March 2020
Faculty Development & Opportunities
Workshop on Better Group Work
March 20, 12:30-1:30PM, BFAC*216 CLASSROOM (FORMERLY 204)
Workshop delivered by Dr. Jeremiah Grabowski and Magdalene Halasz.
Group work can increase motivation, develop individual responsibility, and allows students to co-construct knowledge as a result of member interactions that produce new viewpoints. Students, however, must be provided models of effective communication because they may not have the prerequisite skills needed to interact with group members. This workshop will introduce literature, tips and strategies, and tools you can use today in your class on group work.
State of D’Youville
MARCH 26, 2020; 8:00am – 10:30am EDT
D’Youville Academic Center (DAC), DAC Event Space, 6th Floor
Local Conference Alert:
Knowledge Frontiers: From the Classroom to the Operating Room
March 19, 2020, UB Center for Tomorrow
Cost: $35 | includes breakfast and a snack.

You are invited to join the UB Libraries for an informative and inspiring half-day symposium – Knowledge Frontiers: From the Classroom to the Operating Room. This second annual symposium will explore the issues surrounding ethics, virtual and augmented realities and 3D printing technologies in both traditional and clinical medical education environments.

Check-in begins at 8:15 am, with speakers beginning at 9. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues and vendors.

Local Conference Alert:
Genteels’ Excellence in Teaching Conference – University at Buffalo
Date: Friday, March 20
iGen: How to Connect, Engage and Inspire the Newest Generation of Students
The iGen refers specifically to students born between 1996 and 2012; a time period which has seen the birth of the iPhone, the vast expansion and commercialization of the World Wide Web, and the explosion of social media.

Those growing up in the iGen have never known life without integrated technology and media impacting the very ways in which they communicate, learn and engage. As a result, ways in which we teach and interact with contemporary students have become complicated due to gaps in generational approaches to communication, technologies and learning.

This conference supports excellence in teaching and is made possible through an endowment by Ron Gentile and Kay Johnson-Gentile.

Local Conference Alert:
18th CCTL Conference at Niagara University (Lewiston, N.Y.) on March 28, 2020.

Niagara University’s conference on ‘Teaching and Learning’ will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Bill Coplin, professor of policy studies and the Director of the Policy Studies Program of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He will be sharing advice from his recent book The Happy Professor: How to Teach Undergraduates and Feel Good About It. More than 30 sessions are offered. Some highlights include:
Incorporating team-based learning approaches
Strategies for improving online teaching
Active and integrative assessments
Conference Schedule
More details are forthcoming

$30 for Niagara University Faculty
$75 for all others

Please click here to register or paste the following into your browser.

Talk: Surprising Opportunities for Well-Being Through the End of Life
MARCH 30, 2020; 3:00pm – 5:00pm EDT, DAC
Join us for this talk by Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.
>>Register here.
APRIL 8, 2020, 4-5pm
Talk2MeDoc: Communicate to Improve Healthcare
Dr. Tisser is a board-certified emergency physician who likes to talk about the issues that we face in healthcare today, believing effective one-on-one conversation can improve these issues. His passion surrounding healthcare communication led him to develop “Talk2MeDoc” a podcast series of one physician’s contribution to exploring and rectifying a single aspect of healthcare; communication.
Register for the event.
APRIL 27, 2020, 4-5:30pm
TeamSTEPPS: Creating a Winning Team
Robert L. Smith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and serves as the Organizational Champion of TeamSTEPPS for the MetroHealth System. In this role, he works with clinical and non-clinical staff to develop strong, positive leadership and high-quality interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Smith will lead this workshop to enhance faculty, staff, and student interprofessional communication, kicking off the launch of DYouville’s TeamSTEPPS certificate for healthcare providers.
Register for the event.
Our Faculty
D’Youville Professor on what you need to know to protect your family from coronavirus
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–As news of the coronavirus hits Western New York so does misinformation. Clinical Assistant Professor at D’Youville College Dr. Mario Beccari (Pharmacy) joined News 4 at 4 wit…
Cancer cure in the works at D’Youville College – Buffalo Business First
Dr. Shoshanna Zucker (Pharmacy) and Jay Shah (student) are working on a treatment that has shown promising results with cancer and were featured in Business First this week.
Biology Professor Dr. Gaia Bistulfi Converts Her Exam into an Escape Room
“The first Genetics Final Escape Room was a huge success!” says D’Youville Professor Dr. Gaia Bistulfi. Dr. Bistulfi’s students applied their knowledge of Genetics through teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. Her idea came through an article from another professor on a retainment…
Teaching Methods
All the World’s a Classroom | Inside Higher Ed
World making outside the college composition classroom.
Preparing for instructional continuity in the advent of a COVID-19 pandemic (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
Could your campus continue to educate its students if a health crisis forced you to shut down for weeks? Shawn M. Krahmer, Ginette McManus and Rajneesh Sharma explain the steps they’ve taken.
Educational Technology
How Colleges and Universities Are Driving to Digital Transformation Today
What shifts in workforce, culture, and technology are underway in higher education today, and how do those shifts toward digital transformation relate
January 2020: Take Ownership of Your Privacy
Campus privacy and security professionals can adapt these materials to promote a better understanding of privacy issues and to help students, faculty,

