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Professional Development Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly trying to meet the rapidly changing needs of our staff.  We are regularly increasing our online professional development opportunities, which can be found below.

MONTH OF OCTOBER

October 19th-22nd

2020 NIRSA (National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association) Region II Virtual Conference and Student Lead-On!

This conference is one of the most important within Collegiate Recreation.   

Tuesday (focused more on/for students) & Wednesday and Thursday (more for professional staff)

Offered by: NIRSA

 

Tuesday, October 20th, 10:00am**-Join the waitlist

Becoming a Better Listener

Statistics show that people remember only half of what they hear, even moments after they’ve heard it.

Surprising?  The fact is that while most of us like to think we’re good listeners, almost everyone needs to improve their listening skills. This workshop offers a fresh approach to this common problem.

Ofered by: App State Human Resources

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 9:00am-10:00am

Breathing and Meditation Practice

Introduction to and practice of the Wim Hof breathing method (30min to 45min). There will be a short description of benefits from the Wim Hof Method of breathwork and meditation.

Following breathwork will be a 10 to 15 min. silent meditation.

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 9:30am-10:15am

Giving Virtual Feedback

Description: Having discussions about work performance or even giving praise and affirmation is different when it's delivered virtually. As with all online communication, feedback conversations need to be planned, structured, and conducted with intention.

Objectives

  • Set up and prepare for a virtual feedback conversation
  • Deliver meaningful and objective virtual feedback

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Developing Proactive Strategies to Improve School and Campus Climates

Webinar on October 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET on "Developing Proactive Strategies to Improve School and Campus Climates," with Dr. Myron Anderson and Dr. Kathryn Young.

In this session, Dr. Myron Anderson and Dr. Kathryn Young, authors of Fix Your Climate: A Practical Guide to Reducing Microaggressions, Microbullying, and Bullying in the Academic Workplace, will be discussing strategies to get ahead of microaggressions and bullying on college/university and K-12 campuses.

Offered by: Safe Colleges and DiversityEdu.

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Health Promotion Update

Join members from the Health Promotion team as they share exciting updates from their reopen, new and improved fitness options, and increased health and wellness opportunities for faculty and staff.

Offered by: App State Human Resources and Health Promotion

 

Thursday, October 22nd, 10:00am-11:00am

Staying Engaged as a Remote Employee

Working remotely has many advantages for both the employer and the employee. It’s important that anyone working remotely understands ways to maximize those advantages and yet not be forgotten when looking to advance a career. Working remotely is not about eliminating the cost of daycare or pet care and not about the ability to do household chores during the week. Although the setting may be different, remote employees are expected to put in the same hours as those in the office. This workshop is designed to provide you with steps for maximizing productivity, being engaged, recognized, and contributing to the organization remotely.

Objectives

  • Understand why a home office is a key to successfully working remotely
  • Recognize the importance of having clear, precise, measurable goals in place with your manager
  • Know how to make the extra effort to keep informed regarding company information
  • Discuss ways to take the initiative to connect with other members of your team

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Thursday, October 22nd, 1:00pm

 
We cannot lose focus on equitable access and inclusion amid the chaos that COVID-19 has wreaked on higher education and the current and prospective students we serve.  During this session, expert panelists will discuss strategies that support and prioritize diversity and inclusion efforts in recruitment, admissions and retention. 
 
Key topics for discussion:
  • How to keep the institution’s attention focused on diversity and inclusion efforts
  • How to pivot recruitment strategies when face-to-face interaction is not possible
  • How to ensure equitable access in admissions and online education
  • How active mentorship can evolve to better address needs of remote learners
Offered by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education
 
 
Thursday, October 22nd, 2:00pm
 

The Color of Drinking: Alcohol as A Social Justice Issue

The "Color of Drinking" is an exploratory study of the impacts of the UW-Madison’s alcohol culture on students of color. The campus alcohol culture radiates implicit messages regarding who matters and belongs and its impacts to racial climate. Color of Drinking has helped build capacity amongst campus to address alcohol as a social justice issue. This session will examine the intersection of alcohol prevention and social justice and strategies implemented with campus partners.

Session Learning Objectives:

Participants will gain knowledge about a mixed-methods approach for evaluating the experiences of students of color
Participants will be able to identify one strategy to engage campus partners around alcohol and social justice issues.
Participants will be able to gain an understanding of how alcohol can impact racial climate issues.
Participants will be able to define how alcohol is a social justice issue.

Presenter:  Reonda Washington, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist/ Inclusion Education Assessment Specialist @University of Wisconsin-Madison

Offered by:  Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Prevention
 
 
Thursday, October 22nd, 2:00pm-3:00pm
 
 

Walking meditation is a simple, yet profound way to practice mindfulness meditation and can be practiced anywhere. Connecting breath awareness with walking helps to train the mind to be even more present and focused. In this class you will learn how to practice walking and breath meditations alone and then you will be instructed on how to combine them to create an even deeper experience of meditation. We will also explore ways to incorporate these powerful meditations into your daily life. Walking meditation is especially helpful for people with ADHD or for people who are more active by nature. Many people who find sitting meditations difficult are able to experience meditation more easily through mindful walking.

Facilitated by Torre Hinnant, M.D., Staff Physician

Offered by: App State Human Resources and Student Health Services

 
Thursday, October 22nd, 4:00pm

Sure, it’s not always safe to intervene in a difficult situation - whether it’s with friends and colleagues, or strangers. We can prepare ourselves for difficult situations however, so that when it IS possible to speak up or act, we’re ready!  With author, sociologist, and conflict resolution facilitator Kimberly Dark, we will learn how to have a positive influence during disagreements and to reroute conflict into useful discussion.

By learning the skills of the “brilliant bystander,” you can find safe and effective ways to restore fairness in power conflicts, resolve conflict, and encourage others to participate. You will learn strategies for redirecting a group, helping quiet folks speak up, and stopping a “discussion-bully.”

Offered by: SpeakOut

 

Friday, October 23rd, 10:00am-11:00am
 
 

** This workshop has moved online until further notice: https://appstate.zoom.us/j/476137194?pwd=U2N0ZmYzSFQxUUtXc0xzUzIxR2NQdz09 **

This workshop builds on Intro to Scala: Media Design and introduces users to the use of templates in Scala CMS at Appalachian.

Objectives

  • Access templates for slide creation
  • Create a new message from a template
  • Upload images and/or graphics for use in templates

Prerequisites

  • Scala CMS access
  • Recommended attendance at an Intro to Scala: Media Design session
  • You will need basic computer skills to navigate the Internet and use common screen controls

Offered by: App State Human Resources and University Communication

 
 
Friday, October 23rd, 10:00am-11:30am (multiple dates included below)**-Join the waitlist
(Dates: Nov. 6th, Nov. 20th and Dec. 4th)
 

In So You Want to Talk About Race, author Ijeoma Oluo helps people have conversations that deepen understanding of race and racial oppression and encourages them to actively dismantle systems built on holding people back.

Oluo walks readers through concepts such as power, privilege, intersectionality, cultural appropriation, microaggressions, tone policing, and more to provide a starting point for productive conversations.

Participants must commit to purchasing their own book. Here are some purchasing options: Foggy Pine (shop local!): http://www.foggypinebooks.com/ University Bookstore: https://bookstore.appstate.edu/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/You-Want-Talk-About-Race/dp/1580058825

Offered by: App State Human Resources
 
 
Friday, October 23rd, 1:00pm-2:30pm
 
 

Join us for a conversation with University leaders about lessons learned and insights gained from leading during the pandemic. This regular series will feature leaders from different Divisions and areas of responsibility who will answer questions and share leadership advice about overcoming challenges. This is also a great opportunity to learn a little more about these campus leaders and their areas.

10/23/2020 - Cindy Barr, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management 

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Monday, October 26th, 2:00pm
 
 

The importance of diversity in recruiting and retaining faculty and administrative talent has never been more important. Colleges love to talk about their success with diversity, but few have achieved the results for which they hope.  The topics addressed in this webcast will reflect some of the strategies used by colleges to recruit and retain diverse candidate for jobs, highlighting colleges' successes. 

Offered by: Inside Higher Ed
 
 
Monday, October 26th, 3:00pm-4:00pm
 

Breathing and Meditation Practice

Introduction to and practice of the Wim Hof breathing method (30min to 45min). There will be a short description of benefits from the Wim Hof Method of breathwork and meditation.

Following breathwork will be a 10 to 15 min. silent meditation.

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Tuesday, October 27th, 10:00am-11:00am

Coping During Uncertain Times

People have a powerful need to understand and predict their environments in order to feel in control. When we are exposed to potential threats to our well-being, we naturally respond to this uncertainty with anxiety and fear. This training will address ways of effectively coping with uncertainty in today’s media saturated world. The course will examine how to remain positive and functional despite the risks of living in a changing world. Included will be practical tips for coping with uncertainty, re-establishing control and how to speak to children about fear.

