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
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.
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.
Speaker: Rowena Crosbie, Founder and President, Tero International
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.
Please take this time to recharge, relax, and refuel.
Topic: Should We Say Kaboom! to Bloom's?
Audience: Faculty or Staff
Speaker: Judy Wearing, PhD, Senior Learning Experience Designer, Dignity Health Global Education
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.
Audience: Staff or Faculty
Speaker: Audra Meyer, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Please use this time to recharge, refuel, check emails, and prepare for the afternoon sessions.
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.
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:
Bridges into Health: Strategies to Reduce Inequities and Improve Health Outcomes -  Terie Dreussi-Smith, M.A.Ed
Emotional Intelligence -  Stephanie Salasek
Advanced Microsoft Word: Formatting Documents [Video]
Staying out of Email Jail [PDF]
Respecting Religious & Spiritual Differences [PPT]
Food Insecurities: Our College Community Responsibility [PDF]
Information Resources and Information Expectations [PPT]
All About the A's: Advising & Admissions [PPT]
Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses [Article]
10 Recommendations for Improving Group Work [Article]
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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.
Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.
Mercy College is a Catholic, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher learning.