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Faculty Development Day Prepares Instructors for Upcoming Terms

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) hosted its Spring Faculty Development Day on Saturday, May 1. Over 20 participants joined, including new and returning part-time faculty, full-time faculty, and NPRC support staff and administrators. The day opened with an update on our progress toward accreditation and a welcome from President Snelick.

“We are so fortunate to have such a great team of faculty here at NPRC,” expressed Snelick. “I’ve been on board for four weeks now and have witnessed your dedication and passion on many occasions. You give the very best for our students and are willing to go above and beyond for them,” she expressed.

Presentation of professional development sessions followed President Snelick’s welcome. Sessions presented by faculty members included “Writing Across the Curriculum,” which focused on providing specific methods and resources to help instructors facilitate the transfer of writing skills from composition courses to other disciplines. Another session, “How to Intentionally Align Assessments to Objectives,” allowed faculty to share strategies for ensuring courses meet learning goals through deliberately designed assessments and measures.

There were teachable hands-on sessions for our learning management system, Desire2Learn, where our students access course syllabi, assignments, tests, and other resources that support teaching and learning.

“I enjoy the opportunity to see everyone, and I always learn something useful,” one of the instructors shared. “NPRC’s professional development sessions are always worth my time. I love the opportunity to share information and best practices with my colleagues.”

“We have a great group of faculty who prioritize our students and care about their success,” shared Mindy Saunders, Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, at the conclusion of the event. “Being able to join together as learners helps us enhance our students’ experience. Our professional development model is something we are proud of and prepares our faculty for upcoming terms.”

Remote summer courses begin on June 7!

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