Welcome

At USciences first Professional Development day all employees will have an opportunity to attend a multitude of training sessions designed to enrich and develop.

There will be more than 30 sessions led by qualified USciences personnel from Academic Technology, Human Resources, the Teaching and Learning Center and other key areas, such as yadda, yadda, yadda. The USciences-led sessions are a mix

of live presentations and recorded vignettes and all will allow ample opportunity for discussion. Some

are hands-on, interactive learning experiences. In addition to the USciences sessions, there will be several sessions led by high-profile thought leaders, including a keynote address by David Friedman, who will discuss organizational culture, success and values. All offerings promise to be thought-provoking, informative and engaging. 

Schedule

Susan Danoff, Professional Storyteller

 

Daniel J. Friedman, Keynote Address

Special Guests

Susan Danoff has many years of experience in storytelling, teaching & writing. As a professional storyteller, Susan has told stories in hundreds of schools, colleges, libraries, museums, and conferences. She has also has taught the art of storytelling to adults who wish to communicate more effectively and has presented workshops at schools, universities, and museums including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Friends Council on Education, the School of Education at West Chester University in PA, and at numerous teacher in-services.  For 21 years she taught an intensive summer seminar in the art of storytelling at Princeton University and for nine years she taught “The Craft of Writing” at Princeton.In Susan’s storytelling sessions she has addresses community building, diversity, transition, and creativity. Susan is author of the book The Golden Thread: Storytelling in Teaching and Learning. Susan earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, an M.A. in English from Rutgers University, and an English Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Professional Storyteller

Susan Danoff

 

David Friedman is the former President of RSI, an award-winning employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm in Philadelphia area.  He is a frequent guest speaker and seminar leader on organizational culture, leadership and values.  A best-selling Author and a Graduate of William & Mary with a degree in Philosophy.

 

Fundamentally Different – Is the organizational culture just a New Age obsession that distracts  us from the real work of business?  What role do values play in organizational success? How can we create greater consistency between the values we say are important and the ones that actually show up in the routine behavior of our people?  What’s the most important common denominator found in all dysfunctional organizations and how can we avoid it?

 

Keynote Speaker

David J. Friedmam

Session 1

Four tracks A, B, C & D

 

Session 1   10:15-11:00am

A1-1  

Microsoft Office 2010 - Overview

Andrew Esposito

In this training session we will examine the features and functions of Microsoft Office 2010. We will look at the new visual organization of Office tools including “the Ribbon.” Our key topics will include navigating the interface and making connections to the most needed tools. 

 

 

A1-2  

Working with Documents & Images

Donna Ryan

This session will focus on general guidelines for creating attractive and readable documents, such as using only a few fonts on a page and selecting and incorporating high quality images.  The same basic design functions can be applied throughout the Microsoft Office suite. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher share the same basic tools for editing images, formatting and font selection 

 

A1-3

Using Panopto

Rich Cosgriff

Panopto is a flexible and easy-to-use presentation capture platform that allows faculty and staff to capture, edit, stream, archive, and share recordings that preserve critical knowledge.  The system can be used to pre-record learning modules from your office or to capture the activities within your classroom.  

 

B1-1  

Getting Stuff Done

D.A. Graham

Why are there so many different organizational systems and time management methods out there? The answer is simple: it’s like any other personal challenge, like weight loss or money management. There is no simple, one size fits all answer. You must build a solution that works for you. Over the course of this workshop, we will explore various time management and organizational tools and techniques so that you can build a customized productivity plan for your personal and professional lives. At the end of the course, you will emerge with a plan that works for you, so that you can start regaining control of your life!

 

 

B1-2  

Managing Difficult Conversations

Rosalie Jones

We have so many interactions in the run of a day, it’s reasonable to expect that some of them are going to be difficult. Whether these are conversations that you have in person, or you manage a virtual team and need to speak with someone in another city, there are things that you can do to make these conversations go smoothly. This workshop will give you the tools to manage difficult conversations and get the best results possible out of them.

 

 

B1-3  

Business Writing

Justin Everett

Session 1   10:15-11:00am

C1-1  

Teaching for Critical Thinking

Taped brief presentation by Stephen D. Brookfield with live facilitated discussion led by Jenny Pitonyak Studies of critical thinking show that two factors are crucial to learning and critical thinking- seeing teachers model the process and experiencing it as a social learning process. This session will model critical thinking and introduce classroom activities that can actively engage students in learning how to think critically.

 

C1-2  

Learning Process Design

Taped brief presentation by Linda Nilson with live facilitated discussion led by Alison Nostrum. Participants will learn how to structure a logical, cohesive and aligned course around learning outcomes, how to organize these learning outcomes chronologically and how to create an outcomes map that serves as the working skeleton for your courses.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D1-1  

Eliminating Time Wasters as a Department Chair

15-minute briefing developed by Christian Hansen with live facilitated discussion led by TBA. Organize your time by prioritizing commitments and tasks according to their payoff, urgency, and the time or effort each requires. This briefing discusses practical tools for identifying and eliminating or minimizing the impact of the biggest time wasters for chairs.

