On April 11, the Manassas Campus hosted a professional development day to express appreciation for the many important contributions made by adjunct faculty.
Sixty adjuncts registered for this inaugural event which began with Interim Dean Anitza San Miguel welcoming everyone, followed by greetings and words of appreciation from Provost Roger Ramsammy.
After the welcome, participants attended presentations by adjuncts. About a month before the event, Manassas adjunct faculty members were invited to submit presentation proposals. The call for proposals requested presentations that “address the issues and experiences that NOVA adjuncts encounter and share.”
A large number of high quality proposals were submitted, making it difficult to select the final presentations which were:
- Avery Austin, Physics, “The New Adjunct Role: Communication Educator”
- Andree E. C. Betancourt, Communication Studies, “Becoming Social Media Savvy in the Classroom”
- Thomas Kurt Knoerl, History, “Underwater Archaeology in Any Classroom”
- Jean Lewis and Pritha G. Roy, Chemistry, “Converging Physical Sciences and Technology”
- Bonnie Majkut, English, “Creating Safety in the Classroom: The Underestimated Value of Peer Review”
- Bill Muirhead, English as a Second Language, “ESL Students: Issues and Answers”
- Gunjan Sharma, Biology, “Promoting Student Meta Cognition”
- Kirsten Wittkowski, English as a Second Language, “Harnessing the Power of Smart Phones in the Classroom”
A buffet lunch featuring remarks by Associate Vice President Sharon Robertson brought the event to a graceful end.
The Manassas Campus Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Day was organized by Jeremiah Donovan, Cindy Klink, Molly Lynch, Carlene Mackereth, Muirhead, San Miguel, Libby Vick and Jaidee Zavala. Special thanks to the Manassas Provost’s office for sponsoring the event.