Professional Development

Mercy College of Health Sciences Professional Development offers a continuum of opportunities for all faculty, staff, and administrators to prepare and respond to evolving student needs and equity measurements of student success and support.

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Colloquium 2021: Navigating and Embracing Change

  • Friday, August 27, 2021
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  • Change can teach us to adapt and help us develop resilience, but only if we understand our own capacity for growth and learning. When change makes us better, it's because we have learned how to turn a challenging situation to our own advantage, not merely because change happens.



9:00 - 9:15 am | Welcome

Audience: Faculty & Staff

Speakers: Michele Iris, Professional Development Chair; Stacy Smith, Professional Development Member

Topic: Welcome to all employees, PD Committee introductions, housekeeping, review the day's agenda.

9:15 - 9:30 am | Reflection

Audience: Faculty & Staff

Speaker: Bo Bonner, Senior Advisor to the President for Mission Initiatives and Spiritual Health

Topic: Conversion, Assumption, Transfiguration: 3 Catholic Feasts of August and what they teach us about change.

9:30 - 10:55 am | Keynote

Audience: Faculty & Staff

Speaker: Rowena Crosbie, Founder and President, Tero International

circle-cropped Rowena Crosbie is Founder and President of Tero International and co-author of Your Invisible Toolbox. Since 1993, Tero International has earned a distinguished reputation as a premier research and corporate training company. Rowena serves on the Boards of Directors for Hubbell Realty Company, Delta Dental of Iowa, EO Iowa, and The Greater Des Moines Partnership where she serves as Vice Chair. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Grand View University. Ro received the Immigrant Spirit Award at the International Entrepreneurs Summit in 2018 and was honored as the NAWBO Iowa 2017 Legacy Hall of Fame Award Inductee. She was named the Woman of Influence Business Owner of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record in 2009 and was Executive of the Year by Executive Women International, Iowa Chapter, in 2004. Ro immigrated to the United States in 1990 from her home in Winnipeg, Canada as a result of a job transfer. She became a Naturalized US Citizen in November 2006. She was married to Ted Crosbie for 23 years until his passing in 2016. She lives on a farm in Dallas County with 2 horses, 1 mule, 2 dogs and 12 cats. Her stepson, Jonathan, is a general practice physician and professor at Des Moines University.


Topic: Change: A Segment of the Leadership Category of Tero Clinics

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change". -Charles Darwin

Change is an obvious and undeniable fact of life. The most successful individuals and organizations are those that don't run from change, but turn it to their advantage. This is the age where managing change is everyone's responsibility. Think of it as your personal challenge.

This 90-minute interactive virtual session reveals common reasons change efforts fail and the three leadership misconceptions that underlie many change failures. Though examining how the process of change looks and feels to people going through it, leaders discover how to best prepare people for change, understand the emotions in change and learn useful tips for engaging others in the process.

Key Takeaways:

  • Change Model
  • Three Misconceptions About Change
10:55 - 11:00 am | Break

Please take this time to recharge, relax, and refuel.

11:00 - 12:00 pm | Choose One (Session 1)

Topic: Should We Say Kaboom! to Bloom's? 

Audience: Faculty or Staff

Speaker: Judy Wearing, PhD, Senior Learning Experience Designer, Dignity Health Global Education

circle-cropped (1) Dr. Wearing has worked as an educator and curriculum developer for over twenty years, designing programs, courses, and learning activities for a broad range of learners both online and in person. She specializes in supporting teachers and learners in the competencies, particularly creativity, critical thinking, and communication. She has two PhDs, one in experimental biology conducted at the University of Oxford while in her 20s, and the other in supporting students' creativity earned much more recently from Queen’s University in Canada. Dr. Wearing has also authored more than twenty books for adults and children, including Edison's Concrete Piano - a book about the failures of great inventors.


Topic: Bloom's Taxonomy is practically iconic in education circles. This presentation will highlight why Dr. Wearing thinks Bloom's taxonomy has done more harm in higher education than good, in ways that poor Benjamin Bloom never intended. The session will emphasize brain science, a dash of common sense, and the lessons Dr. Wearing has learned in over two decades of learning experience design. The session will provide concrete and immediate remedies that all educators can apply immediately to help their students transcend Bloom's, and leave the "lower levels" of thinking in the dust, where they belong.

11:00 - 12:00 pm | Choose One (Session 2)

Topic: Mission

Audience: Staff or Faculty

Speaker: Audra Meyer, Ed.D., Assistant Professor

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Break

Please use this time to recharge, refuel, check emails, and prepare for the afternoon sessions.

1:00 - 1:55 pm | A Glimpse into Student Policies and Processes

Audience: Faculty & Staff

Speakers: Anne Dennis, Vice President of Engagement; Lyneene Richardson, Dean of Student Affairs

Topic: A Glimpse into Student Policies and Processes will be a review and refresh of current, new, and updated student policies and processes for the upcoming school year.

1:55 - 2:00 pm | Break

Please take this time to recharge, relax, and refuel.

2:00 - 4:00 pm | Student Grievances
4:00 - 4:30 pm | Closing Remarks

Audience: Faculty & Staff

Speaker: Stacy Smith, Professional Development Member

Topic: Event wrap-up, open floor to questions and comments



Annual campus-wide professional development workshops for all employees include:

  • Colloquium
    Annual campus-wide conference that sharpens staff and faculty general knowledge and skillsets on an array of topics.
  • Fall Day
    Annual employee-wide workshop that focuses on topics including emotional intelligence, diversity, technology, and higher ed course development.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Annual employee-wide workshop that typically focuses on diversity and inclusion.


Committee Members

  • Grace Dunn, Member
  • Michele Iris, Chair
  • Catherine Johnson, Member
  • James (Trey) Leech, Member
  • Ryan (Bud) Marr, Ex-Officio Member
  • Rebecca Steidl, Member
  • Stacy Smith, Member
  • Jennie Ver Steeg, Member

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