2020 – 2021Special Topics

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.

Registration

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

Non-members are encouraged to enroll, on a space available basis. The cost for the attendance at KCPDC events is $150 for full day and $75 for half day session. For enrollment information, contact


Implicit Bias and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Presented by Jane Fishback

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Online on Zoom

At this troubled time in our nation and world, many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless as we are confronted with our implicit bias and our ignorance of this bias. Many of us are only too aware of cultural and racial inequities as we have been subjected to those inequities in our lives and work and don't understand how others haven't seen this. It feels as if there are multiple worlds, multiple realities. In this presentation, we will examine implicit bias and how systems of privilege and racism occur in our society, hiding in plain sight. Most of us want to move through this confusion and make a contribution to creating a more inclusive world for those we lead and teach.

Objectives: After receiving this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand implicit bias, how to recognize it in ourselves and others and ways to combat it.
  • Develop an awareness that we all experience the world differently and our culture powerfully influences our view of reality.
  • Examine systems of privilege and power that are often invisible to those who hold privilege and power.
  • Begin to understand how to create an equitable classroom where all learners have an opportunity to participate and share their view of the world.
  • Recognize that we must find ways to learn about those culturally different from ourselves which involves learning to listen.
  • Reaffirm our commitment to hold unconditional positive regard for all who teach and learn with us.
  • Create concrete practical techniques that we can use in our work and classrooms.

Being an Ally for Students with Mental Health Concerns in Campus Communities
Presented by Robyn Long

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

With more than 60% of college students experiencing diagnosable psychiatric disorders, ever-greater demands are being placed on faculty and staff to serve students with compassion and boundaries. This workshop will provide an overview of several of the most common mental health conditions (mood disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders) and discuss how they manifest themselves in the lives of students and co-workers. Even more critically we'll focus on how to manage these experiences in ways that are both appropriate and fair, and discuss community resources to support you as well as others. We'll have ample time for the application of what we've learned to vignettes and will work in groups on how to best address mental health situations as they arise.

This workshop provides participants the tools to:

  • Identify mental health issues as they arise
  • Understand boundaries in addressing mental health issues in the workplace
  • Identify resources in your university community for support
  • Collaborate with workshop participants to address fictional vignettes similar to those situations that might arise

The Seven Transformations of Leadership
Presented by Kevin Sansberry

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

Based on Rooke and Torbert's seminal work, we will investigate leadership through the lens of continuous improvement and progression. We will discuss the many facets of how each leader shows up and discover what a leader can do to progress to the next level.

Learning Objectives: After receiving this training, participants will be able to:

  • Learn and understand the different levels of leadership progression
  • Understand how your leadership approach Can falter and the Impact it can have on yourself and others
  • Overcome these challenges to help you progress

Committed to providing professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff of its member institutions.