Faculty and Staff Institute Professional Development Sessions

All faculty and staff are welcome at concurrent professional development sessions on Thursday, August 29.

  • 8:30 – 9:20 a.m. Session 1
  • 9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Session 2
  • 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Session 3 and poster sessions

Accessing Sessions Remotely

If you wish to attend Faculty and Staff Institute events remotely, check to see if you are enrolled in the Brightspace D2L course shell named Faculty and Staff Institute - August 2019. Many people who have attended opening events in the last two years are already enrolled in this shell.

Faculty members wishing to attend the All-Faculty Meeting on Thursday, August 29 should be enrolled in the Brightspace D2L course shell named Faculty Meeting Events 2019-20.

If you are not enrolled in the needed course shell(s), send a request to Academic Technology at att_staff@stkate.edu.

8:30–9:20 a.m., Session 1

Brand and Marketing 101

What is a market? What is a brand? And how do they apply to the work we do at St. Kate's? In this session, you'll receive an introduction to the brand and marketing work at the University — including an overview of the market research conducted in the past year and an introduction to the marketing plan and strategy for the upcoming year.

  • Presenter: Toccara Stark, Vice President, Marketing and Communications 
  • Fontbonne 108
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)

Claiming Identity and Creating Belonging: Digital Storytelling for Immigrant/Refugee Students

This session focuses on a digital storytelling project for immigrant/refugee and international students, a project that gives students agency over telling their own immigration story as well as the opportunity to reflect on and share their story with others. Grounded in identity-based ESL instruction, this kind of work leads to new competencies, greater self-confidence, social skills, and language abilities as well as helps to create a sense of belonging in a supportive community. When students feel like they belong, their motivation increases and they develop perseverance, all of which supports academic performance. Attendees will view and discuss several stories, and learn how they can incorporate best practices in multimodal literacy in their courses.

  • Presenters: Susan Bosher, Professor and Director of ESL, English Department and Amy Mars, Libraries and Archives
  • President's Dining Room
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)

Community Engaged Learning

Through this session, participants will deepen their understanding of existing and potential community-engaged learning practices, opportunities, and support within the St. Kate's landscape. Through case studies from St. Kate's staff and faculty and a scan of the broader field of community engaged learning as a high impact practice, participants will leave with resources for and reflections on ways they can deepen their own individual and collective practices and support structures for students navigating the multiple layers of community engagement opportunities during their time at St. Kate's.

  • Presenter: Emily Seru, Associate Director, Community Work and Learning
  • Mendel 101
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)
  • Will be streamed
  • Will have ASL Interpreters

Developing Program Assessment Plans

If you are a department assessment lead (DAL) or department chair, you will be reviewing or developing your program's outcomes based assessment plan (OBAP) this year. This session is meant to quickly review the basics and cover best practices, with the focus on comparing the development and assessment of student learning goals with program effectiveness goals.

  • Presenters: Jessie Lenarz, Assistant Professor, Mathematics; Diane Fittipaldi, Assistant Professor of Business Administration; and Tami McDonald, Assistant Professor of Biology  
  • Fontbonne 230
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)
  • Will have ASL Interpreters

Fostering a Culture of Scholarship at St. Kate's

Our role as teachers and facilitators of learning is overtly expressed in our mission. It is obvious daily in the movement of students between classrooms or in our conversations with each other about how the semester is going. Harder to see and less recognized is our role in the generation and dissemination of knowledge, the results of hours spent in our offices, archives, research labs, clinical settings, libraries, and studios pursuing scholarly and creative activities. What if we knew what our colleagues where studying, creating, writing, learning, or hypothesizing in those hours? What if we greeted one another by asking how our scholarship is going? What if faculty were recognized as often for their scholarship as for their teaching and service? Consider these and other questions as this session explores ways to foster a culture of scholarship at the University.

