More Than 60 Sessions Planned for Faculty Focus Day Aug. 24

July 26, 2017 -- Academic Integrity, Safe Zone Training, Global Education, Blackboard Grade Center and Open Educational Resources are just a few of the more than 60 sessions to be available to faculty on Thursday, Aug. 24, during Faculty Focus Day.

Jul 26, 2017

“Faculty Focus Day is held on one of the two contractual professional development days for full-time faculty at CNM,” said Erica Reed, Faculty Development Coordinator for the Cooperative for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and instructor in the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE). “Faculty Focus Day is an opportunity for faculty to benefit from needed training without interfering with instructional days during the already-busy term.”

Both the CTL Coordinating Committee and CTL Faculty Professional Development Team contributed to the planning for the day’s events. The teams include faculty representatives from all six of CNM’s academic schools, and the Faculty Professional Development Team is open to participation from any interested CNM faculty.

To plan Faculty Focus Day, the CTL solicits presentations from presenters based on faculty requests for specific training and needs identified by faculty, discipline chairs, administrators, and various departments across CNM.

Many faculty wonder about the difference between Faculty Focus Day and the CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning, which is held every January. The Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning focuses on best practices in teaching and learning, including topics such as instructional methods and assessment. Faculty Focus Day, on the other hand, is designed to support training on other topics that don't necessarily fit in the teaching and learning category, such as mandatory federal trainings, Microsoft Office and discipline-specific training. 

This year there are approximately 100 presenters facilitating 66 sessions. Some of the sessions will be repeated during the day. Presenters are primarily CNM faculty and staff, as well as representatives of industry and publishers.

Sessions this year include a wide range of topics, such as Diversity, Classroom Management, CNM Strategic Direction initiatives, and an introduction to the new Technical Support and Training Center.

Most sessions do not require pre-registration, but pre-registration for seven individual sessions is recommended. Pre-registration will close on Aug. 18 or when a session fills, whichever occurs first. If a session requires pre-registration, it will be noted in the Faculty Focus Day 2017 Catalog, which can be accessed from the Faculty Focus Day 2017 web page. The 38-page electronic PDF catalog contains links to every session from the table of contents, alphabetical list of session titles, and the schedule at a glance. Attendees are encouraged to review the catalog prior to coming to Faculty Focus Day.

All full-time faculty are required to attend Faculty Focus Day. Part-time faculty are encouraged to participate, and they should check with their deans regarding payment for participation.

Faculty Focus Day sessions have been scheduled at locations around Main Campus, with most in Max Salazar Hall and the Student Resource Center.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast burritos from Frontier Restaurant (while supplies last) in the Student Resource Center (SRC) Breezeway. Morning sessions will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m., followed by lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the SRC Breezeway. Afternoon sessions will go from 1-4 p.m. Lunch will include a fresh garden salad, a choice of bacon-mushroom chicken with rice or a four-cheese lasagna and a drink. No RSVP is required, but there will be a limited number of lunches available on a first-come, first-served basis.