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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, one day has been designated in the academic calendar, during which faculty and staff from all divisions are encouraged to participate in campus-wide professional development dialogues and activities.

Participants are encouraged to attend all or part of the day. Activities and presentations will enable participants to connect with one another while exploring different ways of thinking about teaching, learning and working.

2020 Spring Professional Development Day: 

Thursday, February 13, 2020. Classes will be held on this day. 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Light fare and refreshments provided 9:00 am - 12:00 pm! Please register for the individual sessions that you plan on attending. 

9:00 - 9:50 am 

Kathleen Gradel, Interim Director, Grants & Sponsored Programs
9:00 - 9:50 am, Williams Center S204A
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Grants...ready support or just another rabbit hole? Join us for a quick intro to our campus’ new and evolving grant supports. And find out about a special book study launching this spring; it will get you refreshed on grantwriting in a small supportive group of interested colleagues. This PD Day session is for seasoned and new grantseekers. One caveat: This session is a “teaser” for next steps, not a one-stop shop for your unique needs.
Suggested audience: Faculty and professionals

Classroom Apps for Social Good
Michael Jabot, Distinguished Professor, Education
9:00 - 9:50 am, Williams Center S204B
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This session will share an emerging pilot of integrating open-source social technologies into class work to inspire change and to help students see how and where their voices fit in the global conversation around on the UN Sustainability Goals. The hope is that this work will build a culture grounded in inquiry and discourse, to empower students to build on questions, seek out experts, and become confident individuals who are comfortable with imperfection and change.
Suggested audience: Teaching faculty and professionals with teaching responsibilities

Video in OnCourse for Personalization and Student Engagement
Lisa Melohusky, Online Learning Coordinator, Online Learning
9:00 - 9:50 am, Williams Center S204C
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The use of video in a course can seem time consuming, and if you want to make something professional it is. In this workshop we will discuss the different options that OnCourse offers when it comes to including video in your course or asking students to submit video assignments.
Suggested audience: Teaching faculty and professionals with teaching responsibilities

5 Most Important Muscles to Stretch Daily
Sue Murphy, Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program
9:00 am - 9:50 am, Williams Center S204D
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Taking time to stretch each day is an important element in creating a healthy work life. Stretching is beneficial to the overall health of the body and plays a role in reducing musculoskeletal disorders. Session participants will learn some effective stretches that can be done in the office.
Suggested audience: Faculty, professionals and CSEA staff

10:00 - 10:50 am 

Teaching Controversial Issues in the College Classroom
Bob Dahlgren, Associate Professor, Education
10:00 - 10: 50 am, Williams Center S204A
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The issue of ideological bias in American higher education has garnered increased attention in recent years, with critics across the political spectrum challenging the right of college professors to discuss controversial public policy issues with their classes. This session will trace the history and conception of academic freedom in America's universities and present four common stances with regard to presenting controversial material and subjects. Participants will have a chance to discuss several recent case studies in small groups.
Suggested audience: Teaching faculty and professionals with teaching responsibilities

Using Google Sites to Create Electronic Dossiers for Tenure & Promotion
Dawn Eckenrode, Professional Development Center Director, PDC
10:00 - 10:50 am, Williams Center S204B
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Learn how to easily create a polished and professional looking electronic dossier for sharing tenure and promotion materials with your department personnel committee and reviewers. 
Suggested audience: Tenure-track faculty and librarians

Academic Department Secretaries Spring Semester Check-In
Scott Saunders, Registrar, Office of the Registar
10:00 - 10:50 am, Williams Center S204C
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This session is an invitation to all academic department secretaries to come share ideas, brag about your successes, pose questions about the various tasks we have to complete on a regular basis in the service of our students, faculty and staff.  Where are we with the new version of Banner? What's happening with the Catalog process? Intrigued? Come chat with your registrar!
Suggested audience: Academic Department secretaries

