Fall 2020 Professional Development Week 

Welcome back!

Thank you for your patience with us as we’ve worked to bring you a Professional Development Week (August 17-21, 2020) that reflects our rapidly changing times. This schedule link will have the most up to date information (you will need to access this while logged into your gallaudet.edu account). As promised, we have provided registration information for the daily morning webinars here, which take place each morning from 10 am-noon. Descriptions for each day’s morning webinar are listed below. All afternoon sessions from 1-3:00 pm are breakout sessions. For faculty, more information will be sent in an additional email from your School Director or department chair regarding afternoon breakout sessions. 

The Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Gallaudet Library has purchased multiple electronic copies of Dr. Lebron's book The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea. These copies are available through the Gallaudet Library now.

We are looking forward to having you join us!



Morning Webinar

10:00-10:30 am Welcome Back from University Administrators and Week Overview

10:30-11:00 am Update on Public Health and COVID-19 with Dr. Alicia Wooten and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

11:00-11:45 am Candid Conversation with Interim Provost Jeffrey Lewis and Bendita Cynthia Malakia

Bendita Cynthia Malakia from Hogan Lovells, anti-racism consultant to Gallaudet, and Interim Provost Jeffrey Lewis have a frank conversation about anti-racism at Gallaudet.

11:45-12:00 noon Interim Dean of the Faculty and School Directors introductions 

12 noon- 1 pm Lunch Break

1:00-3:00 pm Breakout Sessions with Schools

School introductions with Diversity Lens activity, plus facilitated discussion about the morning Candid Conversation. 

3:00-3:30 pm Library E-Reserves Teaching and Learning Workshop

Come learn how the library can help you with posting articles or chapters in your class's Blackboard while complying with copyright law. 


Morning Webinar

10:00-10:40 am Distinguished Schaefer Lecture by Dr. Christopher Lebron, "Black Lives Matter: A Movement Whose Time Has Come?”

10:40-11:40 am Black Lives Matter Dialogue with Dr. Lebron and Mr. Franklin Jones, (Instructor, ASL Program) and Dr. Elizabeth Moore (Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of Social Work) 

11:40am-12pm Q & A

Dr. Christopher Lebron is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in political philosophy, social theory, the philosophy of race, and democratic ethics. His first book, The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time (OUP 2013) won the American Political Science Association Foundations of Political Theory First Book Prize. His second book The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of An Idea (OUP 2017) offers a brief intellectual history of the black lives matter social movement. Dr. Lebron is the winner of the 2018 Hiett Prize In The Humanities which recognizes a “career devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.” In addition to his scholarly publications, Chris has been an active public intellectual, writing numerous times for The New York Times's philosophy column, The Stone, Boston ReviewThe Nation, The Atlantic, and Billboard Magazine. His most recent op-ed for the New York Times is "White America Wants Me to Conform. I Won't Do It". Distinguished lecturer funding is provided by the William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Endowment. 

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00-3:00pm Breakout Sessions 

Facilitated conversations on the morning's lecture and conversation focusing on applications to the classroom and the radical overnight transformation of Black Lives Matter from a social movement on the margins to a mainstream social concept.  

3:00-3:30 pm Counseling And Psychology Services (CAPS) Q&A Teaching and Learning Workshop

CAPS will answer questions about their services and programs, with a special emphasis on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting CAPS. Presenters are Jessica Kuehne and Mary Hufnell.


Morning Teaching and Learning Webinar 

10:00-11:00 am Connected Gallaudet with Jacquelyn Lally and Earl Parks (GTS)

11:00-11:30 am Remote Interpreting Strategies with Andrew Schewe (GIS)

11:30 am-12:00 pm Library Update and Resources with Amy Malm, Noah Beckman, and Elizabeth Henry 

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break

Breakout Sessions

1:00-3:00 pm Customer Service workshop presented by Mark Seeger. This workshop is sponsored by Gallaudet Staff Council (GSC), Organization for Equity for Staff of Color, and Human Resources.

3:00-3:30 pm Digital Teaching Tools Q&A Teaching and Learning Workshop

Faculty members Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler (Linguistics), Dr. Concetta Pucci (Social Work) and Dr. Miako Villanueva (General Education and Linguistics) continue the conversation about using digital teaching tools with remote instruction.



Morning Webinar

10:00 am-12-noon Candid Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Bendita Cynthia Malakia 

Bendita Cynthia Malakia from Hogan Lovells, anti-racism consultant to Gallaudet, and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Elizabeth Moore have a frank conversation about EDI and dismantling racism at Gallaudet.

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00-3:00pm Breakout Sessions 

Discussion of the morning's Candid Conversation, with a special focus on supporting the work of EDI and our new interim Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Elizabeth Moore.

3:00-3:30pm Student Success: Navigate Teaching and Learning Workshop

Navigate is a student success platform that helps students navigate roadblocks to graduation and make better choices along the way through interactive checklists, reminders, and alerts.  Faculty and professional staff, such as tutors and advisors, will be able to interact with students including scheduling appointments through their Navigate App to ensure their success. To access Navigate, please go here. If you have any questions or issues, contact navigate.support@gallaudet.edu.


Please contact your department chair and program directors for more details, including the correct Zoom meeting links.


More information about this will be coming soon from Faculty Governance.

Summer 2020 Professional Development Program

Greetings, and congratulations on completing the Spring 2020 semester! We know that it was incredibly challenging in many ways and commend you for your creativity, tenacity, and fortitude in rising to this challenge.

This summer Gallaudet University is providing training for all faculty who will be teaching in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. These courses are designed for faculty to build and enhance their knowledge and understanding in several areas of teaching. The training is not required. We strongly encourage you to complete the training to ensure high quality online and remote instruction.

 The Professional Studies course PST 500 is a digital teaching and learning course designed for Gallaudet University faculty. It has 4 components: 

1) Quality Matters (APPQMR or PRC)

2) Bilingual Approaches Seminar (1 and 2)

3) Culturally-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Teaching

4) Blackboard Ultra (new LMS)

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the PST 500 course will be available in Blackboard under Courses. All four components will have registration information in PST 500.

 For more information, please see our FAQ.  If your questions are not answered in the FAQ, please email the Faculty Online Training Team at   fott@gallaudet.edu