Professional Development

At North Carolina State University, my primary source of professional development was derived from the CoAT workshops that I attended. However, I also attended workshops by the Office of Faculty Development as well as a departmental seminar on Introduction to Faculty Careers. The professional development activities are summarized in this section of the portfolio.

Certificate of Accomplish Teaching Workshops

The workshops listed in this section satisfy the Certificate of Accomplished Teaching requirements. Selected workshops have a reflection summary, available in PDF format.  These summaries can be activated by clicking on the underlined title of the workshop. The reflections demonstrate the transfer of knowledge from the workshop session to actual application through my teaching practices.

Attended: October 22, 2010
Facilitator: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Description: This workshop explores emerging issues affecting higher education, such as faculty evaluations, distance education, large class sizes, and students as consumers.

Title: Introduction to Teaching 
  January 19, 2011
Facilitator: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Description: This is a required workshop for all CoAT participants. The workshop teaches basic skills in lesson planning, course organization, active learning techniques, and assessment strategies related to effective teaching.

Title: Moral Development and The Shadow Scholar
Attended: January 28, 2011
Facilitator: Dr. Rhonda Sutton

Description: Participants were asked to read The Shadow Scholar before attending the workshop.  This workshop provides an overview of moral development, discusses how this concept applies to the issues raised in The Shadow Scholar, and explores what this means for faculty and instructors who are grappling with cheating, plagiarism, and questionable academic ability among students.

Attended: March 25, 2011
Facilitator: Kristin Harkins

Description: Participants were asked to read Principles for Effective Teaching before attending the workshop. This workshop focuses on developmental learners, and it offers good advice and strategies for teaching all students, especially those at the community college level.   

Attended: September 8, 2011
Facilitator: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Description: In this workshop, participants explore strategies and techniques for asking questions effectively to generate more student participation. Discussion includes topics such as word choice, timing, types of questions, and overall presentation style.

Attended: September 22, 2011
Facilitator: Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Description:  This workshop discusses the different ways people learn and explore. Teaches the participants how they can make adaptations to their teaching to enhance the learning process.

Attended: January 23, 2012
Facilitator: Debra Dunlap Runshe

Description: This is an online workshop. This workshop explores teaching strategies and techniques to create an online learning environment that actively engages their learners and creates a sense of community.

Title: How Digital Media and the Brain Science of Attention Transform Learning
Attended: February 24, 2012
Facilitator: Molly Storment

Description: This workshop is based on Cathy Davidson's book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn, focusing on Chapter 3, "Project Classroom Makeover". This workshop focuses on how technology and information can be used effectively in a modern classroom environments.

Office of Faculty Development Workshops

These workshops also satisfy the Certificate of Accomplished Teaching requirements.

Description: This workshop teaches alternative delivery modes for instruction. This session explores the process of "course delivery reversal," more informally known as "course flipping." The workshop focuses on how we can use writing and speaking to hold students accountable for viewing online lectures and to engage them in application within the face-to-face classroom environments.

Departmental Training Programs

Title: Introduction to Faculty Careers
Attended: January 22, 2011
Facilitator: Dr. Richard Felder

Description: The purpose of this workshop is to offer guidance to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are thinking about pursuing academic careers after they finish their current programs.