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Start the new school year off right with some new technology tips for your teaching toolkit. CAST is proud to sponsor two exciting events this month for faculty members!
iPad Training: Friday 9/12, 9am-4pm
Learn new ways to use the iPad to improve your teaching experience (for a full list of topics, see attachment). Attendees will receive a stipend of $25 per hour for the 6-hour workshop and must attend the full day. Attendance is strictly limited to 20 faculty members, so sign up today! RSVP here: RSVP for iPad Training 9/12. For more information, contact Kevin Smith, Larnell Dunkley, or Chao Lu.
Blackboard Conference: Friday 9/26, 9am-3:30pm
Learn new techniques and share ideas with colleagues! Workshops will be graded by difficulty level to provide a comprehensive experience for all users. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Mon 9/8 using this link: RSVP for Blackboard Conference 9/26. For more information, contact Megan Ritt or Andrew Cutcher. (We also need presenters! Sign up via the RSVP link).
Thanks for reading! See you at the CAST kick-off meeting next Thursday 9/11, 3:30-4:30pm, room 1046.
Andrew Cutcher and Megan Ritt
CAST Coordinators


Job Posting of the Week

Sarah Liston saw this and sent it along, thinking y’all might find it interesting, especially the title:

Executive Director, Talent Management (Re-post)

Location:    District Office
Employee Type:    Full Time Staff
Department:    Human Resources & Staff Development
Union Status:    Non-Bargained For
Hours:    40 hours per week
Salary:    $76,500 – $90,000
Posted:    Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Closing Date:    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Provides leadership and direction in effectively linking a strategic plan for performance management and professional development to the College’s mission, goals and objectives aimed at increasing student success.

Serves as the director, facilitator, and implementer of a performance management and professional development system in collaboration with key stakeholders to promote a strong, systematic approach to performance management.  Develops and coordinates employee orientation, training, professional development and performance evaluations.  Works with the Executive Director of Compensation and Classification to ensure all organizational jobs are analyzed and tied to appropriate competencies.

Responsible for the implementation of the software solution, policies, procedures and the strategic plan relative to performance management.  Develops and delivers engaging and interactive training opportunities for faculty and staff, using sound, metrics-driven approaches.  Integrates new innovative approaches to professional development through a variety of mediums and methods that may include peer mentoring, peer coaching, peer “Discussions,” “Big Ideas” seminars, on-line certificate training programs, staff retreats and discipline-specific training.

Manages performance evaluations accessible to authorized managers and personnel through web-based delivery and accessibility.  Builds a central training calendar and supporting repository of training, leadership, and best practice resources and activities, including on and off-campus seminars, conferences and opportunities. Organizes the creation of a District database to collect and track individual development plans.  Updates and maintains information, as needed.  Seeks out methods to support professional development initiatives.

Cultivates and supports a culture of professional development through regular sharing of trends, emerging technologies and relevant publications; coordinates a staff professional development website, newsletter and other modes of communication.  Collaborates with other administrators to ensure alignment of performance management and professional development initiatives to CCC policies and procedures and the Centers for Teaching and Learning.  Collaborates with other administrators to cultivate a district wide system of rewards and recognition.

Creates and administers a career pathways and succession planning service to faculty and staff seeking career mobility opportunities.  Prepares and administers the Performance and Professional Development budget and makes appropriate budget recommendations to the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.  Supervises support staff within the Performance and Professional Development unit.

Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development, Organizational Development or related field with a minimum of 5 years of related work experience. Master’s degree preferred.  Performance management, professional development and training experience required.

Sarah writes:

Might be an interesting conversation topic for the Lounge….apparently, we are ‘talent’…One point I found interesting that this person will manage the ‘talent’ but yet does not need to have any education experience at all…


h/t to Sarah for the pointer.

Philosophy of Education Conference

Are you without plans for next Friday and Saturday?

Consider checking out the program for a Philosophy of Ed conference put on by the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education. It’s an exceptionally inexpensive conference and typically has a nice mix of the practical and the theoretical.

The registration fee is $65 and includes a year membership, but I wrote to them and asked if they could wiggle on that and they generously agreed to let HWC (and CCC) adjuncts register for $20. It’s a great opportunity for adjuncts to see some papers (and network a bit) and get an inexpensive professional development opportunity (as well as another line on the CV). PLEASE share this with the adjuncts in your department. Back when I was one, I would have jumped at the chance to feel and be academic in any sense other than just in front of my students.

As it says on the program, the conference is taking place in Film Row Cinema Center, which is part of Columbia College, located in the South Loop.

If you have any questions you can write me or go right to the horse’s mouth; Allen Johnston from DePaul is the President of the SPSE and the guy who coordinated the rate negotiation for the adjuncts. His email is Please keep in mind though, that he has a large role in putting together a conference that starts six days from now, so try not to overwhelm him with things that you might be able to figure out by other means.

You can register the morning of the conference, but if my memory serves me right, they could not process credit cards for the registration, so please bring cash or a personal check.