empowers learners to conduct research, integrate theory and practice, and apply knowledge and skills to develop a viable solution” to ill-defined problems. PBL is characterized by a collaborative, learner-centered approach that allows for unstructured inquiry and draws from multiple disciplines. The core element of PBL involves ill-structured instructional problems. By presenting students with real-world issues, PBL presents a strategy for instructors to bridge the pedagogical and practical while fostering higher-order critical-thinking strategies for the next generation of student-leaders.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the key ideas of problem-based learning.
  • Identify best practices in PBL.
  • Develop a strategy for integrating PBL into an existing class.

Highlighting the Best Features for OnCourse
Presented by Lisa Melohusky, Office of Online Learning
Location: Williams Center 204C

Beginning Summer 2016 all courses at Fredonia will have access to OnCourse, which replaces ANGEL. This session will highlight some of the best new features that come with this system. Come see why you should be excited to make the switch!


Faculty Professional Affairs Committee (FPAC) Open Session
Facilitated by Heather McKeever, FPAC Chair, and members of the FPAC Committee
Location: Williams Center 204D

The Faculty and Professional Affairs Committee (FPAC)  recommends policy on campus matters relating to the welfare of the faculty and professional staff, and is a standing committee of the University Senate.  Join us for this interactive forum, where committee members will be available to answer questions and take suggestions that will help prioritize FPAC's focus for the coming semester.


The New York Times at Fredonia
Presented by Cindy Yochym, Reed Library
Location Changed: Williams Center G103C

Interested in reading first-hand news coverage from "the national newspaper of record" about the opening of Carnegie Hall, passage of the 19th Amendment, celebration of VE Day, or tension of the Cuban Missile Crisis?  With Fredonia's academic subscription to The New York Times, Fredonia students, faculty, and staff can read reports about these historic events, as well as the entire newspaper issues in which they were published, without charge from their office or home!  This session focuses on the capabilities of searching the digital archive (back to 1851) of The New York Times.   Mention will also be made of other benefits we enjoy here at Fredonia, such as The New York Times in Education program, the "Lunch with The New York Times" series, and the availability of current weekday issues of The New York Times in print at various locations on campus.


Secretaries Forum
Facilitated by Judy Horowitz, Associate Provost
Location: Williams Center 204E

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


10:00 - 10:50 am:

Getting Started with a Long-Distance Student Internship
Panel Discussion with Randy Cronk, '72 (English), founder of greatwriting; Tracy Collingwood, Career Development Office; Dr. Ann Siegle Drege, English; W. Dean Furness, ’16 (M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies)
Location: Williams Center 204B

This panel will explore the learning outcomes, logistics, and lessons learned from years of long-distance student internships with Randy Cronk at greatwriting. Panelists will discuss the issues and opportunities that arise while connecting with a non-local community partner; setting up a learning contract; mentoring, supervising, and evaluating student interns; and reflecting on challenges and successes.


Big Data Across the Disciplines: Modernizing the Curriculum and Enhancing the Scholarship
Presented by Dr. Reneta Barneva followed by a Round Table. Confirmed participants in the Round Table: Dr. Lisa Walters (School of Business, Fredonia); Drs. Patrick Hung, Bill Kapralos (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada); Dr. Kamen Kanev (Shizuoka University, Japan)
Location: Williams Center 204A

A larger amount of recorded data was created in the last 20 years than in the whole human history. The information extracted from it is used in various ways and is quickly transforming our world. The universities are preparing the future workforce and if we would like our graduates to be successful, we have to empower them with Big Data analytics skills. While the skills and tools for data analytics are common, their implementation is discipline-specific. After a brief introduction of Big Data, various applications will be considered and possibilities of including elements of Big Data in different disciplines will be discussed.


Who's Afraid of Stefan Zweig?: Stimulating Undergraduate Research Across the Disciplines
Presented by Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, English
Location: Williams Center, G103 C
BYOD! Bring your own device for this hands-on workshop.

