Waubonsee Community College

2020 Spring Faculty Development Days Conference - Closing Achievement Gaps

          2020 Spring Faculty Development Days Conference

                              "Closing Achievement Gaps."

                                      January 15 – 17, 2020

We are excited to host Dr. Judy Loveless-Morris, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Tacoma Community College, as she presents her Keynote Address, "The Real Work of Faculty: Myths and Facts." 

Following the keynote is the General Session, “Engaging Students from Day One,” by Carmen Macharaschwili, PhD, Director of Academic Programs for the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). We have developed a great partnership with ACUE through our first-ever faculty cohort for the Effective Teaching Practices course; this workshop is a great opportunity for all faculty to learn ways to meaningfully engage students from the very beginning. For this session, please bring a copy of a syllabus for a course you will teach in the Spring semester. A draft version is fine.

Following Wednesday’s lunch, the remaining workshops are split into tracks:

        Track A’s theme is Equity and High-Impact Practices (E-HIPS), exploring persistence, introductory-level courses, and more.

        Track B’s theme is Cognitive Bandwidth—with everything today’s college students have to juggle, including, for some, the negative effects of economic insecurity, discrimination, and hostility towards non-majority groups, do they have the “cognitive bandwidth” to learn effectively? And how can we help them do that?

        Track C’s theme are modules from the ongoing ACUE course in Effective Teaching Practices. Current cohort members can fulfill course requirements by attending any of these sessions, and additional faculty are welcome to attend, especially the panel discussion with current course takers on Thursday afternoon.

Please note that sessions 1B, 1C, 2C, 3C ask faculty to bring a copy of a syllabus and/or assignment and/or activity and/or assessment with them. Refer to the ‘Session Descriptions’ section of the program for details.

New this year, Academic Support is hosting a Hot Chocolate Social for Faculty on Thursday, before the Division meetings! Come learn about the services and programs offered by Academic Support while drinking and snacking with your colleagues. At noon, continuing our theme of holistic wellness from the fall, you’ll see a Walk ‘n Talk session. Please join us for 30 minutes of walking with a partner and chatting about a provided topic meant to inspire reflection and good conversation.

The Thursday evening dinner, department and division meeting remains on the schedule, and just in previous semesters, Full-time Faculty should prepare to lead the department meetings. The goal of the department meeting is to provide meaningful professional development and an opportunity to discuss discipline/program-specific issues and successes related to teaching and learning. We hope that the sessions on Wednesday and Thursday inspire discussion regarding closing achievement gaps through practices that support inclusive teaching excellence. 

On Friday, we encourage you to attend one of the 60-minute sessions on Canvas, which will soon become our new LMS. We are very excited about the transition to this intuitive, accessible platform.

  • The one-hour session will serve as a great introduction to Canvas for all faculty.
  • The two-hour afternoon hands-on training is highly recommended for faculty who teach online or hybrid courses. Successful completion of this training will fulfill the requirement to deliver online/hybrid with Canvas. All faculty are welcome.
  • There will be other online training opportunities made available to faculty who are unable to attend throughout spring semester.

As always, all faculty (both full-time and adjunct) are invited to attend all sessions.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Online Conference Program and/or the Printable Conference Program. 

Wednesday, January 15 at 8:00am

Academic Professional Center (APC)

Event Type

Employee Engagement and Development

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Sponsored By

The Office of Faculty Development and Engagement

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