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Nicolet College - Numerous Nicolet instructors participate in professional development activities

Numerous Nicolet instructors participate
in professional development activities


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

Effective teaching requires regular professional development. Over the summer numerous Nicolet College faculty members took part in activities to expand their knowledge in their fields of expertise and improve classroom teaching effectiveness. Instructors who participated in professional development activities included:

Accounting instructor Swapna Patel completed her Ph.D. in Organization and Management through Cappella University. Her dissertation focused on occupational and accounting fraud.

Business Technology instructor Jolene Johnson Van Den Elzen completed her Ph.D. in Education through Cappella University. Her dissertation was on communication in online classes. Findings from her research will be used at Nicolet to further improve online learning.

Business Management instructor Dianne Lazear completed the seminar Implementing the Act 10 Budget Repair Bill Grievance Process sponsored by the Wisconsin City Manager's Association. Lazear also completed four graduate courses toward a master's of science in Physical Education and Sport Science.

Medical Assistant instructor Candy Dailey spent two days working with nurses in the Bellin Hospital Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, focusing on medications given to patients immediately after cardiac or thoracic surgery.

Academic Success instructor Kim Schey-Scuglik completed a graduate-level reading course that qualifies her to teach General College reading courses at Nicolet.

Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts instructor Daniel Goscha attended a workshop on encaustic painting at the Peninsula School of Art. The workshop focused on the techniques and materials used in this discipline which uses heated wax as paint. He also attended the America's Imagination Summit in New York City.

Early Childhood Education Lab director Michelle Conrath and instructor Diana Rickert attended the workshop Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Wisconsin. The workshop focused on early brain development and relationships babies form in infancy and included new strategies to meet the needs of at-risk infants and toddlers.

Graphic Design instructor Barb Buckle completed the graduate-level Digital Studio class at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The class focused on website design and management and covered the cultural, informational, aesthetic, ethical, design and functional perspectives of digital design.

Culinary Arts instructor Vicki Mendham completed master-level ProStart instructor training at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis. The training was provided by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Psychology instructor Kristi Thoreson attended the Wisconsin School Psychologists Summer Institute. The topic for the 2011 event was Making Learning Memorable for Students with Memory Problems.