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Wednesday, December 2 • 11:00am - 11:20am
A Strengths-Based Approach to Remote Faculty Development

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A retreat, an institute, and an orientation wished they could walk into a bar, but it was a zoom happy hour... In summer 2020, we held three major faculty development programs remotely. All were originally formatted as multi-day, intense, face to face experiences. We deliberately leveraged combinations of character strengths and talents within our project teams, seeking to build on strengths rather than overcome deficits. Strengths-based teamwork aligns with the principles of equity-minded, inclusive teaching that we offer as faculty development themes. Character strengths and talents are distinct from work skills. This presentation will challenge participants to consider how their own strengths can contribute to the shift from face to face to remote faculty development.


Victoria Bhavsar

Victoria Bhavsar is the director of Cal Poly Pomona's Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, a lecturer in the Huntley College of Agriculture, and Cal Poly Pomona's PI for the CSU Alliance for Diversity and Strengths of STEM Faculty. Victoria's top five strengths are Input... Read More →
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April Dawn

Lead, Senior Instructional Designer, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
April Dawn is the lead, senior instructional designer and Faculty Development Consultant at the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE). She is also Cal Poly Pomona's co-PI for the CSU Alliance for Diversity and Strengths of STEM Faculty. Her top five strengths are... Read More →

Wednesday December 2, 2020 11:00am - 11:20am PST