Professional Development Sessions

Spring 2015

February 2015

February 11, 2015

3:00 – 4:00 PM

McNairy 106

Supporting Economically Disadvantaged Students

M. William Redmond, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services

Dwight Horsey, Director of Financial Aid & Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Daniel Mercado, Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs

Christina Pantoja Williams, Assistant Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs

  In this panel discussion, we will discuss the supports and services that are available on campus to support those students who are struggling financially.

February 17, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 PM

McNairy 106 

Promoting Quality in Online Education:  An Open Forum

Ms. Lauren Edgell, Director of Online Learning

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

  In this open forum, we’ll present different standards for quality online instruction and discuss how these can support course development.

February 19, 2015

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Lehr Dining Room
Gordinier Hall

Faculty Convocation

February 26, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 PM

McNairy 106

Fixed vs. Growth Mindset and the Implications for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Sandra Deemer, Professor,  Educational Foundations

  In this session, Carol Dweck’s pivotal work on mindset will be used to frame a conversation about how we can foster positive self-perceptions and mindset within our higher education classrooms.  Specific strategies related to the management and assessment of learning will be modeled and discussed.

February 27, 2015

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ware Center

Lancaster Learns

  This day-long conference was borne from a county-wide partnership involving all of the institutions of higher education in Lancaster.  Plenary speakers include Norman Bier, Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative and Dr. Shaun Cook, assistant professor of Psychology at Millersville University.  Choose from over 21 peer-reviewed sessions focused on teaching and learning.  To register, visit:  To receive our institutional discount, use the code: Learn 

March 2015

March 19, 2015

12:00 – 1:30 PM

McNairy 106

ePortfolio Open Forum

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

  ePortfolios are increasingly becoming an important tool for teaching, learning and assessment purposes.  In this open forum, various faculty and students across campus will discuss their ePortfolio initiatives and what they’ve learned from the process.

March 23, 2015

9:00 – 10:00 AM

McNairy 106

Multidisciplinary Studies (MDST): A Status Report

Dr. Dennis Downey, Professor & Director of Honors College

Dr. Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations

  The MDST major encourages collaboration across disciplines and departments.  With growing student and faculty enthusiasm for the MDST major, this session will sort out current directions and new possibilities for collaboration within the existing curriculum framework. 

March 24, 2015

3:00 – 4:00 PM

McNairy 106

Fostering and Ensuring Academic Integrity on Campus

Dr. Jeff Adams, Associate Provost for Academic Administration

Dr. Jill Craven, Professor and Chair, English Department

  In this session, we will discuss the university policies and procedures that outline academic integrity.  We will also present ways to promote academic integrity in your online and face-to-face classes and outline some recent violations on campus

March 26, 2015

4:00 – 5:00 PM

McNairy 106

Lessons from the Open Source Schoolhouse

Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director, Penn Manor School District

  Open source software offers affordable, flexible, and powerful learning platforms for student of all ages. And open source principles promote technological freedom of choice, intellectual curiosity and a collaborative community spirit – values essential to preparing students for college, careers and beyond.  With over 3500 computers running free and open software exclusively, Penn Manor School District has implemented the largest K12 open source program in Pennsylvania. This presentation, from Charlie’s celebrated TEDx Lancaster talk, will outline Penn Manor’s open source educational philosophy and highlight essential free and open source software for high school and college classrooms.

March 31, 2015

3:00 – 4:00 PM

McNairy 502

Using D2L Grades for Feedback & Communication

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

  Leverage student focus on ‘grades’ to improve overall course communication. See how the use of description and feedback fields along with Rubrics and customized settings can help students understand and meet expectations.

April 2015

April 1, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 PM

McNairy 106

Go Away: And Take Our Students With You! How to Create and Execute a Successful Summer Study Abroad Course

Dr. Timothy Shea, Associate Professor, English and

Director of Global Education & Partnerships

  This session will show you the basics for developing a summer abroad course that interests students, supports their degree requirements, and expands their understanding of the world all at the same time. We will show you the various kinds of course options and show you how you can create a memorable learning experience from start to finish. Millersville professors who have successfully done this before will share their wisdom, too. Come on out to discover how you can participate in the invigorating teaching & learning experience of studying abroad!

April 7, 2015

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Stayer 211 

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.

April 9, 2015

11:00 – 12:00 PM

McNairy 106

Lunch vs. Textbooks: The College Affordability Crisis at Millersville

Ms. Krista Higham, University Librarian

  Did you know that average textbook prices have increased 80% over the past 10 years.   Some Millersville faculty are using creative and innovative strategies to mitigate these costs, including the use of open textbooks and other free materials, eliminating or limiting the number of required texts, and encouraging the use of rentals and older editions.  Please join the panel discussion to hear more about this increasingly problematic issue.

April 9, 2015 

3:00 – 4:00 PM

McNairy 502

What is MU Video and How Can I Use It With My Students?

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.  

April 15, 2015 

3:00 – 4:00 PM

McNairy 502

Paper-free Grading

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

 In this session, we will review technologies and assignment design that helped contribute to a 47% reduction in Millersville’s student printing in Fall 2014 semester.

April 22, 2015

3:00 – 4:00 PM

McNairy 106

Promotion and Tenure Panel Discussion

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of Center for Cademic Excellence

 Are you planning to apply for promotion or tenure next fall? Join our panel as we hear multiple perspectives on the promotion and tenure process. Attendess will be able to ask questions and get advice from recent members on the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. The promotion and tenure guidelines will also be distributed and discussed at the session.