 

D1-2  

Promoting Social Responsibility

Interactive presentation and discussion given by Teresa Mendez-Quigley from Physicians for Social Responsibility. As health professionals, scientists and citizens, we have a social responsibility to build a safer, healthier Philadelphia area.  Participants will learn about these issues and advocacy opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2

Four tracks A, B, C & D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A2-1  

Getting Started with the iPad

Rich Cosgriff, Jr.

This introductory session will first cover the basics of setting up your iPad.  We will look at:

  • Creating an iTunes account
  • Setting Up the iPad
  • Connecting to the University Wireless Network

Setting Up your e-mailFrom there, we will begin to dig a bit deeper to explore some more advanced topics such as:

  • Accessing  App Store
  • USciences Core iPad Technologies
    • Blackboard Mobile
    • ResponseWare
    • Panopto

A2-2  

Active Data Calendar

Rich Cosgriff, Jr.

An introduction to the use of “Open Entry” access to Active Data Calendar for selecting and scheduling meeting rooms, etc.

 

A2-3  

GoTo Meeting/GoTo Webinar

Rod Murray

GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar is a managed online event service that makes synchronous communication with students easier and more efficient. Users can host presentations, perform demonstrations and provide online training to anyone, anywhere. This session will present a high level overview of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar’s planning tools, user interface and reporting. 

 

 

 

Session 2   11:15am-12:00pm

B2-1  

Leadership Workshop: Leading in Today's Environment

Ron Kratz

Today’s academic environment creates greater demands on leaders and future leaders than ever before. And some of the newest members of our workforce expect to be those future leaders in very short order. Leading and motivating staff that span multiple generations will be one of the topics addressed in this session, detailing the five things leaders can do to generate the commitment and effort the University needs to succeed from all segments of the workforce. We’ll also highlight the single most important thing all leaders must do to develop both themselves and their people.

 

B2-2  

Communication Strategies

D.A. Graham

Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult to talk with some people and so easy to talk with others? Can you recall an occasion where you met someone for the first time and immediately liked that person? Something about the individual made you feel comfortable. A major goal of this workshop is to help you understand the impact your communication skills have on other people. You will also explore how improving these skills can make it easier for you to get along in the workplace, and in life.

 

B2-3  

Time Management

Rosalie Jones

Time is money, the saying goes, and lots of it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. We also deal with a constant barrage of technology, people, and tasks that can contribute to that disorganization. Many people find that they flit from one task to another, trying to get everything done.  In this workshop, you will learn how to make the most of your time by getting a grip on your workflow and office space, using your planner effectively, and delegating some of your work to other people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C2-1  

What is Inter-Professional Education and How Does it Affect USciences?

Interactive presentation and discussion given by Cathy Poon and other members of the inter-professional education team.  

 

C2-2  

Taking the Sting out of Testing and the Grr Out of Grading

Taped brief presentation by Linda Nilson with live facilitated discussion led by Jim Hollands. You will learn how to compose multiple choice and matching items that assess higher-order thinking and reasoning.  You will also learn how to develop rubrics for projects to provide solid feedback to students.

 

Session 2   11:15am-12:00pm

 

D2-1  

Defusing Bully Behavior

20-minute briefing developed by Jeffrey L. Bullen with live facilitated discussion led by Mickey Cohen. Bullies are a large problem in higher education.  Participants will learn about strategies for dealing with different types of bully within academic departments. Chairs need to be proactive to create a positive environment for faculty and staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 3

Four tracks A, B, C & D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A3-1  

Working with Documents and Images

Tips & Tricks

Donna Ryan

This session will focus on general guidelines for creating attractive and readable documents, such as using only a few fonts on a page and selecting and incorporating high quality images.  The same basic design functions can be applied throughout the Microsoft Office suite. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher share the same basic tools for editing images, formatting and font selection. 

 

 

A3-2  

Blackboard

Joe Evanick

The Introduction to Blackboard training session is intended for users new to Blackboard or users that need a refresher.  This session will focus on logging into Blackboard, accessing a course or community, and basic tasks such as creating announcements, uploading files, and linking to URLs.  

 

 

A3-3  

Evernote – Remember Everything, from Everywhere, Rich Cosgriff, Jr. 

Evernote is a note taking app that makes it easy

to remember things using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.  In this introductory session, we will get familiar with the basics of Evernote and then take a look at some of the more commonly used productivity tools.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Getting started with Evernote
  • Overview of the App
  • Creating Notes
  • Types of Notes
  • Note Features
  • Syncing and the Power of the Web
  • Real World Applications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 3   1:30-2:15pm

B3-1   

Leadership Workshop: Leading in Today's Environment

Ron Kratz

Today’s academic environment creates greater demands on leaders and future leaders than ever before. And some of the newest members of our workforce expect to be those future leaders in very short order. Leading and motivating staff that span multiple generations will be one of the topics addressed in this session, detailing the five things leaders can do to generate the commitment and effort the University needs to succeed from all segments of the workforce. We’ll also highlight the single most important thing all leaders must do to develop both themselves and their people.

