February 2021

Our Faculty
Pearls of Wisdom
Susan Arnold (Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing) wanted to give the students an opportunity to be an advocate for the profession that they will soon be joining and put their newly learned leadership skills into action by completing a final assignment focused on mentoring the incoming freshmen nursing students. Learn more >>

“She Had a Door” was published in the American Journal of Nursing and was authored by Dr. Shannon McCrory-Churchill (Nursing).

“Facilitating Virtual Medicinal Chemistry Active Learning Assignments Using Advanced Zoom Features during COVID-19 Campus Closure” was published in Chemical Education and was authored by Mudit K. Singhal (Pharmacy).
Teaching Methods

What Gen Z Expects in a Student Experience
Here is what today’s students expect from
a modern campus environment — and how
colleges and universities can deliver.
Evidence-Based Storytelling in Assessment

In this highly anticipated occasional paper, Natasha Jankowski helps conceptualize what is meant by Evidence-Based Storytelling (EBST)—an approach used at NILOA to refine and encourage evidence-based stories in assessment.
Evidence-Based Storytelling Toolkit Example
The Evidence-Based Storytelling (EBST) Toolkit is designed to help explore the various elements in the creation of a compelling, evidence-based story.
2021 BFAC 3rd Floor Classroom Renovations
The 3rd floor classrooms had significant renovations over the Winter break. Take a look at this great before and after showcase put together by the Classroom Renovation Working Group. Great work, team!
Educational Technology
Classroom Web Camera Guide Now Available
The video guide on this page provides a general overview of the five cameras currently installed in classrooms on campus and how to select them in Zoom.
Teaching: Why the Term ‘Hybrid Class’ Continues to Confuse
As more professors teach partly online, colleges are struggling with how to describe what they’re offering. Is all of that information helping or hurting?
Council Post: 12 Ways Technology Can Yield Better Educational Outcomes
From fostering social connections to increasing engagement, ensuring equal access to resources and more, technology can help teachers and students achieve better results when they can’t be in the classroom.
Compassionate, Equitable, and Inclusive Assessment of Online Learning
It’s now a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and many college and university faculty members are still grappling with adjustments to their assessment strategies for remote learning and struggling to situate learning and assessment in the unique context of an ongoing global crisis. In this article…
The in-school push to fight misinformation from the outside world
As conspiracy theories spread and misleading news stories are shared, educators are trying to battle misinformation with media literacy education.
Inclusive Teaching
Author discusses her book on ‘College Belonging’ and first-generation students
Author discusses her new book on first-generation students and how they navigate college life.
Mentoring anchors equity at Holyoke Community College |
Equity holds a range of meaning at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts—it’s about social justice but also financial fairness, President Christina Royal says.

Faculty Wellness

Advice | Distracted Minds: How to Fix Your Attention Shortage
It’s not just our students who have trouble paying attention. Sometimes faculty members need help focusing on our work, too.
Supporting Faculty Wellness
Normally, faculty are a group stretched thin. The time spent on designing classes, teaching, and grading is only a fraction of what their academic life encompasses. There is a considerable amount of time spent behind the scenes researching and advancing as a scholar, and the time they spend…

What We’re Reading

Cornel West: ‘My Ridiculous Situation at Harvard’
The activist and scholar on tenure, respect, and the racial politics of higher ed.
Opinion | Are Social Justice and Tenure Compatible?
As Harvard’s denial of tenure consideration for Cornel West shows, universities embrace activist rhetoric, but not activists.
Race on Campus: Why Faculty Diversity Remains Largely a Zero-Sum Game
Without more people of color pursuing doctoral degrees, the talent pool will stay predominantly white.
Other News
D’Youville Partners with African Heritage Co-Op to Address Food Insecurity | D’Youville
D’Youville has added a new program to help address food insecurity and provide healthy options for their students, in partnership with the African Heritage Co-Op.
D’Youville Offers COVID-19 Rapid Tests to Public Starting February 11 | D’Youville
The D’Youville School of Pharmacy will offer COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in the lobby of the D’Youville Academic Center, located on Fargo Ave. in Buffalo, beginning February 11.
D’Youville Launches Innovative, Online Pharmacy Program
D’Youville continues its mission of providing groundbreaking healthcare education with its new three-year online pathway towards the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) program, launching this fall.

Student Scholarships Available!

Do you know a current D’Youville student? If so, encourage them to apply for two scholarships now available through the D’Youville Alumni Association.

Legacy students (those with family members who have graduated from D’Youville) are eligible to apply for the Sister Mary Charlotte Barton Alumni Kinship Scholarship. All full-time undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the D’Youville Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.

Applications are accessible through Scholarship Universe (dyc.scholarshipuniverse.com) and close May 15.

