Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Fall Convocation - August 17-20, 2021

Wednesday August 18

8:00-3:30

New Faculty Orientation: Thriving in the First Weeks

An invitation will be sent to new faculty members closer to the date of the event.
Sponsored by CETL


8:00-8:50

What did the Belonging Research Data Tell Us and What To Do About It?

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/93194578160
Meeting ID: 931 9457 8160
Passcode: 676606

Research in the past few decades has shown that social and academic integration and students’ sense of belonging play a critical role in student success.  Universities and colleges are increasingly directing attention to and effort on fostering students’ sense of belonging.  In this session, the presenters will expound on the results from SCSU’s Student Belonging Survey data and focused group studies and engage faculty and staff in a discussion on what to do about what we have learned from the data.

Presenters:  Melissa Hanzsek-Brill, Mark Petzold, Feng-Ling Johnson


8:00-8:50

The Faculty Scholar in the Social Media Age

Location: Mississippi Room, Atwood Memorial Center

We are inundated with information in an unprecedented fashion, this is obvious to everyone.  Accessibility is easily gained to content with breadth and depth ranging in quality and factual integrity.  We have adapted to this in our professional activities, sometimes utilizing this resource in our work.  However, the production of these products provides greater flexibility and precision in content delivery.  Our roles as teacher scholars demand not just knowledge dissemination but also the creation of new knowledge and scholarly products.  Scholarly products include digital media and in certain areas are more impactful than traditional scholarly works.  We will discuss this and provide information on production, editing, and sharing digital products. Additionally, we will provide detail on the acquisition and assembly of a low-cost digital production system.

Presenters:  Matthew Julius, Professor of Biology, and Matthew Davis, Professor of Biology.


9:00-9:50

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion by Using UDL

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/99996044674 

Don't let accessibility barriers get between you, your course materials and your students' success.  In this session, Dr. Amy Hebert Knopf will explain the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and how she has incorporated it into her course design and teaching practice.  Also presenting will be Dr. Nicholas Wright, explaining the student accommodation process and answering frequently asked questions.  The Online and Distance Learning team will conclude the session with several best practices and easy-to-implement strategies proven to foster student success.

Presenters:  Dr. Amy Hebert Knopf, Assoc. Professor Community Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy; Dr. Nicholas Wright, Director of Student Accessibility Services; Sarah Clark, Director Online & Distance Learning and Dr. Jodi Laudenbach, Instructional Design Technologist Online & Distance Learning


9:00-9:50

Equity by Design at SCSU

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/96607991521
Meeting ID: 966 0799 1521
Passcode: 393782

This session will highlight Equity by Design, a methodology to understand and address academic disparities in the classroom and move towards equity-minded practices, and its implementation at SCSU.  This initiative stems from Minnesota State’s Equity 2030 commitment and contributes to our It’s Time priorities.  We see this work as ongoing, impacting all departments and disciplines. 

In this presentation, the SCSU Equity By Design team will provide an overview of the EbD framework and how it connects to ongoing efforts at SCSU.  The SCSU Equity By Design team represents diverse spaces on campus and we want to encourage our colleagues to make shifts in thinking about equity work and their role in it.

Presenters:  Mary Clifford, CARE; Sue Haller, Department of Math and Statistics; Nick Haverhals, Math Skills Center; Stephanie Houdek, Math Skills Center; Kyoko Kishimoto, Department of Ethnic, Gender, & Women's Studies; Tony Kunkel, Office of Analytics and Institutional Research; Melissa Prescott, University Library; Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair, Multicultural Resource Center; and  Ibrahim Soumare, Department of Math and Statistics.


10:00-10:50

Navigate Training for Faculty Users-Level 1

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94496374278

Join us to learn how you can impact student success by engaging with the Navigate platform this academic year.  This session will provide an overview of basic platform functions, including how to access Navigate, faculty and staff roles, how to search for and communicate with students, how to respond to Progress Report Campaigns (early alert requests) and options for calendar syncing and appointment scheduling.

Navigate is an online coordinated care platform that allows us to:

  • Identify and prioritize students who could benefit from additional assistance
  • Simplify student intervention through the use of Progress Report Campaigns and alerts
  • Offer online appointment scheduling
  • Improve shared communication around academic advising
  • Deliver data and predictive analytics to identify students at-risk for attrition

Presenter(s):  Holly Schuck, Associate Director of Advising & Student Transition and Dr. Feng-Ling Johnson, Dean of University College & AVP for Student Success


10:00-10:50

AEFIS Drop In Session

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/99936104014
Meeting ID: 999 3610 4014
Passcode: Aefis

AEFIS is our web-based assessment management platform used for the collection of [assessment] planning and reporting.  If you have questions about using AEFIS to track outcomes in courses and programs, reporting assessment findings or other assessment functions, log into this virtual session to have your questions answered.

Facilitator:  Holly Evers, Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator


11:00-11:50

Introduction to CourseDog, SCSU’s new curriculum and catalog system

This is a hyflex session.
Location: Mississippi Room, Atwood Memorial Center
Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/8722713758 

What’s new in our new curriculum and catalog system?  We’ll demonstrate new features and introduce our updated curriculum process.

