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Professional Development

2015 Professional Development Day (PDD)

The annual AWC/NAU-Yuma Professional Development Day is scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015. The PDD is an enviable opportunity for faculty and education professionals to share their ideas, and teaching practices and strategies with a multidisciplinary audience. To download a 2015 PDD Call for Proposal form click here.


AWC strongly encourages faculty to pursue all types of professional development opportunties that will enrich them professionally. Click here to download the CTE presentation (file = PowerPoint with live animations) given at the Friday, August 15 Faculty Meeting. For a static pdf version of the presentation click here.

Click here to access and watch certain video-recorded CTE-sponsored Weekend Workshops (fall 2012 and 2013, and spring 2013 and 2014 semesters).

Click here to download the Fall 2014 CTE-sponsored Professional Development (PD) workshop schedule. Or see table below. To reserve a slot for a workshop please RSVP (via email) Biridiana Martinez, CTE Administrative Secretary, at

Date Time Workshop Location
Sept 5 10-11am Customer Service in the Classroom AS 114
Sep 12 10-11am Gimme an "A": A Discussion of the Types, History, and Effectiveness of Grading Systems AS 114
Sep 19 10-11am Animation Basics for PowerPoint AS 114
Sep 24 11am-noon Are You Ready To Flip (Your Classroom)? AS 118
Oct 3 10-11am 50 Ways to Lure Your Learner AS 114
Oct 16 1-2pm Using Paired Courses to Accelerate Students Through Developmental Education SC 206
Oct 24 10-11:30am Inquiry Based Learning  AS 114
Nov 5 4:40-5:30pm Finding Your Roots (PBS Webinar) AS 118
Nov 7 10-11:30am Overcoming Ignorance with Facts and Graphs AS 114
Nov 12 4:00-5:00pm How to Integrate Game-Based Learning in Your Classroom (PBS Webinar) AS 118
Nov 13 3-3:30pm A Short Intro to the Studio School SC 120

The CTE has purchased an institutional site license subscription to Magna Commons online teaching/learning resources. As a faculty of the AWC community these cloud-based online resources are available to you at no cost. How can you access this valuable resource? Simple. Click here to download a pdf document that contains written and visual instructions on how to subscribe and gain access to over 150 Magna Commons online video seminars. Enjoy...

Also, another free faculty development resource available is Faculty Focus. Stay up to date with current thoughts about 21st century education.

In addition, current hardcopy issues of The Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) are available in the CTE. If you wish to receive via email the Chronicle's electronic edition entitled Academe Today, then please contact Biridiana Martinez, CTE Administrative Secretary, to request being added to the Academe Today email distribution list.

Furthermore, the Professional Development Committee (PDC) develops programs and activities for faculty, which lead to professional growth and career enhancement. It addresses such issues as renewal, incentives for research and new projects, orientation and mentoring, evaluation and professional growth programs. The PDC also serves in an advisory capacity to the Center for Teaching Effectiveness. Committee recommendations are submitted to the Dean of Instruction.

The Professional Development Committee is responsible for the planning of the annual Professional Development Day (PDD) held in February. The PDD is a daylong event devoted to the exchange of ideas related to teaching. The 2014 PDD included a morning keynote address from Steven Semken, Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience Education at Arizona State University, followed by an AVID Writing to Learn workshop led by Debbie Shapiro from Augsburg College. A medley of technology and oral presentation sessions devoted to teaching/learning and the acquisition of technology and customer service skills filled the afternoon time slots. Click here to download the 2014 PDD program. And to watch video-recorded sessions from the 2014 PDD click here.

Professional Development Committee meeting dates (tentative) for the fall 2014 semester are:

August 26, September 16, October 7, November 4, November 25, and December 2

Professional Development Committee Members for 2014-2015:

Division of Business & Computer Information Systems: Kris Duke (Accounting)

Division of Career and Technical Education: Shelly Greacen (Nursing)

Division of Communications: Donna Taylor (Reading)

Division of Fine Arts: VACANT

Division of Mathematics: Vicky Martinez-Bellow (Engineering)

Division of Modern Languages: Martha Martinez (Spanish)

Division of Science: Chris Benker (Geosciences)

Division of Social Sciences: Joe Vielbig (Sociology)

CTE Director: Scott Donnelly (Chemistry), Chair

AccessABILITY Resources Services Coordinator: Laura Sándigo

Faculty- NAU Yuma Branch Campus:  Vicki Ardisana (Education)

Staff- NAU Yuma Branch Campus: Susan Lauer (Administrative Associate)


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