Register for Colleague Development Days Fall 2024

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Welcome to the registration hub for the Fall 2024 Colleague Development Days event. Registrations for online events on day three are still open!

To select sessions that you plan to attend, click on the Add to Cart button for each session. Please choose and register for only one event from each time block. You will see the sessions you have selected in your cart. Please be sure to click on the Checkout button once you have added all sessions/events to your cart that you wish to attend. The Checkout button is located at the bottom of your cart and contains your session list on the top right side of the page. Once, complete you should receive an email reflecting your selected sessions. You may edit your session selections if needed.

The full schedule and list of descriptions can be found below. Please download it for your convenience.

DAY ONE: AUGUST 20, 2024

A: 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (60 min. sessions)

Session A1: Derivatives of Daily Life – Understanding Community Engagement as Culture, History, and Art

Presenter: Sarida Scott

Session Description: Community engagement is everywhere. From planning to projects to community-engaged learning. It is popular and how it is done is quite varied. Community development is often viewed as activities. How can we connect with “community”? What information do we need? What are we trying to achieve? As a result, it often feels performative and extractive. This session will challenge common beliefs regarding community engagement. As opposed to thinking of engagement as isolated activities, we will explore it as everyday life. Community engagement is an understanding of culture, history, and the intersection and relationship between art and life.

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Session A2: Ergonomic Workplace Designs for Health, Wellness, and Productivity

Presenter: Ahmed Radwan

Session Description: Office workers are often in prolonged static postures for long hours. Such postures and tasks used by office workers are often dictated by the mismatch between workers and their chairs, desks, and the computers they use. This can increase the incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and can be associated with lost productivity, increased health care costs, and disability. This presentation will focus on workplace ergonomic and wellness strategies that can minimize the risks of developing MSDs for office workers.

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Session A3: Water is Sacred, Water is Life: Living our Mercy and Jesuit Mission for Water Affordability and Access

Presenters: E. Prasad Venugopal, Sr. Mary Ellen Howard, Sisters of the Mercy of the Americas: Sylvia Orduno, Peoples Water Board Coalition: Kimberly Redigan, Pax Christi Morgan

Session Description: The Ojibwe teach us that “water is life” – a recognition of the interconnected relationships that water has with every living thing on Earth. In turn, the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ recognize that “access to safe drinking water is a basic and universal human right” consistent with the “inalienable dignity” of all persons.

Participants will learn the history of grassroots movements for safe and affordable water in Detroit and other cities; hear of the personal experiences of local citizens affected by a denial of their water rights; and take action to promote the creation of a statewide water affordability program.

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B: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (60 min. sessions)

Session B1: Introduction to Systems Thinking

Presented by: Chelsea Manning

Session Description: Join TENN to learn about systems thinking and how it can be used to increase students’ understanding of systemic issues on any justice topic. This session will include a brief introduction to systems thinking, a demonstration of a systems mapping activity, and support options for those interested in utilizing the methodology.

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Session B2: Under-represented Architects: An Architecture Faculty Sabbatical Research Project

Presenters: Allegra Pitera

Session Description: The intention of this presentation is to touch on my sabbatical research this year: architecture created by under-represented architects. I consider “under-represented” as BIPOC, women, and those who identify outside of the gender binary. In support of the Detroit Mercy Mission, I focus on public architecture and spaces that make a broader impact. This impact could be through community engagement, social justice, historical framework, and/or cultural place-making. I intend to weave this research in architecture history and theory class conversations, broadening the lens through which we assess and evaluate how and what defines the “canon” and significant architecture and architects.

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Session B3: Community-Based Research: An Evidence-Based Approach

Presenters: Tahani Dari

Session Description: This session will explore ways to incorporate community-based research as a researcher into your work with diverse populations (whether in a university or community setting). This session will discuss preliminary results of a Delphi Study focused on a community-based participatory research approach, that resulted in the development of competencies in the areas of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and actions. This emerging approach could reduce the gap between research and practice by integrating the research efforts of faculty, students, and community members.

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Colleague Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (60 min.)

Please be sure to register for lunch. We appreciate your assistance as we plan for the event.

Lunch in the Library

Join your colleagues for camaraderie and collegiality. Feel free to dine indoors or enjoy the beauty of the campus (weather permitting).

Please RSVP for lunch to help in planning for the event.

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C: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (75 min. sessions)

Session C1: Faculty Research Award – Best Practices and Next Steps

Presenters: Staci Kenno, Lee Eshelman, Klaus Friedrich

Session Description:

Have you been applying for FRA and been unsuccessful?
Are you a new faculty member and need research funds?
Have you been awarded FRA and want to provide feedback?
This session is for you!