This learning practice aims to instruct Fredonia faculty on integrating archival materials in their classes in order to create high-impact learning opportunities for students to do undergraduate research. The learning objectives of this workshop are threefold: 1. to provide faculty with an overview of how the primary archival materials might be used to stimulate undergraduate research across the disciplines; 2. to offer specific strategies and skills to monolingual English speakers for working with archival documents in languages other than English; 3. to provide faculty with a hands-on exercise of how archival research and assignments might be incorporated into their course syllabi and classes. 

Archival research practice and pedagogy will be demonstrated with a focus on Fredonia's Stefan Zweig collection. A world-famous collection without peer within the SUNY system, the Stefan Zweig archive contains thousands of hand-written documents and personalia directly related to the many life-altering historical events that its author lived through, from World War I to the holocaust; from the advent of the artistic movement known as Modernism to the experience of exile. 


Brushing up on Banner
Presented by Scott Saunders and Kristin Dobmeier, Office of the Registrar
Location: Williams Center 204D

Fredonia has been live on Banner since the summer of 2000.  We have evolved, modified and adapted many of our daily practices and procedures based on the functionality of our student record database.  Let’s gather together and brush up on some of our Banner skills, ask questions, see what might be new that might assist us further and talk about where Banner is heading. This session is designed for academic department secretaries and chairs who utilize Banner on a regular basis.


Why Google, when we have OnCourse?
Presented by Dr. Kathleen Gradel, Education
Location: Williams Center 204C

So, we have a new Learning Management System - OnCourse. How does Google fit, or is good just for email, Calendar, and "Googling it"? This session hits on a core set of Why's, along with parallel examples, to get at students' functional use of Google for learning and interaction in their courses and their studies. We will feature examples embedded in OnCourse, to show how the two can mesh.


Presented by Christopher Taverna, Professional Development Center
Location: Williams Center 204E

As a participant in this session you will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Bounce back from adversity.
  • Build your self-esteem as a foundation of resilience.
  • Make and maintain connections to build resilience.
  • Accept and embrace change.
  • Use flexible thinking to overcome obstacles.
  • Implement stress management and relaxation strategies to maintain resilience.

Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) Information Session
Presented by Katrina Fulcher & McLoddy Kadyamusuma, Communication Disorders & Sciences
Location: Williams Center G103A

Interested in learning about instructional technologies that can be used to help engage students? Then the Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) is just what you need. 

Explore and reflect on innovative and creative uses of online instructional technologies through a set of hands-on, self-paced, discovery activities. The TOEP community provides a safe and supportive environment to work alongside peers and to reflect on how these emerging technology tools may impact teaching and learning. 

Join our campus TOEP Fellows  to see how faculty across SUNY are integrating these tools into their courses, and learn how to get started with the TOEP community. 



11:00 - 11:50 am:

Teaching with Your Head in the Cloud: Using Google Drive to Structure Your Course
Dr. Susan Sturm and Dr. Kathleen Magiera, College of Education
Location: Williams Center 204C

Two instructors, experienced and novice, will explain how they have transformed their classrooms using GoogleDrive. The session will include tips and how-to instructions for setting up your class structure using the GoogleDrive suite of tools, GoogleDocs, GoogleSlideshow, and GoogleSheets. Discussion will focus on how GoogleDrive can enhance communication between instructors and students, streamline assignment submission and collaboration, and provide students with essential technology skills through practical application. All attendees will gain access to a sample course on GoogleDrive as a guide for course set up.


More Than Just Editing: Teaching Global Revision in Writing
Presented by Dr. Susan Spangler, English
Location: Williams Center 103C

This workshop will introduce participants to several methods by which their students can truly transform their writing instead of merely "fixing" surface errors. Participants will engage in these activities during the workshop to develop an understanding of what students will experience in the classroom and will leave with at least four ideas to incorporate revision into their writing assignments.


Navigating Travel Guidelines
Presented by Sandy Noble, Accounting
Location: Williams Center 204A

This session will navigate the basic rules of travel.  I will present a guide on how to successfully plan, execute, and close a business trip.  We will explore options such as Travel, NET, and Procurement card purchases, purchase order, and/or out-of-pocket reimbursement.  We will also review the most recent travel rules changes and conclude with Q&A.


Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Preferences in the Workplace
Presented by Christopher Taverna, Professional Development Center
Location: Williams Center 204E

As a participant in this session you will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Recognize the four dichotomies of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Identify the four temperaments of type.
  • Determine your type preferences.
  • Understand how your preferences can affect your work in such areas as:
    • Problem Solving
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Goal Setting
    • Time Management
    • Stress Management

Title IX and Sexual Violence: Understanding your responsibility as an employee
Ms. Julie Bezek - Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Coordinator Dr. Bill Boerner - Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator Ms. Lisa Newell - Director of Judicial Affairs
Location: Williams Center 204D

Sexual violence prevention and response has received critical attention in higher education and NY State. This session will outline the new state laws regulating the campus response as well as review expectations for all employees related to supporting an environment free from sexual violence. On campus resources will also be shared including how to respond if someone reports an incident of sexual violence.


Advising Study Abroad Students
Presented by Erin Willis, Office of International Education
Location: Williams Center 103B

Studying abroad is a fantastic growth opportunity that affects students cognitively and personally. As a faculty advisor, what is the best way to advise and support Fredonia students that have study abroad in their academic plan? Erin Willis, Assistant Director of Study Abroad & Exchange Programs, will lead a discussion for advisors to learn: 1. Basic advisement/Academic mapping 2. Helping students find coursework 3. Academic approval process 4. Supporting students when they return


Research & Creative Activities Forum
Presented by Brian Boisvert, World Languages & Cultures; William Brown, Biology; Xin Fan, History; Katrina Fulcher, Communication Disorders & Sciences; Christina Jarvis, English; McCloddy Kadyamusuma, Communication Disorders & Sciences; Heather McEntarfer, English; Julie Newell, Music; Jill Reese, Music Education; Courtney Wigdahl, Biology. Facilitated by Judy Horowitz, Associate Provost
Location: Williams Center 204B

Faculty recipients of the 2015 Summer Research & Creativity Award will discuss the research and creative projects that they currently have underway.

12:00 - 12:50:

Introduction to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
Panel Presentation with Naomi Baldwin, International Education; Bond Benton, Communication; Michael Jabot, Education; and Ivani Vassoler, Politics and International Affairs
Location: Williams Center 204E

"SUNY COIL has developed an approach to fostering cross-cultural student competence through development of multicultural learning environments that link university or college classes in different countries. In the COIL model, students from different cultures enroll in shared courses with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing coursework." In this session faculty who are currently partnered with university campuses in Brazil and Mexico will share their experiences with the COIL model in their classrooms. A brief overview of the nuts and bolts of getting involved with SUNY COIL Network will be provided, along with time for Q&A.


PowerPoint Overload: Ideas for Effective Powerpoint Use in Lectures
Presented by Dr. Michael Scialdone
Location: Williams Center 204C

This session is designed to provide basic guidelines regarding the design and use of PowerPoint presentations for instructors, geared toward enhancing and improving student engagement during lecture-style class sessions.


Exploring the Role of Collegiality on Campus
Roundtable Discussion facilitated by Bill Brown, Biology; Rob Deemer, Music; Stephen Kershnar, Philosophy; Scott Medler, Biology; Rebha Sabharwal, Sociocultural and Justice Sciences; and Iclal Vanwesenbeeck, English
Location: Williams Center 204A

This roundtable discussion will provide a brief history of collegiality and its place in the academic world. Discussion will be followed by audience Q&A.


Introduction to using the R software system for data analysis
Presented by Darrin Rogers, Psychology
Location: Williams Center 103C
BYOD! Bring your own device for this hands-on workshop.

