More Than 70 Sessions Planned for Faculty Focus Day Aug. 25

Active Shooter Training, CNM Glass, CPR Training, Copyright Basics and Hiring Process Training are just a few of the more than 70 professional development sessions to be available during Faculty Focus Day on Thursday, Aug. 25.
August 09, 2016

“Faculty Focus Day is held on one of the two contractual professional development days for full-time faculty at CNM,” said John Wright, chair of Cooperative for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and instructor in the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE). “It has a singular purpose: to provide a full day of professional development and training activities that may not be easily accessible during the busy weeks of the term.”

Both the CTL Coordinating Committee and CTL Faculty Professional Development Team contributed to the planning for the day’s events. The Faculty Professional Development (FPD) Team is chaired by Erica Reed, an instructor in SAGE. The teams include faculty representatives from all six of CNM’s academic schools, and the FPD Team is open to participation from any interested CNM faculty members.

Faculty Focus Day content is determined by surveys of CNM faculty and administrators. Presenters are located via an open request for submissions and direct solicitation. Any session/presentation submission that meets the CTL’s guidelines for the purpose of Faculty Focus Day are added to the schedule. CTL’s goal is to provide as many professional development/training opportunities as possible.

This year there are more than 100 presenters facilitating 72 separate, titled sessions. Sixteen are repeated during the day. Presenters are primarily CNM faculty and staff, as well as representatives of industry, publishers, Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico.

New sessions this year include Safe Zone – LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Cultural Competency Training and multiple sessions covering new CNM initiatives like Degree Works and Global Education.

Most sessions do not require pre-registration, but pre-registration for some individual sessions is recommended. The deadline for pre-registration for individual sessions is Aug. 19. If a session requires pre-registration, it will be noted in the Faculty Focus Day 2016 Catalog, which can be accessed from the Faculty Focus Day web page. The electronic PDF catalog contains links to every session from the table of contents 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 invited to participate, but 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 green chili chicken enchiladas or pulled pork sandwiches and a drink. No RSVP is required, but there will be a limited number of lunches available on a first-come, first-served basis.