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Faculty Conference


Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24

Event at the Stone Barn at duskWe’re excited to announce the on-campus return of our annual Teaching and Learning Conference this Summer!

This should prove to be a fabulous opportunity for our online faculty to experience the warm hospitality of our College, to enjoy the (face to face) camaraderie of our community, to add valuable tools to one’s teaching repertoire, and to take advantage of some of our area’s great attractions.

Here’s the low-down on what faculty need to know:

Check-in: 2pm on Friday, July 22
Check-out: 10am on Sunday, July 24

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I expected to attend?
Attendance at the Conference is a contractual expectation of all online instructors. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis, and will need to be approved by one’s Program Director. But that said, given the exciting docket of events and opportunities we have lined up, we hope that attending the conference will prove to be a highlight of your summer rather than a mere task to check off.

Do I have to attend in person?
No. While we would love to welcome each and every one of you to our beautiful campus, we understand that not everyone might be able to travel here. Thanks to our upgraded technologies, all of our general and break-out sessions will take place in a hybrid format, allowing for real-time, in-person and remote participation.

If I choose to attend in person, what expenses are covered?
In addition to the cost of the conference itself, all faculty will have their on-campus room and board provided for them throughout the duration of the Conference.

Is there anything to do on campus?
Yes! Our family-friendly campus features a beautiful lakefront with water so clear, it literally serves as the drinking source for the greater Portland area–and it’s usually the perfect temperature in late July! Our 474 acres include forested walking trails, outdoor athletic facilities, and historic farmland. All of our campus facilities will also available to faculty, including the chapel, library, student union (Baggot Street), gym, fitness room, swimming pool, outdoor track, turf field, pollinator gardens, labyrinth, and, of course, wi-fi.

Are there any area attractions?
Maine lobsterYes! Maine is famously known as “Vacationland” and “The Way Life Should Be”—and summertime is Maine at its best! We’re just 25 minutes away from the #1 Ranked Food City in America! Experience Portland’s dining hot spots, cultural events, charming Old Port district, and shopping galore! And as if that’s not enough, Freeport (home of the LL Bean flagship store), Old Orchard Beach, North Conway, the Naples Causeway, and Sebago Lake State Park are all within an hour’s drive. There’s literally something for everyone!

Can I bring a loved one? How about family members?
Yes, absolutely! We’ve coordinated with our events folks to secure affordable room and board packages for loved ones and family members (@ $175 per person, all inclusive for the duration of the Conference).

Will I have any free time to explore the area?
We’ve purposely built some free time into the schedule on Saturday afternoon and are planning on wrapping things up early in the day on Sunday for folks who want the opportunity to explore the many on- and off-campus attractions.

Your Next Steps

→ Fill out the registration form

This way we will know who is attending in person, who is attending remotely, and who is not planning on attending. (For those attending in person, there will be an opportunity to request additional room and board packages, if you are interested.)

» Registration form

» Additional room and board package (@ $175 per person, all inclusive for the duration of the Conference)

→ Consider presenting at the Conference

This year’s theme is Transformational Academics. To that end, we’d like to solicit any ideas you may have as they pertain to the areas of Transformational Instruction/Instructors, Transformational Assignments/Assessments, and/or Transformational Instructional Materials.

What we are looking for are either tried and true or otherwise innovative ways in which you have experienced a particularly high degree of success in achieving programmatic, course, or unit outcomes with our online learners.

Presentations should be geared towards a 20-minute delivery, and conducive for break-out sessions to follow. Proposals for presentations should be submitted as a one-page summary to academics@sjcme.edu by June 1. A selection committee will review all proposals and be in touch with applicants shortly thereafter. While presenters are strongly encouraged to attend the Conference in person, remote presentations are also a possibility.

→ What do you want?

We’d love to hear from you all concerning the types of information and/or experiences that you’d like to see incorporated into our Conference. Ultimately, the aim of this gathering is to enrich you professionally, to build community, and to capitalize on the social, spiritual, and intellectual synergies that invariably arise as we work together to improve our online programs. Please let us know how we might be able to better achieve that end!


Friday, July 22

2-3pm  Welcome! Check-in
3-4:30pm  Departmental Meetings with PD’s
5-6:30pm  Special Dinner

6:30-7:30pm  General Orientation (Who’s Who in the Online World)– Admissions, Online Operations, Student Support, Registrar, Financial Aid, TEI, Learning Commons

7:30-8pm  Keynote: Monique
8-10pm  Social

Saturday, July 23

7-8:30am  Breakfast
8:45-10am  Session 1
10-10:15am  Break

10:15-11:30am  Session 2
11:30-1pm  Lunch

1-2:15pm  Session 3
2:15-2:30pm  Break

2:30-3:45pm  Session 4
3:45-5pm  Free Time

5-6:30pm  Dinner
6:30-10pm  Mixed Options

Sunday, July 24

7-8:30am  Breakfast
8-9am  Mass
9-10am  Closing Session
10am  Farewell and Checkout

Session Topics

1. Transformational Instructors/Instruction

2. Transformational Assignments/Assessments

3. Transformational Learning Activities

4. Transformational Student Support

5. Transformational Practices/Policies

6. Transformational Instructional Materials

7. Transformational Tools & Technologies

8. Transformational Course Design

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