VPAA Search Update
Dear Colleagues,
I would like to give you all an update on the VPAA search. The search committee has begun receiving and reviewing applications for the position. The deadline for full consideration of applications is February 28, 2021. In the first week of March, the search committee will decide on semifinalist candidates, after which calls to each candidate’s references will be made and initial interviews scheduled. Interviews of finalists are planned to take place in early April. While the exact format of the finalist interviews will partly depend on COVID, that will be the time at which the campus community will be able to engage with the finalists. On the condition that we find the right candidate, the plan is for that person to assume the position over the summer.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Craig Tyson (Chair of Search Committee) at tysonc@dyc.edu.

Cabrini Foundation Funds Nutritional Empowerment Program Through D’Youville Hub

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Thanks to a half-million dollar grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, D’Youville dietetics students, alongside registered dietitians, will help residents on Buffalo’s West Side make healthy choices through a nutritional empowerment program at the new Health Professions Hub.

The $500,000 grant will fund the Nutritional Empowerment through Teaching, Opportunity, and Sharing project in the Hub’s demonstration kitchen to help improve the health and well-being of community members. The project includes hands-on, interactive culinary classes, food demonstrations, and a medically tailored meal delivery program for patients in need. The grant also includes $166,000 in capital funds to help build and equip the demonstration kitchen.

“Recognizing the role of food and good nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, the Nutritional Empowerment project should positively impact the health of people in our West Side neighborhood who live with conditions such as diabetes and hypertension,” says Megan Whelan, PhD, RDN, CDN, chair of the D’Youville’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. “The programs will be run by registered dietitians and provide training at the Hub for our nutrition and dietetics students.”

In addition, the grant will help support a Community Table program for five local food entrepreneurs to establish restaurants or food operations on the West Side and a farmer’s market featuring local items prepared in the demonstration kitchen.

“We are excited about what the new restaurants and farmer’s market can add to the already-vibrant West Side,” Whelan says.

The Hub, a 58,751 square foot, state-of-the-art education, training, and community health center, is currently under construction at the corner of Connecticut and West Avenues in Buffalo and slated to open in the spring. Along with the demonstration kitchen, the Hub will feature a community health center, pharmacy, health and wellness center featuring OT, PT, and chiropractic services, interprofessional education and simulation center, high-tech classrooms, meeting rooms, and open work spaces, and a state-of-the-art event center and community engagement space.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of the vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services.

Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, chief executive officer of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, said, “As we set our sights on 2021, we must address the healthcare disparities related to race and income that have only been heightened since the onset of the pandemic. We honor the legacy of Mother Cabrini by funding activities, programs, and initiatives that help bridge gaps in health services, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, and eliminate barriers to care.”

The Foundation – which is named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor – provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit www.cabrinihealth.org.

D’Youville is a nationally-ranked private university headquartered in Buffalo, New York, providing in-seat and online academic programs around the world. Founded in 1908, D’Youville offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral degrees in liberal arts, business, and healthcare. D’Youville’s small class sizes, experiential education, and interprofessional learning environments prepare students for success. For more information, visit dyc.edu.

New programs at D’Youville

D’Youville has added several new programs this year. Many of them might appeal to our alumni, whether you are looking for further education or a career change. Click on any heading for more information.

Medical Ethics Certificate – new session begins March 15!
Enhance your career through a specialized study of ethical theory and bioethics in this 100% online program. Our online medical ethics certification is designed to provide working healthcare professionals and current healthcare students with a strong foundation in ethical decision-making.

18-month accelerated BSN
The Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing’s new, 18-month, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will start in Summer 2021. Applications to the program are now being accepted. The six-semester program is available for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree. The accelerated BSN is a program designed for students to build on their previous educational success and begin a nursing career in the most expedient way possible.

Three-year online Doctor of Pharmacy degree 
D’Youville’s new three-year online pathway towards the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) launches this fall, offering an accelerated calendar to complete degree requirements. Applications will be accepted until June 1. The program is by trimesters, with each cycle of 14 weeks of online instruction, one week on campus for skills assessment, and one week of break or remediation. Clinical rotations take place after six cycles. The program will allow students to save money and time, with lower overall cost due to quicker speed to completion.

Military Pharm Tech pathway to PharmD 
In our unique 18-month Military Pharm Tech Pathway to a PharmD, military members are able to complete fully online courses while still continuing their duties. They can transfer in nearly a third of their required courses for an accelerated path into our PharmD program and a pharmacy career, at a school that has been top-ranked for veterans.

Health Humanities major 
Our new Health Humanities major, which began this semester, is a new pathway for students who are seeking alternate routes to healthcare careers by exploring the social and cultural issues involved in health and medicine. Health humanities graduates may choose to enter medical school, pursue healthcare careers, or seek positions in fields such as government, the greater healthcare industry (including marketing, sales, medical research, consulting, and insurance), and administration.

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