April 9, 2009WVU Parkersburg to host Adjunct Faculty Conference.
CONTACT: Dr. Rhonda Richards, executive dean of academic affairs, 304-424-8242.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is hosting an Adjunct Faculty Conference for the region’s higher education part-time faculty.
The one-day conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25, in the Caperton Center for Applied Technology. Theme is “Instructional Practices, Issues and Updates.” It is being sponsored by the college's Office of Academic Affairs.
Keynote speaker will be Sharon Wagoner, executive director of Advantage Valley Community College Network, and workforce development coordinator, WV Community and Technical College System.
Her presentation at 9:15 a.m. is entitled “The Future of Community Colleges in West Virginia.”
The conference program will include breakout sessions will include such topics as developmental education, technology advances and issues, teaching strategies for the 21st Century, and legal/policy issue updates.
Dr. Rebecca Phillips, coordinator of WVU Parkersburg’s Office for Global Initiatives, will be the featured luncheon speaker at 12:30 p.m. She will discuss “West Virginia Community Colleges and the World.”
Purpose of the conference is to acknowledge the vital contributions of adjunct faculty to student success and to provide an opportunity for adjuncts to engage in workshops and discussions, noted Dr. Rhonda Richards, WVU Parkersburg executive dean of academic affairs.
Plans are for the conference to be an annual opportunity for the region’s college adjunct faculty to share experiences and participate in relevant workshop topics, she added.
Registration information is available by contacting Carol St. Peter at the college, 304-424-8301 or visiting the conference website at http://www.wvup.edu/Academics/Adjunct_faculty_conference/index.htm