The bi-annual Professional Development Day held May 6 at the Ontario campus brought staff and adjunct faculty members together to learn about the partnership between academic advising and instruction, career pathways for student development and tips and resources for using Adobe Connect.
More than 40 people from the Ontario, Riverside, Victorville and Menifee campuses attended the event, said Jalin Johnson, assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies. Johnson said this is the ninth development day she’s planned. Joining her on the planning team were faculty members Leticia Rojas (School of Education), Nakisha Castillo (School of Arts and Sciences) and Lynn Larsen (associate dean, School of Education), faculty services specialist Ashley Walker and campus directors Patrick Pierson (Ontario), Kristin Plapis (Riverside), Susanne Eisenhart (Victorville) and Miguel Aranda (Menifee).
“I think we had a great turnout and it seemed to me that the information provided in each workshop was relevant and helpful to our adjuncts. I noticed lots of clarifying questions and saw mental connections made between the workshop content and real-world application,” said Walker, who works at the Ontario campus.
Don Scott led the session on academic advising. Katy Curameng, director of the Career Center, led the discussion on career pathways and School of Business faculty member Laura Galloway offered the Adobe Connect tips.
“As always the Professional Development Day was well-organized and the adjunct professors were well engaged in the training that they received. Our three guest speakers that put on the topic training received great reviews and additionally, the atmosphere at the campus was energetic and positive,” said Pierson.