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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.
 

2019 Spring Professional Development Day: Creating an Inclusive Campus Community

Thursday, February 14, 2019. Classes will be held on this day. 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Light fare and refreshments provided throughout the day! Please register for the individual sessions that you plan on attending. 

Featured Sessions: 

Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms with Dr. Kevin Gannon
Williams Center, S204 A&B
9:00 - 10:50 am 
Recommended for faculty
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This session will focus on classroom practices which promote an inclusive class climate. We cannot control much of the context from which our students come to us, but we do have the power to shape our class climate. Moreover, we can leverage that climate in service of equitable learning for all of our students. With that in mind, we’ll look at three types of classroom practices--discussions, group work, and assessments--through the lens of Inclusive Pedagogy. This interactive workshop will introduce evidence-based inclusive teaching practices, and help participants consider the ways in which they might incorporate them into their own courses. 

Toward an Inclusive Campus Community with Dr. Kevin Gannon
Williams Center, S204 A&B
1:00 - 2:50 pm 
Recommended for staff and faculty
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We know that much of what students learn in their collegiate experience comes outside the formal classroom--and this is true for every office or unit on our campuses. But what are our students learning that we don’t intend to teach them? This session will use the concept of “the hidden curriculum” to help us think about what our students are hearing us say to them (in the broadest sense of that term).  We’ll consider the essential features of an inclusive campus community, in particular, the ways in which we all communicate with our students.

About our Speaker: 

Kevin Gannon, Ph.D. serves as Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he has taught since 2004. He was previously the program coordinator for the New Student Seminar and the History Department Chair. His teaching, research, and public work (including writing) centers on critical and inclusive pedagogy; race, history, and justice; and technology and teaching. He writes for Vitae (a section of The Chronicle of Higher Education), and his essays on higher education have also been published in Vox and other media outlets. He is currently writing a book called Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, which will be published by West Virginia University press as part of their Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series, edited by James M. Lang. He is also working on a textbook for the US Civil War and Reconstruction eras for Routledge. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, which was directed by Ava DuVernay. 


Breakout Sessions: 

9:00 - 9:50 am 

CANCELLED: Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
Presented by Dr. Toluwani Oloke, Communication
Recommended for  faculty (Program track: Developing Cultural Competence) 
Williams Center, S204E

The session will provide tips for teachers/professors, to help them improve course design and instruction to recognize and promote cultural diversity in the classroom. Participants will: 

  • Be able to understand how to identify or recognize students who are struggling with feelings of exclusion in the classroom
  • Get ideas on specific activities to create and inclusive classroom environment and get students to be more participatory
  • Understand how cultural orientations of students influences their learning styles and how to factor this into their teaching for improved effectiveness

9:00 - 10:30 am

Healthier Lifestyle: The New Rules of Work 
Online course with discussion facilitated by Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center
Thompson, W207
Recommended for staff and faculty
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Learn why the modern workplace is changing so you can prepare yourself and learn new skills. Discover how to think differently about your chosen career path, learning, and life outside of work.

9:00 - 11:30 am

Microsoft PowerPoint Basics 
Presented by Dr. Kathleen Gradel, School of Education
McEwen, G22
Recommended for staff and faculty
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This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Participants will be expected to have a working knowledge of desktop computers and be familiar with using the keyboard and mouse. And it's gonna be fun!!


10:00 - 10:30 am

EvaluationKIT- A Course Evaluation Software: Presentation
Presented by Rajeev Indiranagaraju, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment
Williams Center, S204E
Recommended for faculty
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This session would like to present the new course evaluation software that was adopted by Fredonia since Fall 2018. Faculty are invited to become familiar with the software and also clarify any questions and concerns. It is suggested that you bring your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone to this hands-on session. 

10:30 - 11:00 am 

Student Survey Report: Student Opinion Survey
Presented by Rajeev Indiranagaraju and Xiao Zhang, Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment
Williams Center, S204E
Recommended for staff and faculty
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The Student Opinion Survey gathered information regarding student experiences on campus, including campus climate, academic experience and student services. This session will provide a summary of the survey report, along with time for Q&A. 