 

B3-2  

Business Writing

Justin Everett

 

B3-3

Managing Difficult Conversations

Rosalie Jones

We have so many interactions in the run of a day, it’s reasonable to expect that some of them are going to be difficult. Whether these are conversations that you have in person, or you manage a virtual team and need to speak with someone in another city, there are things that you can do to make these conversations go smoothly. This workshop will give you the tools to manage difficult conversations and get the best results possible out of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C3-1  

Self/Peer Student Assessment

Panel discussion with faculty who effectively use peer and self- student assessment.  Panel: Linda Robinson, Carol Maritz, Mahdi Maralinga, Jenny Pitonyak. Requiring students to engage in peer and self-assessment is a very effective way to engage them in their learning and to help students to make big improvement toward meeting the learning outcomes of the course.  Yet it is not routinely done.  Teachers need to structure such assessments to help students to do them effectively.

 

C3-2  

Technology and e-Communication for Student Engagement

Taped brief presentation by Jose Bowen with live facilitated discussion led by Tamar Claimant Electronic communication technology offers many opportunities for students to connect digitally and advance student learning, as well as maximize face to face class time by getting students to prepare for class.  Electronic communication can give students more low stakes writing assignments and faculty can provide more feedback.

 

C3-3

Writing Strategies to Promote Academic Publication

Discussion and workshop on writing and revising for peer reviewed academic publications led by Justin Everett and Cristina Hanganu-Bresch. There are effective ways to write and revise manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and monographs.  Participants will learn how to write more effectively and efficiently and get manuscripts accepted for publication in a shorter time.  

 

Session 3   1:30-2:15pm

D3-1  

Keys to Effective and Fair Faculty Evaluation

Taped brief presentation by Jeffery L. Buller with live facilitated discussion led by Claudia Parvanta. Participants will discuss the differences among diagnostic, formative and summative evaluations and how to deal with common problems with evaluating faculty.  This is a brief introduction to a topic that will be continued and expanded upon in the future. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 4

Four tracks A, B, C & D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 4   2:30-3:15pm

 

A4-1  

Teaching Online: The First Few Steps in Online Course Development 

Andrew Esposito
This session provides a high-level look at what goes into developing and teaching an online course.  There are special considerations for converting an existing face-to-face course. We will discuss some of the common questions and concerns as well as the support available here at the University.  

 

 

A4-2  

Getting Started with the iPad

Rich Cosgriff, Jr.

This introductory session will first cover the basics of setting up your iPad.  We will look at:

 

  • Creating an iTunes account
  • Setting Up the iPad
  • Connecting to the University Wireless Network

Setting Up your e-mailFrom there, we will begin to dig a bit deeper to explore some more advanced topics such as:

 

  • Accessing  App Store
  • USciences Core iPad Technologies
    • Blackboard Mobile
    • ResponseWare
    • Panopto

A4-3  

Microsoft Office 2010 - Overview

Andrew Esposito

In this training session we will examine the features and functions of Microsoft Office 2010. We will look at the new visual organization of Office tools including “the Ribbon.” Our key topics will include navigating the interface and making connections to the most needed tools.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B4-1   

Communication Strategies

D.A. Graham

Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult to talk with some people and so easy to talk with others? Can you recall an occasion where you met someone for the first time and immediately liked that person? Something about the individual made you feel comfortable. A major goal of this workshop is to help you understand the impact your communication skills have on other people. You will also explore how improving these skills can make it easier for you to get along in the workplace, and in life.

 

 

B4-2  Time Management

Rosalie Jones

Time is money, the saying goes, and lots of it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. We also deal with a constant barrage of technology, people, and tasks that can contribute to that disorganization. Many people find that they flit from one task to another, trying to get everything done.  In this workshop, you will learn how to make the most of your time by getting a grip on your workflow and office space, using your planner effectively, and delegating some of your work to other people.

 

 

 

B4-3  

Leadership Workshop: Leading in Today's Environment

Ron Kratz

Today’s academic environment creates greater demands on leaders and future leaders than ever before. And some of the newest members of our workforce expect to be those future leaders in very short order. Leading and motivating staff that span multiple generations will be one of the topics addressed in this session, detailing the five things leaders can do to generate the commitment and effort the University needs to succeed from all segments of the workforce. We’ll also highlight the single most important thing all leaders must do to develop both themselves and their people.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4-1 Promoting Student Engagement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4-2  The Flipped Classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 4   2:30-3:15pm

 

 

 

 

 

D4-1  Assessment Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to the 

Professional Development Day Committee

Michele Albert

Phyllis Blumberg

Andrew Esposito

D.A. Graham

Rosalie Jones

Mark Nestor

Donna Ryan