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Winter 2022 Faculty Development Week, January 4th-13th

The Academic Affairs office is hosting the 2022 Winter Faculty Development Week, taking place on campus in January, prior to the start of the Spring Semester.

The “Week” is longer than a Week!  

  • January 4th – 7th features scholarship support sessions and a writing retreat.
  • January 10th – 13th features sessions focused on pedagogy, including practical methods and resources for improving your courses.

Unless otherwise noted, each session takes place in OM 104, and will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Breakfast and Lunch will also be served each day in the Faculty Lounge.


    Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

    Supporting Scholarship: A Conversation

    9:00 – 11:45 AM

    This session features a panel of faculty who will share their experience and expertise in scholarship. The panel will offer insights and discuss shared resources that can support faculty research, writing, and creative work.

    Dr. Mary Becker, Assistant Professor, Finance.

    Dr. Secil Ertorer, Assistant Professor, Sociology.

    Dr. Marya Grande, Professor, Special Education and Childhood Education.

    Dr. Christy Hoffman, Associate Professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, and Anthrozoology.

    Dr. Karl Kozlowski, Professor, Health and Wellness, Sports and Exercise Health Care, Coaching.

    Janet McNally, Associate Professor, English, Creative Writing.

    Moderated by Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    Engaged Scholarship

    1:00 – 3:45 PM

    Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

    This session will review the Engaged Scholarship Initiative and provide time for active reflection on the ways in which your scholarship connects with engaged scholarship priority areas.

    Wednesday, January 5th and Thursday, January 6th: On Campus Writing Retreat

     All Day

    In the Canisius College Writing Center, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, room 127.

    Enjoy the support of colleagues and protected time to focus on your scholarship. We will set goals together and share lunch, but the majority of the time will be free for you to work on your scholarship as you please. Stay the whole day or join your colleagues for part of the day! The only rule is no syllabus work!

    Monday, January 10th, 2022

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Vital Conversations

    9:00 – 10:15 AM

    Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

    Associate Dean Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson will lead a discussion of the multi-front Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts on the Canisius campus.  Several recent DEI initiatives have enabled faculty, staff and students to reflect and act on efforts to ensure justice and build community.  Canisius faculty can connect their courses and extracurricular mentorships to DEI to better serve their students, scholarly disciplines, communities local and global, and the Canisius commitment to justice.

    Building Inclusivity: Awareness and Intention in Classroom and Community

    10:30 – 11:45 AM

    Dr. Erin Robinson, Professor, Sociology

    As a Jesuit institution Canisius College is committed to inclusion: all people belong on our campus, where their identities are welcome, their experience is valued, and their perspectives find a forum.  But this commitment must be maintained every day through our classroom and community interactions and our continual investigation into justice matters.  In this session we will explore ways to build robust classroom and professional cultures of inclusion. 

    Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness: Characteristics and Recommendations for the College Classroom

    1:00 – 2:15 PM

    Dr. Jonathan Rodgers, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department

    Working with students on the Autism Spectrum can be a daunting experience for some educators, especially at first. We will have a conversation about ASD; characteristics, strengths and challenges, and potential recommendations for success. We’ll talk together about helpful strategies for setting appropriate boundaries for social skills and classroom behaviors.

    Grading for Equity Panel

    2:30 – 3:45 PM

    Dr. Jeffrey McConnell, Professor and Chair, Computer Science

    Dr. Karl Kozlowski, Professor, Health and Wellness, Sports and Exercise Health Care, Coaching.

    Dr. Nathan Fox, Assistant Professor, Quantitative Sciences

    Professors Jeff McConnell, Karl Kozlowski, and Nathan Fox discuss new developments in grading, aimed at a more accurate assessment of student learning.  This motivates students to learn, rather than reinforcing traditional, unwritten curriculum that creates special challenges for certain students. 

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

    Ignorance Is No Longer an Excuse: Understanding the Indigenous and American History You Were Never Told… On Purpose

    10:00 – 11:30 AM

    Michelle Schenandoah, JD, LL.M., MS, a traditional member of the Oneida Nation Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

    Neal Powless, BS, MS, a member of the Onondaga Nation Eel Clan of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

    Neal Powless has taught courses and presented across the country for nearly 20 years about Indigenous culture and value systems. He is currently the Ombudsman for Syracuse University. Michelle Schenandoah is the founder of Rematriation magazine, an Indigenous women’s online media platform.  She is focused on leadership development and the reclaiming of Indigenous women’s traditional roles among their nations. Neal and Michelle will provide a history and context of Indigenous peoples, address the impact of systematic oppression, and offer curricular strategies. Together, they are seeking to bridge Native American ideals and culture with organizations and individuals all over the world. 

