Faculty prepare for fall semester with Development Day

Faculty Senate president Bill Summons addresses his colleagues during Faculty Development Day.

Faculty Senate president Bill Summons addresses his colleagues during Faculty Development Day.

Southwest faculty took part in a day of workshops in preparation for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year during Faculty Development Day Aug. 21.

The day kicked off with a breakfast where Faculty Senate President Bill Summons praised fellow faculty for their dedication and hard work. “I tell everybody what a great faculty we have here,” Summons said. “Our professors and instructors are ready to meet the challenges of teaching college level classes in an urban setting.”

Summons suggested that faculty reach out to each other. “Go to lunch with each other,” Summons said. “You can learn a lot from people in your department about what to do and not do.”

Hannah Province, associate professor of mathematics, introduced a new pilot program for faculty evaluations. Faculty will be evaluated by their department chairs and scored based on how they perform such duties as teaching, serving on committees, attending professional development, achieving annual goals and teaching objectives. “This is a pilot,” Province said. “So we welcome any feedback.”

Morning and afternoon sessions were offered on such topics as PAWS attendance and gradebook, transparency in assignment design, building student engagement by embedding research in the classroom, and Maxient Incident Report training.

Librarian Gloria Hayden provided a hands-on tutorial showing several new features on the library’s web page. The site now allows users to report a problem, see what is new in the library’s collection, and offers a new search engine called SOAR (Southwest Online Academic Resources) – the library’s version of Google. “Staff made minor efficiencies to the website,” Hayden said. “Students won’t have to do as much clicking and it’s going to be a lot easier for students to get information.”

Carlos Smith, director of institutional effectiveness, facilitated a seminar about Focus 2020: Where Do I Fit in? The workshop was an opportunity for program coordinators and department heads to discover ways to identify their unit’s outcomes and demonstrate how they align with the goals and themes of Focus 2020. “Our goal each and every day is to look at the College and ensure it is operating at an optimal level,” Smith said.

Future faculty development seminar dates will be posted on future Scoop calendars.


Librarian Gloria Hayden demonstrated new features on the library’s redesigned web page.

Librarian Gloria Hayden demonstrated new features on the library’s redesigned web page.

Carlos Smith explains Focus 2020 and how faculty can help improve the College.

Carlos Smith explains Focus 2020 and how faculty can help improve the College.