Members of the FRA Committee will give a presentation as to the issues and best practices we have found over the past couple of years in the hopes that it will help all faculty strengthen their future proposals. We will also have a question-and-answer period to allow faculty to ask questions and provide feedback to the committee on the implementation of Cayuse and the process in general.

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Session C2: CETL Session

Presenters:  Michael Verdusco, Erin Bell

Session Description:

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Session C3: Flames of Innovation: Exploring FIRE Grant Outcomes

Presenters: Mary-Catherine Harrison, Stacy Gnall, Janet Joiner, Kelli Frost, Nour Lyon

Session Description: Join this dynamic session, which closely examines grant initiatives within Detroit Mercy. Five esteemed faculty members and awardees of the FIRE Grant (Finding Innovation & Results in Education) share their transformative experiences, illuminating how the grant has reshaped their educational approach within the University.

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D: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (75 min. sessions)

Session D1: Small Acts, Big Impacts: Unpacking Microaggressions

Presenter: Courtney A. Griffin

Session Description: The goal will be to identify microaggressions in both subtle and overt forms to gain a deeper understanding of their impact. Together we will walk through case studies of various microaggressions, identify responses, how to respond and how not to commit microaggressions.

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Session D2: Learning by Doing: A Role-Playing Case Study Workshop

Presenters: Diego Arias

Session Description: In this session, we will engage in a meticulously designed role-playing case study for business students, immersing participants in a business ethics scenario. Through real-time decision-making, attendees will grasp the complexities of ethical dilemmas within a business context. We will reflect on experiential learning’s effectiveness in honing critical thinking and ethical awareness. Join us for an immersive journey, exploring firsthand insights and practical applications of experiential learning.

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Session D3: What is Transformative Learning? How does it support Community Engaged Learning?

Presenter: Claudia Bernasconi

Session Description: This presentation includes an overview of transformative learning, including it definition and its ontological (“who we are”) and epistemological (“who we create knowledge” or more broadly “how we learn”) implications. What is the potential of transformative learning and why is it valuable? How can in-the-classroom and outside-of-the-classroom education support it? These questions will be addressed through examples from two courses in the graduate architecture program. The presentation will also include a discussion of critical approaches to service learning (critical service learning), civically engaged learning (civically engaged critically learning), and community-engaged learning, and how these approaches overlap with and are supported by transformative learning. The presentation concludes with considerations regarding the disciplinary, deontological, and ethical aspects of transformative learning.

 

For more on the topic, here is a sample recent publication: Bernasconi, C., & Blume, L. B. (2023). A Synechistic Conceptualization of Othering: Social Ontological Questions in Service Learning. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 29:2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3998/mjcsl.3672

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E: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (75 min. sessions)

Session E1: Community Engaged Learning Proposal Workshop

Presenters: Fr. Tim Hipskind, Sigrid Streit

Session Description: This will be a collaborative session in which participants will work with presenters, each other, and faculty coaches to develop proposals for Community Engaged Learning Courses. All faculty who teach CEL courses now and/or are considering teaching them in the future are being asked to submit these proposals as a way of working through how we can move together from the way Service-Learning courses were taught to the new CEL framework. There will be short presentations to introduce each section of the proposal and a lot of time for each faculty member to interact with others to brainstorm, share ideas about how to handle certain challenges, and recognize what infrastructure is needed to support CEL.

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Session E2: Exercises and Techniques to Enhance Student Creativity

Presenter: Jonathan Weaver

Session Description: It is easy to ask students to “be creative” or “think out of the box.” It is much more difficult to give them classroom experiences that show the limitations of their current thinking while providing some concrete takeaways to enhance their ability to think differently in the future. Come experience some creativity-related classroom activities the facilitator uses in an (engineering) Innovation & Creativity course that could be easily used as is or adapted to meet the needs of any instructor in any discipline wanting to improve the creativity of their students.

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Session E3: Find your Fulbright Fit: Expanded Opportunities for Community-Engaged Learning Abroad

Presenters: Lara Wasner, Stokes Baker, Shardé Chapman, Gail Presbey, Sarida Scott

Session Description: Fulbright programs carry a certain prestige valued in academic circles. These high-impact overseas study and research opportunities directly related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Today’s Fulbright awards are more inclusive, engaging, and accessible than ever, offering faculty, administrators, and even students the opportunity to conduct overseas research, collaborate on professional projects, and impact their world through community-engaged learning abroad. This session introduces attendees to many Fulbright awards offered annually. Search the database with us, conduct a country and discipline search, explore the benefits of conducting overseas research, and hear from colleagues about how these programs have shaped scholarship in dynamic ways. This session will provide an overview of Fulbright and Fulbright Hays opportunities open to university faculty, administrators, students, and young professionals. These include summer seminars abroad and semester-longer term research and/or teaching opportunities. We will share tips on conducting program searches, preparing solid applications that meet deadlines, and engage reviewers. Recent Fulbright and Fulbright Hays awardees will share recent experiences, insights, and how these international collaborative opportunities enhanced teaching and learning in meaningful ways.

