This year's Faculty Workshop Day - Navigating New Frontiers: Positive Approaches to Educational Theory and Practice - will be held in person with some remote workshops on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

All workshops have a seat cap of 24 participants on the registration form, including remote workshops.

Register to Attend

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Sign In/Registration (BTC Auditorium)

9:45 - 10 a.m.

  • Greetings & Announcements (BTC Auditorium)
    Faculty Workshop Day Committee Co-Chairs, Jennifer Austin and John Peabody
    Vice President of Academic Affairs, Judith DiLorenzo

10 - 11 a.m.

  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jacqueline Richardson-Melecio (BTC Auditorium and Livestream)
    Dr. Richardson-Melecio is a doctoral-level researcher, licensed master’s social worker (LMSW), inspirational speaker, and experienced executive. She has over twenty-five years in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), offering quality consultations and trainings to corporate, government, and community-based organizations. Her experience extends to founding and presiding over Equity Dynamics, a DEI consulting company. Having dedicated a career to supporting organizations and building awareness, her understanding of the impact of race, culture, and diversity has spearheaded executive-level management and training initiatives that address the fundamental determinants of the human experience.
    This keynote will address the educator’s navigation in creating a positive educational community where students are persuaded to Envision, Pursue, and Embrace their purpose. The educator’s passion is examined through essential elements of belonging, wellness, and community. An exploration of our innate need for belonging as essential to our individual wellness and collective community as a human race.

11 - 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
75-minute Concurrent Sessions I

Belonging in the Classroom (In-person)
Presenter: Jacqueline Richardson-Melecio
CPE Credit: Teaching and Learning — Pedagogy or Classroom Management
Experiencing belonging in the classroom and on campus can impact student engagement, well-being, academic success and completion. Being intentional about fostering an experience of belonging through which students experience feeling welcomed, valued and an essential part of the campus community can go a long way to favorable results in student continuity, retention and completion. This workshop will explore ways to effectively improve student engagement, retention and academic success by applying a DEI lens focused on the experience of belonging.
Hope and Help for Substance Use Disorders (In-person)
Presenters: Brian Farr and Ken Provost
In this workshop, we will review the basic tools for recognizing substance use disorders in our students (and ourselves). For those seeking more help, community resources will also be provided.
A Leg Up: Helping Low-Literacy Students Catch up with their Peers (In-person)
Presenter: Elizabeth Allen
This workshop aims to share principles and strategies used to support students with low literacy skills to better prepare them for the mainstream classroom. Scaffolding and project-based learning, as well as techniques such as the Learning Experience Approach and collaborative writing will be discussed.
Teaching Student-Centered Learning: A Choose-Your-Path Adventure (In-person)
Presenter: Danielle Ely
Choice can be an important asset for student learning. Both students and faculty can explore concepts of choice, responsibility, independence and agency, which are important pillars of the college experience. This workshop will demonstrate the benefits of incorporating a little bit of choice and student-centered freedom into our courses.
Reengaging with Service Learning (In-person)
Presenter: Catherine Willis
The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is here to create learning experiences for your students. We are focusing on creating partnerships and modalities that support your learning objectives and your students’ needs. Learn about the various forms that service learning can take, and our community partners. By the end of the workshop you will have a sense of how applied learning in the form of service can work for your students.
The Language of Signing: Ways to Make it Work (Zoom Only)
Presenter: Melissa Adams-Silva
This workshop will bring awareness to the Deaf/Heard of Hearing culture and community. Together, we will learn simple signs that can help you, your students, and colleagues connect without distraction while also respecting the learning environment. All levels are welcome; no prior knowledge or expertise is necessary. This workshop will include lecture, open discussion, and participant interaction.
Exploring Rubrics (In-person)
Presenters: Linda K. Ryder and Aradhna Jettoo
CPE Credit: Teaching and Learning — Pedagogy
Join us for a hands-on workshop about building and using rubrics. As we build a fun themed rubric together, we will learn about the different types of rubrics, known best practices for rubrics, tools available at HVCC for building and using rubrics, and review some rubrics already in use in HVCC academic departments. You will leave with new skills and a thick packet of helpful information!
Video Lecture Tools (Zoom Only)
Presenter: Elissa Baker
CPE Credit: Teaching and Learning – Integrating Instructional Technology or Technology — Blackboard
Learn about the wide variety of tools available to create interactive and accessible video lectures for remote, online and hybrid courses. We will explore lecture creation tools YuJa and VoiceThread, along with using Zoom to record lectures to YuJa. Additionally, we will discover preexisting video content that can be integrated into your lectures, like Films on Demand. We will also explain the benefits of using these accessible tools for assessments, discussions, analytic data and more.

12:45  - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (BTC Lobby)

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Session II

Teaching Remotely: A Forum for Instructors (Zoom Only)
Presenter: Casey L. Ryan
In this workshop, instructors who teach remotely will share their experiences with colleagues, learn new tricks and techniques, and discuss issues and concerns with the remote classroom. The facilitator will provide data on remote teaching to supplement the robust discussion.
Using Respectful Communication with LGBTQ+ People in Service-Based Settings (In-person)
Presenter: Jane Meek
Using curriculum from the National League for Nursing, this will be a lecture and open discussion for beginners by addressing the health disparities within LGBTQ+ communities.
The Pros and Cons of In-Person vs. Online Teaching and Learning (In-person)
Presenters: Shalini Varma and Dr. Mary Mawn
The main purpose of this workshop is to open a discussion about online versus in-person instruction. The pandemic has had a major impact on teaching and learning, with many students preferring the flexibility of online courses. Current data on the benefits and downsides of these modalities will be presented, followed by an open discussion regarding best practices for our own institution.
African American Psychology as a Learning Model for Teaching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (In-person and Zoom Option)
Presenter: Sonja Miller
This discussion-based workshop will highlight the importance of implementing courses about experiences from different groups in society—such as my course on African American Psychology—into the curriculum. Participants will leave the workshop with a broader understanding of the African American experience, including evidence-based research on learning and language styles, discrimination, self-concept, well-being, community, family structures and more.
Academic, Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, Oh My! (In-person and Zoom Option)
Presenters: Sierra Pasquale, Cynthia Koman, Tiffany Davis, Gail Murray, and Mary Ellen Bolton
Students today consider themselves Digital Natives, well-versed in the online information ecosystem and skilled in finding information. However, students' information skills are truly lacking. How can we as faculty prepare students to be effective and ethical information seekers and users? In this workshop, we will discuss recognized student deficiencies in information literacy and present methods by which we can develop students’ skills with this important learning outcome.
Keep The Earbuds In: Using Music to Deal with Stress while Learning (In-person)
Presenter: Mary Ann Gulyas
This workshop will consider the issue of student stress. Participants will learn about the effect of music on the body and mind. Then, we will unpack how listening to music can be used as a strategy to mitigate stress, with first-hand experiences and examples. Finally, we will discuss how music listening can modulate stress physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Faculty Promotion at HVCC (In-person and Zoom Option)
Presenters: Jennifer Eaton, Anthony Podlaski, Johanna Mather and Scott Hathaway
This workshop is designed to provide information and resources for faculty who are considering promotion now or several years down the road. We will provide a detailed overview of the promotions process and describe the portfolio requirement. Faculty will leave the session with a better understanding of how to achieve this milestone.

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