Professional Development Sessions

Fall 2015

August 2015

August 31, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor:

What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer?

Therese Huston, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Seattle University

Students view professors as experts and authority figures.  Because of this, when a student asks a difficult question in class and you don’t know the answer, it’s easy to feel flustered, embarrassed and anxious.  Should you stumble through your response?  Ramble off on a tangent?  Make something up on the spot?  There’s no need for any of that.  Develop a reliable teaching technique strategy for fielding students’ questions without losing your cool or undermining your credibility.


September 2015

September 7, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor:

What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?

James Lang, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College

Cheating and plagiarism are serious problems in higher education today, but the rate of academic dishonesty hasn’t changed much in 50 years.  Severe punishment doesn’t have much of an effect on the incidence of cheating, and there is a great deal faculty and student leaders can do to promote academic integrity.  Find out the most effective ways to confront cheating in this session.

September 8, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 118

Title IX Brown Bag Discussion

Robert G.M. Wood, Title IX Coordinator, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

In this session, recent reporting mandates will be discussed and recent legal developments will be presented.  Campus security and reporting authority will also be addressed.  Be sure to attend this important session with Millersville’s new Title IX coordinator.

September 14, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Can I Measure My Faculty Development Center's Impact?

Bruce Kelley, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota

In an era of ever-tightening budget restrictions placed on universities and departments, no program or academic center is safe from cutbacks. This program prepares you to measure and articulate the value of your center in ways that matter to people who think about line items and dollar signs.

September 15, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 106

Changing Space, Changing Practice

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence

Learning spaces come in many sizes, styles, and arrangements. Walk across campus and you’ll encounter a variety of classrooms. There are those large lecture rooms where introductory courses are taught and smaller, more intimate environments where labs or upper-level classes are scheduled. Extend the lens to the variety of online class arrangements and you’re bound to see a diversity of design. But what impact do these learning spaces have on overall classroom culture and instructional practice.  In this presentation, we will consider how the design of physical and online spaces can impact learning and pedagogy.


September 15, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

IT Session:  Student Engagement and Plickers

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

September 21, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

What Is the Best Way to Grade Participation?

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Penn State Berks

You know how essential it is for students to be active participants in their education. But how do you grade them on it? In this program, you’ll learn an overview of what not to do when grading participation, activities worth doing, how to do them, and how to evaluate your own process.

September 22, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 106

Brown Bag Discussion:  Supporting Students with Autism and Their Professors in a University Learning Community

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 may 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.

September 22, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

IT Session: Using Turnitin for Writing Assignments

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

September 28, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning?

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

The rapidly expanding body of instructional technologies can quickly overwhelm you, but it doesn’t have to when you know how to narrow your options. This program presents some simple guiding principles for choosing technology to use in the classroom.

September 29, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 118

Banned Book Session

Krista Higham, Assistant Professor, Library


September 29, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

Brown Bag Session:  Support and Funding for Student Research and Creative Activities

Rene Munoz, Director, Sponsored Programs and Research Administration

In this session, Rene will discuss funding opportunities for student research and creative work at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

October 2015

October 5, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Do I Create a Climate for Learning in My Classroom?

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Penn State-Berks

We’ve all encountered “toxic” learning environments–apathetic students, disillusioned faculty, an entire roomful of people waiting for class to just end, already. Keeping the classroom climate positive is the responsibility of both sides. Learn valuable concepts you can put to work right away in every class.

October 6, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

IT Session:  Location Independent Learning

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

October 12, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

Can Service-Learning Work in My Discipline?

Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland

Many educators believe that service-learning can be a valuable practice … for other educators. But they’re sometimes at a loss to understand how it can be incorporated into their own disciplines. In this program, you will learn what service-learning can add to your courses and concrete implementation strategies.

October 13, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 106

Brown Bag Discussion:  Predatory Open Access Journals

Scott Anderson, Associate Professor, Library

Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Assistant Professor, Library

Avoid being poached!   Join your colleagues to discuss and learn about the various Open Access publishing models, identifying and understanding the clues and hallmarks of a predatory open access publication and how to identify credible venues for your scholarly activities.

