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2021 Conference Schedule

The MSU Denver Professional Development Conference is a four-day conference which will take place virtually with sessions in the morning and afternoon and is open to all faculty, staff and student employees. The week features workshops presented by your peers and a keynote speaker to frame the week’s activities.



Monday, May 24, 2021

1 8:30-9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Travis Heath, Ph.D. Rob Ingle Register   
2 9:30-10:30 a.m. Beyond the Cognitive: Tapping into the potential of the affective domain. Shalini Srinivasan  Luci Conde Register  The pursuit of character education, and behavioral competence requires exploration beyond the cognitive domain. Affect is complexly intertwined with thinking and affective engagement in tandem with cognitive mastery are essential to promote caring communities within and outside the classroom. 
3 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Eye of the Hurricane; How to maintain calm and practice self-care in a busy culture. Annie Butler  Rebecca Dobbin Register  We are part of a culture that encourages busy-ness, a hectic pace, and challenging workloads. What steps can we take to slow down, practice good self-care, and engage in our work in a way that feels fulfilling? Join us for fascinating research, recommendations, and discussion.
4 10:45 -11:45 a.m. How might we use university design talent towards envisioning a sustainable community? Amy Kern  Scott Bergman Register  Design Thinking has been used to frame sustainable community initiatives in social impact. How can we gather primary stakeholder’s firsthand experiences and use them to fuel collaboration for change? Tools and mindsets can push innovation and rigorous adoption of ‘Lean’ principles can help. 
5 10:45 -11:45 a.m.  Student Affairs Support in the Academic Classroom: Faculty Interventions for Improved Outcomes. Lunden MacDonald, Randi Brazeau, Mark Baccei Luci Conde Register  Faculty at MSU Denver are bridging the gap between Student and Academic Affairs by integrating support measures into their course design. They will discuss their research study that intends to determine if the formal integration of student success measures as credit-bearing elements of a course.
6 10:45 -11:45 a.m.  Addressing Conflict: Cultivating Ethics of Care in the Workplace  Soj Sirivanchai,  Netty Rodriguez, Javonne Archibeque Faith Fitzgerald Register  Experiencing conflict in the workplace? Looking for an excuse to miss that important meeting? Attend this session to hear how one office on campus transformed their work environment from a place of tension to a place of care.   
Lunch noon-12:45 p.m. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch.  Be sure to return for the next round of sessions.
7 1-2 p.m. Trauma Informed Self Care and Compassion. Erin Ulrich  Scott Bergman Register  What does it mean to be a trauma informed individual and how can this impact your relationship with peers, students, and yourself? Learn to recognize signs of past trauma and use as a lens to promote student success and empowerment, and avoid burnout at MSU Denver.  


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

8 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Strategies for Cross-Systems Change Geared to the Community's Stage of Development. Jo Johnson  Rob Ingle Register  How can we develop strategies to create cross-systems change that builds community capacity for collaboration / change? Simple applications of two key concepts will be presented: Harwood's Community Rhythms and the blending of ecological perspective with the bio-psycho-social-spiritiual assessment.  
9 10:45-11:45 a.m. Creating Scholarship Programs: Five Steps to Increasing Opportunity, Diversity, and Community. Christie Hartman, PhD, Tai Hong Kim, Thuyvi Vo, Yonahiza Estrada  Marcia Walsh-Aziz Register  This workshop will discuss the steps involved in creating a scholarship program that can be adapted to your department or program. It will cover everything from obtaining funding to creating an evaluation plan, and will include Q&A time. Three of MSU’s Health Scholar Programs will serve as example. 
10 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Removing Barriers to Learning through Social Annotation. Meredith Flynn, Ann Oberman  Rob Ingle Register  Social annotation improves reading comprehension and critical thinking and engages students in reading assignments. Hear how faculty are using the Canvas social annotation application, available to all MSU Denver faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to use the software. 
Lunch noon-12:45 p.m. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch.  Be sure to return for the next round of sessions.
11 1-2 p.m. Embedding Trauma Informed Teaching Practices into University Coursework. Dorothy Shapland, Ingrid Carter, Megan Brennan  Laylonda Maines Register  In this session we will share our how we embedded instruction about Trauma Informed Practices (TIP) into teacher preparation courses. We will highlight our collaboration with a community partner and how we constructed learning environments and facilitated instruction with university students. 
12 1-2 p.m. Faculty and Staff Roles in Student Retention from a Critical Perspective. Chereka Dickerson, Ally Garcia,   Rebecca Dobbin Register  Focuses on the role MSU Denver faculty and staff play in creating inclusive environments for students, and offers critical theoretical perspectives on these practices, policies, and procedures. 
13 1-2 p.m. Practical and Valuable: Internships that Support Student Job Placement  Kimberley Coburn  Luci Conde Register  This session examines how a paid internship can support your department's needs and help prepare students for the workplace. Need help with data, website management, marketing, etc? Internships that align with a student's field of study are great opportunities to care for our student community! 