The free, open-source software system R has become one of the most widely-used platforms for data analysis and related tasks in the world, and has become important in the movement toward open data and reproducible research. R is amazingly flexible and powerful, but the initial learning curve can be daunting for first-time users. This workshop will introduce you to the software, help you understand the scope of what R can be used for, walk you through the initial steps required to begin analyzing data and producing graphs, and provide resources for finding help and solving problems. This will be a hands-on workshop, with attendees directly using R. If you bring your own laptop, save time by installing R before the workshop from

How to Help A Colleague Who is Troubled or Distressed

Sue Murphy, Employee Assistance Program
Location: Williams Center 204B

We work and study in an environment in which we are constantly striving for excellence and high performance, a situation that may contribute to stress.  We all cope in different ways at different times.  Early recognition, intervention, and referral are critical to getting someone help and preventing violence on campus.  Taking action can save a job, a career- or a life.  Join us as we discuss how to approach and facilitate assistance for a colleague in need.


Understanding Degree Works
Presented by Kristin Dobmeier, Office of the Registrar
Location: Williams Center 103B

Degree Works is here to assist with the advising of your students.  It is an online tool that looks at your student’s program (majors, minors, concentrations) and how their academic experiences are meeting the prescribed requirements.  This session, designed for academic advisors, will review navigation, how requirements are displayed and much more!


Innovation, Engagement  & Team Building
Presented William Haskas and Andrew Nisbet, +FARM Network Members and affiliate clients of the Fredonia Technology Incubator
Location: Williams Center 204D

Learn how art and technology lead to positive community development utilizing technology to build better neighborhoods. This will be a conversation William Haskas, Brooklyn architect and co-founder of Plus Farm, a design and construction studio. In this session participants will explore how innovations in technology lead to smarter, more sustainable practices in the everyday build world. Plus Farm is a team of artists, designers, architects, builders and craftsmen that collectively teach listening, learning and sharing through making.

1:00 - 1:50:

Why Great Writing Matters:  An Interview with Randy Cronk, '72

WNYF-televised interview by Fredonia President Virginia Horvath with Randy Cronk, '72 (English), founder of greatwriting. Kevin Kearns, Vice President for Engagement and Economic Development, and Tracy Collingwood, Director of the Career Development Office, will join the conversation.
Location: Williams Center Multipurpose Room

This interview will explore the distinctiveness, value, and meaning of the Fredonia experience through a conversation about Randy Cronk's life and career, the development of his business, greatwriting, and the implications for Fredonia's future with engaged learning and economic development.

Students, faculty, staff and member of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Featured Speaker:

Randy Cronk Fredonia alumnus '72A Fredonia alumnus, Randy Cronk has over 30 years’ experience writing about complex systems, products, and services. After starting out as a tech writer at Digital Equipment Corporation, Randy went on to become a vice president at Hill and Knowlton (the world's largest PR firm at the time) and later a vice president at the renowned Silicon Valley tech marketing firm, Regis McKenna, Inc.

Since founding greatwriting in 1990, Randy has worked with more than 250 technology and innovation-based organizations. He helps his clients convey the value of their products and services through white papers, websites, brochures, case studies, articles and blogs.
Randy also blogs and podcasts for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge where he orchestrates and markets events as a member of the Forum's Innovation Series Committee. A global audience tunes in over 28,000 times each month to the Forum's iTunes podcast series that he started and produces. He also enjoys mentoring college students in his paid internship program.

Thank you to our event sponsors! Fredonia Alumni Association, Fredonia College Foundation, Fredonia College Foundation's Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund, Department of History, and the Mary Louise White Fund

 This program is the first event in the Writers@Work (Alumni Writers in Residence) Series, a partnership between the Departments of Business, English, and History, Alumni Affairs, and the Career Development Office.

You may also be interested in attending: Getting Started with a Long-Distance Student Internship


2:00 - 2:50: Health & Wellness

Yoga with Lindsey Bauza
Location: 148 Dods Hall

Zumba with Paul
Taught by Paul Mockovak, Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Certified Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor
Location: Dods Gym

End your day right with some fun international dance moves. If you know Zumba!, great. If not, find out - see why it is the user friendly dance party. A 40-45 minute class where you participate at your own level to launch you into the remainder of your day with a smile.



3:00 - 4:00 pm: Department Meetings

Watch for details on these activities from your chairs, deans and department heads. 


View Archived Recordings of the Fall 2014 Professional Development Day

View the Fall 2014 Program of Events

View the Spring 2015 Program of Events

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