You are invited to our Faculty Friday Webinar series from Lumen!
We are excited to offer you a chance to engage with your peers who are using innovative approaches to increasing student success! Each webinar is offered at 9am and 12pm on the scheduled date.
  • Engaging Students in College Success: An Open Pedagogy Model – March 13, 2020 
Home | Learning Improvement Community
Learning improvement in higher education. Get involved!
PLA Inside Out: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment
PLA InsideOut: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment
Inclusive Practices
New Strategies Recommended to Promote Equity in Student Assessment
Achieving “equity-minded assessment” is the focus of a new report from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) that examines existin
Inclusive Teaching and Course Design
Faculty and instructional designers can employ a number of strategies to create courses and learning environments where students feel welcome and conn
Faculty Research & Scholarship

Faculty, please sign up to judge posters at research and scholarship day.
Staff, administrators and students, please sign up as an event volunteer.

>>Here’s the link to the form “Be a judge or an event volunteer!”

Essay on writing academic book reviews | Inside Higher Ed
A guide from Casey Brienza.
Faculty Wellness
Supporting Adjunct and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Winners of the 2020 Delphi Award Share Their Strategies
Pretty much everyone working in higher ed knows the “dirty little secrets” about many non-tenure-track teaching positions (full- and part-time, often referred to as adjuncts): the terrible pay, the lack of benefits or job security, and the hours spent commuting between campuses. Some adjuncts…
Teachers Need to Prioritize Themselves – GoReact Blog
Too many teachers have reached the conclusion that there isn’t enough time to be a good teacher and take care of yourself. Read this article from EdSurge to understand why teachers need to put self-care first, along with how to do so. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Pinterest Email GoReactGoReact is a…

What We’re Reading

What does COVID-19 mean for higher education? Looking ahead.
Today I was planning on responding to Eddie Maloney and Joshua Kim’s thoughtful column about what powers change in academia. But circumstances urge me instead to post about COVID-19* and high…
This Generous Room: Making the Luxury of a Liberal Education the Experience of All
William J. Craft is president of Concordia College and chair of AAC&U’s board of directors.  As she welcomed people to the opening plenary of AAC&U’s annual meeting this January, outgoing board chair Carol Leary paused, looked out at all of us, and said, “What a luxury to be in this room.”…
Coronavirus and academia: what can we do to help now?
I’ve been tracking the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on higher education for weeks.  That’s a mix of blog posts and tweets. My question today is: what else can I do to help? Is th…
Other News
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Awards D’Youville Nearly $1.2 Million for Health Professions Hub
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (Foundation) announced that D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub (Hub) was awarded $1,177,649 for two initiatives: $500,000 for the construction of the rehabilitation and wellness center and $677,649 to establish the Health Professions Hub Pathways Program,…
D’Youville Unanimously Accepted into the East Coast Conference
Contingent upon acceptance into Division II athletics by the NCAA, D’Youville will become a member of the East Coast Conference.
Midterm Grades Due
MARCH 20, 2020
Hearthstone Fireside Gathering
MARCH 28, 2020; 12:00pm – 4:00pm EDT
Join us for a free and fun local hearthstone meetup and compete against the D’Youville community and other players.
D’Mensions Alumni Magazine – D’Youville College
All D’Youville alumni, friends, and donors receive a complimentary copy of D’Mensions, which is published twice a year.

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