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Online Professional Development Symposium, August 12, 2020

Participants in the Online Professional Development Symposium will learn about programs and activities designed for full- and part-time faculty and staff development, including best practices and tools they can bring back and apply at their institution. This Online Symposium will also be an opportunity to network with others responsible for the planning, programming, and communication of professional development programs. 

Individual Registration*

Registration Type Early Registration
(on or before July 31, 2020)
Late Registration
(after July 31, 2020)
Member $149 $199
Non Member $199 $249
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*The purchase of an Individual Registration provides access to the live online presentations as well as the archive recordings.


10:00 a.m. (CDT). Developing Your Part-Time Faculty: They Matter!
Most faculty development opportunities are focused on full-time faculty, neglecting those who teach many of our students—part-time faculty. Finding ways to engage part-time faculty can be challenging. This session provides one approach to engaging adjuncts in faculty development opportunities that not only creates a sense of belonging and improved teaching, but ultimately changes lives. New and seasoned faculty developers and administrators benefit from engaging in this discussion.
Carmen Mercedez, Director, Faculty Development (Mathematics); Kevin Ann Kelsmark, Leader, Faculty Development, Alamo Colleges District

11:00 a.m. (CDT). Guided Strategies to Increase Faculty Attendance at Professional Development Activities!
This session provides participants with practical ideas and creative tips for achieving greater faculty involvement in professional development (PD) initiatives. Access information from Confederation College that identifies critical beginning steps that lead to success, specific strategies for marketing your PD for greater faculty attendance, and resilience strategies for when PD fails. Receive helpful ideas you can bring back to your educational community.
Jennifer Andersen, Resource Specialist, Communications, Confederation College

12:00 p.m. (CDT). A Conceptual Framework for Variables Influencing Faculty Development
Numerous models of faculty development have been described in literature. There is often significant overlap in such models, and commonly, the complex set of factors that influence faculty development are excluded. Participants consider a conceptual framework for faculty development that attempts to identify the numerous factors influencing developmental activity.
Mike Gillespie, Associate Vice President, Learning and Teaching, Sask Polytechnic; Desalyn De-Souza, Associate Dean, Human Services, SUNY Empire State College

1:00 p.m. (CDT). Earning Your Stripes: How One Institution Revamped Professional Development
Tired of people talking at you? Do faculty members at your college feel that professional development presentations are something to be endured, and maybe even resented? During this session, the presenters share how they changed from a “Professional Development Calendar” to a holistic approach involving relevant, self-selected, and convenient activities to develop employees, the campus, and the district they serve.
Kelli Hefner, Vice President, Planning and Research; Amber Nelms, Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Northeast Mississippi Community College


Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation and refund requests for the Online Professional Development Symposium must be received prior to July 29, 2020. A refund of the online conference fee, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by July 29, 2020. NISOD also regrets that refunds will not be given after July 29, 2020 or for no-shows. However, we are pleased to credit your registration toward another online conference. In addition, substitutions are gladly accepted. A transfer of your full registration is permitted prior to the online conference by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley by July 29, 2020. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Campus Access License

A Campus Access License grants permission for the purchaser to download the recordings of all of the NISOD Online Convenings to a password-protected network, server, or website on their campus for unlimited staff use.