Special Topics

Advanced registration is required for all KCPDC events. Registration is FREE to employees of member institutions. Please contact your campus representative for registration.

The Special Topics Series is an annually planned group of seminars. Topics are chosen collectively by KCPDC board members based on identified development needs from each member institution. Employees participating in the seminars can learn new skills, build relationships and share ideas with colleagues from other institutions, having some fun in the process. Effective July 1, 2011, Special Topics sessions may be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Supervisory and Faculty Development Certificate Programs.


Grants for Professional Development

Presented by: Will Duncan

Date: Friday, September 23rd
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Baker University (OP), 7301 College Blvd., Room 101

The world of grant-making and grant-writing can be very confusing. Often Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are vague and it is unclear what specific projects foundations might fund. This workshop will focus on how you can know more about a foundation, and how you can build a more robust picture of specific projects they have funded in the past. With this knowledge, we will look at how that information might impact a grant proposal. Specifically, we will cover some locations online where you can look for various grants and professional development funding. This session will be tailored for individuals who have little working knowledge of grants. The session will be interactive; we will critique a hypothetical grant proposal and we will split into groups to work on a grant proposal using different writing styles.

As a result of this workshop, you should leave with new skills:

  • Knowledge of online sources to understand RFPs.
  • Insight into the grant process.
  • Ability to compare and contrast SMART and LOGIC models of grant-writing.
  • The beginnings of a potential new project.

Note: Participants should plan to bring a laptop, and bring some far-out idea about a project you would like to fund.


How to Be interesting: Presentations that Keep your Audience Engaged

Presented by: Sarah Morris

Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: CUKC, Room 2092

Which is more important: What your say or how you say it? We’ve all heard terrible presentations – as well as speeches that changed our lives. As a higher education professional, the ability to present yourself and your ideas effectively can be your most valuable asset… or your worst liability. Regardless of your current skill level, this session will help you learn how to prepare, practice, and deliver powerful presentations that positively impact your organization and ultimately your career.

As a result of attending this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of an effective presentation.
  • Create a process for preparing and practicing nearly any kind of presentation.
  • Apply 3—5 techniques that will improve each individual’s ability to deliver presentations in a more engaging way.

Introduction to Strengths

Presented by: Tom Grady

Date: Tuesday, October 25th | Registration is required by October 3
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: JCCC, Regnier Center, Room 270

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

This session is open to participants NEW to Strengths – those who have NOT YET taken the Strengths assessment. This interactive course will provide participants with clear knowledge and understanding of the strengths philosophy, concepts and mission. Using the Clifton StrengthsFinder (CSF), each participant will gain in-depth knowledge about his or her personal strengths. Each participant will also have opportunity to interact with others as they discover more about each of the 34 strengths themes identified by the CSF. Guaranteed to change the way you look at yourself – and the world around you – forever.

Shortly after registering, participants will receive a code which will provide access to the Strengths assessment. Participants should take the assessment prior to the session, print their report and bring it to the session. Registration is required by Monday, October 3, 2016.

Upon completion of this session, participants will:

  • Obtain knowledge about strengths philosophy.
  • Interact with others and to discover strengths that maybe different than their own.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to begin utilizing their strengths.

Understanding Career Pathways for CTE

Presented by: Joseph Roche

Date: Friday, October 28th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: MCC-BTC, Room TC 200 (Park in lot #2 south entrance, top of the stairs make a U turn)

This session will provide resources and ideas for Career Technical Education (CTE) program career pathways and discuss how industry certification can inform administrators and faculty of how well their programs prepare students for a career they are training for. The session is intended to also assist front line staff/advisors of the particular issues and details that will help them to appropriately articulate to students the differences between various industry sectors and career clusters that are frequently miscommunicated. Multiple entry points will be discussed on a sample technical program.

After completing this course you will:

  • Have the resources to connect CTE programs with industry certifications.
  • Have the resources to better understand details of career pathways.
  • Recognize distinguishing attributes of career pathways within a career cluster.

Getting it Right: Finding Work that You LOVE! You CAN enjoy the work you do.

Presented by: Paula Daoust

Date: Tuesday, November 8th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Saint Mary (OP), 4500 College Blvd., Room 109

Whether you’re just starting out and want to find the right work, are well into your career and need a change, enjoy your work but wonder what is next, or are looking to get back into the workforce, this session can provide the guidance you need.

During this session, you will:

  • Explore two strategies for loving what you do.
  • Learn how to discover what work is right for you.
  • Find out why it matters.

Boundaries, Fatigue and Stress

Presented by: Sally King

Date: Tuesday, December 6th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: KCKCC, Jewell Building, Room 2325/2326

If you use technology like Facebook, Twitter, and smartphones, join us for an informative ethics session. Learn effective strategies to boost mental health and resiliency in our rapidly changing world of cyber connection. In this session we will review how to stay ethically centered with students and colleagues and the working world when boundaries become increasingly tested via social networking, watching out for burnout when access to you by others is increasingly easier via technology.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the latest statistics on mental health epidemics and their possible relationship to technology.