  • Presenters: Carol Geisler, Associate Professor, Holistic Health Studies; Molly Quinn Jensen, MBA, RRT, RRT-ACCS, Director of Clinical Education, Respiratory Care Program; Andrea Kalis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology; Cecilia Konchar Farr, Ph.D. Carondelet Scholar and Professor of English and Women’s Studies; Kay Tweeten, PhD, Professor and Carondelet Scholar, Department of Biology; Natasha Yates, M.A.  Assistant Professor, Department of Education 
  • Fontbonne 231
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)

Higher Ed Trends

Come learn about the higher education trends coming over the next 10-20 years. Participants will understand national demographic workforce trends, understand state demographic and workforce trends, and will learn more about the make-up of our student body and how this may change over time.

  • Presenter: Drew Melendres, SVP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • CdC 362
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.) and Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Katie Care: Recognize, Approach, and Refer

Katie Care is a short program for gatekeepers (defined as people in a position to recognize a student in distress) to respond more effectively and confidently as they recognize, approach, and refer. Moreover, Katie Care is the official University training for how to refer students to the Early Alert team (EAST) and the student affairs case manager. Attendees should plan on attending both sessions, Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Presenter: Kelli McClintick, Health Promotion Coordinator, Health and Wellness
  • Fontbonne 214
  • Session 1 Extended (8:30–10:20 a.m.)

Reserving Space for Meetings and Events

This training session is designed to offer guidance on submitting meeting and event requests through the newly implemented space reservation system. It will address the various templates available for placing requests and which types of events/spaces correlate with each request form. This session is open to all and highly recommended for anyone who is tasked with reserving space on campus.

  • Presenter: Carley Kokal, Office Coordinator-Resource Specialist, University Events
  • CdC 18
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.), Session 2 (9:30 a.m.), and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Social Justice in the Digital Sphere

This session will explore how social justice issues expand into the digital sphere with learning about the digital divide issues. The unfair access to and use of information, as they resulted in systematic deficiency of digital technologies and skills, inhibit disadvantaged people from the equal opportunity of well-being and quality of life. We will discuss the implications for the college education and our responsibilities and ways to bring this in our teaching at St. Kate's. We will provide some examples of social justice problems of digital divide/digital literacy such as net neutrality, eHealthcare and other related information access how they systematically affect underrepresented people groups. Participants will be invited to talk about similar issues in their own disciplines and work areas and to suggest ways to help in teaching our students to be better prepared with digital literacy. The discussion could include a list of digital literacy skill set, its integration to a course, or library information literacy sessions utilized for digital inclusion.

  • Presenter: Kyunghye Yoon, Associate Professor, MLIS Program
  • Mendel 106
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)
  • Will be streamed

Technology in the Classroom

What is a Tech Level 1 classroom vs a Tech Level 3 classroom? How do I use the tools available to me? How do I get support? If you have ever been frustrated using classroom technology, this is the session for you! We will cover what each tool does and give you tips for using them. You will learn about ShareLink and our new tool wePresent. There will be time for Q and A.

  • Presenter: Rodney Fillmore, Manager, Media, Media Services
  • CdC 495
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.) and Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

"To Hold On, Let Go": A Report and Conversation on Teaching from this Summer's Gathering of the Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph

Hear the struggles and insights of three faculty members attempting to connect for mission across departments and schools at St. Kate's. Think together about what St. Kate's "Catholic identity" means for our day-to-day lives as faculty members here and share your own challenges, struggles, and joys in attempting to contribute to the University's mission.

  • Presenters: Bill McDonough, Professor of Theology; Katie Campbell, Assistant Professor of Interprofessional Education and Director, WHIR Center; and Taiyon J. Coleman, Assistant Professor of English
  • Fontbonne 213
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.)

University Business Office Forms 101

We will cover FOAP structure and its importance, check request form, consultant form, transfer of funds form, University tax forms (W-9, ST3), blank W-9, payroll forms, Business Expense Policy/Procedures highlights, and how to find these forms on Service Now.

