About the PDC
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. 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 recommendations for the hiring of a full-time Director and designing a physical space for the Center.
Dawn Eckenrode, MLS, Associate Librarian
Director, Professional Development Center
Instructional Support Specialist
Kathleen Gradel, Ed.D., Professor
Liason for Professional Development and the First Year Program
Established Spring 2018, Professional Development Center Planning Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Professional Development Center.
The Planning Committee will assist the Director in the planning and decision-making processes on the PDC’s annual programming and communicating the campus' vision for the Center, collecting feedback from the campus community regarding potential services and programming, and in the planning and decision-making processes as needed. Members of the Planning Committee will actively participate in and contribute to the Center’s programming, and will additionally act as spokespeople and advocates for the Center, raising awareness of the Center’s services on campus and encouraging colleagues to participate in and contribute to its programming.
- Faculty representative College of Visual and Performing Arts: Jill Reese
- Faculty representative School of Business: Mark Nickerson
- Faculty representative Education: Kathleen Gradel
- Faculty representative College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: McLoddy Kadyamusuma
- Faculty representative Reed Library: Sophie Forrester
- Professional representative from Finance & Administration: Sandy Noble
- Professional representative from Enrollment & Student Services: Rachel Martin
- Professional representative from Academic Affairs: Naomi Baldwin
- Professional representative from Advancement, Engagement & Economic Development: Tracy Collingwood & Jonathan Woolson
- Classified Staff representative:
Formerly the PDC Advisory Board (2007 - 2015): Archive of PDC Board Minutes
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All PDC sponsored and co-sponsored events:
2017-2018: 143 events /1,171 registrations
2016-2017: 171 events / 979 registrations
2015-2016: 191 evemts / 1,533 registrations
2014-2015: 185 events / 1,661 registrations
Professional Development Day Attendance:
2017-2018: 897 total attendees for all sessions
2016-2017: 691 attendees for all sessions
Teaching & Learning Conference Attendance:
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