Session Abstracts

ART in Education: Attitude Retention Trust - Dennis Wible

On the islands where he has lived and worked, it is common to “talk story” or just have a discussion regarding a particular topic. Today, Dennis will “talk story” of his knowledge and experiences in education and life. Using a mixed media presentation style, participants can expect to enjoy and learn without pain. (No animals were hurt in the creation of his presentation.)


  • Define their role in retention
  • Assess their contribution to the university
  • Have fun
Bridging Research and Practice: How You Can Become a Scholar-Practitioner - Teresa Daniel, Cara Marco and Anthony Piña

We will examine Boyer’s (1990) expanded model of scholarship to focus on maximizing your presence as a scholar-practitioner in your discipline. We will discuss ways in which you can demonstrate your expertise to professional organizations and at conferences (national, state, and local). In addition, we will explore ways to publish your research findings in academic and practitioner-oriented journals and your ideas about contemporary issues in your discipline in magazines, blogs, social media and professional newsletters. We also will share strategies that can help you break down barriers preventing you from becoming a scholar-practitioner and help you develop a publication strategy that works for your unique circumstances. For those of you who want to more fully engage in scholarship to expand your own professional reputation and that of Sullivan University but do not know how to get started or whether you can actually do it, this session is for you.


  • Describe how being a scholar-practitioner can benefit you, enhance the University and improve student retention
  • Identify different types of opportunities for getting started with faculty scholarship
  • Apply strategies to address barriers and develop a personalized publication strategy and articulate it to others
Teachers, Meet Your Students! Students, Meet Your Teachers! - Jim Barks

Convening a new class is a time of discovery for both the instructor and the students. We will visit a typical classroom on the first day of the semester and meet some of your students in order to develop strategies for working effectively with diverse personality types. This will be followed with a view of the lectern from the eyes of the students as we take a look at some representative instructors in order to develop an awareness of our own teaching styles.


  • Increase awareness of student personality types
  • Promote self-awareness of teacher personality types
  • Recommend strategies for working with diverse personality types
Making Open Science Work for You and Your Students at a Career-Focused University - Joan Combs Durso

At its core, the open science movement stands for conducting research in a way that makes it shareable and reproducible. From registering research questions and hypotheses before any data are collected, to archiving not just the data but also the software routines, to re-verifying the prior research of others, to establishing a workflow that allows easier sharing of data, analyses and results, this session will be a tour through what is going on with open science. By the end, you will be prepared to consider the impact that open science could have for carrying out career-focused research by you and your students as well as to determine which aspects of the Open Science Framework make sense for you to investigate further.


  • Identify the major concepts associated with the open science movement
  • Choose which tenets of open science are appropriate to use for research and analysis across our career-focused university, by students, faculty and staff
  • Locate resources for further exploration of the Open Science Framework
Using SPSS: A Primer - Jeff Johnson

The objective of this session is to introduce faculty who have not had the chance to attend an SPSS workshop to the basics of using the software. Topics will include loading SPSS, importing data, generating simple descriptive statistics, charting, editing your output in SPSS and in Word and a basic regression application.


  • Open and manipulate a data set in SPSS
  • Generate and interpret descriptive statistics in SPSS
  • Generate and interpret a regression analysis in SPSS
Inclusion: The Key to Keeping Students Focused and Involved - Dennis Wible

This session revolves around the nuts and bolts that make us all human and educators can get down to basics for more effective communication with their students. Attendees will learn how to best adapt their instruction to meet the needs of each student – including those who thought they were beyond learning.


  • Identify the four basic human drives
  • Recognize the “8 C’s” of student engagement
  • Utilize the secret of age +1
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Early Lessons Learned Using Blackboard Tools for Monitoring and Supporting Student Engagement and Retention - Joan Combs Durso and Jim Kearfott

Blackboard has been rolled out across all levels of the University from undergraduate to doctoral programs; aside from new means of course delivery of content and interaction, what have we learned? This roundtable considers early lessons learned from Blackboard implementation and tool discovery. In their first quarter exposure, faculty and students are often just trying to keep up. As faculty gain confidence with the platform, additional Blackboard tools can be used to monitor student engagement and support retention efforts. We will talk about some of those tools, share what we’ve discovered so far with Blackboard alerts, reports, reminders and messaging and seek your input. Discussion will also cover integrating BB tools and practices with existing engagement and retention tools and techniques. (This is not about creating course content).


  • Become aware of Blackboard tools, techniques and tips to enhance student engagement and retention
  • Share early lessons learned from hands-on experiences with Blackboard from staff and faculty perspectives
  • Identify how Blackboard complements existing engagement and retention tools and practices
If Active Learning is the Best Method, Why Not Gamify It? - George Bergstrom, David Hinkes and Heather Merrifield

Continuous improvement is the name of the game, and last year the library heard you: “Let us play!” Partnering with several faculty to use the educational resources, the library has expanded our knowledge base on games in the classroom and how they can be used to teach the soft skills employers are clamoring for. Our hope is that by using these educational resources your students will be more actively engaged which can benefit retention. This panel will let you hear how those experiences went and then play through a game. If you are still unsure, check out our session guide in advance and come with questions! This will be the hottest ticket at the retreat, so don’t miss out (seating is limited to the first 30 attendees in the door)!


