Faculty Development Day Falldream 2011

The Faculty Development Day registration is now closed due to enrollment.
If you would like to be included on the "Wait List", please email or call Taquana Woodards at taquana.c.woodards@wilmu.edu, 302-356-6729 or contact Nancy Doody at nancy.c.doody@wilmu.edu or 302-356-6726.

You will be contacted if any openings occur. Thank you.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium (DAC)
New Castle Campus      Directions…

Dress: Casual

RSVP: Before March 12, 2011

It's an engagement party! Join us as we link active learning to student success!


The day will start with our keynote speaker, Delaware Teacher of the Year and Wilmington University graduate, Joseph P. Masiello. Mr. Mazz, as he is affectionately called by his students, is a 6th grade English teacher at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in the Red Clay School District. He has received considerable national attention for his innovative teaching strategies including the use of dance to teach English. "He makes an effort to reach out to all students, whatever their interests or abilities," said Cab Calloway Dean, Julie Rumschlag in a letter recommending Masiello. To find out more about our speaker, please read our Press Release.

Be sure to register for your workshop. The workshop descriptions are listed on the main page. Space may be limited for some workshops, so be sure to register early.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Doody, Adjunct Faculty Support Manager, at 302-356-6726 (nancy.c.doody@wilmu.edu) or Ernest Linsay, Director of Faculty Development & Support, at 302-356-6728 (ernest.c.linsay@wilmu.edu). Registration closes on 3/13/2011.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 Registration, Faculty ID Cards, Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Opening Remarks
9:35 – 9:40 Break, Faculty ID Cards
9:45 – 10:45 Mr. Joseph Masiello, Delaware Teacher of the Year
10:45 – 10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:55 Selected Workshop
12:00 – 1:10 Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 College (department) Meetings
2:15   Turn in your survey at Main Lobby's table


Select One Workshop Only:

Marrying Educational Theory and Practice: The commitment of a lifetime! Presented by Bridget Amory, Adjunct Instructor – College of Education. Participants will have the opportunity to explore educational theory and practice through the metaphor of marriage! The intent of the workshop is to explore methods of bringing educational theories to life in the higher education classroom while improving the student educational experience. Ideally, marrying students to lifelong learning by providing them with engaged learning opportunities by thoroughly understanding educational theory and practice will foster student success!

Self-Assessment: Joining Together Traditional Academic Assignments with Self-Assessment Assignments to Promote Student Success. Presented by Rebecca Ghabour, Assistant Professor and Debra Berke, Associate Professor – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Participants will learn about engaging students in self-assessment. Asking students to assess their own learning is a great way to support student learning (Black & William, 1998), to encourage students to be more self-reflective and responsible for their education (Peden & Carroll, 2008), to increase students’ self-awareness and use of metacognitive strategies (Angelo, 1995), to increase students’ self-efficacy in writing (Andrade, Wang, Du, & Akawi, 2009; Paris & Paris, 2001), and to motivate students to do well in the course and give feedback to the instructor (Walser, 2009). “Self-assessment assignments can play a complementary role… to more traditional academic assignments” (Peden & Carroll, 2008, p. 317). Participants will be given the opportunity to engage in two different self-assessment practices that can be used in their classrooms. A discussion on the benefits of self-assessment, different models of self-assessment practices, how to implement these practices into their courses, and the practicality of using self-assessment in block and online classes will take place.

The Courtship: Engaging Students by Creating Culturally Responsive Classroom Environments. Presented by Adrienne Bey, Assistant Professor and Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, Associate Professor – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students enter our classrooms with various levels of academic preparation. Not only do these various levels of academic preparation influence how students perceive and process information, so do their cultural backgrounds and social influences. This workshop will assist instructors in understanding the important connection between cultural competency and student achievement. This workshop will discuss topics that go from “knowledge” to “implementation”, so that instructors can build upon the uniqueness of their students to create engaging student-centered learning environments. 

Upgrade to Blackboard 9.1: Click Less, Do More Presented by Mary Beth Youse, Barbara Danley, and Dean Davis – Distance Learning & Education Technology. Starting this summer semester, we are upgrading the Blackboard system to version 9.1. What this upgrade means is an improved interface (click less) and powerful new tools (do more) within Blackboard. All participants in this workshop will receive access to a practice course and support materials to learn more.