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Tuesday, October 27th, 4:00pm

Title IX: Going Above and Beyond Compliance

Price: $59 members, $159 non-members

While federal laws like Title IX and the Clery Act provide a “floor” in terms of an institution of higher education’s requirements for addressing sexual violence, colleges and universities can – and should – consider how they may help reach a higher “ceiling” above and beyond compliance.

In this live briefing hosted by NASPA's Culture of Respect, experts from the field, representing a variety of perspectives, will share what it means - and looks like - to go beyond compliance. They will unpack how institutions can think beyond the letter of the law to create a campus culture in which sexual violence is not tolerated, and a culture of respect is fostered.

Registrants will receive a free copy of Culture of Respect's new Title IX Guide: Going Above and Beyond Compliance. This guide provides a series of questions that: help institutions assess compliance with key aspects of the new Title IX rule; identify the source of this information in the rule; and most importantly, prompt institutions to examine key questions, considerations, and evidence-based practices that help institutions strengthen their prevention of and response to sexual violence.
 
Offered by: NASPA 
 
 

Wednesday, October 28th, 9:00am-10:00am

Breathing and Meditation Practice

Introduction to and practice of the Wim Hof breathing method (30min to 45min). There will be a short description of benefits from the Wim Hof Method of breathwork and meditation.

Following breathwork will be a 10 to 15 min. silent meditation.

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Wednesday, October 28th, 9:30am-11:00am
 
 

This workshop is designed to introduce you to principles and strategies for setting actionable goals. We will introduce theories that will help you set and meet goals for your personal and professional improvement. You will have the opportunity to utilize several frameworks for goal setting.

Objectives

  • Identify principles that improve your chances of successfully meeting a goal
  • Distinguish between aspirational and actionable goals
  • Utilize frameworks (BSQ, SMARTER, and WOOP) to set actionable goals

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 
Wednesday, October 28th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
 
 

Most people believe their social and political views are based on fact and reflect their important values. Therefore, having conversations about sensitive topics such as politics, racism, and social issues can cause strain on relationships with friends, family, and co-workers. Instead of allowing political discussions to destroy these relationships, what if we could use these conversations to examine our own beliefs, look at facts, and find common ground?

Objectives

  • Understand political divides and motivators
  • Be able to explain your viewpoints and opinions in a non-judgmental way
  • Relate to those you disagree with by finding common ground
  • Utilize communication skills to decrease contentious conversations

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Thursday, October 29th, 10:00am-11:00am **Join waitlist
 
 

Are money issues causing you to worry and stress? Do you buy items, even if you don’t need them, just because they are on sale and you know you are “saving money?” Do you pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards? Is debt mounting in your life to the point where you don’t know what to do about it? Do you wish you were saving more money? Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck.

Objectives

  • Identify financial warning signs
  • Create a budget
  • Identify good credit behaviors
  • Identify practical savings tips

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Thursday, October 29th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Title IX: New Policy & Procedures in Action at ASU

On August 14, 2020, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights implemented the new Title IX Regulations which required institutions such as Appalachian State University to make changes to how we respond to allegations of Sex-Based Misconduct (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating / Domestic Violence, Stalking, Gender-Based Discrimination / Harassment). The Office of Title IX Compliance (OTC) worked in collaboration with several campus partners to develop a new policy and procedure to address the changes in the Title IX Regulations.

This workshop will not only explain the changes and updates to Appalachian's new Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures, but it will also help participants understand what the changes mean for our campus, both employees and students. Presenters will cultivate a safe learning environment conducive to discussing difficult topics, utilizing case studies, and breakout room discussions.

Objectives

  • Understand the requirements of Appalachian's Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures
  • Utilize and direct others to resources and support offered on campus surrounding Sex-Based Misconduct
  • Actualize reporting requirements under the new Sex-Based Misconduct Policy.

Offered by: App State Human Resources and Office of Title IX Compliance Staff

 
MONTH OF NOVEMBER
 
Wednesday, November 4th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
 
 

Communication is a fine art that we often take for granted. It takes more than physical and verbal abilities to communicate. It takes energy along with the ability to offer support and demonstrate understanding and compassion when communicating within your family. Whether it’s an expectation, emotion, question or other message, openness, and willingness to communicate improves the overall quality of family communication.

Objectives

  • Identify the elements of good family communication
  • Identify ways to enhance communication in your family
  • Describe helpful tips for improving family communication

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Friday, November 6th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

 

Join us for a conversation with University leaders about lessons learned and insights gained from leading during the pandemic. This regular series will feature leaders from different Divisions and areas of responsibility who will answer questions and share leadership advice about overcoming challenges. This is also a great opportunity to learn a little more about these campus leaders and their areas.