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Day Two: August 21, 2024

F: 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. (60 min. sessions)

Session F1: Exploring the Landscape: Navigating the Pros and Cons of Open Educational Resources

Presenters: Rebecca Tull, Jill Turner

Session Description: The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education has steadily been gaining traction since its inception in the late 1990s. Many institutions of higher education are focusing on adopting these resources to offset some of the rising costs of higher education. Faculty who are interested in utilizing OERs in the classroom need to be aware of the overall impact of these resources for both students and faculty to make informed decisions for their classrooms. In this session, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of adopting OERs, copyright opportunities and implications, common misconceptions, repositories, and other sites for locating and assessing OERs. OERs may be considered an expression of UDM’s mission and values.

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Session F2: A Trauma-Informed Environment

Presenter: Patrice Wade-Olson, Andrea Kwasky

Session Description: This session will provide an overview of trauma-informed principles and how they impact our campus environment. Adverse effects of trauma can impact an individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional and/or spiritual well-being. In line with the mission of UDM, we will offer student-centered practical strategies to bring awareness of the need for trauma informed care principles practices in the classroom setting and beyond.

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Session F3: Six Innovative Ways to Integrate AI into Your Curriculum Using AIAS Levels

Presenters: Phillip Olla, Mary Serowski

Session Description: Explore the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education through our structured AI Integration Levels in Academic Learning (AIAS). This workshop will guide educators through six strategic levels of AI integration, each designed to progressively enhance the teaching and learning experience. From AI Prohibition, where the focus is on foundational learning without AI assistance, through Knowledge Acquisition and Idea Origination, to more advanced levels like Assignment Enhancement, AI Critique and Reflection, and the pinnacle of AI Collaboration and Co-Creation. Attendees will learn to implement these levels effectively, ensuring ethical application and maximizing educational outcomes. This session is ideal for educators seeking a comprehensive framework to incorporate AI into their curriculum, fostering a future-ready learning environment.

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G: 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (75 min. sessions)

Session G1: Introduction to Micro-Credentials

Presenters: Katy Snyder, Mike Verdusco

Session Description: 

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Session G2: AI in the Writing-Intensive Classroom: Friend or Foe?

Presenters: Lauren Rinke, Erin Bell, Elena Garcia, Sigrid Streit

Session Description: The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) writing tools presents both opportunities and challenges for instructors of writing-intensive classes. This session will explore practical strategies for navigating AI in the classroom. We aim to equip faculty with practical tools and strategies to navigate the changing landscape of writing instruction in the age of AI. By fostering open discussion and collaboration, we can collectively explore the potential of AI to enhance student learning while ensuring the integrity of academic writing.

 

We will begin by addressing participant concerns and clarifying the functionalities of AI writing tools. The session will then delve into two schools of thought: those opposed to AI and those advocating for its responsible integration. We will explore how AI can impact the development of higher-level writing skills and discuss strategies to discourage its misuse.

 

The focus then shifts to practical solutions. We will explore techniques for scaffolding the writing process, designing assignments that minimize AI dependence, designing assignments that effectively utilize the affordances of AI, and identifying AI-generated content through diagnostics and “tells.” Strategies for assessment in the online environment, including pre- and post-course diagnostics, lockdown browsers, and transparency about AI detection methods, will be addressed. Google History and “Trojan Horse” techniques, and other tools for identifying AI use, will also be presented.

 

Finally, we will discuss methods for upholding plagiarism policies through open communication with students. The session will conclude with examples of how to incorporate AI responsibly into writing instruction and a Q&A after group discussions.

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Session G3: Student Accessibility Services Training: Working with Students registered with SAS

Presenters:  Felicia Hartinger, Lauri Moore

Session Description: Participants will learn about current Student Accessibility Services (SAS) policies and procedures along with best practices for compliance. The presentation includes information regarding what students need to do if they need academic accommodations. Accommodations given to students will also be discussed, including our new notetaking software, Otter ai, available to students who qualify for this accommodation per ADA guidelines.

 

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H: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.(60 min. sessions)

Session H1: How Do URec?

Presenter: Michael Wynn, Allen Seales, Chris Richardson

Session Description: Join us for Colleague Development Day: University Recreation Edition.  How do URec? Learn more about how we plan to enhance faculty, staff, and student engagement and wellness. You will not want to miss this opportunity to network with peers, share fun ideas, and drive positive change in your campus community. See you there!

