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.

Fall Faculty & Staff Professional Development Day Events:

“Moving Beyond Walls: Teaching Through Engagement” 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In keeping with this year’s professional development theme, “Moving Beyond Walls: Teaching Through Engagement” activities and presentations will enable participants to connect with one another while exploring different ways of thinking about teaching, learning and working.

The schedule in brief:

  • Networking with Colleagues: 8:00 - 9:00 am
  • Visioning Session: Fredonia as an Engaged Community: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Breakout sessions: 11:00 - 11:50 am, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, 1:00 - 1:50 pm, and 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Departmental Discussions: 3:00 - 4:00 pm (watch for details on these activities from your chairs, deans and department heads)

A wide variety of activities are available for students as well.  Please encourage your students to attend. Schedule available soon!

Morning Events  | 11:00 - 11:50 Breakouts | 12:00 - 12:50 Breakouts  | 1:00 - 1:50 Breakouts  |  2:00 - 2:50 Breakouts  |  Departmental Discussions 

Register for:  
Visioning Session: Fredonia as an Engaged Community (name & email required)


Register for the Networking, Breakout / Health & Wellness sessions you plan on attending
(name & email optional)

Morning Events:


8:00 - 9:00 am

Refreshments & Informal Networking
Williams Center Multi-purpose Room

Yoga with Lindsey Bauza  
Dods Hall Gym 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Visioning Session: Fredonia as an Engaged Community
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Facilitated by BethMarie Ward & Constance Foster, Regenerate Group, LCC (click for facilitator bios)
S204 A & B, Williams Center
Click here to register

What should Fredonia look like as an engaged community? In this facilitated planning workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss campus engagement activities in order to develop a successful and sustainable model for the future. Through this participatory experience, members of the campus community will have the opportunity to focus intention into actionable plans. Please consider attending if you have an interest applied learning strategies such as: internships, service learning, community service, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, field experiences, and study abroad.

This event is sponsored in partnership by the Division of Economic Engagement and the Office of the Provost. 

9:00 am - 10:50 am

Balancing Priorities: How to Successfully Manage Tasks, Deadlines, and Expectations
9:00 am – 10:50 am
Presented by Christopher Taverna, Professional Development Center
S204 E, Williams Center

In our increasingly competitive world, we all need to be more productive than ever. Not only must we do our jobs in less time and with fewer resources, we often work for more than one boss and on more than one team. As a result, we may face conflicting tasks, deadlines, and expectations, making it difficult to identify what’s most important. Furthermore, the transformations in our workplaces brought about by technology have, in addition to the many benefits, increased the speed and complexity of our work. 

This workshop will enable you to properly prioritize your obligations, allowing you to improve performance and productivity. As a result, you’ll also achieve a better work/life balance, minimize the stress related to managing your tasks efficiently, and, ultimately, improve working relationships. 

Breakout Sessions: 11:00 - 11:50 am 

Effective Communication and Team Building
Presented by Sue Murphy, EAP Coordinator
S204 E, Williams Center

This activity is designed to spark reflection about how groups communicate with each other, varying perspectives, leadership, how participants deal with frustration and what roles they take on in the group.

Ditching the Dull - Dynamic Design Strategies For Teamwork in the Classroom 
Presented by Roslin Smith, Communication
11:00 am – 11:50 am

In this interactive workshop participants will examine team dynamics and explore several ways to incorporate teamwork in the classroom.  Sample activities will be modeled and attendees are 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

Rethinking Assessment through the Tuning Project: Lessons from a Faculty-Led Initiative
Presented by David Kinkela, Associate Professor, History
11:00 am – 11:50 am

The American Historical Association's Tuning Project is is a national effort to define what history majors should know upon graduating from college. Funded by the Lumina Foundation, this project does not aim to standardize curricula in history, but seeks to frame common goals-and reference points for measuring progress toward those goals-for post-secondary history education. Tuning is a faculty-led project that attempts to draw on the unique strength of individual programs and departments across the nation. Yet, tuning is not specific to history and can be incorporated within any discipline. 

This workshop will underscore the potential for tuning to recast assessment into a process that is meaningful and faculty-led. As one of the sixty participants in the Tuning Project, I have spearheaded our department's efforts to "tune" our program. At its core, tuning can help departments better define themselves to various constituents and stakeholders within the beyond the academy and can led to meaningful faculty-led assessment. This session will be used to share what we have learned (and continue to learn) about tuning to our campus community. It will define "tuning" to participants unfamiliar with the process and will highlight the value of participating in this faculty-led initiative. 

Creating Gender-Inclusive Classrooms
Presented by Jeff Iovannone and Jennifer Hildebrand

The goal of introducing preferred/primary names and pronouns is to make all members of our Fredonia community feel safe and welcome.  As we focus on the classroom setting, participants will be introduced to transgender identities and the importance of having one's identity recognized and supported through the use of appropriate names and pronouns.  An open dialogue between participants and presenters will then allow all of us to express concerns about the challenges that come with any new classroom exercise and to share concrete ideas and strategies that will demonstrate that those fears can and should be overcome.  The gender-inclusive classroom benefits students, but we believe that faculty will ultimately enjoy the rewards of a more inclusive classroom, too! 

Lunchtime Breakouts: 12:00 - 12:50 pm

Lunch will be provided for those who register for lunch time sessions!
(Veggie pizza, pepperoni pizza, and garden salad available, or feel free to bring your own lunch.) 