Dealing with Stress: Identifying Your Triggers
Online course with discussion facilitated by Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center
Thompson, W207
Recommended for staff and faculty
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A little stress can be motivational, a lot of stress can damage your health and/or relationships. Identify your triggers.


11:00 - 11:50 am

Starfish Early Alert - Beyond the Basics
Presented by Nicole Hohenstein and Amy Leclair, Academic Advising Service
Williams Center, S204C
Recommended for  faculty (Program track: Inclusive Practices to Increase Retention) 
Register to attend

Starfish Early Alert is designed to help faculty communicate academic progress concerns with the students in their classes, identify resources that might be helpful to their success, and provide them positive feedback on improved progress. Now that we are in the second year of implementation we'd like to share with you some other features of the tool, beyond raising flags through Progress Surveys. Academic advisors can view messages in order to provide additional support to students throughout the semester (and specifically during Academic Advising and Course Selection) in an effort to better understand student course performance and enhance advisee relationships.

CANCELLED: Multicultural Issues
Presented by Dr. McLoddy Kadyamusuma, Communication Disorders & Sciences
Williams Center, S204 E
Recommended for staff and faculty (Program track: Developing Cultural Competency) 
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The session addresses different components of culture and ways in which cultures differ. We will seek to develop a detailed understanding of one's own culture and the characteristics of the major cultural groups in the United States. The session will aid in the development of strong intercultural communication techniques and skills for working in a culturally diverse workplace.

Dealing with Stress: Managing Stress for Positive Change
Online course with discussion facilitated by Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center
Thompson, W207
Recommended for staff and faculty
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In the workplace, stress is often viewed in purely negative terms. It's seen as a response that should be simply minimized or pushed aside; it's possible to use stress to fuel positive change.


11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Star Power
Presented by Kevin Hahn, Associate Director of Residence Life
Williams Center, S204A
Recommended for staff and faculty (Program track: Developing Cultural Competency) 
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Star Power is a game designed by R. Garry Shirts. Participants will engage in a simulation of how power is defined and distributed in society. While the game itself promises to be fun and interactive, it will be followed by a serious discussion about power and privilege and how they both affect our work with students. 


12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Student Success: Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Preliminary Findings
Presented by Dr. Mary Beth Sievens, History (Middle States Chair) and Dr. Lisa Hunter, Associate Provost 
Williams Center, S204C
Recommended for staff and faculty
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Faculty and Professional Affairs Committee - Who, What, When, Why, and How?
Presented by Members of the Faculty and Professional Affairs Committee
Williams Center, S204E
Recommended for staff and faculty
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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.


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Understanding Today's Computer
Online course with discussion facilitated by Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center
Thompson, W207
Recommended for staff and faculty
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This course helps employees gain knowledge about common computing devices and their overall impact on today's workforce and society. It will cover the practical uses of popular trends in computers and related technologies.


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Effective Problem Solving: Problem Solving Techniques
Online course with discussion facilitated by Sandra Lewis, Professional Development Center
Thompson, W207
Recommended for staff and faculty
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In this course, learn techniques for identifying the root cause of a problem, generating options, and selecting the best solution. Chris Croft takes you through several methods for identifying whats actually causing a problem, including loo kin at the whole system when a problem is actually a symptom of a larger issue.


The following day-long offerings are open to CSEA represented employees only: 

New York State and the labor union, CSEA have partnered to offer educational training to their membership. So, these sessions are open only to CSEA-represented employees. There are still seats available.

Carpentry Basics (9:00am-4:30pm, Williams Center, S202) Register to attend
This course introduces participants to the basic fundamentals of carpentry, including how to use hand and portable power tools, types of wood and their uses, painting and finishing, and basic construction techniques.

Plumbing Basics (9:00am-4:30pm, Williams Center, G103B) Register to attend
This course introduces the fundamentals of plumbing and pipefitting practices and describes how basic plumbing systems function.