  • Presenter: Diana McGrath, Reporting and Data Analyst
  • CdC 17
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.) and Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

9:30–10:20 a.m., Session 2

Career Readiness, Internships, and Student Success

Over the past number of years, it has become clear that employers and graduate programs seek candidates who are academically strong and have developed key competencies through their experiences in and outside of the classroom. The Career Development Center uses a Career Readiness model that aligns national lists of competencies that employers are seeking with St. Kate's liberal arts outcomes. One important way in which students can develop skills and gain experiences that are valued by employers and graduate programs is through internships. St. Kate's has a vibrant and robust internship program that helps students find, develop, and engage in internships throughout the metro area, across the country, and internationally. Career Readiness, the internship program, and how students in any academic program can find great opportunities and take advantage of them will be presented in this session.

  • Presenter: Tina Wagner, Director, Career Development and Laura Zirngible, Internship Director, Career Development
  • Fontbonne 109
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Collaborating with Undergraduates — Not Just for STEM

This session is for faculty in all disciplines. This will be a panel dialogue and open discussion of strategies for including undergraduates as collaborators in your research and/or creative work. Although collaboration is the norm in many disciplines, it is not typical in many fields, especially the arts and humanities. Come learn how your colleagues across schools have been creative about involving students in scholarly work — and how that involvement has led to often unexpected outcomes for both faculty and students.

  • Presenter: Cynthia Norton, Director, Collaborative Undergraduate Research
  • Fontbonne 232
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Dear America at St. Kate’s: Strategies for Engaging Students in this Year’s One Read

Join us for a lively discussion of this year's One Read book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. In this interactive session, we will discuss multiple reading strategies to promote critical engagement with this book, do a round-up of readings, films, websites, and other activities that pair with the book's themes, and have critical discussion of how to create space to dialogue about the book in a way that promotes intersectionality and reading from different standpoints.

  • Presenter: Amy Mars and Anne Beschnett, Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarians, Libraries and Archives
  • Fontbonne 231
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Disability Resources: Partnering with Faculty

The Disability Resources team will discuss common reasonable accommodation scenarios, and the ways in which the Disability Resources team may offer support and consultation with faculty. Faculty are encouraged to bring questions.

  • Presenter: Julie Olson Rand, Assistant Director, O'Neill Center for Academic Development and Emma Steincross, Access Consultant, Disability Resources  
  • Mendel 101
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)
  • Will be streamed

Higher Ed Trends

Come learn about the higher education trends coming over the next 10-20 years. Participants will understand national demographic workforce trends, understand state demographic and workforce trends, and will learn more about the make-up of our student body and how this may change over time.

  • Presenter: Drew Melendres, SVP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • CdC 362
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.) and Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Introduction to the New stkate.edu Website

You’ll learn about why the new website was built and how user experience research played a role in how the website was designed. We will provide an overview of key features of the new website and leave plenty of time for your questions.

  • Presenter: Toccara Stark, Vice President, Marketing and Communications 
  • Fontbonne 108
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Media Relations 101

Developing and managing media relationships can be incredibly useful in promoting and raising awareness of unique programs, research, outstanding student work, and reinforce the perception of the caliber of thought leadership and expertise that thrives at St. Kate’s. Whether you are regularly contacted by members of the media, or you are interested in learning more about how to use media relations as a resource for your department, this “101” overview is a great starting point.

  • Presenter: Sarah Voigt, Media Relations Specialist
  • CdC 370
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Pregnant and Parenting Student Rights and Resources for Academic Success

Learn about St. Catherine University’s policy on Pregnant and Parenting Students under Title IX and gain strategies for working with pregnant and newly delivered students who may need accommodations.

  • Presenter: Joan Demeules and Beth Hamer, Access and Success, Sarah Schnell, Director of Human Resources Title IX Coordinator
  • Mendel 106
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Will be streamed

Purchasing How-To: P-cards, Office Supplies, Travel — CWT, and more!

Do you have questions about your P-card? Do you need office supplies but don't yet have a Staples or Amazon Business account? Do you need to book travel for yourself or someone else? In this session, your questions about these topics and more will be answered.