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Session H2: Integration of Marketing & Communications on McNichols Campus—An Overview

Presenter: Gary Edwin

Session Description: To provide full-service, in-house marketing of our student-centered undergraduate and graduate education, Detroit Mercy initiated an integration process as part of its operations. This effort represents a new structure and operational model for the institution based on collaboration and partnership between academic units and departments. The purpose is to enhance services and functions by identifying areas where enterprise management and collaboration benefit both our desire to pursue the greater good and our need to be effective stewards of our resources. To ensure success, this process involves members from across the University to help develop implementation recommendations.

During the spring of 2023, the Marketing & Communications Department (MarCom) convened an internal work group comprised of deans and administrators and led by the AVP of MarCom to examine the integration of marketing and communications work across the academic units and departments on the McNichols Campus. This effort has led to the creation of the Marketing & Communications Enterprise Group (MEG). The proposal was submitted to the President’s Council for review in January 2024 and following minor amendments to process and design, was approved for implementation in the spring.

Specifically, the goals of the MEG are to increase information sharing; raise the quality of marketing and communications products and services; enhance collaboration and partnership; ensure consistency of messaging and brand across the University; establish more efficiency in marketing and communications expenditures; and aid in more efficient measurement of return-on-investment (ROI) practices.

This presentation will be convened by three to four members of the MarCom Dept. and provide a general overview and summary of MarCom Integration and the resulting creation of the Marketing & Communications Enterprise Group (MEG), which will serve as a new model of collaboration, partnership and operations within the marketing and communications function of the University’s McNichols Campus. This new model also provides the potential for cross-fertilization of new ideas and information sharing.

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Session H3: Route to Regulation

Presenter: Sydney Gordinier

Session Description:  Beginning of the fall semester causing some stress? Join us as we discover powerful ways to help regulate our nervous system. Acute and chronic stress leads our bodies to work in the sympathetic state which can have extremely negative effects on our well-being. During this 60-minute workshop, we will discuss and practice four different stress management techniques: acupressure, qigong, emotional freedom technique, and desk yoga. Adding these short bursts of nervous system regulation throughout the day can add up to have an enormous beneficial effect on your mental well-being, happiness, and health. These practices are quick, easy, and can be done almost anywhere.

This workshop is meant to be an introduction to these practices and we will provide you with resources if you wish to continue your journey of nervous system regulation with a certain practice. Please come dressed in comfortable clothing. We look forward to relaxing with you!

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I: 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (60 min. online sessions)

Session I1: From Pilgrimage to Pedagogy: Translating Service Experiences into Mission-Driven Educational Practices

Presenters: Renee Courtney, Nadine Wodwaski

Session Description: This presentation explores the profound journey of a parallel Lourdes pilgrimage, undertaken with nursing students serving the malades alongside the Order of Malta, as a catalyst for broader educational transformation. The pilgrimage, emblematic of compassion, service, and personal growth, sets the stage for a discussion on how such transformative experiences can be mirrored through service learning within academic settings. At the heart of our narrative is the recognition of service as a powerful vehicle for fostering empathy, resilience, and a deepened sense of mission among students. By drawing on the pilgrimage’s lessons of selflessness, community engagement, and spiritual growth, we propose a framework for faculty across disciplines to integrate service learning into their curriculum, aiming to achieve analogous outcomes without the necessity of travel.

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Session I2: Classroom to Career: Connecting with Career Services to Support Students' Transition into the Workforce

Presenters: Tracey Knowles, Nicole Scott

Session Description: Hiring trends for new college graduates have drastically changed over the last four years, it is crucial for educators to understand how to support students in their pursuit of a successful career. This session will explore the current state of today’s job market and how recruitment events impact Detroit Mercy graduates.  The discussion will highlight career readiness strategies and provide an overview of the competency gaps employers identify in new hires, based on research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Facilitators will also discuss ways to partner with CCPD to offer continued career development opportunities for students.

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J: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. (75 min. online sessions)

Session J1: Beacon: Stay Ahead with Early Alerts

Presenter: Erica Graze

Session Description: Now that Beacon has been in service for several semesters, we will provide some updates about how Beacon has been successfully utilized to help boost student success and retention. The session will also provide participants an overall review of the features of Beacon along with tutorials on how to create an alert, create an update, and to lower alerts. The session will also touch on other features in Beacon including the reporting and notification system, Student Success Inventory survey, and student profiles. It will also demonstrate how Beacon receives student activity information recorded in Detroit Mercy Live.

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Session J2: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Presenters: Nour Lyon, Robi Thomas, Andrea Kwasky, Erika Budson

Session Description: The College of Health Professions in collaboration with the Wellness Center will be presenting Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. Participants will learn about the three simple steps to help save a life from suicide. Gatekeepers will be trained to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help. Mental health resources will also be provided.

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Important information about online sessions: Please note, when attendees register for online sessions (and check out), they will receive a Zoom link to the session via email. They will also receive reminders about the sessions closer to the event. Please use the Zoom links provided in the registration confirmation to join each session.
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