Professional and Faculty Development

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Available Opportunities

Feather Fellows – Led by Andrew White

This year, Feather Fellow sessions will include presentations, demonstrations, workshops addressing the broad areas of student engagement and alternative grading structures. Specific topics within those categories will be determined based on faculty interest.

Library Forums – Led by Janet Vogel

Library Forum presentations cover a variety of academic topics and may be presented by Faculty, Staff, or Students, or a combination. This year’s topics include faculty research presentations by Doug Brattebo, Jen McCreight, and Ella Kirk as well as presentations from the Dean of Students Office. For complete details and a schedule, visit

Community Gatherings – Led by Andrew White and Jen McCreight

Join your colleagues from across the college in informal gatherings, where we will play games, put together puzzles, and otherwise decompress together.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Led by Diversity Committee
Writing Across the Curriculum – Led by Courtney Mauck

The Writing Across the Curriculum Program will provide professional development opportunities for all faculty related to writing curriculum development, as well as provide support for those teaching in the First-Year Program. Topics include plagiarism and AI, writing assessment, and ePortfolio support.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – Led by Cathy Erbes

The HLC strand will consist of sessions to familiarize everyone on campus with accreditation requirements and processes, and to update the campus on assessment activities and the upcoming Year 4 HLC Review. In the Spring, we will share the draft assurance argument and seek input from the community as we finalize our report.

Tasty Tuesdays and Tasty Thursdays – Led by Brittany Jackson

This year’s Tasty Tuesdays/Thursdays will focus on course maps, accessibility/UDL, Moodle Moments, and much more!

New(er) Faculty Development – Led by Jen McCreight

Faculty in their first few years at Hiram are welcome to attend these sessions, which will include a book study, practical lessons in using college resources, advice from senior colleagues, and discussions around pedagogy and curriculum.

2023 Dates
  • August 30 – What to Expect on Wednesdays!
  • September 6 – Feather Fellows – Alternative Grading Formats. Andrew White & Hailee Yoshizaki-Gibbons
  • September 13 – Community Gathering – CANCELLED – Please head to the Enrollment Pop-Up Celebration!
  • September 20 – Library Forum – The Hiram College Arboretum: An Overview and Tour. Zack Fox ’21. Event to be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather!
  • October 4 – Feather Fellows
  • October 11 – Community Gathering – Puzzles & P-Cards. Pam Duncan
  • October 18 – Library Forum – A Snapshot of Today’s College Students. Dee West and Mick Steiner
  • November 1 – Feather Fellows
  • November 8 – Community Gathering – Board Games and Retirement Advice (the game of LIFE!). Tim Shick
  • November 15 – Library Forum – Ella Kirk, Ph.D
  • December 6 – Feather Fellows
2024 Dates
  • January 10– Feather Fellows
  • January 17 – Library Forum
  • January 31 – Community Gathering – Sips and SharePoint: Discovering the Usefulness of Office Apps. Laci Fiala
  • February 7 – Feather Fellows
  • February 14 – Community Gathering
  • February 28 – Library Forum – Jen McCreight, Ph.D
  • March 13 – Feather Fellows
  • March 27 – Library Forum
  • April 3 – Feather Fellows
  • April 10 – Community Gathering
  • April 17 – Library Forum
  • May 1 – Feather Fellows
  • May 8 – Library Forum
  • May 15 – Community Gathering (after PD Workshops)

2023 Dates
  • September 5 – Cake and Course Maps: The Starting Point in Designing a Course Map
  • October 12 – Nuts and Notability: Best Practices Using Notability You Can Teach Students
  • November 14 – Apples and Apps: Fun Apps You Can Use to Engage Students
  • December 14 – Oranges and Office: Identifying Microsoft Office 365 Tools and How You Might Use Them

  • Friday, September 29th, 1:00-4:00pm – 2023 Presidential Symposium of the Association for the Study of Higher Education – 20 openings – RSVP to Becky Guerrini by September 22nd, 2023

  • Info Session: Teaching in the First Year Program – Thursday, September 28th, 8:30-9:30am – Dining Hall (Private Room 1) – Breakfast provided! OR 4:15-5:15pm – Pritchard Room (Library)

  • New(er) Faculty Panel – Wednesday, September 20th, 1:00-2:00pm – Dining Hall – Private Room – Lunch provided!