  • Presenter: Michael Hara, Senior Director, Purchasing and External Contracts; and Nanette Johnson, Accounts Payable Supervisor
  • CdC 19
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Reserving Space for Meetings and Events

This training session is designed to offer guidance on submitting meeting and event requests through the newly implemented space reservation system. It will address the various templates available for placing requests and which types of events/spaces correlate with each request form. This session is open to all and highly recommended for anyone who is tasked with reserving space on campus.

  • Presenter: Carley Kokal, Office Coordinator-Resource Specialist, University Events
  • CdC 18
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.), Session 2 (9:30 a.m.), and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Technology in the Classroom

What is a Tech Level 1 classroom vs a Tech Level 3 classroom? How do I use the tools available to me? How do I get support? If you have ever been frustrated using classroom technology, this is the session for you! We will cover what each tool does and give you tips for using them. You will learn about ShareLink and our new tool wePresent. There will be time for Q and A.

  • Presenter: Rodney Fillmore, Manager, Media, Media Services
  • CdC 495
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.) and Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

University Business Office Forms 101

We will cover FOAP structure and its importance, check request form, consultant form, transfer of funds form, University tax forms (W-9, ST3), blank W-9, payroll forms, Business Expense Policy/Procedures highlights, and how to find these forms on Service Now.

  • Presenter: Diana McGrath, Reporting and Data Analyst
  • CdC 17
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.) and Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Will have ASL Interpreters

Universal Design for Learning

Attend this session to learn about the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they can be incorporated into your process of course design and materials creation to increase the learning benefits to a broad group of students.

  • Presenter: Nancy Hendrickson, Director of Academic Technology, McGlynn Information Technology Services
  • President's Dining Room
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

What does Catholic Identity have to do with Inclusive Excellence?

As an expression of our Catholic identity, we are called to treat one another with respect and dignity, to listen to understand, to include, to embrace, to celebrate one another. The Charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph invites all of us to engage the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. The ten principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) provide a framework and context for how we think about and implement Inclusive Excellence at St. Catherine University. In particular, the principles of Solidarity, Human Dignity, and Promotion of Peace, Preferential Option for the Poor provide specific suggestions. Human Dignity recommends the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of Catholic Social Teaching. Solidarity suggests we are one human family whatever our national, racial ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. The principle of Peace proposes mutual respect and confidence between people and nations. By practicing CST principles in and outside the classroom, in our places of work, we are transformed, we share that with our students and grow as a community.

  • Presenter: Sharon Howell, CSJ, Mission Chair and Director, Center for Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Fontbonne 213
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

What's new with the IRB?

St. Kate's IRB chairs and coordinator will provide an overview of the IRB application process at St. Kate's (via Mentor IRB), update researchers about recent federal regulation changes (effective January 2019 and upcoming changes in January 2020), outline different review options including: Exempt, Expedited, Full, Quality Improvement projects, Program Evaluations and Cooperative Research involving multiple sits, plus discuss new research data security recommendations. This session is for anyone who conducts or oversees students who conduct human subject research.

  • Presenters: Amy McKenna, IRB Specialist, Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement, and John Schmitt, Professor, Physical Therapy
  • Fontbonne 230
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.)

10:30–11:20 a.m., Session 3

Creating Academic Plans for Students

This session will provide an overview of the Student Educational Planner (coming Fall 2019!). This tool will be used for undergraduate students entering the University Fall 2019 or later. Come and learn how to build and edit academic plans for your advisees and how these plans can help with advising, course planning, and registration. If you have already received training from the Registrar's Office and would like a refresher on using plans, please attend!

  • Presenter: Katie Kromer-Ide, Systems Specialist, Degree Works, Office of the Registrar and Taylor Yetter, Systems Specialists in the Office of the Registrar
  • Fontbonne 230
  • Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Dear America at St. Kate’s: Strategies for Engaging Students in this Year’s One Read

Join us for a lively discussion of this year's One Read book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. In this interactive session, we will discuss multiple reading strategies to promote critical engagement with this book, do a round-up of readings, films, websites, and other activities that pair with the book's themes, and have critical discussion of how to create space to dialogue about the book in a way that promotes intersectionality and reading from different standpoints.

