Poster Sessions


Assessment Following Professional Development: A Program that Works
Jennifer Redd, San Jose State University

Professional development programs offer faculty members a way to enhance and revitalize their pedagogical practices. Often an aspect lacking in the process is a method to gather assessment information relating to the impact of the program on actual practices and subsequent student learning outcomes. As a result, a program was developed to provide a supported structure for conducting research on the pedagogical changes made, offering a unique blend of faculty innovation and support to encourage the implementation of new teaching and technological strategies that lead to student success.


Executive Coaching and Leadership Development for Academic Deans
David Bertrand, Southern Methodist University

This exploratory, qualitative study sought to learn if executive coaching is an effective strategy to swiftly and ably prepare deans for the unique requirements of the position, as well as to equip them with and/or improve transformational leadership skills. Results were favorable towards coaching and showed associations in transformational leadership to be strongest in the component of intellectual stimulation. Deans also described improvements in empathetic behavior, self-awareness, and self-care—outcomes that suggest deans received value on a personal level and not just professionally. As perceived by the deans, coaches achieved these outcomes by the superior quality of their listening skills, their ability to offer useful perspectives, and by building trust.


Global Health and Educational Enhancement in Nursing
Jeong O, Pasadena City College and SookJa Yang, Ewha Womans University

The nursing research team at the Ewha Womans University (EWU) received funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency to empower the capacity of nursing education in Cambodia. Nursing education in Cambodia is extremely limited, in which it complicates the need for highly skilled nurses, educators, and leaders. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum has been developed by the EWU and University of Health Sciences. The working group was formed to develop an MSN curriculum, which includes the historic review of nursing education in Cambodia and need assessment of the MSN program. We will share our experience with other research programs, colleges, and universities.


Implementation of a Successful Program Assessment Process
Martina Reinhold and Theresa Bacon-Baguley, Grand Valley State University

The poster session describes implementation of a program assessment process at a Midwest Physician Assistant program. Chaired by the Assistant Program Director for Assessment, the Program Review Committee (PRC) is tasked with the oversight of data collection, tabulation, and review. Communication between the PRC and chairs of respective program committees initiates the analysis and development of action plans for committee specific issues. Analysis, any action plan and outcomes, are recorded in an annual self-assessment report allowing for the examination of trends over time and the identification of program strengths and weaknesses, followed by appropriate (if necessary) improvement plans.


Leading Cognitive Change: A Transdisciplinary (Education, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience) Model
John Meyer, Martin Luther College

This presentation addresses the complex issues surrounding cognitive change in educators by reporting on a study involving qualitative data of six participants gathered from online educational leadership development sessions and literature from education, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. The author uses the cognitive change model to substantiate several implications for educational leadership, including that the model provides a tangible explanation for educator cognitive change, that educator cognitive change is a function of normal neural processes in conjunction with certain external and internal conditions, that overcoming educator cognitive change involves more than overcoming resistance, and that a transdisciplinary approach provides useful insights not available through single-discipline approaches.


The Active Learning Fellowship: A Program for Faculty Development
Elizabeth Rice, University of CA-Davis

Faculty development for new teaching initiatives and practices can be challenging due to competing demands on faculty time and scheduling difficulties. This project was an effort to develop a series of active learning workshops for a designated small group of full-time faculty who have varied amounts of experience with active learning.


Train the Trainer: Empowering Students and Professors Through Tech Coaching
Susan Finelli-Genovese, Baldwin Wallace University

An effective train-the-trainer scenario for furthering higher education initiatives includes college students coaching professors. This session shares how undergraduate education students, put in the roles of tech coaches, share newly acquired tech-integration tools and strategies with their instructors. Pre-teachers are given opportunities to develop their teaching and mentoring skills while higher education instructors further their own professional development. The benefit here is that the professors being coached gain exposure to more of the up-to-date technologies for teaching and learning. Ultimately, these instructors use more of these tools and strategies in their daily lessons, thereby empowering even more students.


Utilizing Title III Grant to Support Distance Education
Indre Cuckler, University of Charleston (UCWV)

The focus of the session is to present the key factors that contributed to the success of University of Charleston (UCWV) distance education and provide tips on how other postsecondary institutions can provide leadership and promote sustainable growth in distance education, even without Title III grant funding. The audience will benefit from several key insights from the UCWV’s experience of leveraging the Title III grant based on five cycles (years) of grant implementation. Participants will learn about how the institution managed to successfully grow its distance student population, enhance student support processes, develop online faculty, and increase the effectiveness of enrollment management.


When Academic Freedom and Civility Collide—A Case Study
Krista Lussier, Thomson Rivers University

Incivility is on the rise in academia. Those exhibiting uncivil behavior often hide behind the shield of “academic freedom”. In Canada, many of the unionized higher education collective agreements include language to support academic freedom. However, many faculty members fail to understand academic freedom, the rights they are afforded, and their responsibilities that come along with this freedom. The line between incivility and academic discourse becomes blurred without a clear understanding of the limits of academic freedom and the scope and impact of incivility.


Development of a Quantitative Tool for Assessing Faculty Scholarship
Theresa Bacon-Baguley and Martina Reinhold, Grand Valley State University

In higher education, faculty are reviewed based on activities related to teaching, scholarship, and service. This poster session describes the development, implementation, and ongoing modification of a tool used to quantify activities related to the scholarship of discovery (advancement of knowledge/creative expression), scholarship of integration (engagement and grant endeavors), and scholarship of application (professional development). This session describes the process in which faculty within a health professions college at a comprehensive university not only developed a quantitative tool, but also defined parameters of activities and modified those parameters as the university evolved.