11/6/2020 - Jeni Wyatt, Senior Director for Online & Transfer Services

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Friday, November 13th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Inclusive Language and Gender Pronouns

As campus works to become more inclusive, one of the most important elements is the language that we use. Often heard is a reference to "pronouns", but what are they and why do they matter? During this engaging and interactive session, participants will learn about inclusive language, what pronouns are and how to appropriately ask for and use them, and better understand the importance of this small but powerful statement.

Offered by: App State Human Resources and Center for Academic Excellence

 

Friday, November 13th, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Intro to Scala: Media Design

** This workshop has moved online until further notice: https://appstate.zoom.us/j/411074094?pwd=OEdLVkVhOERtMlQrdUtCVXdKSm5qQT09 **

This workshop introduces users to the guidelines for creating and publishing media to the Scala Content Management System (CMS) at Appalachian.

Users who will be uploading media and/or maintaining a Scala screen(s) will need to attend a training session prior to being granted access to Scala CMS.

Also appropriate for anyone wanting a refresher or for users interested in creating media for distribution to campus.

Objectives

  • Find and use resources for slide creation
  • Create a slide that meets university design guidelines
  • Share a slide and request university-wide distribution
  • Upload a slide to SCALA CMS

Prerequisites

  • You will need basic computer skills to navigate the Internet and use common screen controls

Offered by: App State Human Resources and University Communications

 

Friday, November 20th, 1:00pm-2:30pm
 
 

Join us for a conversation with University leaders about lessons learned and insights gained from leading during the pandemic. This regular series will feature leaders from different Divisions and areas of responsibility who will answer questions and share leadership advice about overcoming challenges. This is also a great opportunity to learn a little more about these campus leaders and their areas.

11/20/2020 - Willie Fleming, Chief Diversity Officer 

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Tuesday, November 24th, 10:00am-11:30am

Title IX: New Policy & Procedures in Action at ASU

On August 14, 2020, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights implemented the new Title IX Regulations which required institutions such as Appalachian State University to make changes to how we respond to allegations of Sex-Based Misconduct (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating / Domestic Violence, Stalking, Gender-Based Discrimination / Harassment). The Office of Title IX Compliance (OTC) worked in collaboration with several campus partners to develop a new policy and procedure to address the changes in the Title IX Regulations.

This workshop will not only explain the changes and updates to Appalachian's new Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures, but it will also help participants understand what the changes mean for our campus, both employees and students. Presenters will cultivate a safe learning environment conducive to discussing difficult topics, utilizing case studies, and breakout room discussions.

Objectives

  • Understand the requirements of Appalachian's Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures
  • Utilize and direct others to resources and support offered on campus surrounding Sex-Based Misconduct
  • Actualize reporting requirements under the new Sex-Based Misconduct Policy.

Offered by: App State Human Resources and Office of Title IX Compliance Staff

 
 

MONTH OF DECEMBER

Tuesday, December 1st, 2:00pm-3:00pm

 

** This workshop has moved online until further notice: https://appstate.zoom.us/j/476137194?pwd=U2N0ZmYzSFQxUUtXc0xzUzIxR2NQdz09 **

This workshop builds on Intro to Scala: Media Design and introduces users to the use of templates in Scala CMS at Appalachian.

Objectives

  • Access templates for slide creation
  • Create a new message from a template
  • Upload images and/or graphics for use in templates

Prerequisites

  • Scala CMS access
  • Recommended attendance at an Intro to Scala: Media Design session
  • You will need basic computer skills to navigate the Internet and use common screen controls

Offered by: App State Human Resources and University Communication

 
Friday, December 4th, 1:00pm-2:30pm
 
 

Join us for a conversation with University leaders about lessons learned and insights gained from leading during the pandemic. This regular series will feature leaders from different Divisions and areas of responsibility who will answer questions and share leadership advice about overcoming challenges. This is also a great opportunity to learn a little more about these campus leaders and their areas.

12/4/2020 - Mark Ginn, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Offered by: App State Human Resources

 

Tuesday, December 8th, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Intro to Scala: Media Design

** This workshop has moved online until further notice: https://appstate.zoom.us/j/411074094?pwd=OEdLVkVhOERtMlQrdUtCVXdKSm5qQT09 **

This workshop introduces users to the guidelines for creating and publishing media to the Scala Content Management System (CMS) at Appalachian.

Users who will be uploading media and/or maintaining a Scala screen(s) will need to attend a training session prior to being granted access to Scala CMS.

Also appropriate for anyone wanting a refresher or for users interested in creating media for distribution to campus.