October 19, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

Ike Shibley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Penn State-Berks

While student ratings are dismissed by some educators for having little to offer, these ratings can in fact be highly beneficial to teachers who want to improve their skills. Students can provide helpful and legitimate feedback on what they feel they learned, workload levels, and observable behaviors that include the teacher’s pace, volume, clarity and organization. We show you how to read student ratings to help make you a better teacher.

October 26, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

There are things you can do to improve student focus and connection to the course. In 20 minutes learn how to increase relevance in five areas of your teaching—your course design, your syllabus, your classroom, your assignments, and your exams.

October 27, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 106

Brown Bag Discussion:  Writing Across the Curriculum

Dr. Kerrie Farkas, Associate Professor, English

November 2015

November 2, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Do I Get Started with Service-Learning?

Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland

If you’re looking for guidance in integrating service-learning into a new course or an existing one, we provide you with valuable insights on everything you need to develop an engaging service-learning syllabus in your discipline. Learn how you can successfully manage the logistics of service-learning, from transportation to training to risk management.

November 3, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 106

Designing Choice Based Assessments

Leslie Gates, Assistant Professor, Art & Design

What would it look like to involve students more thoroughly in the assessment process? What might we learn from having students set their own goals and create the assessments used to judge the quality of their work? Student ownership within the process of assessing their work is usually minimal at best as objectives are often set in district curricula, and scoring tools are often designed and used solely by the teacher. However, offering students choices in these processes increases the type and quality of engagement and ownership students have with feedback, assessment, and personal goal-setting. This session will provide a brief overview of the principles of democratic and choice-based pedagogies as a background for considering how these principles could inform assessment in arts classrooms. Examples of choice-based assessments developed in student-teacher collaborations will be shared.

November 9, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Can I Connect Students' Interests to Course Content?

Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. First Year Seminar Coordinator, Faculties of Science and Land and Food Systems

When students see a clear link between their concerns and your course content, teaching and learning improve. The trick is establishing those connections. This program shows you how to get students to make a personal investment in their learning – no matter how large or small your class may be.

November 10, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 106

Brown Bag Discussion:  Understanding the Millersville Student

Ms. Katy Ferrier, Director of Admissions

Dr. M. William Redmond, Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Retention

November 10, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

Panel Discussion:  Promoting Quality in Online Learning

Moderator:  Oliver Dreon, PhD Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

Join faculty from across campus in discussing ways to promote quality learning experiences in online classes.

November 16, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Can I Better Manage Difficult Conversations with Faculty?

Richard Ogle, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Is there a conversation you should have with a faculty member that you’re putting off because you’re afraid of how she or he will react? A technique called motivational interviewing is the key and you’ll learn how it could help you do a better job of navigating the rough spots of academic life in this program.               

November 17, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

IT Session:  Using Collaborate Ultra for Synchronous Online Learning

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

November 23, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

With the right programming, you can make sure that your faculty have access to and actually use the professional development resources they need in order to remain compliant and relevant. This presentation covers the major points of inservice program development, from goal setting and generating faculty buy-in to logistics and content management.

November 24, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 502

IT Session: Using D2L Templates to Design More Efficiently

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

November 30, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

Ike Shibley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Penn State-Berks

Tim Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor, The University of Western Ontario

For instructors interested in exploring blended learning, deciding which course elements to teach face-to-face and which to address through online technology can be a major stumbling block. Learn a framework for making those essential educational judgment calls. Be confident that your selection of which materials to present online and which to present in the classroom will provide the best learning experience for your students.

December 2015

December 1, 2015

Tuesday Common Hour

(12:05 – 1:10 PM)

McNairy 104

Brown Bag Discussion:  Syllabus Share and Swap

Moderator:  Oliver Dreon, PhD Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

While the Spring 2016 semester is many weeks away, this session will provide faculty the opportunity to share syllabus strategies and language.  Bring along your best ideas to share with your colleagues.

December 7, 2015

On demand at http://9nl.pw/MUMentors

Monday Morning Mentor: 

How Do I Design Courses to Enhance Student Veterans' Success?

Bruce Kelley, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota

Military service is a formidable educational experience. Learn how to use course design to help student veterans make the most of it. In the process, you’ll also learn how to enhance learning for all students. This program covers situational factors, assessment, and learning activities.