August 2019
Faculty Development & Opportunities

New Adjunct Orientation
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Location: Innovation  Classroom, KAB213Please have your adjuncts register here>>

New Faculty Orientation
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Innovation  Classroom, KAB213Please have your faculty register here>>

FEATURING: Nathaniel A. Turner, JD, MALS

This August D’Youville College will host an all-campus development day to foster a broad-based discussion on engagement, retention, empowerment, and student success among Generation Z students.  The day is in part a response to the bestselling book The Coddling of the American Mind, by Lukianoff and Haidt (2018). We will spend the day unpacking portions of this book to address the deficit mindsets on Gen Z. We hope to offer an optimistic and supportive outlook of Gen Z for our faculty and administrators as we prepare the college landscape to best serve this population of students. The day will include a keynote speaker, faculty presentations, roundtable sessions, and a multigenerational panel discussion.

NetVUE Professional Development Opportunities
As members of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, D’Youville Faculty and Staff are invited to register for any of these exciting regional gatherings taking place in the Fall. Participants pay only a modest registration fee – typically only $50, which includes food and one…

Looking for a meeting space for your next department meeting? Book the ITI Conference Room or Innovation Classroom. Contact Danielle Clements to reserve (

Our Faculty

2019 Conference on Teaching Innovation Recap
The 2019 Conference on Teaching Innovation was a successful event that attracted attendees from 4 local colleges. This annual event highlights innovation in teaching and learning by D’Youville and other regional faculty members. Sessions were asked to focus on, but were not limited to, the main…
2019 Faculty and Chairs Retreats Wrap-Up
The 2019 Faculty Retreat, entitled “Summer Refresh” was a three-day retreat that took place August 6-8, at the Holiday Valley Inn in Ellicottville, NY, and provided time and support for faculty members to focus on course design/redesign or research. It featured presentations by 2018/2019 ITI…

D’Youville awarded $400,000 Federal Nursing Grant

News of a $401,442 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to D’Youville’s Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing gets a big “thumbs up” from (from left)Denise Dunford, DNS, FNP-BC, APRN, chair of graduate nursing programs and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, Christine Verni, EDD, FNP-BC, APRN, dean of the School of Nursing, and Mimi Steadman, EdD, vice president for academic affairs.

Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant during a press conference at D’Youville. The grant is a loan forgiveness incentive aimed at training qualified nurse educators in an effort to increase the number of nurses entering the workforce.

Through this grant, which offers up to 85 percent loan forgiveness for nurses who pursue work as faculty, the School of Nursing can focus on recruitment and mentorship of nurses who aspire to nursing faculty roles. The College will use the resources to support 20 masters and eight doctoral students who commit to future teaching roles.

“An aging baby boomer population and retiring nursing workforce is driving the demand for new nurses, but we need qualified instructors willing to step up and train the next generation of nurses,” said Higgins. “This initiative, led by Dr. Dunford and D’Youville, works to address those gaps and facilitate the supply of well-trained nurses into the healthcare delivery system right here in Western New York.”

Congratulations to Dr. John Taylor (Chiropractic) who was awarded Alumnus of the Year at his 40th College Homecoming!

Congratulations to the 2019 Organizing Committee for the 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Western New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Their work underscores that research is part of the D’Youville DNA: Dr. Dominic Ventura, Chair, Dr. Kacie Liwosz, Dr. Christopher Patridge, and Dr. Greg Soja. style of any text just highlight it to see the formatting options.ions.

Dr. Jeff Glodzik has been selected as one of the nation’s faculty members who will participate in the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seminar, entitled “The Ancient Greek Hero,” to be held at the Washington, DC, campus of the Center for Hellenic Studies, from July 25-29.

Dr. Julia Hall signed a book contract with Routledge to write her 5th book, Super Girl: Class, Race & the City and celebrated her 15th year anniversary as Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies.

If you or a colleague has published, presented, or participated, let us know about it!>>

Educational Technology

A note from Dean Jeremiah Grabowski
As you prep for the start of the Fall semester, I wanted to reach out and remind you of the various Canvas support options available to you.

Derek and Mustafa are available and willing to help you get ready for the start of the semester.  The easiest way to reach them is our email address

Additionally, all faculty have access to the 24/7 Canvas support team. This is an additional layer of support the college subscribes to and is available for all faculty. Their phone number is (833) 278-2014. Canvas support can provide the same level of help as Derek and Mustafa, and they’re available anytime day or night. Please take advantage of the service if you’re working on your course in the evenings or weekend.

We also have several checklists and tutorials on our My D’Youville page. We recently created a “semester start checklist” to help answer the most common beginning of the semester questions.

Lastly, an announcement went out last month about the College’s WebEx license expiring August 1st. After gaining input and feedback, we have chosen Zoom as the new web conferencing platform. Our IT staff are in the process of getting Zoom configured, and it will be available to use for the Fall semester. Once the service is setup, IT will be offering trainings and workshops. Please be on the lookout for those announcements.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Looking forward to the start of another great semester at D’Youville.


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Other News

2019/2020 Common Read Selected
It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Common Read selection committee announces its choice for D’Youville’s inaugural book: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead. Colson Whitehead is a renowned author of acclaimed titles, including The Underground Railroad, for which he won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  The Nickel Boys will be released this month, and Colson Whitehead will be visiting Buffalo in April 2020 for the Babel literary series at Kleinhans.

Faculty Credentials


There are now links in SharePoint to access Watermark AMS to enter your faculty credentials.

The Watermark area is now located under Assessment. I have attached new directions in this email. I will be moving the old Watermark page to this new area. If there is anything that you would like as a tutorial, please let me know and I will upload it as soon as I can. If there are any questions, please contact:

Jeannette Lesinski
Assessment Support Analyst
ALT 114B

Please Submit Your Book Orders ASAP

Submit your course material requests via FacultyEnlight at your earliest convenience.

To get started, go to and click the “Faculty Resources” button at the top.

View Courses


The ‘View Courses’ feature as been migrated from our legacy Portal/WebAdvisor to Self-Service. Eventually, all remaining legacy Portal features will be moved into Self-Service. We will keep you posted as these changes take place.

The navigation ‘Faculty & Staff’ on My. D’ has been edited to reflect the update. ‘View Student Profile’ features still live in legacy Portal, while clicking ‘View Course Catalog’ will launch Self-Service. Please contact the Registrar’s office with any questions.

Students of Concern
D’Youville’s Students of Concern Committee is dedicated to providing support to students in distress. Learn more or contact us.

Call for Volunteers
This Summer, D’Youville partnered with International Preparatory School (IPrep) as part of Buffalo Public Schools’ Community Garden program spearheaded by Say Yes Buffalo. We could really use some help in the garden’s upkeep. Please contact Leah ( and let us know if you are interested in assisting.

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