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2018 Faculty Development Conference

March 14, 2018 - March 16, 2018

Sixth Annual North American Faculty Development Conference
March 14-16, 2018
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL (Chicago)

Why you should attend
There are several reasons why your institution should be represented at this important conference.

Boost completion rates.
Boosting your completion rates is now a top priority. The key is to provide professional development for your faculty, so they can better enable your students to learn more and succeed. This conference has the latest and most successful tips for faculty development.

Faculty development is a good investment.
Faculty development creates income and reduces costs. Professionally trained faculty are able to use their time more effectively, teach hybrid and online courses as well as face to face, and are more apt to adjust to new technologies and pedagogical strategies.

Return on investment.
(ROI) is substantial. When you come to the North American Faculty Development Conference, you are able to improve the professional development of your faculty and staff, resulting in an enormous return on investment (ROI) for all your faculty.

Faculty development enhances the quality of all your faculty.
Enhance your institution’s teaching quality. In the increasingly competitive environment facing higher education in the years ahead, your institution cannot afford to fall behind in teaching quality.

Only this conference has
• state of faculty development;
• top faculty development issues;
• future of faculty development; and
• top faculty development tips of the year.

Just one student retained will pay for your entire conference.

Who should participate
Any person on faculty or staff engaged in faculty development should participate. Whether faculty development is a full-time position, a part-time position or a part of an administrator’s duties, this conference is relevant. The content is geared toward both new and experienced faculty developers. Deans and other decision-makers will also benefit from getting the most advanced, comprehensive and intensive professional development available in faculty development.

Download the 2018 Faculty Development Conference



For faculty and staff,  both new and experienced in faculty development.



March 14, 2018
March 16, 2018


Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Brynn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States
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1. Sessions by some of the top faculty developers in higher education
2. Networking and discussions with your colleagues
3. Latest most advanced practices in online teaching
4. Discussion of the future trends and issues in faculty development

After attending this premier conference you will be able to:
• identify current trends and issues that need to be addressed by faculty development programs;
• know the latest innovations and best practices in faculty development;
• address the changing role and needs of faculty;
• ...and much more.

Information not available anywhere else
Successful institutions will be sending representatives to this conference. By not attending, you risk losing retention, completion rates, and quality reputation, and not remaining competitive



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Breakfast on your own, complimentary if staying at the hotel.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Opening Session, The State of Faculty Development for 2018, with William A. Draves, President, Learning Resources Network (LERN).

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Bringing Faculty Back to the Fundamentals, Jill Y. Fuson, Faculty Director; and Doris Blanton, Faculty Director; School of Business, American Public University System, Charles Town, WV.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break, compliments of LERN

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Faculty Development Issues Important to Academic Leadership, Michael Lewis, Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs and Development, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

11:30 a.m. – Noon
Networking Session, ‘Wow’ Faculty Development Ideas

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch together, compliments of LERN

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Creating Leadership Programs for Leaders: Deans, Associate Deans and Departmental Chairs, Audrey C. Davis, Ed.D, NBCC, Manager, Organizational Learning,
Center for Professional Development, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD.

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break, compliments of LERN

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Perfecting the Formula (x + y=?): Effective Online Teaching + Effective Online Learning = Engaged Student, Shalanda Dixon, Communications Professor, Chattahoochee Technical College, Acworth, GA.

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Networking Session, Faculty Development Success Stories

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Breakfast, on your own, complimentary if staying at the hotel

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Promoting Understanding and Peer Success, Laura Pruitt Walker, DHEd, MSN, RN, COI; and Kimberly D. Helms, DHEd, MSN, RN, COI, CFD; School of Health Professions & Wellness, Department of Nursing, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Social Presence: Maximizing Student Learning Experience in the Online Courseroom, Dr. Dionne Felix, Humanities & Social Sciences Division; and Odessa Jordan, MBA, Business and CIS Division; Calhoun Community College, Huntsville, AL.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break, Compliments of LERN

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Making Your Institution’s New Faculty Orientation More Meaningful, Useful and Impactful, Bradford Mallory, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology Department, Learning + Teaching Center Co-Director; and Rita Kumar, Professor, English and Communication Department, Learning + Teaching Center Co-Director; University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Blue Ash, OH.

11:45 a.m. – Noon
Small Group Discussions, Best Faculty Development Tips

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch together, compliments of LERN

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Small Group Discussions, followed by a Panel Presentation, Best Practices in Faculty Development

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break, compliments of LERN

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
The Anxiety Epidemic, Julie Coates, Senior Vice President, LERN; and adjunct professor, University of South Dakota.

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Networking Session, Issues in Faculty Development.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Breakfast on your own, complimentary if staying at the hotel

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Seeing Faculty Stressors through a Different Lens: Focusing on Self Awareness and Mindfulness, Kimberly D. Helms, DHEd, MSN, RN, COI, CFD; and Laura Pruitt Walker, DHEd, MSN, RN, COI; School of Health Professions & Wellness, Department of Nursing, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Small Group Discussions, What’s Ahead for Faculty Development

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion, The Future of Faculty Development

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nine Shift: The Big Change, with William A. Draves, one of education’s leading futurists. How higher education is being transformed into a totally new model for the 21st century.

11:30 a.m.

Location Information

The hotel is located near O’Hare Airport with complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel. Your conference hotel is also located near the CTA or ‘L’ light rail line into downtown Chicago.

Single: Just $162 per night (plus taxes) with (1) breakfast included at O’H American Grill per day. Double: $187 per night (plus taxes) with (2) breakfasts included at O’H American Grill per day.
Complimentary wireless internet access in guest rooms when you make your reservation in the “LERN Group”.

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Brynn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 696-1234

Reservation Link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49280906/owner/2805/home

Be sure to make your reservation with the Hyatt Regency O’Hare directly at
the phone number above, and specify the “LERN group” in your reservation. Do
NOT make your hotel reservation with any national Hyatt reservation system or
any other entity.

Registration Information

There Are 5 Easy Ways to Register


Email. Send your Application information to Tammy at info@lern.org.

Fax. Complete the Application form and fax it, toll-free, 24 hours a day, to (888) 234-8633.

Phone. Call Tammy at (800) 678-5376. The phones are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday-Friday.

Mail. Simply fill in the form on the next page and mail it to:
Faculty Development Conference
P.O. Box 9
River Falls, WI 54022

Questions? Call Tammy at (800) 678- 5376 or email her at info@lern.org