Professional Development Day 2019 | Webster University

Professional Development Day 2019

The Webster Staff Alliance Board hosted Professional Development Day 2019 on March 13th. Read below to learn about our Keynote Speaker, Vincent Flewellen, and the various presentations hosted that year.

Keynote Address

trent-ballVincent C. Flewellen joined Webster University in October, 2018. He provides key leadership for the University’s core value of advancing diversity and inclusion as part of the educational mission through the University’s network of domestic and international locations.

With almost two decades of experience weaving diversity, inclusion and equity into the culture of education in the St. Louis area, Flewellen most recently served as director of equity & inclusion at The College School in Webster Groves. Before taking his role at The College School, he taught in the Ladue School District and for Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He also served as center director of the University City Children’s Center. Additionally, Flewellen has served as an adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis for the past six years, and he served as a consultant to Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 and 2007. For the past 16 years, he has served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion issues for a variety of schools and organizations, including: the Kirkwood School District; the John Burroughs School; the Forsyth School; the Cochran Community Center; and FOCUS St. Louis.

Flewellen has also served as the director of development for St. Louis non-profit Neighborhood Houses (now known as Unleashing Potential). Flewellen served as managing director of program for Teach For America-St. Louis and he was the speakers bureau coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. Flewellen holds a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and his BA in education is from Maryville University.

Presentation Sessions

Understanding the "Typical" Webster Student

Presenter: Justin Bitner, Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE)

Session Description: This session will profile Webster's current student population using census data from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Attendees will learn how Webster's student body has changed - and not changed - over the last five years. This session is appropriate for new and experienced Webster staff who may wish to challenge or improve their understanding of the typical Webster student.

Qualtrics Training

Presenter: Erik Palmore, Director, Faculty Development Center (FDC)

Session Description: In this session, attendees will be given a thorough orientation to Qualtrics, one of the world's best platforms for gathering data from people. Attendees will learn how to build, deliver, and report data from surveys to learn from the constituents they serve in their roles. We will discuss strategies for gathering the voice/perspective of an audience and explore how to set up and manage routine data gathering and reporting. Come with a new or existing project in mind.

Beads of Privilege

Presenters: Bethany Keller, Assistant Director, Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs (MCISA); Vanika Spencer, Coordinator, First Year Experience & Undergraduate Persistence

Session Description: Participants will explore ways that we enjoy privileges based on being members of social identity groups in the United States during an interactive and reflective activity and facilitated discussion.

Sprint! Getting Agile in Education

Presenter: Michael Cottam, Dean and AVP, Military Campuses and Online Education; Michelle Loyet, Associate Dean, Military Campuses and Online Education 

Session Description: We've all been there. Group projects. So often, they are not focused, not engaging, not productive, and not fun at all. This is where the Agile Sprint methodology comes into play. We have made cross-functional, cross-departmental group projects more inclusive, more effective, and more engaging, while connecting people across the network with one another, and aligning our work with the university strategic plan.

In this presentation you will learn how the Online Learning Center, Military Campuses, and partners across the institution have impacted online student success, technology adoption, tech support, student recruiting, academic advising, tutoring, course scheduling, faculty development and extended campus performance. Come sprint with us!

Office 365 Teams Training

Presenter: Larry Morris, Coordinator, Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs (MCISA); Bethany Keller, Assistant Director, Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs (MCISA);

Session Description: With people's busy schedules and the array of daily tasks we manage, it is not always possible to work with colleagues and students in one location. Office 365 Teams offers an online platform to collaborate, construct, and deliver real-time projects and improve efficiency. This session will feature examples of how the MCISA has implemented Teams as a collaborative ecosystem for student employees and professional staff to co-create and implement social and cultural programs. Special focus will include file sharing, task assignments, real-time conversations/chat, and additional applications.

Recruiter Training

Presenter: Samantha Simmons, Enrollment Technology Coordinator, Office of Admissions

Session Description: This session will offer training on using Recruiter, the CRM used to recruit new students to the university. Staff members who complete the RSVP form will have the opportunity to rank the areas of Recruiter usage they are most interested in, which will guide the session's content.

While any Webster staff member can attend this session, it is best for those with existing access to Recruiter. If you plan to follow along with the session, please make sure you can access your account beforehand.

Ways to Avoid Burnout for Caretakers and Service Professionals

Presenter: Patrick Stack, Director, Student Counseling & Life Development

Session Description: Prioritizing, knowing the difference between perfection vs. excellence, and saying no are some ways to avoid burnout. Come learn more!

Spark Joy: Strategies and Approaches for Breathing New Energy into Your Career

Presenter: John Link, Director, Career Planning and Development Center

Session Description: In this 50-minute session, participants will identify ways to breathe new energy into their careers through professional engagement opportunities, continuing education, setting and communicating clear goals, and creating a feedback loop with their supervisors and colleagues.

A Desk Jockey's Guide to Healthy Movement and Mobility

Presenter: David Reddy, Director of Exercise Science

Session Description: This session will address joint mobility, posture, and movement challenges that desk-bound staff members face, with demonstrations of several stretches and techniques to counteract each.