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Professional Development in Times of Constant & Dramatic Change

  • NISOD ConferenceIf there’s anything constant on community college campuses today, it’s frequent and profound change. College presidents and other upper-level administrators are retiring in unprecedented numbers. New instructional delivery strategies are being implemented on a routine basis. Technology and other innovations make it increasingly import to make sure students graduate with the job skills employers seek. Add to the mix the significant role community colleges are playing to help restore the United States as a world leader in college-degree attainment, and it should be obvious community colleges need to provide effective professional development opportunities for their faculty, administrators, and staff. Without professional development, the ability of community college educators to meet these new challenges and opportunities will be seriously compromised. But, how do community colleges ensure that their faculty, administrators, and staff have the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to do their work effectively in today’s environment?

    National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) support its members’ commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership by providing them with a wide variety of professional development options, including our International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 25-28, 2014, Austin, Texas). NISOD’s annual conference attracts educators from around the world and is the definitive gathering of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff seeking to improve student achievement. The conference is well known for its many outstanding features, including thought-provoking keynote speakers. For 2014, keynote speakers include Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Isa Adney, Author, Community College Success; and Tina Gridiron, Senior Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundation. Also available at the conference are preconference seminars and special sessions facilitated by other nationally-recognized experts; an exhibit hall where conference participants can explore the latest tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning; and a few hundred breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions during which participants share exemplary practices and programs.

    NISOD is currently seeking presentations that are delivered in innovative ways for new and veteran community and technical college educators. One thing we know about our audience is that they do not want to be talked at—they want to be engaged and challenged. So put on your creative thinking cap, send us your best ideas, and join us in May 2014 in the Music Capital of the World!

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    What do you find more beneficial when attending conferences, the educational opportunities or the face-to-face networking with colleagues?


  • Bob Ertischek
    Bob Ertischek I'm very excited because I’m actually going to be attending this conference, and Profology will be exhibiting there as well! I'm especially looking forward to connecting and sharing with other community college professors from all over the country. I'm lo...  more
    December 17, 2013 - 1 likes this
  • Edward Leach
    Edward Leach Thanks, Bob. We're honored to have Profology participate in our 2014 conference, which is an exceptional professional development opportunity for community and technical college faculty members. And, Austin is an absolutely phenomenal city!
    December 17, 2013 - 1 likes this
  • Ronald Shapiro
    Ronald Shapiro In response to your question, networking face-to-face is usually the most valuable part of conference participation. Many presentations can normally be read in the conference procedings and then discussed with the presenters.

    On another topic mentioned...  more
    December 18, 2013 - 1 likes this
  • Edward Leach
    Edward Leach Thanks, Ron. Your example of having "audience members" watch other attendees being "participants" and maybe serving as "judges" or "commentators" sounds similar to fishbowl conversations where a few people are in th...  more
    December 19, 2013 - 1 likes this