2022 – 2023Special 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.


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

Messages, Misconceptions, and Microaggressions: Inclusive Methods for Organizational Success
Presented by Dr. Keonya Booker

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

Microaggressions are pervasive slights and indignities aimed at marginalized groups. Research within educational environments has shown microaggressions can have a deleterious impact on student and employee achievement, sense of belonging, persistence, and self-worth. These effects are compounded by the increasingly hostile environment BIPOC students, faculty, and staff are experiencing across the country. Students who are seeking an education in these unwelcoming settings need educators who are aware of microaggressive behavior and know how to effectively address it when it occurs. Similarly, faculty and staff desire to enter a workplace where they feel secure and can trust leadership will act when microagressions transpire. A psychologically-safe environment needs to be provided for all.

In this session, we will discuss the impact of microaggressions on students and employees’ sense of belonging and relatedness within the learning and workplace environment. The goal of this session is to provide participants with concrete tools to ensure all students, faculty, and staff feel respected, valued, and an integral part of the institutional community.


  • Participants will define and evaluate critical terminology such as microaggression, microassault, microinsult, and microinvalidation.
  • While faculty and supervisors cannot promise a microaggressive-free space for their students and employees, they can take proactive steps to cultivate a learning and working environment that is inclusive and respectful. This involves establishing classroom and departmental norms for discussions and teamwork, helping students and employees use correct terminology when addressing each other, and incorporating microaffirmations in the classroom and office.
  • Through active discussion, vignettes, polls, and case studies, participants will learn detailed steps to implement prior to and after the microaggression has taken place. These techniques involve asking for clarity, reframing the conversation, and grabbing the “teachable moment.” As painful as it may be for those who were affected, there is always a message to be learned for all involved.

Leadership Lessons Out of Left Field
Presented by David Clute

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: JCCC, Room MTC 211

If you are sincere about learning and growing, and if you are paying attention, sometimes the most difficult situations can yield the most valuable insights. Being uprooted, bullied, isolated, discriminated, shunned and even abused can be golden opportunities for you to evolve. Nobody deserves to suffer pain, but many do; and some have figured out how to make lemonade out of lemons. This session will illustrate how turning survival into thriving may only be a matter of perspective.

Objectives: This presentation will provide a framework for:

  • Describing the phenomena of leadership and following
  • Identifying when leadership is misdirected
  • Distinguishing between power, authority, influence and persuasion
  • Cultivating more effective personal influence

Time Management
Presented by Paula Clay

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

There are ever increasing demands on faculty's time, due to vacant positions, budget reductions, and the increase in the needs of students. In this workshop, Paula will share time-management strategies that help faculty get more out of their workday.

Objectives: In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to think differently about time management
  • Time management tips
  • How to incorporate technology to stay connected and organized
  • Setting boundaries that protect their time

Really Dislike Conflict! What Can I Do?
Presented by John Hamilton

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

Most people find conflict to be uncomfortable and they do their best to avoid it or to fight back. That avoidance or fighting back usually makes the situation worse and escalation of the conflict tend to follow. This workshop looks at the basic dynamics of conflict and how some basic skills can be learned and utilized that can calm the conflict and encourage meaningful dialogue about the issue. By the end of this session, participants will learn basic conflict resolution skills and how to change negative situations into more constructive situations.

Objectives: In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to reframe the concept of conflict and understand the importance of empathy
  • Understand the physiological actions that contribute to inappropriate responses to conflict
  • Learn basic techniques that can be used to calm conflict situations
  • Understand the importance of self-analysis to better understand how you respond to conflict

Student Engagement – Learner-Centered Instruction
Presented by Tom Grady

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

This session will provide participants with evidence-based, learner-centered instructional practices that focus on increasing student engagement.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, participants will:

  • Discuss and share instructional practices that foster learner engagement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various learner-centered course designs
  • Create an action plan to implement evidence-based, learner-centered strategies

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