    Workspace: Crafting an Inclusive Syllabus

    1:00 – 3:30 PM

    Work together with your fellow faculty to develop syllabi that provide students every opportunity to succeed in your course.  

    Appetizer Reception

     4:00 – 5:00 PM

    Join with fellow faculty for refreshments and great conversation.  

    Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

    Title IX/Clery/VAWA: “I Have So Many Questions”

    9:00 – 10:15 AM

    Deborah Owens, Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean of Students

    You probably hear these subjects being talked about all the time, or perhaps you don’t.  What are these?  Why are they important?  Do I play a role as a faculty member?  This session will provide background about all 3 of these laws, why they are so important, especially in Higher Education and we will review the responsibilities of faculty under these laws and Canisius policy.  The session will conclude with a Q&A discussion around the topics.  All concerns and/or questions will be welcome and answered.


    Resources for Teaching Information Literacy in the Disciplines

    10:30 – 11:45 AM

    Dr. Patricia Coward, Library Assessment and Instruction Coordinator, Bouwhuis Library

    Once students have completed their foundations courses, where we presume they have been introduced to the basics of research, it is important that those skills be built on in their remaining years at the College. In this interactive session we will explore some approaches and assignments that will expand and develop the critical thinking skills that are hallmark of Information Literacy.

    Academic Integrity at Canisius: Past, Present, and Future

    1:00 – 2:15 PM

    Dr. Philip Reed, Professor and Chair, Philosophy

    This session will examine our Code of Academic Integrity and plans for its overhaul. We will discuss some data on recent cases at Canisius, our procedure for adjudicating cases, and mechanisms for promoting Academic Honesty across campus.

    Creating And/Or Editing Griffaudit Plans

    2:30-3:45 PM

    Dr. Jeffrey Lindauer, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

    This session is designed for academic advisors who want to learn more about creating and/or editing plans for their advisees. The “plans” feature is a new addition to the Griffaudit where advisors assist students in creating an academic program of study. These interactive plans may be revised by advisors. Students can even use the plans to register for courses. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to create new plans for an advisee or edit an existing advisee plan.

    Thursday, January 13th, 2022

    Using Case Studies in the Classroom

    9:00 – 10:15 AM

    Dr. Malini Suchak, Associate Professor, Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

    Case studies are an effective way to foster critical thinking by introducing connections between class materials and the broader world. In this workshop, participants will learn what a case study entails and considerations for implementing case studies in the classroom. Participants will also have the opportunity to start to develop a case study based on their own course materials. 

    Stay Golden, Griffins: Supports for Student Success

    10:30 – 11:45 AM

    Dr. Mark Harrington, Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Academic Success & HESAA Program Director

    Jennifer Herrmann, Associate Dean of Student Success

    Tracy Callaghan, Associate Director of Academic Achievement/Co-Director of First-Year Experience

    Eileen Abbatoy, Senior Associate Director of Career Development

    Sierra Bonerb, Associate Director for Support Services

    Join us for a brief overview of the Griff Center for Student Success. The team will discuss the various services and supports available to assist students in their academic pursuits and career goals. Additionally, the team will discuss the student success teams, first-year experience, the process of submitting academic and behavioral concerns, and the cura personalis team.

    Jesuit History: A Short Simulation Exercise

    1:00 – 2:15 PM

    Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Theology

    “Reacting to the Past” is a simulation-based pedagogy that engages students in role-playing simulations connected to historical events ( It was developed by historians but there are now simulations available in many disciplines and topics.

    Dr. Jonathan Lawrence has been using some of these games since Fall 2020 and spent the summer writing a game about the Jesuits. In the workshop, we will play a short version of the Jesuit game that can be used in your classes, discuss aspects of implementing these games, and highlight some of the different games that are available.

    Note: Canisius College currently has an institutional membership for Reacting to the Past – if you are interested in looking at some of the members-only materials before the workshop, please contact Jonathan at

    Debrief for FYE Faculty

    2:30 – 3:45 PM

    Dr. Jennifer Desiderio, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of First-Year Experience

    Tracy Callaghan, Associate Director of Academic Achievement/Co-Director of First-Year Experience

    First-Year Experience (FYE) instructors will come together again to discuss the Fall 2021 semester’s FYE initiative, and help tune our FYE courses for the future.  This is a great opportunity for instructors to share what did or did not work in their FYE sections, suggestions for improving the FYE experience for students, and ideas for making the course more efficient for instructors.