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Opportunities Abound Through the Center for Academic Excellence

July, 2019
  • All College Day speakers
    All College Day speakers
  • Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services Henry Ritter engages a group of QCC employees during a workshop session.
    Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services Henry Ritter engages a group of QCC employees during a workshop session.

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) has been busy during the spring and summer semesters. In addition to the teaching and academic technology workshops they offer year-round, the CAE held several larger events that QCC employees could attend: a Using Technology in the Classroom Conference in January; a presentation on All College Day by Sophie Lampard Dennis and Dorothy Osterholt, Associate Professors of Education at Landmark College; and the Innovations and Best Practices Showcase in June. (See the February 2019 Wyvern Guardian for further information about the Using Technology in the Classroom Conference.)

Approximately 60 faculty members attended Lampard Dennis’ and Osterholt’s All College Day presentation, which was titled, “Assessing and Addressing Barriers that Impact Engagement and Work Completion Among Today’s College Students.” The two presenters spoke about the impact of four domains of learning on students’ classroom engagement and ability to keep up with the demands of college. Attendees participated in active engagement activities to learn about specific curricular and classroom activities they could immediately implement in their classrooms.

“I found the training and model to be so relevant to college student’s need to focus on assessing their individual strengths and challenges to allow them to improve their college performance,” said Professor of Management and Marketing Flo Lucci. “I enjoyed the training and plan to use the model in first class meetings next semester as well as a post discussion during the last class meeting.”

The Innovations and Best Practices Showcase also was a well-attended event with faculty and staff from across various areas of the College as both audience members and presenters. The day began with Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Nancy Schoenfeld giving some welcoming remarks, followed by presentations that included: 

  • “Top 5 Answers on the Board: An Advising Services Overview” by Lupe Lomeli (Director of Advising), Henry Ritter (Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services - Health Careers), and Eric Saczawa (Coordinator, Career & Academic Planning Services, Technology & Web-Based Services)
  • “Syllabus Hacks: Transforming Early Communication with Students” by Gaelan Benway (Professor of Sociology and Academic Assessment Facilitator) and Judy Colson (Professor of Psychology)
  • “Faculty Innovations for Civic Literacy Inclusion” by Tiger Swan (Coordinator of Library Reference and Instruction)
  • “StartRIGHT: What You Need to Know” by Ray Lawless (CAPS Advisor) and Tenisha Mincey (Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Assessment)
  •  “Managing Student Communication” by Jennifer Guzman-Gayflor (CAPS Advisor) and Marty Muysenberg (CAPS Advisor)
  •  “ENG 102: Four Freedoms Reimagined” by Karen Bento (English Instructor)
  •  “Using Question Pools & Tests in Bb” by Robert Knox (Computer Information Systems Instructor)

The day ended with a tour of the Student Success Center led by Anila Nagle of the Advising Center, and a tour of the Library led by librarians Cary Morse and Tiger Swan.

Currently, the CAE is ramping up for the 2019-2020 academic year. Stay tuned for information about our annual events as well as some new workshops, a nonfiction reading group, a revamped website, and other exciting developments.

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