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

14 9:30-10:30 a.m. Faculty and Staff Support Learning in Autistic Students at MSU Denver. Siva priya Santhanam, Steve Alan Krizman, Shellee Dyer, Ruby Matheny  Lori McKinney Register  This workshop will include a panel of 10-14 faculty and staff who participated in the year-long faculty learning community on supporting learning in students on the autism spectrum. We will share data-based outcomes, our experiences, lessons learned, strategies, and videos with the larger university audience. 
15  9:30-10:30 a.m.  Continuous Improvement: Accessibility and Inclusivity in the MSW Program. Jo Daugherty Bailey, Amy Middleton  Luci Conde Register The MSW Program endeavors to disrupt institutional barriers and build accessibility and inclusivity into their practices. This workshop will engage participants in a discussion of practices and encourage all to share their experiences in building effective student-centered systems. 
16 10:45-11:45 a.m. Nurturing our Teaching and Learning with Open Educational Resources. Emily Ragan,   Rebecca Dobbin Register  Open Educational Resources (OER) are free for students and faculty to use and can be customized. Some OER replace traditional textbooks while others are resources that can support specific learning objectives. This session explores how can faculty use OER in a way that nurtures their teaching goals. 
17  10:45-11:45 a.m.  Voice Care in the Age of Covid. Paula McGuire  Marcia Walsh-Aziz Register  The Covid pandemic has put new demands on voice use, resulting in fatigue, discomfort, hoarseness, and weakness for many. In this workshop, you will learn how to “put your best voice forward” by addressing best practices in voice use, including breathing, articulation, posture, and hydration. 
18  10:45-11:45 a.m.  Diamonds in the Rough: Building a Resilient Team. Amy Middleton, Claire Alfus, Bailee Bannon Murray, Caitlin Plamp Kelly Huang Register  The hidden gem is you and your team! Join the Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration and Finance from Metropolitan State University of Denver as we share how we created, refined, and polished a graduate enrollment management (GEM) team that now not only welcomes change, but thrives when faced with it.  Learn about the development of our team from concept, to mission and vision development, to being viewed as campus leaders in GEM.  Acquire tools to help you develop the strengths of your team both individually and collectively, identify and communicate your team’s profound role and positive impact, and watch your team develop from diamonds in the rough to brilliant GEMs. 
Lunch noon-12:45 p.m. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch.  Be sure to return for the next round of sessions.
19 1-2 p.m. First 5 Minutes, 5 days, 5 months.... Engaging Students. Sue Barnd, Nhu Nguyen,  Laylonda Maines Register  Participants will strategize, devise and plan multiple ways to engage students to commit to their learning from the first 5 minutes, to the first 5 days, throughout a 5-month semester. This session will encourage participants to examine multiple ways to interact with students. 
20  1-2 p.m. How we learn: mindset and bandwidth discussions the first week of class. Ben Dyhr  Faith Fitzgerald Register  A framework for a first-week-of-class introduction to learning theories, in particular concepts of mindset and cognitive bandwidth, is introduced. This scalable activity builds classroom community and provides a basis for communication with vulnerable students. 
21  1-2 p.m. National Update on Sexual Assault and Trauma.  Jo Johnson  Brandy Swanson Register  Come and hear what Jo Johnson found in a 3 year search into the needs and strengths of sexual assault response / trauma recovery. She spoke with service providers from over 30 states, listenened in on the progress of national initiatives and gathered the latest research from 7  top universities. 


Thursday, May 27, 2021

22 9:30-10:30 a.m. Checking In: Strategies toward building rapport and retention. Jordan Morgan  Lori McKinney Register  This session, I'll discuss strategies and processes on checking in with students and coworkers. This can rapidly increase retention and motivation. Through the habit loop, communication and NASPA/ACPA guidelines we can all improve our work experience and cultivate retention with our community. 
23 10:45-11:45 a.m. Teaching, Advising, and Serving Low Income Students at MSU Denver. Evelynn Guzman de Leon, Gregor Mieder Scott Bergman Register  Staff from the Center for Equity and Student Achievement will share strategies to use when serving our low-income student population. Research comes from the book "Recognizing and Serving Low-Income Students in Higher Education: An examination of Institutional Policies, Practices, and Culture." 
24 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Beyond belonging: Hosting Roadrunners Reimagine Possible with playbooks, lookbooks, and tech tools. Annjanette Alejano-Steele, Karla Horgan Arévalo, Tai Hong Kim, Thuyvi Vo  Rebecca Dobbin Register  The Health Institute Health Scholars programs focus on radical inclusion and engagement. Join us for a real-time class followed by a "session flip" for details behind the scenes. Come gather design tools to cultivate supportive communities using Roadrunners Reimagine Possible curriculum! 
25 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Just in Time Teaching - A 21st Century Teaching Technique. Jeff Loats  Luci Conde Register  Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is an effective, evidence-based technique that creates fast, effective feedback loops. Want better-prepared students? Want insight into their thinking? JiTT can increase the quality and quantity of contact between students and instructors and deserves your consideration. 
Lunch noon-12:45 p.m. Take a break and enjoy a nice lunch.  Be sure to return for the next round of sessions. 
26 1-2 p.m. A chance to ramble with Fleck and Campbell. Bethany Fleck Dillen Brandy Swanson Register This session provides faculty an informal way to communicate with Faulty Senate President Dr. Katia Campbell and Faculty Trustee Dr. Bethany Fleck Dillen. Four questions will guide the discussion on remote instruction, the safe return to campus, SRI's and becoming an antiracist campus. 
27 1-2 p.m. Fostering Student Success Through High-Impact, Customized and Supportive Field Placement Experiences Jessica Retrum,  Susie Ryder Kelly Huang Register  Field placement experience is the signature pedagogue of social work education. MSU Denver's Department of Social Work has a unique, tested and supportive structure that maximize positive outcomes. Attendees will learn procedures, workflow, relationships and processes important for student success. 
28 2:15-3:00 p.m.
Closing (Fireside Chat)
Janine Davidson, Ph.D. Rob Ingle Register   


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