  • Attendees will leave this session having played one of two games that the Sullivan Louisville Library has acquired for use in the classroom and will have experienced their potential for use in the classroom
  • Attendees will have a better understanding of the library’s collection, policies and procedures for making requests
  • Attendees will learn from the faculty panel of ways to use the game experience to foster discussion with students about the skills demonstrated
Organizational Management Conflict Resolution - Janie Johnson

Conflict is always with us. It is neither good nor bad, but rather, conflict just is. Organizational conflict resolution contains strategies to manage conflict before it becomes destructive. Unmanaged conflict at work results in lost wages, loss of valuable talent, complaints and waste. Disagreements at work that are not addressed when they first develop most often create situations that are out of control. Even the foremost conflict resolution theorist disagree on the definition of conflict, for conflict defines itself. It is important to understand that conflict begins with people. Conflict is about you, what makes you mad, what hurts you, your deep seated beliefs and unmet needs. Learn 10 strategies of conflict resolution, gain a toolbox of conflict management, use empathetic listening, emotional intelligence and to be a hero in your own life and in others. Managing conflict begins with self.


  • Identify 10 strategies of Conflict Resolution, build a “toolbox” for your use
  • Learn how empathetic listening can change the conversation
  • Gain an understanding of elements of conflict and how to manage conflict before it becomes destructive
  • Gain a better understanding of moving toward conflict and bringing light
Ways to Avoid Teacher Burnout - Bonnie Wible

Bonnie Wible, having spent over 45 years in teaching from kindergarten through graduate school, has seen the effects of teacher burnout on highly effective educators. Take this opportunity to look in the mirror and re-dedicate yourself to being the best.


  • Identify symptoms of TB
  • Identify strategies for TB intervention
  • Identify connections between TB and student retention
Benefits of Working as an Adjunct - Brian Carter

One rarely hears the word “perks” or “advantages” applied to adjunct work — and often with good reason. But despite the struggles of adjuncts, there can be moments of opportunity. In this session, I will discuss several potential benefits of adjunct work, which may be useful for individuals working full time and teaching as an adjunct; leverage the opportunities to enhance all aspects of your life.


  • Understand what it’s like to work as an adjunct
  • What are the benefits of adjunct work
  • How to leverage adjunct opportunities to enhance all aspects of your life
Enhancing Our College Graduates’ Employability Skills - Halel Karimi

Today’s employers recruit graduates based on their soft skills competencies more so than technical skills. Soft skills training is hidden within educational curriculum. In this session, we focus on the strategies to develop soft skills training required by employers that lead to a successful career path of our students.


  • Understand soft skills
  • Why it matters
  • How to implement in classrooms
From Engaged to Engaging: Taking Advantage of New Tools in Blackboard - Anthony Piña

We all know the importance of faculty engagement in online courses. However, one of the most common frustrations expressed by our faculty is that the text-dominant nature of ANGEL made it difficult to feel that one was actually “teaching.” Many students have commented that they miss having a visual connection with their instructors in online courses.

Come join us as we explore new “engaging” tools in Blackboard and how faculty across the country are using these tools to improve the quality of their instruction and interaction with students. You will be able to easily create your own audio and video materials from inside Blackboard for your announcements, class instruction, discussions or feedback. You can incorporate social media content quickly and seamlessly. You will be able to provide higher quality feedback to your students’ assignments and have multiple ways to improve student interaction within your courses.


  • Discuss how faculty use of the LMS can affect student retention
  • Describe and utilize new tools in Blackboard to integrate audio, video and social media into courses
  • Describe and utilize tools in Blackboard for providing various types of feedback for written assignments
  • Describe and utilize tools in Blackboard for student interaction
Institutional Effectiveness High Impact Practices (IE/HIP): Alignment of Mission - Charles Brown

This proposal will focus on institutional effectiveness High Impact Practices (IE/HIP) coincident to and culturally significant to the implementation of IE standards specifically at the academic/nonacademic programmatic/departmental level. In order for the institution to identify expected outcomes (i.e.: step one of the assessment algorithm), the department/program needs to predicate a mission which aligns with the institution’s mission. Correspondingly, per SACSCOC, the ultimate responsibility for the governance of the institution rests with an independent, qualified, empowered governing board, which constitutes the collective entity responsible for determining the mission of the institution. Holding in trust the well-being of the institution, the board is also responsible for ensuring that the institution’s leadership is guided by that mission (SACSCOC Resource Manual, pg. 13). As a result, the institutional mission statement – and, by extension, any aligned departmental mission statements – should reflect the institution’s board of director’s operation mandates determinant by the mission.


  • Within the context of a culture of assessment (COA) and the SMART outcome strategization, participants will be exposed to departmental mission development and its corresponding alignment with the institutional mission
  • They will be provided a synopsis of associated high impact practices (HIPs)
  • They will be provided exercises and departmental (2016) mission examples
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