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Spring 2014 Professional Development day

The annual AWC/NAU-Yuma Professional Development Day (PDD) took place on Thursday, February 13. The daylong event started with a keynote address during breakfast, was followed by a session on teaching pedagogy, and then faculty went to their respective meeting places to conduct division business before lunch. After lunch technology and oral presentation sessions germane to teaching/learning pedagogy occupied the afternoon time slots. Click here to download the 2014 PDD program.

Some of the afternoon oral presentations were videorecorded. Click here to view what presentations were videorecorded. To watch the presentation click on the italicized presentation title.

A link to an electronic survey was sent via email to all those that attended the 2014 PDD. To view the survey results in different visual formats (pdf and Excel) choose from the active links below.

2014 PDD Survey Results (including Comments); pdf
2014 PDD Survey Results (excluding Comments); Excel (pie charts, bar graphs)
2014 PDD Survey Results (excluding Comments); pdf

This year's PDD keynote speaker was Steven Semken, Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience Education at Arizona State University. An ethnogeologist Prof. Semken’s research focuses on ways that place, culture, and affect influence how people interpret their physical environment. This field of study spans science education, anthropology, geography, linguistics, and cognitive science. Prof. Semken's keynote address entitled Leveraging Sense of Place in Teaching Southwest Geoscience can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here.

Links to download (pdf format) a selection of Prof. Semken's recent scholarly publications are found below:

Sense of Place and Place-Based Introductory Geoscience Teaching for American Indian and Alaska Native Undergraduates

Cognitive and Affective Outcomes of a Southwest Place-Based Approach to Teaching Introductory Geoscience 

Sense of Place in the Practice and Assessment of Place-Based Science Teaching

Factors That Influence Sense of Place as a Learning Outcome and Assessment Measure of Place-Based Geoscience Teaching

Ethnographic Methods in Analysis of Place-Based Geoscience Curriculum and Pedagogy

Math and Geoscience "Placed" in Context

Below are links to videos either directly or indirectly related to Sense of Place, the unofficial theme of this year's PDD.

Eric Sanderson New York: Before the City (Playlist Talk #5)
Aris Venetikidis Making Sense of Maps (Playlist Talk #1)
Lalitesh Katragadda Making Maps to Fight Disaster, Build Economies (Playlist Talk #2)
Parag Khanna Mapping the Future of Countries (Playlist Talk #8)
Stuart Bagshaw Sense of Place
Robert Redford On the Sundance Story
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Making Sense of Place Film Series
PBS Sense of Place


Presenter Presentation Title
Steven Semken EarthScope: Building an Effective Social Media Strategy for Science Programs
Hollie Villanueva Demystifying Writing in the Classroom: Writing to Learn, Learning to Write
Erv Barnes Military/Veterans Student Success Forum
Nihal Behrens & John Trombley Introduction to the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
Donna Taylor & Hollie Villanueva A Bridge to Success: Uniting Reading and Writing Courses
Laura Sandigo & Ashley Wilks AccessABILITY Resource Services
Joann Chang & Francisco Villa PCR Possibilities in the Undergraduate Science Curriculum
Mary Kay Harton & Curtis Peterson We Don't Negotiate With Terrorists
Ed Schubert Lincoln's Hymn: Poetry and Theology in the Second Inaugural


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