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Employee Professional Development Day

Join us for our 2nd professional development day: Stepping Back Before Moving Forward!

AGENDA ~ Thursday, 8/17

8:00 – 8:55 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Opening Prayer and Welcome
9:1010:15 Opening Address and Workshop
10:2511:40 Breakout Sessions 1
11:4512:30 Lunch
12:351:45 Breakout Sessions 2
1:553:05 Breakout Sessions 3 (All administrative staff attend “The Pause Principle.”)
3:154:25 Breakout Sessions 4 (All members of the Mission Effectiveness Advisory Council attend its first meeting.)
4:355:00 End of Session

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Session Descriptions

General Sessions

Assessing Student Learning and Engagement Inside and Outside the Classroom

Jason Adsit,
Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education

Participants in this session will learn about the latest research in “out of classroom learning” and will explore how to connect classroom-based activities and extracurricular learning.

The Last Leaf: Sometimes We’re Not Ready for the Seasons to Change

Kim Zittel,
Director of the Personal Counseling Center, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Explains the effects of loss on individuals and communities and offers healthy coping strategies for when we struggle with grief.

Advanced Directives: Planning for the Unexpected

Denise Dunford,
Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Connie Jozwiak-Shields,
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Mary Catherine Kennedy,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

Patients say “they want to be asked about their wishes” and providers say “patients decline discussing the topic” of their wishes at the end of life. What forms do you need and why? Come and get your questions answered by Certified Advanced Care Planning Instructors!

Diversity at D’Youville: Who we are and who we’ll be

Yolanda Wood,
Director of Multicultural Affairs

In this session, we will talk about the perception and reality of diversity at D’Youville College and how to make our campus a more inclusive environment.


Administrator/Staff Sessions

Market Fresh! Planning Seasonal Meals From Your Local Farmers Market

Kathy Border,
Assistant Professor of Dietetics

Get inspired to plan healthy meals for you and your family with these tips for shopping at your local Farmers Market! This session will provide you with tools to make a plan and let the market be your guide to delicious seasonal meals!

Work Station Ergonomics 101: Posturing for a Better Workplace

Lisa DeMarco,
Assistant Professor of Chiropractic
Eric Miller, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

This interactive workshop addresses comprehensive back care in an office environment to help prevent and manage back pain due to prolonged postures. Topics include understanding some of the causes of back pain in the workplace, prevention of injury through postural/ergonomic education, and basic back exercises and healthy habits that prevent and alleviate aches and pain.

Rethinking Employee Evaluations

Office of Human Resources

Provides an opportunity to explore examples of employee evaluations and provide feedback to be considered in designing the new employee evaluation.


Faculty Sessions

“I Think I Taught Them That!”: Choosing Instructional Strategies (and Assessments) that Align with your Teaching Goals

Julie Carter,
Associate Professor of Education; Director of TESOL Program

Using examples from participants’ own course outcomes, this workshop will help faculty explore teaching strategies and assessment choices that naturally emerge from the knowledge, skills and understandings we think/hope our students demonstrate as a result of our teaching. An overview of Wiggins & McTighe’s (2005) “Backward Design” curriculum planning process will also be covered. (Please bring a copy of your course-level objectives/outcomes.)

Setting Expectations for Significant Learning: An Introduction to Integrated Course Design

Lauren Clay,
Assistant Professor of Health Administration and Public Health

Provides an introductory overview of the underlying constructs of integrated course design

The Text Connection: Helping Students Get It

Sam D’Amato,
Assistant Dean of Assessment

Do you wish students read more thoroughly and came prepared to discuss texts? This session explores exercises to help students get the most out of reading.

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Helping Students Reflect on Learning and the Learning Process

Joshua Gooch,
Director of Writing Intensive Program, Coordinator of the Writing Intensive Program, and Assistant Professor of English

What makes for successful reflective writing? This session explores how to use reflection as a tool to augment and monitor student learning, including ways to evaluate and assess reflection assignments.

7 +/- 2 Tech ED Tools to Enhance Student Engagement In and Out of the Classroom

Manpreet Rai,
Assistant Professor of Psychology

This session will explore several free technology tools that professors can use both in the classroom (such as polleverywhere.com, TED-Ed) as well as out of the classroom (such as Pecha Kucha projects) to add to their pedagogical toolbox in an effort to enhance student engagement. (Please bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with you!)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: An Introduction to Assessment in Digital Environments

Jason Adsit,
Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education

This session will examine the ways in which assessment activities in classroom-based environments change as learning moves across different digital modalities.

Self-Directed Learning through Mentorship: Strategies That Promote Self-Regulated Learning

Kim Bernosky,
Assistant Professor of Biology

Every day, 99% of information that ascends through our nervous system is discarded by the brain. Active learning practices can ensure that relevant information is transferred to long-term memory. The use of mentor-mediated contracts between a student and an academic advisor or course instructor can be used to promote self-regulated learning and improve student performance. This session discusses possible scenarios for initiating a student learning-contract and provides participants with an opportunity to practice creating one.

Popping the Question: Let’s Get Engaged!

Sam D’Amato,
Assistant Dean of Assessment

Do you wish students spoke up more in class? Do you wish their answers were more thoughtful? This session explores strategies to maximize student engagement using questioning techniques.

What now?—Analyzing Data for Continuous Improvement

Catherine LaLonde,
Assistant Professor of Education

This session explores data analysis in relation to accreditation reporting, including examples of faculty-driven, course key assignment-based analysis addressing multiple bodies of standards.

Discussion Board - Not Discussion Bored: Facilitating Student Engagement and Learning in Online Discussions

Amy Nwora,
Associate Professor of Health Professions Education
Keren Shavit-Buckley,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Discussion boards are becoming one of the most commonly used teaching tools in online education. As such, it is important to design engaging discussions that facilitate meaningful connections with the course material. This session will review the purpose and practicality of using discussion boards while exploring tips for creating and facilitating engaging discussions in online education.

How to Articulate Student Learning Outcomes: A Team-Based Learning Approach

Christopher Smoley,
Assistant Professor of Chiropractic

In this session, participants will engage in a team-based learning approach as they analyze and articulate student learning outcomes. (Please bring a copy of your course-level objectives/outcomes.)