Faculty Invest in Professional Development

AGS Faculty Development at OCU

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) strives to provide students with quality instructors who are highly educated, spiritually mature, and experienced in their career fields. As part of that mission, the AGS faculty attended development workshops on Saturday, June 9 in person or by live streaming to invest in continued education and training.

“These workshops give faculty an opportunity to hear about the University’s overarching mission and interact with colleagues in addition to developing their professional skills for teaching and mentoring students,” said Heidi Frederick, Assistant Vice President and Dean for AGS.

President Dr. Mark Smith greeted faculty by video in the morning, thanking them for the investment they make to students. The Academic Directors led discipline-specific groups to discuss the vision for their programs. Later the professors were able to select a workshop from various topics:

  • Providing Feedback for Learning

  • Teaching From the Back of the Classroom

  • Spiritual Self-Care

  • Whole-Person Learning

“I feel blessed because this session [on Whole-Person Learning] was a catalyst that brought to the surface why I became a teacher,” adjunct instructor Michael Lollo wrote in a thank-you email the following week.

Mike Egenreider provided the keynote address on the 2014-2015 faculty theme “Winning the Hearts of Students.” Mike described his experience as a graduate of OCU’s first adult cohort in 2001 and publicly thanked the faculty who invested in his journey. He encouraged faculty to  connect with students as they seek to discover what it means to be “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10).

Find more about the event on social media #OCUAGSFaculty.

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies serves non-traditional learners as they earn degrees at locations in both Ohio and Georgia, and online. If you’re ready to earn your degree, call us at 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs.