Day 1: Wednesday, August 21
Registration (coffee and donuts)
Welcome / President Gibson & Provost Rome
Keynote Address I: Making Classrooms Inclusive / Dr. Shaun Harper
NEIUStar Introduction (Starfish re-launch and video) / Dr. Frank Gaytan
Keynote Address II: Starfish: A Foundation for Building a Student Success Culture / Dr. Tiffany Mfume
Lunch in Cafeteria
(Titles/descriptions/facilitators of breakouts may be found below)
Breakout Sessions I
Breakout Sessions II
Breakout Sessions III
Student Mental Health: Starting a Conversation / Dr. Nancy Easton & Dr. Rachel Birmingham-Hoel
Wine and Cheese Reception
Fostering Student Success Through Affordable Course Materials and Collaborative Assignments
Three librarians and a teaching faculty member will facilitate this session on two separate, but related topics: librarian/teaching faculty collaboration on developing research assignments and strategies for finding more affordable course materials.
Jon Hageman, Professor, Anthropology
Michelle Oh, Assistant Professor, Education Librarian
Ed Remus, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Librarian
Alyssa Vincent, Assistant Professor, Digital Scholarship Librarian
Financial Aid 101 for Faculty
Did you know in Fall 2018 the University provided in excess of $11 million in student financial assistance? Approximately 81% of NEIU students use some form of financial aid to cover direct and indirect costs. Find out what financial aid is, where it comes from, how students apply and how students maintain eligibility.
Maureen Amos, Executive Director, Financial Aid
Addressing Hunger, Housing Instability and Homelessness at NEIU
Participants will learn about and discuss ways we can better support our students experiencing hunger, housing instability and homelessness. The focus will be on strategies for support within the classroom as well as an overview of resources available both at NEIU and in the community to assist students in financial crisis.
Casey Holtschneider, Assistant Professor, Social Work
Christopher Maxwell, Assistant Dean of Students
Michelle Morrow, Director of Scholarships
Kris Pierre, Director of Career Development and Community Partnerships
Assisting the Distressed Student
Faculty are in the unique position to recognize changes that characterize emotionally and physically distressed students. A student’s behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, could well constitute an inarticulate attempt to draw attention to his/her plight…“a cry for help”. Your ability to recognize the signs of distress and to acknowledge your concerns directly to him/her is often noted by students as the most significant factor in their successful problem resolution. Learn about signs of distress, how you can help students, and resources available for students.
Nancy Easton, Director of Student Counseling Services
Sharon Heimbaugh, Director of Student Health Services
Leading with an Asset-Based Lens, Seeking Cultural Competency, and Creating Classroom Communities
Participants will be provided with tools to facilitate a classroom culture based on culturally-responsive pedagogical praxis. The facilitators will also lead a discussion on how we define student skill development and how we support it as faculty.
Gabriel Cortez, Associate Professor, Literacy, Leadership, and Development
Amanda Montes, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Collaborating Outside the Classroom to Support Student Academic Success
Students have access to a number of resources that are designed to help them succeed in their classes. The facilitators of this session will provide faculty with information about the tutoring and support services their units provide. Participants will learn ways that faculty members can collaborate with these units to connect students to resources.
Amie Jatta, Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Doug Lawson, Director, Student Disability Services
Christine Swanson, Learning and Reading Specialist, Learning Success Center / Instructor, English Language Program
How Do I Respond To That?...Student Situations - Lessons Learned
The facilitators will provide an interactive presentation with select cases from Title IX, Behavioral Concerns and Student Conduct to assist faculty in dealing with incidents that arise in the classroom, via e-mail, on-line or through personal interactions where very troubling or concerning statements are shared.
Natalie Brouwer Potts, Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX and Ethics
Matt Specht, Dean of Students
Peer to Peer Influence in a Digital Age
Everyone is concerned with the well being of students, however statistics tell us that nearly 70% of them first turn to a peer in order to share their challenges and seek support. The reason? Student voice. No different than what was previously known as peer pressure, the evolution of virtual connections present students many more access points to discuss issues .They can be wonderful opportunities to determine what the concerns are of an entire campus, a particular subset of students, down to an individual student's story telling. Learn about what makes them tick, what their dreams are, and what they already worry may be their obstacles.
Eva Prokop, GetSet Learning
Day 2: Thursday, August 22
College of Arts and Sciences
Goodwin College of Education
College of Business and Management
Faculty Institute 2018