Twice a year, faculty members from across the Salus community gather for University Faculty Development Day, with a reception the evening before. The most recent event took place last week, January 5-6, providing professional development opportunities, important group discussions, and the chance to connect with fellow colleagues.
“The University’s Faculty Development Day focused on communication skills and afforded faculty and administration the opportunity to further enhance their interpersonal skills using interactive, research-based methods,” said Brooke Kruemmling, PhD, COMS, assistant provost.
This year there was a new location of the Thursday evening reception. Traditionally held at the Hafter Student Community Center, this January’s reception took place at the new Learning Resource Center, which was the first look many faculty had of the new space.
Attendees were welcomed to the reception by Dr. Janice Scharre, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, along with President Mittelman, who led faculty in a celebratory toast. Three new faculty members were introduced: Emily R. Vasile, MAT, TVI, MS ‘16, CLVT, instructor in the College of Education and Rehabilitation Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies; Adam J. Moore, MHS, PA-C, ATC, assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Program; and Michelle Rivera, OD, clinical educator at The Eye Institute’s Norristown campus. In addition, Dr. Scharre recognized the following:
- Faculty members who presented posters or gave presentations at professional conferences or meetings
- Erin Kenny OD ’15: Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award
- Physician Assistant Program faculty: New faculty appointments and recent advances within the program
- Pennsylvania College of Optometry accreditations:
- Two-year neuro-ophthalmic residency program officially accredited in February with no recommendations
- Optometry program accreditation recently submitted to the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (AOA).
- Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies: Major review and reaccreditation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
After opening remarks by Drs. Scharre and Mittelman the morning of January 6, Lorraine Lombardi, PhD, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and associate dean of Faculty Affairs, introduced presenters, Jeanne DiVincenzo, PsyD, and Steve Husband, PhD. Dr. DiVincenzo is director of the University’s Center for Personal and Professional Development as well as managing director and clinical and consulting psychologist at Growth Opportunity Center. Dr. Husband is principal at Executive Edge Consulting.
Together, Drs. DiVincenzo and Husband presented the workshop “Better Together: Skillful Communication at Salus.” Faculty spent the day exploring ways how they can work together—as educators, mentors and colleagues—to create more skillful methods of interpersonal communication within the University. The workshop drew from concepts in education, psychology, sociology, mindfulness, diversity, business and leadership development to cultivate shared goals for improving day-to-day interpersonal communication across the Salus community.