Fall 2014 Faculty Development Conference:

The Peak Performance Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness - Susan Robison, Ph. D.

Saturday, November 1st, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Neidig-Garber 203

Faculty are hardworking professionals who try to do good, yet sometimes forget to discern which activities are worthy of their time and energy. Drawn to fit into academic culture by complaining about how hard they work, faculty check items off their to-do lists but secretly worry that they are not working effectively. This practical, interactive workshop based on studies on faculty productivity, peak performance, neuroscience, work-life balance, and work satisfaction will distill the work habits and practices of the most successful and engaged academics.

Faculty from Lebanon Valley College and other regional colleges are invited to participate in this full-day faculty development workshop.

Registration Fee: $20 (including lunch); free for Lebanon Valley College Faculty
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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Fall 2014 Assessment Sessions:

Establishing Sustainable Assessment Practices - Ken Yarnell & Sam Kolins

Tuesday, September 16th, 11 a.m., Lynch 190

Assessment should be an integrative part of the process of teaching and learning, not a cumbersome burden. Join us for this brown bag lunch repeat session from Ken and Sam as they talk about how the math department revised their assessment program to create something that is sustainable for the long term. Drinks and dessert will be provided by CETL. RSVP to or 6511 by September 15th if you plan to attend.

Using What We Already Have to Assess Student Learning: Making Useful Discoveries - Ann Damiano & Jessica Ickes

Monday, September 22nd - CANCELED

This brown bag lunch will look at sources of institutional data and how these measures can be used to assess student learning and academic programs. Drinks and dessert will be provided by CETL. RSVP to or 6511 by September 19th if you plan to attend.

Deriving Appropriate Action Plans Based on Assessment Findings - Wally Patton & Michael Pittari

Wednesday, November 19th, 3 p.m., Lynch 190

Analysis of our assessment findings provide us with an understanding of student learning within our academic programs. How can we take these findings and subsequently develop appropriate action plans? What do we do with positive findings? In this session Wally and Michael will each discuss an instance of interpretation of data and the action plan that resulted. Participants will then report on their own assessment findings and the group will engage in a dialogue concerning how to move forward. Refreshments will be provided by CETL. Please RSVP to or 6511 by November 18th if you plan to attend.


Fall 2014 Teaching Workshops:

Body Language in the Classroom - Kevin Pry

Tuesday, October 14th, 11 a.m., Humanities 204

This workshop will be conducted by Dr. Kevin Pry, Associate Professor of English, and will examine the clues and context that body language creates in the classroom space. How can we become more aware of what our own body language communicates? And how can we use clues from our students to maximize learning? Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to or 6511 by October 13th.

Moving Beyond Memorization: Strategies for Teaching Students Content - Megan Potteiger

Wednesday, October 29th, 3 p.m., Humanities 204

This workshop will be presented by Megan Potteiger, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. We will examine what cognitive science says about learning and how we can use this to develop particular strategies for helping our students learn content beyond rote memorization. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to or 6511 by October 28th.