Presenter:  Bill Cook, University Curriculum Coordinator.


11:00-11:50

The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, THE BIAS INSIDE US, at SCSU

Location: Gallery, Atwood Memorial Center

St. Cloud State University was chosen as one of ten communities to host this Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition.  The goal is to help visitors understand and counter their implicit biases.  As part of the event, participants will engage in dialogue that will increase empathy, help create a more inclusive environment and build community.  There will be a brief introduction to the Exhibition, as well as access to and scheduling of the Exhibition.

Presenter:  Dr. Daniel Wildeson, Director, SCSU Hosting of the Smithsonian Exhibition THE BIAS INSIDE US


1:00-1:50

General Assessment Drop In Session

Have a question about assessment? Drop in and get your LEP, OHC, AEFIS, and program-and course-level assessment questions answered!

Facilitator: Holly Evers, Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94997295981
Meeting ID: 949 9729 5981
Passcode: Assessment


1:00-1:50

Introduction to CourseDog, SCSU’s new curriculum and catalog system

This is a hyflex session.
Location: Mississippi Room, Atwood Memorial Center
Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/8722713758

What’s new in our new curriculum and catalog system?  We’ll demonstrate new features and introduce our updated curriculum process.

Presenter:  Bill Cook, University Curriculum Coordinator.


2:00-2:50

Equity by Design at SCSU

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94093837034
Meeting ID: 940 9383 7034
Passcode: 906069

This session will highlight Equity by Design, a methodology to understand and address academic disparities in the classroom and move towards equity-minded practices, and its implementation at SCSU.  This initiative stems from Minnesota State’s Equity 2030 commitment and contributes to our It’s Time priorities.  We see this work as ongoing, impacting all departments and disciplines. 

In this presentation, the SCSU Equity By Design team will provide an overview of the EbD framework and how it connects to ongoing efforts at SCSU.  The SCSU Equity By Design team represents diverse spaces on campus and we want to encourage our colleagues to make shifts in thinking about equity work and their role in it.
Presenters:  Mary Clifford, CARE; Sue Haller, Department of Math and Statistics; Nick Haverhals, Math Skills Center; Stephanie Houdek, Math Skills Center; Kyoko Kishimoto, Department of Ethnic, Gender, & Women's Studies; Tony Kunkel, Office of Analytics and Institutional Research; Melissa Prescott, University Library; Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair, Multicultural Resource Center; and  Ibrahim Soumare, Department of Math and Statistics.


2:00-2:50

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion by Using UDL

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97239220157

Don't let accessibility barriers get between you, your course materials and your students' success.  In this session, Dr. Amy Hebert Knopf will explain the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and how she has incorporated it into her course design and teaching practice.  Also presenting will be Dr. Nicholas Wright, explaining the student accommodation process and answering frequently asked questions.  The Online and Distance Learning team will conclude the session with several best practices and easy-to-implement strategies proven to foster student success.
Presenters:  Dr. Amy Hebert Knopf, Assoc. Professor Community Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy; Dr. Nicholas Wright, Director of Student Accessibility Services; Sarah Clark, Director Online & Distance Learning and Dr. Jodi Laudenbach, Instructional Design Technologist Online & Distance Learning


3:00-3:50

HuskiesAdvance: An innovative program to help our students Show the World What They can Do

HuskiesAdvance is an It’s Time initiative that provides individualized student support through intentional curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, guided by a personal mentor.  Learn how the program works, ways it enhances other campus initiatives, opportunities for you to get involved, and how to refer students to the program.

Presenter: Dr. Peggy Sarnicki, Interim Director, HuskiesAdvance.

This is a hyflex session.
Location: Mississippi Room, Atwood Memorial Center
Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/93328883000
Passcode: 205263


3:00-3:50

Navigate Training for Faculty Users-Level 1

Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/94496374278

Join us to learn how you can impact student success by engaging with the Navigate platform this academic year.  This session will provide an overview of basic platform functions, including how to access Navigate, faculty and staff roles, how to search for and communicate with students, how to respond to Progress Report Campaigns (early alert requests) and options for calendar syncing and appointment scheduling.

Navigate is an online coordinated care platform that allows us to:

  • Identify and prioritize students who could benefit from additional assistance
  • Simplify student intervention through the use of Progress Report Campaigns and alerts
  • Offer online appointment scheduling
  • Improve shared communication around academic advising
  • Deliver data and predictive analytics to identify students at-risk for attrition

Presenter(s):  Holly Schuck, Associate Director of Advising & Student Transition and Dr. Feng-Ling Johnson, Dean of University College & AVP for Student Success


4:00

Gathering in the Garden

Location: SCSU Community Garden
(located on Fifth Avenue South near Sixth Street, St Cloud MN)

Welcome back!  Join us in the SCSU Community Garden for snacks and conversation.  Celebrating its 17th season, the Community Garden was voted Minnesota's Best Community Garden by WCCO TV viewers.  The garden is located north of the Miller Center on 5th Avenue.

Hosted by: SCSU Garden and CETL.

For more information on the Garden, See: https://www.stcloudstate.edu/communitygarden/