Office of Faculty Development: Programs & Events

Save the dates! Spring 2018 Professional Development Week

Monday, January 8: Teaching and Learning Development Day

Morning Workshop:

Location: Elstad Auditorium from 8:30am with a continental breakfast and the program will begin at 9:00am. The event will conclude by 12:00pm. Mr. Marvin T. Miller will lead us on a discussion about deafhood, audism and the impact on the lives of our students, our faculty, our staff, and how we can contribute towards an understanding of the self. 

Deafhood reveals the hidden history of our peoples, and the impact on our personal, academic and work lives. With key metaphors we will see significant shift in our thinking and attitudes about Deaf and hard of hearing people. We will have a discussion about phonocentric colonization of the Deaf, Deafhood vs deafness and the impact on Deaf education, values and beliefs, healthy identity, and the state of Deaf education today. We will discuss how Gallaudet University deals with a wide array of "different" students from a variety of educational approaches, and how to help facilitate the healing process, recognize the steps necessary and stimulate critical dialogue for a paradigm shift.

About Mr. Marvin T. Miller

Marvin T. Miller has taught over 800 hours of Deafhood classes which began during his term as president of the Indiana Association of the Deaf in January 2011. A dynamic and powerful presenter, Marvin currently teaches Deafhood 101 and 201 classes as well as Deafhood and Allies workshops all over the country.   His prior accomplishments include launching several monthly newspapers of, for and by the Deaf and signing community including: The Deaf Michigander and DeafNation (; he later helped launch SignNews with Communication Services for the Deaf. Marvin has worked in media, video relay service and he has consulted with organizations on business development. He is a founding board member of the Deafhood Foundation.    He is currently attending Gallaudet University pursuing a Masters degree in Sign Language Education.  Marvin lives in Washington, D.C., with his four Deaf children where he enjoys thinking about how to create a better future for the Deaf and ASL community.  

Afternoon Workshop:

RESCHEDULED! February 26, 2018 from 11:30am - 1:00pm!

Dr. Lane will discuss how making our research available and easily digestible for the public is not easy, but worthwhile when much of our research can benefit the public. In this session, Nikki Lane discusses some fundamental principles that will help you to make your expertise and research available to the public. She will discuss the importance of image and message, tweaking the aim of your research agenda to better engage with the public in mind, and simple steps for crafting an online presence as a scholar.

About Dr. Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar trained as a Cultural and Linguistic Anthropologist currently teaching courses in American Studies at American University and in Women's Studies at the George Washington University. Her ethnographic research has dealt with issues in American Popular Culture, urban spatial politics, and sexual cultures throughout the African Diaspora. Her current book project, under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, is tentatively titled Ratchet: Race, Gender, Sexuality and the (Anti)Politics of Respectability. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @thedoctorlane or visit her website where she regularly shares short videos about Black Pop Culture, upcoming course syllabi related to race, gender and sexuality in the pop culture, and individual lesson plans to help educators bring pop culture into the classroom. 

Interpretation will be provided for both events. 

Tuesday, January 9: Inclusive Course DesignPlease see "Workshop Descriptions" for a full overview of the day. Interpretation will be provided.

Wednesday, January 10: Institutional Assessment Day

Location: Merrill Learning Center Basement Room 111 at 8:30am with a continental breakfast and the program will begin at 9:00am. The event will conclude by 11:30am.

Dr. Helen Thumann, Director of Accreditation, Certification and Licensure, Michael Catron, Assessment Coordinator, and Dr. Lindsay Buchko, Director of the Office of Institutional Research, will share results and trends from recent student surveys, including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI). Afterwards, attendees will participate in small group discussions/activities focused on implementing strategies to address the recurring challenges.

The Assessment Council will begin their meeting at 12:00pm and will conclude at 2:00pm. Please contact Mr. Michael Catron for more specifics regarding this meeting.

Interpretation will be provided.

Thursday, January 11: Faculty Governance Retreat

Location: Peikoff Alumni House at 9:00am with a continental breakfast and the program will begin at 9:30am. The discussion will wrap up at 12:00pm with lunch and each Faculty Senate committee will meet in the afternoon and we will have our traditional Faculty Club at Peikoff from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Interpretation will be provided.

Friday, January 12: Department/Program Retreats

To view Dr. Stephen C. Nelson's August 17, 2017 plenary with ASL interpretation and captions, please click on the following link:

Racism is Killing Us: How Race, Racism, and Whiteness Affect Health