  • Participants will recognize the warning signs that technology is taking over and putting you at risk for an ethical or boundary issue.

  • Participants will be given tips for keeping boundaries strong in light of social networking within one's personal life and with others.

Emotional Intelligence

Presented by: Kevin Sansberry

Date: Thursday, January 19th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: MCC-PV, CC503

There’s a lot of buzz around Emotional Intelligence (EI). Work environments are complex and understanding EI can help you navigate difficult situations. Those who have a high level of EI experience less stress in their relationships with others, are able to be flexible, and find greater opportunities in their career path. This program will give provide an overview of EI concepts and allow you to practice some strategies to improve your own emotional intelligence.

As a result of attending this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of Emotional Intelligence (EI).
  • Discuss the components of EI.
  • Recognize how high level EI impacts the workplace.
  • Use EI strategies to build positive relationships.

Strengths-Based Leadership

Presented by: Bethany Spilde

Date: Tuesday, February 7th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: JCCC, Regnier Center, Room 270

Whether we realize it or not, someone is always looking at us to decide whether or not they will follow us. This interactive session is designed for participants to develop a deeper understanding of how to utilize their strengths to enhance their performance, their relationships both at work and in their personal life.

This session is open to participants who have already taken the Strengthsfinder assessment and have attended a workshop such as the one conducted by KCPDC in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Participants are expected to know their top five strengths and are encouraged to bring their strengths report. Previous KCPDC strengths session participants may access their strengths report at StrengthsQuest.com

In this course, participants will:

  • Review the Strengths philosophy.
  • Examine their strengths from a leadership perspective.
  • Discuss the three keys to being a more effective leader.
  • Recognize the four basic needs of followers.

Conflict Resolution

Presented by: Loretta Summers

Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: KCKCC

Conflict is an inevitable part of work. Whether between individuals or teams, at some point, conflict will arise and need to be addressed. But resolving conflict doesn’t need to be a negative experience, in fact, managing conflict can be a catalyst for positive change.

This seminar will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Recognize five typical approaches to conflict.
  • Implement the basic steps of conflict resolution.
  • Practice communication skills to minimize and even prevent conflict.

Juggling Multiple Priorities

Presented by: Jeanie Lauer

Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Park University, McCoy Meetin’ House

This hands-on working session allows you to bring your individual challenges into the workshop and walk out with ideas and insight on how to plan, schedule and accomplish more in the time you have. You’re undoubtedly thinking you don’t have time to take a class – you’re juggling multiple, diverse responsibilities all while walking a tightrope. Everything has to go right or you’re sunk, but dealing with the unexpected is inevitable, and there you are putting out fires again. Unlike a class, this is an experiential workshop in which the instructor will mentor participants as they apply new approaches and concepts to their own real-world situations. This class is not about using organizational tools and apps for a quick fix. Instead, you will re-evaluate what YOU do, how YOU do it, and, most importantly, come away with strategies for how YOU CAN GET IT DONE MORE EFFECTIVELY. Best time you’ll expend all year.


This session will provide participants with:

  • Defined areas of time efficiency and time wasters.
  • Determining behaviors that impact use of time
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  • Customized tools and tips for managing time
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  • Clarity on how to manage work initiatives
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  • How to change and sustain new behaviors.

Case Studies in Academic Leadership

Presented by: Emily Sallee

Date: Tuesday, April 11th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Park University, McCoy Meetin’ House

This workshop provides an opportunity for academic leaders – department chairs, associate deans, deans, and directors – from KCPDC’s diverse member institutions to discuss issues relevant to their daily work. The workshop will utilize short case studies on common topics such as full-time/adjunct faculty support, performance evaluation/personnel issues, academic freedom, facilitating curricular reform, and shared governance. Concepts from Buller’s (2013) Positive Academic Leadership will be used to frame analysis of the salient issues and possible reactions to the case studies.

As a result of attending this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Learn about and apply key concepts and tools of positive academic leadership as they relate to common issues facing academic leaders.
  • Discuss how institutional factors affect decision-making for academic leaders.
  • Share time-tested strategies from participants’ own experiences.
  • Identify professional growth areas, goals, and opportunities for collaboration with colleagues from other institutions.

Organizational Culture

Presented by: Jackie Snyder

Date: Tuesday, April 18th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: CUKC, Room 2093

Through class participation and discussion we will explore the definition and characteristics of organizational culture, why it is so important, how it is formed, and how it changes. By reviewing the research we will show how the unwritten values of an organization shapes the culture and reputation of an organization. In addition, we will review the functions of organizational culture, what constitutes a strong or weak culture, and what leads to dysfunctions.

When completing this program you will be able to:

  • Develop a definition of organizational culture.
  • List the 7 characteristics of organizational culture.
  • Identify the functions and dysfunctions of organizational culture.
  • Access how organizational culture is established and how it is sustained.
  • Analyze ways to change the organizational culture.

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