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2020 Faculty Development Conference

March 18, 2020 - March 20, 2020

8th Annual North American Faculty Development Conference
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL (Chicago)

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.


March 18, 2020
March 20, 2020


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 18, 2020

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

8:15 – 8:30  Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am  Welcome, Introductions,

8:45 – 9:00 am The State of Faculty Development for 2020.
 William A. Draves, CFD, President, Learning Resources Network (LERN)

9:00 – 9:45 am First Year Faculty Developer:  Discoveries, Issues, Learning Curve
Discuss the discoveries and issues addressed during that first year of faculty development experience. Then learn how new faculty in technical programs are given the tools needed to translate their knowledge into learning experiences for students as they move from industry to instructors overnight. Finally, understand the learning curve challenge for instructors leaving industry to teach at a college.
Carla Hixson, Dean of Current and Emerging Technologies, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

9:45 am – 10:00 am Morning Break, compliments of LERN

10:00 am – 11:00 am  am  Just Go Teach!
Institutions of higher education are redesigning the way classes are taught in order to meet the learner of the 21st century.  Faculty therefore are adjusting their classroom practices by adopting and evolving their instructional interactions to adapt to learners who are nothing like the students they were as a college graduate.  In order to cross the gap from a traditional static educator to that of a dynamic educator meeting the needs of the 21st century learner, mentoring and coaching have become the intervention for both students, but more importantly, our teachers in the classroom.
   Dr. Jill Fuson, Faculty Director, School of Business; and Doris Blanton, Faculty Director, School of Business; American Public University System, Charles Town, WV

11:00 am – Noon  An Orientation Program for New Graduate Online Educators
Take home strategies, techniques and results from the presenters’ review of a newly created orientation program for new educators in an Online Graduate Program.
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  Luncheon together, compliments of LERN

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

1:30 pm – 2:00  pm  The Presence, Power, and Impact of Perception on Student Success
   Perception is defined as “a belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem,” and is often rooted in our assumptions, misnomers, values, beliefs, world views, and experiences. Find out and discuss how perception, in the context of teaching and learning, directly influences how students encounter learning as well as the trajectory of their success.       Dr. Dionne Felix, Associate Vice President for Academic Instruction, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

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

2:15 – 2:45  The Impact of Perception on Student Success session continued.

2:45 – 3:15 pm Online and Tech Tools to Engage Every Student
Take home online and tech tools faculty from across campus can use to engage students. Tools shared include those for Formative Assessment / Gamification; presentation tools with built-in interactive features, phone apps to make faculty life easier, and some just for fun! Time will be left for others in the room to share any additional tools used.
   Carla Hixson, Dean of Current and Emerging Technologies, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

3:15 – 4 pm  Grading in the 21st Century
   Grading in the last century included time and behavior. In this century, learning results and knowledge outcomes are more valued in the workplace without respect to time input or behavior.  Discuss this cutting edge and controversial topic and its implication for faculty development.
William A. Draves, CFD, President, Learning Resources Network (LERN)


Thursday, March 19, 2020

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

9:00 am –10:00 am  Academia’s Growing Nemesis
As colleges and universities grapple with the challenges of attrition and retention, another challenge emerges that threatens the very fabric of the academic experience. Increasingly, students struggle through to remain focused and centered.  With growing urgency, institutions  wrestle against the increasing onslaught of this growing nemesis.
Dr. Dionne Felix, Associate Vice President for Academic Instruction, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

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

10:15 am – 11:15 am   Filling the Barrel: Using a Creative Pipeline Approach to Increase Online Enrollment
   Embarking on a journey to “fill the barrel,” your presenters used a pipeline approach and innovative strategies to increase enrollment in online graduate nursing programs. Take away creative approaches to engaging students virtually, to soliciting students at every stage of the decision making process,and using social media and relationship building to funnel students into the pipeline of online graduate programs.
   Kimberly D. Helms, DHEd, MSN, RN, COI, CFD; and Laura Pruitt Walker, DHEd, MSN, RN, COI; Jacksonville State University, School of Health Professions & Wellness, Department of Nursing, Jacksonville, AL

11:15 am – Noon  Managing Performance in the Academy
    The Professional and Organizational Development Department at Prince George’s Community College is working with the Compensation and Benefits Department in implementing a new performance management system for all employees except faculty.  This presentation will review why it was done, the anticipated outcomes and the challenges.

Noon – 1 pm  Luncheon together, compliments of LERN

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

1:30 pm – 2 pm  Problem Solved! How to Understand Any Problem
Solving problems is not rocket science, but you need a method to understand a problem deeply. This positions you to create a solution that solves the issue, without creating a new problem. Useful in both work and personal life, this method is a gem.
Julia King Tamang, Portland, OR.

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

2:15 – 2:45 pm  Problem Solved session Continued.

2:45 pm – 4 pm  Helping Your Students with Autism
Today, almost every faculty member in America has a student who have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). It is important for every teacher to understand how to recognize behaviors that may indicate ASD. Take away 5 strategies for faculty to both detect common characteristics of  autism and work effectively with ASD students.
Julie Coates, Vice President for Information Services, Learning Resources Network (LERN), River Falls, WI.


Friday, March 20, 2020

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

9:00 am – 9:50 am  Discussion Session: Faculty Development for the Future.
Engage with your other colleagues in planning the future of faculty development, including ideas for the next level of a faculty development curriculum.

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

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. NineShift for 2020.
 Work, life and education in the 21st century and the coming transformation of higher education for the new Knowledge Society.
William A. Draves, President, Learning Resources Network (LERN)

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 – $195
  • Double – $195
  • Triple – $220
  • Quad – $245

Reservations must be made by February 24, 2020

No cancelations or refunds after February 24, 2020

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


Registration Information

There Are 5 Easy Ways to Register


Click Here to Register Online.

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