Panel Discussion: Tips for Navigating the Sabbatical Application Process
Presented by Judith Horowitz, Associate Provost; Laura Johnson, Communication; David Kinkela, History; Karolyn Stonefelt, Music; and Andrea Zevenbergen, Psychology

The deadline for sabbatical applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be here before you know it! Please join Dr. Horowitz to learn more about the recently revised procedures, and receive advice from faculty colleagues who have successfully completed the application process and have been awarded sabbatical leave.

Panel Discussion: Preferred Names 
Presented by Jennifer Hildebrande, History; Jeffry Iovannone, English; Dean Bavisotto, Student; and Graham Caulfield, Student

This panel discussion will highlight the work of the Primary/Preferred Task Force, discussing the impetus for the change as well as the work remaining to be done over the next few years.  Our current pilot program applies to students only and allows them to change their name on class rosters and their FREDCards.  We'll discuss other changes in store for students as well as some of the options we hope to offer faculty and staff.  Most importantly, we'd appreciate hearing your suggestions: how do YOU want Fredonia's policy on primary names to look?

Q&A: Managing Campus Accounts
Presented by Sandra Noble, Accounting

Need a refresher on Procurement Card, Travel Cards, and Net Cards? Questions about the various department accounts you are managing and how they can be used? Please join us for this informal Q&A session. 

Advising Study Abroad Students
Presented by Erin Willis, Office of International Education

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
Campus Walk
With Susan Murphy, Employee Assistance Program
S204 E, Williams Center

Take a break and get some fresh air from 12:30 - 1:00 pm! Lunch available from 12:00 - 12:30 for those who pre-register. 

Breakout Sessions: 1:00 - 1:50 pm

Engaging Students in Advising
Presented by Andrea Zevenbergen, Psychology; and Amy Leclair, Registrar's Office

Appropriate, comprehensive advising has been found to be predictive of higher retention and graduation of students. Advising is part of teaching; faculty and professionals have the opportunity to teach students program and career-specific information, as well as decision-making skills. This presentation will discuss models of student advising, and strategies which can be incorporated into advising such as collaborative goal-setting, problem-solving, and helping students move toward positive changes when needed. Session participants will be provided examples of resources such as advising syllabi, advising checklists, sample advising communications with students, and information related to Degree Works. The session will also include time for participants to develop their own rationales for advising which can be included in an advising syllabus, and key questions for use in advising sessions with students.

Engaging with Identity, Bias, and Microaggressions
Presented by Bill Boerner, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Understanding our identities and how to engage with others who are different is critical for the work environment.  Join colleges in an exploration of our identities and how these may shape bias.  This workshop style session will ask participants to challenge their assumptions and gain insights into each other’s identities, particularly those we may hide in our professional roles.  Participants will also discuss working across difference and how to approach instances of bias and microaggressions in the workplace. 

​The Thrills, Challenges and Lessons from Engaging Students in the Community
Presented by Michael Jabot, Curriculum & InstructionSusan McNamara, Business Administration; ; and Peter Tucker, Visual Arts & New Media

A cross discipline panel will share their thoughts and lessons they have learned from engaging students in the community on structured learning projects.  Topics to be cover include but are not limited to sourcing opportunities, relationship with community contact, logistics, student challenges, faculty challenges, assessment and follow-up.  Participants will be encouraged to join the dialog with their own experiences and questions.  Disciplines included Business, English, Arts and Education.

Breakout Sessions: 2:00 - 2:50 pm

Yoga with Lindsey Bauza  
Dods Hall Gym

Using Case Studies in the Classroom
Presented by Scott Medler,  Biology

Case-based learning has a long history of being used in areas including law and medicine, and more has been used in STEM education. Case studies provide a great tool to focus more deeply on complex issues, as well as serving as a way to engage students in discussions. There is a major effort in STEM education to move away from traditional lecturing-based teaching, and case studies provide one tool to add variety to classroom learning. 

In this seminar, I will provide an introduction to the case-based method and its history in STEM education. I will also actively engage participants with a case study of my own, to highlight some of the ways that cases can be used in the classroom

Designing Effective Library Assignments
Presented by Susan Spangler, English

Workshop participants will: 

  • Analyze current writing assignments from their courses 
  • Consider rhetorical elements of realistic writing assignments 
  • Revise current writing assignments to reflect those rhetorical elements 
  • Discover ways to teach students to interpret assignment constraints 

In small groups, participants will share current assignments. After a gallery walk featuring rhetorical elements to consider when writing, participants will have work time to revise their assignments. We will have a large-group discussion to offer ways to teach students selected rhetorical elements.

How to Use Positive Thinking to Engage Students in Learning Controversial Issues?
Presented by Guangyu Tan, Curriculum & Instruction

In multicultural education course, we discuss many controversial, often times, uncomfortable issues, such as racism, white privileges, and gender orientation etc. In order to engage students in learning such issues and actively embracing diversity, I use positive thinking as an anticipatory activity for each class. Positive thinking is one of the components of positive psychology, which “explores the factors that make life worth living, such as happiness, through the study of positive emotions, positive character strengths, and positive institutions” (Lyson, 2009). Research suggests that positive emotion reduces at least some racial biases (Johnson & Fredrickson, 2005). The opening exercises we do at the beginning of each class include: 1) say a positive comment about yourself, your peers, or your instructor; and 2) tell me something new and exciting. What I found was that by practicing positive thinking my students were more open and comfortable to discuss controversial issues.

Safe Computing at Home and Work
Presented by Christopher Taverna, Professional Development Center

This presentation will cover some examples of how to stay safe online, including social media, email, and online purchases.

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Friday, January 5, 2016

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