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Regis College Faculty Meet for Workshop and Launch Academic YearSeptember 4, 2012
WESTON, MA. After a week during which registering grad students happily received their iPads, Regis College faculty took up a full agenda at their long awaited Faculty Workshop on August 30, 2012. Beginning with a Campus Ministry update and opening prayer led by Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, the group welcomed President Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, and Academic Deans Penelope Glynn, RN, PhD, and Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, and then heard updates from Kara Kolomitz, Dean of Students, and Peggy Cross, Associate Dean, Academic Support and Student Success Center.
“The faculty are eager to start the semester, and there’s a lot of good, high energy in that room,” said Dean Kolomitz after she presented her update. This coming year staff in her division of Student Life and numerous faculty members will be working on co-curricular projects together, helping to tie the academic curriculum to the full life and work experience of the Regis student.
At 10:30 a.m., Dr. Susan Tammaro, Dean, Institutional Research and Assessment introduced Dr. Patricia O’Brien, SND, Deputy Director, NEASC Commission on Higher Education (CIHE), who had come to campus to address the faculty on the NEASC self-study process. The campus will conduct its routine self-study during 2012-2013. Dr. O’Brien explained that NEASC receives calls from all over the world just “asking whether an institution is accredited, but few callers explore what that signifies.” She then explained the process as a form of peer evaluation and keeping high standards for both the local and the broader academic community.
After the NEASC discussion, the faculty broke for lunch and informally discussed their courses and programs in the coming year. Following the lunch break, Dr. Susan Tammaro presented an assessment analysis of academic advising. “Advising,” she said, “is centrally important to student success and to our student-centered institution.” Associate Dean Peggy Cross, Director, Academic Support Services, then discussed the work of her staff in conjunction with faculty.
At 2 p.m. Dr. Andrea Humphrey, Assistant Professor of English and Co-Ordinator of the “rTIP” program (Regis Technology Innovation Program) spoke with the faculty about rTIP and technological literacy. This past week the College distributed iPads to select graduate students whose courses will pursue digital pedagogy. When undergraduates start arriving back on campus on Sunday, September 2, and pass through the new Center for Student Services to register in centralized check-in, each full-time student will also receive an iPad.
After that faculty broke up into their respective standing committees and began the work of the year – the great work of higher education.