Winter 2020 Faculty Development Day

DateJan 7, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm

A day dedicated to celebrating achievement, promoting collaboration, and learning from our colleagues in all our areas of scholarship.

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Houfek

The Performing Art of Science Presentation

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In their presentations, research scientists often focus solely on their subject matter and leave the quality of their public speaking to chance. This workshop offers specific skills from the theater to become a more engaging and memorable speaker, whether at a professional conference, public event, job talk, or in the classroom. Topics include activating connection to the audience, clarifying purpose, moving from concept to structure, enhancing physical and vocal presence, managing stage fright, best uses of PowerPoint, and how to use stories and metaphors.  In a highly interactive format, participants will have ample opportunity to practice these skills with personal coaching.

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9:00–12:30 p.m.
Shouse 305A

Keynote and Workshop: Nancy Houfek
The Performing Art of Science Presentation

12:30–1:15 p.m.​
Shouse 322


1:15–2:15 p.m.

Scholarly work presentations (3 concurrent sessions)


Shouse 302

1:15 p.m.

Nancy Terres, PhD
Evaluating a New Approach to Treating Opioid Exposed Infants

1:35 p.m.

Bonnie Halvorson-Bourgeois, MS; Patricia Kelley-Nazarro, MS; Joanna Christodoulou, EdD
Quality of Life in Children with Language/Literacy Challenges: Indexing QoL and Exploring Associations with Reading Performance

1:55 p.m.

Raquel Reynolds, PhD
The Impact of Work Environment and Work Stress in the Relationship between Shift Work and Health Behaviors in Nurses


Teaching and Learning
Shouse 303

1:15 p.m.

Rita Olans, DNP
Development of Undergraduate Nurse Competencies in Antimicrobial Stewardship for First World and Middle Income Countries

1:35 p.m.

Laura Plummer, DPT; Jason Lucey, DNP; Suzanne Pennington, MS; Chris Sim, MPAS; Lisa Connor, PhD
Enhancing Interprofessional Communication and Teamwork through a Screening Learning Activity with Clients with Neurological Disorders in an Interprofessional Pro-Bono Center

1:55 p.m.

Keshrie Naidoo, DPT; Laura Plummer, DPT; Christopher Clock, DPT
Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners in Doctor of Physical Therapy Education


Shouse 304

1:15 ​p.m.

Eliezer Bose, PhD
Random Forest to explore variable interactions and predict length of stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility

1:35 ​p.m.

Mary Beth Coughlin, PhD
Chronic Sorrow and Perceptions of Family-centered care in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

1:55 ​p.m.

Clara Gona, PhD
“Until you come to the US, that’s when you get to know that there’s something wrong with you”


Special Afternoon Workshop (registration required)

2:15–3:15 p.m.​
Shouse 322

Annie Fox, PhD; Victoria Bolowsky, PhD Student

Intro to R and RMarkdown

In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to using R via RStudio. RStudio is a free graphical user interface (GUI) that makes running statistical analyses in R user friendly.  We’ll show you how to load data into R, install packages, run descriptive statistics and simple visualizations, as well as show you how to run some basic analyses (e.g., correlations, t-tests, factorial ANOVA, linear regression).  We’ll even introduce you to the “tidyverse”, which is a set of packages that make manipulating and visualizing data easier. 

Bring a laptop that can connect to the Internet. You do not need to have R or RStudio installed on your computer to participate (although you are welcome to, and the links to do so are provided below).  

Install R

Install RStudio

(The session will be recorded, and materials will be made available to everyone interested.)