Thursday, September 1, 2016

Chillicothe Campus welcomed OU Regional Campus Faculty at recent Regional Higher Education Faculty Conference

As students and faculty members return for the start of a new semester, the Chillicothe Campus also had the recent honor of hosting the 2016 Ohio University Regional Higher Education (RHE) Faculty conference. More than 120 faculty members from Ohio University regional campuses convened before the start of the fall semester to collaborate and learn from a variety of topics applicable to their positions.

The RHE conference, which host location rotates annually among the five Ohio University campuses and the Athens campus, aims to unite faculty and facilitate meaningful interactions that can benefit all students and communities.

“The Chillicothe Campus was very pleased to host the 2016 Ohio University RHE Faculty Conference,” said OU-C Dean Martin Tuck. The conference is one of the few opportunities RHE faculty can meet informally, share ideas and innovations they have created as well as learn from their peers from the other campuses.”

Conference sessions, offered in a number of formats such as panel discussions, workshops and presentations, covered applicable topics that are unique to the regional campus experiences. This year, topics ranged from how to help veterans transition to college life, integrating technology in the classroom, how to pilot a learning community on a regional campus, online student engagement and teaching with supplemental instruction.

The high number and diversity of sessions offered were one of the key points of pride for OU-C faculty members Dywayne Nicely and Allison White, who led the host committee and organized this year’s conference. It was their hard work that resulted in a positive and productive experience for all.

“It’s a privilege and a responsibility to create a collegial learning experience for the faculty,” said White.

“We worked collaboratively with the rest of the planning committee to ensure we got a variety of input on the topics that would be of the most interest. Then, we worked to find the right people to present on these topics, sometimes even helping to connect the dots between people and initiatives that are happening around Ohio University campuses,” said White, Associate Professor of the Office Technology Program and the Program Coordinator since 2009.

“In many cases this conference is one of the few opportunities that regional campus faculty have to collaborate and see one another throughout the year,” said Nicely, Ph. D, Associate Professor of Mathematics. “There are so many opportunities to learn from one another, as well as connect in a much more informal environment that truly enriches the experience.”

As the first regional campus in the state, it was fitting that this year’s format was a first as well.  Instead of the typical two-day conference, the itinerary was tightened and the debut of a single-day event format occurred in 2016. The goal was to lessen the burden on participants, while still being effective and providing critical information.

The RHE conference is also a great opportunity to showcase the region. Nicely and White worked closely with the Ross Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide visitors guides and information to all attendees.

“Our hope is that everyone had a great experience, not only at the conference and in the Chillicothe region, and that they’ll want to return to the area when they have an opportunity to do so,” said White. “We were so excited for the opportunity to welcome more than 120 attendees to the region.”

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