Help! My Students Can’t Write, and I Can’t Edit. Presented by Maria Hess, Adjunct Instructor – College of Business. There is a way to edit for both content and grammar without pulling your hair out. Poor writing is a national epidemic. The Internet, instant messaging and texting are partly to blame, largely because cell phones, email and texting constitute the modern communication universe. But poor writing is not only a reflection of a student’s skills; it also is representative of the university he or she attends—and worse, the efforts of some of his or her instructors. Most adjuncts are frustrated by students’ writing skills, but are so busy reading for content that they overlook the actual editing of grammatical mistakes. Using real-life, edited papers from graduate and undergraduate students at Wilmington University, this workshop will explore the common grammatical mistakes that students make and offer proofreading techniques for editors of all levels.

Learning Gems – Creating Interactive Games. Presented by Nancy McDonald, Adjunct Professor – College of Technology. A fun and engaging way to review course material is to make the review into an interactive game. This workshop will show instructors how to create their own interactive games using PowerPoint, how to customize an existing PowerPoint game like The Last Diamond game, and how to use question-and-answer games effectively in the classroom for a fun way to review the course material.

Successful Online Teaching. Presented by Lucia Nemeth, Adjunct Instructor – College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business and Kate Cottle, Assistant Professor and Chair of the English Department – College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Lucia Nemeth, who has been recognized for excellence in online teaching, will be presenting ways to feel successful as an online teacher. Participants will learn techniques to work more efficiently, achieve better results from your discussion boards, and improve higher-level thinking. This session will be conducted remotely by Dr. Nemeth (live from New York). She will present and then leave time for questions and answers at the end.

Worry Free Writing at WU. Presented by Liz Slater, Adjunct Instructor and Hilary Sophrin, Adjunct Instructor – College of Arts & Sciences. This workshop will provide faculty with simple steps to encourage successful academic writing. Instructors will walk away from this seminar with ready-to-use assignments and rubrics that are designed for student success. This faculty friendly, student friendly workshop will provide tips on common punctuation errors, concrete ways to avoid plagiarism, and ways to approach the writing process that won’t take up too much class time, but will help people feel more comfortable with the process.

Bringing the Library to the Student. Presented by James McCloskey, William Smith, Michelle Reyes, and James Bradley – Library. This workshop will help you educate your students about the library services. Students often seek material for preparing presentations and writing their papers by searching the Internet, giving no thought to the search process or to assessing the quality of their search results. In this session, librarians will demonstrate ways to bring the rich resources of the Wilmington University Library to students, right within your Blackboard course page. This workshop will cover: a) Blackboard links to research guides (also known as “LibGuides”); b) Selection and use of subject-specific library databases; c) Access to and delivery of library materials (“Full-Text”, Interlibrary Loan). This workshop will be held in a computer lab, so space will be limited.

Ipad University. Presented by Matt Wilson, Assistant Professor – College of Arts & Sciences and Scott Shaw, Instructor – College of Technology. Are you wondering how the iPad fits into the learning environment? How to use it as an instructor? How students might use the devices (even if they aren't using iPads)? Take part in an active discussion of where this technology could be headed and how its use can increase student engagement in learning.

Understanding and Using your IDEA Evaluation Results to improve your teaching Presented by Dr. Ernest Linsay, Assistant Professor & Director & Nina Campanicki, Manager, Adjunct Faculty Support Team – Faculty Development & Support. What does the acronym “IDEA” stand for? How are the Important and Essential Objectives for my course identified? What do all those numbers and tables in the report I receive really mean? What are “raw” and “adjusted” scores? How can the IDEA results help me improve my teaching effectiveness? This workshop will lift the fog that often surrounds the IDEA Evaluation process and results.

Success through Wellness. Presented by Susan Smith, Adjunct Instructor – College of Health Professions. This workshop will provide an introduction to health and wellness initiatives, and will include simple and practical approaches to holistic living. It will consist of workgroup discussions and activities guiding participants through various breathing practices, concentration exercises, chair yoga and meditation. The workshop focuses on: Holism and Alternative Health Practices, Breath Work, Focused Attention/ Awareness, Chair Yoga, Meditation. An overview of the eight-limbed path of yoga is reviewed and discussed in “real life” terms offering participants insight into their current level of wellness.