Professional Development Sessions

Fall 2014



September 15, 2014

3:00 -4:00 PM

McNairy 502

Tools and Tips for Communicating with Today's Students 

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence

Want to keep your students updated on class assignments and news? Learn about some simple tricks and tools that can help your students stay on top of their work.

September 23, 2014

3:00 -4:00 PM

Boyer 235

Supporting Sustainability:

Creating PDFs with Acrobat Pro

Mr. Albert Unrath, Instructional Designer

Adobe Acrobat is not just for viewing PDF files. Learn how to get the most out of Adobe Acrobat 'Reader' for yourself and your students. Move from a consumer of PDF files to a creator of PDF documents using Acrobat 'Pro'. Learn how to modify a PDF file to add pages, delete pages, and even merge PDF files from multiple sources. Work more efficiently with commenting features on student papers, links, and attaching files inside a PDF file from MS Office and other programs. 


September 26, 2014

9:30 AM -2:30 PM

University Room

Supporting Sustainability:

Becoming a Paperless Campus

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

Learn from colleagues across campus who have moved to paper-free assignments with students and paper-free workflows in their classrooms.

Note: Lunch is provided. RSVP to by September 15, 2014.


September 30, 2014

2:30 -4:00 PM

McNairy 118

Promotion and Tenure Session

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence

Hear perspectives from a Provost, a Dean, a Department Chairperson, the MU APSCUF President, former Promotion Committee members, and recently promoted faculty members. the promotion guidelines will be distributed and discussed at this session.



October 6, 2014

12:00 -1:00 PM

McNairy 106

What Do We Know About Our Students?

Examining the MU Freshman Survey

Mr. Brian Hazlett, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment and Planning

In this session, we will discuss highlights from the CIRP Freshman Survey given to almost 900 Millersville freshman during fall orientation and examine how this snapshot of our first year students may impact classroom instruction. The portrait includes perceptions of high school behaviors, academic preparedness, expectations of college, interactions with peers and faculty, and student goals.

October 20, 2014

12:00 -1:00 PM

McNairy 106

Make Smart Choices?...

What Choices are MU Students Really Making?

A Review of the MU College Health Survey

Ms. Jayme Trogus, Director, The Center for Health Education and Promotion

Dr. Julie Lombardi, Associate Professor, Wellness and Sports Sciences

The session will describe the current health behaviors of Millersville University students collected through the American College Health Association- National Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) survey administered during the fall 2013 semester. Learn how the MU Social Norms Committee uses this data to help students make smart choices about their health behaviors.

October 28, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Boyer 235

What is MU Video and How Can I Use it With my Students?

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

Did you know that Millersville has it's own YouTube? Learn about MU's new streaming web server, MUVideo, and how the tool can be used to support classroom projects and activities.

October 30, 2014

12:00 -1:00 PM

McNairy 106

Supporting Students with Autism and Their

Professors in a University Learning Community

Dr. Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations

Each year, more information about the college experiences of those on the autism spectrum is written by their parents, professionals and these students on the autism spectrum. Intellectually these students are often very bright but many face a variety of 'hidden challenges' that can undermine their ability to navigate a typical college campus and perform well in class. This workshop will discuss some of the challenges and possible academic supports for students on the autism spectrum. We will also rely on participants to contribute strategies and challenges as we work together to implement supports and services for the university, the student, and faculty.


November 4, 2014

3:00 -4:00 PM


Teaching With A Smart Classroom

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

Ditch those static lessons. Make presentations dynamic. SMART technology can augment your pre-existing lecture material by allowing for digital annotation and manipulation to further student success.

November 12, 2014

12:00 -1:00 PM

McNairy 106

Engaging Students with iClickers

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

Formative assessment and active learning are more than buzz words. Attendees of this session will learn how to leverage iClickers to create a more engaging and successful classroom experience.

November 20, 2014

12:00 - 1:00 PM

The Geo-Graphics Lab in McComsey 212

Teaching With GIS At MU

Dr. Charles Geiger, Geology

Following a brief overview and demonstration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, you will learn about software and data availability, and about the MU Geography Department’s GIS facilities, curriculum and services.  You will be encouraged to think about how GIS can enhance your curriculum and research, and how the Geography Department can help.