  • Presenter: Amy Mars and Anne Beschnett, Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarians, Libraries and Archives
  • Fontbonne 231
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Disability Resources: Partnering with Faculty

The Disability Resources team will discuss common reasonable accommodation scenarios, and the ways in which the Disability Resources team may offer support and consultation with faculty. Faculty are encouraged to bring questions.

  • Presenter: Julie Olson Rand, Assistant Director, O'Neill Center for Academic Development and Emma Steincross, Access Consultant, Disability Resources  
  • Mendel 101
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)
  • Will be streamed

Faculty Evaluation Process for Formal Reviews, Promotion, and Sabbatical Requests 

This session is strongly recommended for faculty submitting two-year, four-year, or six-year tenure reviews, applying for promotion, or for sabbatical this year. It is also recommended for faculty who will be serving as an evaluation chair or as a peer reviewer on an evaluation committee. Guidelines and suggestions will be presented to help faculty effectively highlight teaching, scholarship, and service via the self-narrative, support materials, and peer and chair evaluation.

  • Presenters: Kim Ha, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Joshua Guggenheimer, Exercise Science, 2019-2020 co-chairs of UFEPT
  • Fontbonne 214
  • Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Media Relations 101

Developing and managing media relationships can be incredibly useful in promoting and raising awareness of unique programs, research, outstanding student work, and reinforce the perception of the caliber of thought leadership and expertise that thrives at St. Kate’s. Whether you are regularly contacted by members of the media, or you are interested in learning more about how to use media relations as a resource for your department, this “101” overview is a great starting point.

  • Presenter: Sarah Voigt, Media Relations Specialist
  • CdC 370
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Purchasing How-To: P-cards, Office Supplies, Travel — CWT, and more!

Do you have questions about your P-card? Do you need office supplies but don't yet have a Staples or Amazon Business account? Do you need to book travel for yourself or someone else? In this session, your questions about these topics and more will be answered.

  • Presenter: Michael Hara, Senior Director, Purchasing and External Contracts
  • CdC 19
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)
  • Will have ASL Interpreters

Reserving Space for Meetings and Events

This training session is designed to offer guidance on submitting meeting and event requests through the newly implemented space reservation system. It will address the various templates available for placing requests and which types of events/spaces correlate with each request form. This session is open to all and highly recommended for anyone who is tasked with reserving space on campus.

  • Presenter: Carley Kokal, Office Coordinator-Resource Specialist, University Events
  • CdC 18
  • Session 1 (8:30 a.m.), Session 2 (9:30 a.m.), and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Study Abroad 101

This session gives an overview of how to develop and offer a study abroad course. It will include best practices, funding opportunities, and the proposal process and timeline.

  • Presenter: Raine de Campeau, Director, Office of Global Studies
  • Mendel 106
  • Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)
  • Will be streamed

Sustainability Efforts at St. Catherine University

From honey bees and community gardens to feeding food-insecure students to protecting pollinators — this session will discuss attempts to increase campus participation and awareness in the interrelationships between pollinator health and student/campus health through the intersection of keeping bees and tending gardens. Participants will come away with an enhanced knowledge of our campus pollinators, how they contribute to growing food, and how their protected health contributes to our ability to lead more full and health-centered lives. They will gain insight into how students have been leading these campus as classroom projects and how they can participate as individuals and educators in the efforts to make our campus a more sustainable community.

  • Presenter: Chris Palahniuk, Laboratory Manager, Biology
  • Fontbonne 213
  • Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)

Universal Design for Learning

Attend this session to learn about the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they can be incorporated into your process of course design and materials creation to increase the learning benefits to a broad group of students.

  • Presenter: Nancy Hendrickson, Director of Academic Technology, McGlynn Information Technology Services
  • President's Dining Room
  • Session 2 (9:30 a.m.) and Session 3 (10:30 a.m.)