GRCC Faculty Learning Day to Address Need for Resiliency in Classroom

Wednesday, January 4, hundreds of Grand Rapids Community College faculty members will be on the other side of the podium for a special day-long professional development program entitled Developing and Supporting a Resilient Faculty. Resilience is described as the ability to bounce back, even in the face of adversity.

WHAT:           GRCC Faculty Learning Day

WHEN:            Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 9AM – 3PM

WHO:              Dr. Constance Staley, Professor of Communication and Director of Freshman Seminar Program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs -Keynote Speaker

WHERE:         GVSU Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St.

Media are invited to attend the event. The day begins at 9 AM with the keynote address which will be followed by over 20 related presentations and small groups created by fellow faculty.

The day’s focused subject matter will offer faculty members an opportunity to learn from invited guests and one another about how to engage a diverse student population - not only because of varying learning styles, but also because statistics show today’s community college students are more likely than previous generations of community college students to experience adversity, such as violence, substance abuse, lack of access to reliable health education and care, unemployment and poverty.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.