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2019 Faculty Development Conference

March 20, 2019 - March 22, 2019

7th Annual North American Faculty Development Conference
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL (Chicago)

2019 Faculty Development Conference Brochure

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.

A few of the presenters will be:



March 20, 2019
March 22, 2019


Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Brynn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States


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 20, 2019

8:30 am – 9:00 am  Welcome, Introductions,

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. The State of Faculty Development for 2017, William A. Draves, President, Learning Resources Network (LERN)

9:45 am – 10:00 am Complimentary Morning Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am  Teaching Strategies to Promote Learning in the Online Environment, Dr. Jill Fuson, Faculty Director for the School of Business; Dr. Kevin Forehand, Program Director for Retail Management Program and Real Estate Studies Program; Dr. Gary Deel, Faculty Director for the School of Business; American Public University System

11:00 am – Noon  Creating a Life in Balance: Managing Faculty Stressors in Higher Education, Laura Pruitt Walker,DHEd, MSN, RN, COI; and Kimberly D. Helms, DHEd, MSN, RN,COI, CFD; Jacksonville State University, School of Health Professions & Wellness, Department of Nursing, Jacksonville, AL.
Noon – 1 pm  Complimentary Luncheon

1:00 – 1:30  Small Group Discussions, Top Issues in Faculty Development

SPECIAL SECTION: Teaching African American Students

1:30 pm – 2:00  pm  Equity in the Classroom: An Institutional Responsibility, Dr. Dionne Felix, Associate Vice President for Academic Instruction, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

2:05 – 2:15 p.m.  Complimentary Afternoon Break

2:15 – 2:35  Equity in the Classroom Continued.

2:40 – 3:30 pm Teaching While White, Learning While Black, Julie Coates, Senior Vice President, Learning Resources Network, River Falls, WI

3:30 pm – 4 pm     Teaching African American Students Group Discussion with Dr. Dionne Felix and Julie Coates


Thursday, March 21, 2019

8:30 am – 9:00 am  Small Group Discussions, Top Tips in Faculty Development

9:00 am –10:00 am  Is Synchronous Dead for Online Learning,Lisa Dallas, Senior Instructional Designer, Faculty Development and Innovation Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

10:00 am – 10:15 am Complimentary Morning Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am    Your Perception, Their Persistence (or not), Dr. Dionne Felix, Associate Vice President for Academic Instruction, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

11:15 am – Noon  Keeping the Online Class Fresh and Fun, Lisa Dallas, Senior Instructional Designer, Faculty Development and Innovation Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Noon – 1 pm Complimentary Luncheon

1:00 – 1:30  Small Group Discussions, Next Trends in Faculty Development

1:30 pm – 2 pm  Making Your Pitch: Convincing Faculty and Administrators,  Julia King Tamang, Portland, OR.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Complimentary Afternoon Break

2:15 – 2:45 pm  Making Your Pitch Continued.

2:45 pm – 4 pm  Nine Shift for 2019: The New Model for Education Emerges, William A. Draves


Friday, March 22, 2019

8:30 am – 9:00 am  Small Group Discussions, The Future of Faculty Development

9:00 am – 9:50 am  Invisible DiversityBook Discussion.
Choose 10 pages to read the night before of the new book Invisible Diversity, by Julie Coates. The book is compliments of attending the conference.  Then come and discuss your thoughts on invisible diversity with your colleagues.

9:50 am – 10:15 am Complimentary Morning Break

10:15 am – 10:59 am  Planning Session: Faculty Development for the Future.
Engage with your other colleagues in planning the future of faculty development, including ideas for a faculty development curriculum, Faculty Development Program Review, and Certified Faculty Development Program designation.

11:00 am We end the conference on time.

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.

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

Phone: (847) 696-1234

Website: Book Hotel Through the LERN Room Block (use this link to get the discounted room rate for attendees)

Rates: Rates include breakfast at hotel. Double, triple and quad rates include breakfast for two.

  • Single – $179
  • Double – $204
  • Triple – $229
  • Quad – $254

Reservations must be made by February 25, 2019

No cancelations or refunds after February 25, 2019

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


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