Creating an Interactive Syllabus
Susan Spangler, Associate Professor, English
10:00 - 10:50 am, Williams Center S204D
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How many times a semester do you say, "It's in the syllabus"? Ever wonder why students don't read your syllabus?  This session will show you several ways, ranging from low-tech to high-tech, to make your syllabus a readable, interactive document that students will enjoy reading and will actually understand.
Suggested audience:  Teaching faculty and professionals with teaching responsibilities

11:00 - 11:50 am

Faculty and Professional Affairs Committee - Who, What, When, Why, and How?
Presented by Members of the Faculty and Professional Affairs Committee
11:00 - 11:50 pm, Williams Center S204A
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The Faculty and Professional Affairs Committee (FPAC) is responsible for recommending policy on all matters on campus relating to the welfare of the faculty and professional staff except for those matters which contractually are the responsibility of the union representing the academic faculty and professional staff. The Committee also serves as an advisory board for the President of the University. Come to this session to meet the current members, learn about our current activities, and share your ideas to help direct our next year’s actions.
Suggested audience: Faculty and professional staff

Retention, race, and relevance
Brandon Williamson, Admissions Counselor, Admissions
11:00 - 11:50 am, Williams Center S204B
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This is a very highly interactive workshop that will yield the most obvious answers when it comes to the needs of your Minority populations. We will dive into some of the most well intended mistakes, and even those we aren't always aware of, while exploring things that isolate minority students in recruitment and on campus.
Suggested audience:  CSEA staff, professionals, and faculty who directly interact with students on campus

Study Abroad Course Proposals 101
Naomi Baldwin, Director, Office of International Education
11:00 - 12:00 pm
Williams Center S204C
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Have you been thinking of leading a study abroad program but aren't sure where to start?  Dr. Naomi Baldwin, Director of the Office of International Education, will take you through the course proposal process and offer a Q/A portion to discuss how study abroad intersects with other academic processes such as cross-listing, Fredonia Foundations, and applied learning attributes.
Suggested audience: Teaching faculty and professionals with teaching responsibilities

Working with Difficult People
Kathleen Gradel, Interim Director, Grants & Sponsored Programs
11:00 - 12:00 pm, Williams Center S204D
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We all know we - and everyone else in the workplace - can be viewed as “difficult” at one point or another. Dealing with people in the workplace isn’t easy, but there are some strategies that are worth having in your toolbox. We’ll take an upbeat approach to this challenging topic, and ask you for your great ideas as we do it. And - yes - there are prizes for great ideas!
Suggested audience: CSEA Staff

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Google Drive
Christopher Taverna, Applications Administrator/Applications Trainer, Information Technology Services
Thompson W207, 1:00 -  1:50 pm 
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This training session will cover using the following components of Google Drive:

  • My Drive
  • Shared Drives
  • Priority
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Sharing

In addition there will be a question and answer period at the end of the session.
Suggested audience: CSEA staff, faculty and professionals

Professional Development Day: CSEA & UUP Benefits Fair

 As part of the Professional Development Day on Thursday, February 13, 2020 CSEA and UUP will be hosting a Benefits Fair. Location: Williams Center, Multi-purpose Room. Light fare and refreshments will be served. 

All are encouraged to attend. As of today, we have the following tables:

CSEA - 9am until 12:00pm

  • CSEA Health Benefits Department
  • CSEA Members Benefits Department
  • New York's 529 College Savings Program
  • Pearl Insurance
  • CSEA Labor Relations Specialist
  • Local 607 Representatives (we will be having a raffle)
  • NYPIRG Fuel Buyers Group

UUP - 9am until 12:00pm

  • UUP Benefit Trust Fund
  • Fredonia Organizer distributing UUP Membership Cards
  • Delta Dental
  • Davis Vision
  • Sprint
  • Voya
  • Liberty Mutual 
  • Aflac

The SUNY Fredonia Federal Credit Union will also be available to answer questions!