MCC offered district professional development funds for faculty in the spring of 2016 and several MCC-Longview faculty members took advantage of the opportunity to attend conferences and obtain certifications. When employees apply for professional development funding, they are asked to outline how they will share information they learn with colleagues. The CTL committee thanks the following faculty members for providing submissions to share with our campus faculty.
Deah Robinson, Counselor
I used my professional development funds to become a HeartMath Certified Mentor. HeartMath is an internationally recognized organization that uses a system of scientific research and validated techniques for people who are interested in personal development and improved emotional, mental, and physical health. The certification focused on building resilience and provided a four session framework to help individuals develop and increase resilience. Developing resilience is positively correlated with the way a person manages stress and uncertainty. The foundation of the HeartMath training centers around building coherence, a specific assessment of the heart’s rhythms that appears as smooth, ordered and sine-wavelike patterns. When a person is in a coherent state, virtually no energy is wasted because our systems are performing optimally and there is synchronization between heart rhythms, the respiratory system, and blood-pressure rhythms. Coherence provides many benefits including increased composure, more energy, clear thinking, enhanced immune-system function and hormonal balance. Increasing levels of coherence is the first step in developing resilience.
Here is a link to experience HeartMath’s Quick Coherence Technique:
Faculty need coherence too!! Did you know that the Counseling Department has HeartMath’s EmWave biofeedback technology in CEC208? You can connect with any counselor or Andrea Henderson at the front desk for instruction on how to use the equipment.
Angela Bahner, Psychology Faculty
I attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in May 2016. This conference is the premier place to learn about race and ethnicity within institutions of higher education, and my experience there was empowering and enlightening. One of the big “take-aways” from the conference was an increased awareness of the ways in which institutional and systemic racism continues to harm all of us despite the good intentions of many individuals in higher education. While all of the sessions I attended were helpful, one in particular stands out in my memory. I learned about an area of work by Dr. Robin DiAngelo in which she explored “white fragility.” This concept addresses and explains socialization of White people in terms of racism and then the resulting challenges when exposed to racially charged situations or discussions. A definition is as follows: White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.
A link to one article on the subject is here, and I hope many read it! It challenges us to address ourselves and our own reactions when confronting racism.
Susan Satterfield, English Faculty
I presented at the Online Teaching Conference in San Diego in June.
My presentation covered using online blog tools to create research essays as well as examining statistics regarding procrastination which this assignment definitely helps head off. I also attended a pre-conference workshop on creating videos for your classes, and learned about a free video program called Screen-O-Matic that can help you easily create videos of 15 minutes or less. This was a fabulous conference, and my presentation easily had 75-100 people attending. The conference was sold out at 850 attendees. OTC is planning on rising the limited attendance to 1,000 for next year.
Steve Reinbold, Biology Faculty
I presented at the National Science Teachers Association Kansas City Area Conference on December 5, 2015. Subject: Assessing Thinking Skills of Nonscience Majors in Biology Classes with a Field Study Component
If you are interested in receiving professional development funds, you can speak with your division chair to see if campus funds are available.
There will likely be $20,000 available in district professional development funds once negotiations are completed. Chris Morrow is the chair of the district professional development committee. Watch your email for future communications from Chris on how to apply to receive funding.