Objectives

  • Find and use resources for slide creation
  • Create a slide that meets university design guidelines
  • Share a slide and request university-wide distribution
  • Upload a slide to SCALA CMS

Prerequisites

  • You will need basic computer skills to navigate the Internet and use common screen controls

Offered by: App State Human Resources and University Communications

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Additonal Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Resources

The resources below are webinars or presentations that you can view at your pace.  Most have been previously recorded so there is not an option for online interaction.

"Get educated on the history that was never written in American history books and commit to share these resources with your networks.  Most of us need a crash course on people in the U.S. of African descent to solve the many current day injustices going back generations from the prison system, to police brutality, to educational lack of access, to minimal representation in corporate America and even less representation in earnings and wealth accumulation."

Listen and connect with black leaders on equity topics:
Everyone is Not at the Table (Toi Massey, Founder The JEKL Foundation, Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Founder STEM NOLA, Dr. LaTonya Riddle-Jones, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Dr. Jerryl Briggs, President of Mississippi Valley State University)
 
The Future of Work is Diverse and Inclusive; How Systemic Change Can Reverse Generational Inequities (Telisa Yancy; Chief Operating Officer, American Family Insurance, Oscar Sweeten-Lopez; President, College Success Tools, Dell Foundation, Dr. Eliza Lo Chi; Executive Director, American Medical Women's Association, Ronald McNeil; Co-Founder & CEO, Great Ball of Light, Inc., Ron Lessard; Acting Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, U.S. Dept. of Education, and Emanuel Walker)
 
Crisis Produces Inner Strength for Lifelong Success (Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Founder The Equity Project)
 
 
Why No One Should be Surprised by the Disparities/Inequities of COVID and America Protesting Racism (Karen McNeil-Miller; CEO, Colorado Health Foundation, Susan Taylor Batten; President and CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Lauren Casteel; President and CEO, Women's Foundation of Colorado, Carlos Martinez; President and CEO, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, and Harry Budisidharta; Executive Director, Asian Pacific Development Center)
 
Post Pandemic Models in Higher Education; Discussion With College Presidents (Crystal Rose, MD, PhD; Executive Director Academic Affairs, OZY Media, Dr. Michael Torrence; President Motlow State Community College, Dr. Jamillah Moore; President Canada College, Dr. Cheryl Nixon, Provost Fort Lewis College, Dr. Bill Pink; President Grand Rapids Community College)
 
Read about current black leaders and perspectives:
From the Segregated South to CEO of the Third Largest Health Foundation: Honoring MLK (Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller)
 
Other resources:
The 1619 Project; The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
 
A reading list on issues of race. The wave of anger in reaction to George Floyd's killing has prompted an outpouring of interest on race and race relations across the U.S. This list is curated by The Harvard Gazette; Harvard faculty recommend the writers and subjects that promote context and understanding.
Links to read about Inclusive Leaders, many of whom are African American and people of color
Curated sessions from GlobalMindED 2020 YouTube channel:

 

More Resources

Archived Professional Development Opportunities

The Key Podcasts from Inside Higher Education (multiple podcast)

Taking Student Services Online In Response To Covid-19

How to Become the Educator That Male Black and Latino Students Need

How the Economy Is Changing Higher Education Management

Supervising A Virtual Team

Online/Zoom Job Interview Resources

Virtual LGBTQ Online Book Club (Equality NC) 1st Sundays @7pm

Friday Night Movies With ENC (Equality NC) Fridays @8pm

NASPA - Virtual Conference (March 30th-May 15th)

CAPTRUST: Coping with Market Volatility 

TIAA: Market Volatility recorded http://tiaa.org/webinars

FIDELITY: Market Update: The latest developments and having confidence in your plan

Health, Safety, and Well-being Videos to Support Practitioners Taking their Work Online  

LeaderShape Webinars: Multiple Topics Related to Leadership 

NASPA: Careers in Student Affairs Month webcasts, various topics 

Equity North Carolina: Virtual Discussion group for transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary folks Thursdays 7pm EST 

FlipGrid how-to videos (various listed) 

Campus Labs COVID-19 Resource Center Various Resources

HigherEd Live: Multiple Topics 

Student Affairs Live: Multiple Topics various/recordings various 

Campus Labs Training and Support (videos/articles) 

Meditations & Stress Relief Resources 

Association for Experiential Education (free recorded webinars)

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The Center for Academic Excellence Team, as well as other faculty and staff support champions, welcome you to open workshops and resources. Information includes how to videos and online teaching guides. Visit our  Keep Teaching page for additional resources and access to our Faculty Champions