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School of Health Professions Faculty Professional Development Committee

The professional development committee helps to coordinate professional development activities for students and faculty in the School of Health Professions. This committee first organized during the 2002-2003 year, as the student affairs committee and the faculty development committee were disbanded.

Find minutes from past meetings, annual reports, and other documents on the S: drive.

Professional Development Committee Members



Term Ends

Janis Davis

Occupational Therapy Education


Aaron Carbuhn

Dietetics and Nutrition


Paul Hertel

Nurse Anesthesia Education


Cheryl Skinner, chair

Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science


Mildred Oligbo

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training


Chris Gordon, Minette Silla

Student Liaisons



Committee Policies and Procedures

Committee Policies and Procedures

A. Membership

  1. Per Article IV, Section 1 of School of Health Professions bylaws.
  2. In addition, no more than two members may have a primary affiliation within the same department of the school.
  3. One student liaison serving on an annual basis.

B. Functions

  1. Act as liaison among SHP students and faculty.
  2. Prepare a professional development plan based on survey results, internal and external initiatives, participant feedback, professional trends and directions.
  3. Coordinate professional development and onboarding activities for SHP faculty.
  4. Select one representative to serve on the SHP Student Senate.
  5. Develop, recommend, coordinate and review policies and documents related to the development of students as needed, in conjunction with the SHP Student Senate.
  6. Review scholarship applications and make recommendations for scholarships, academic awards, and honors to the SHP Dean’s Office and/or other appropriate agencies, as requested.
  7. Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the Dean of the SHP.

C. Procedures of Chair/Committee

  1. Chair responsibilities per Article IV, Section 1 of School of Health Professions bylaws.
  2. Outgoing chair obtains name of incoming chair in July/early August after elections and informs the Chair of Steering Committee.
  3. Chair contacts Office of the Dean staff in charge of new student orientations and student recognition ceremony and notifies that person of chair designation for assignment.
  4. Chair calls meeting for late August/early September and as needed thereafter per Article IV, Section 1.C of school bylaws.
  5. Committee plans professional activities per functions #2 and #3.
  6. Office of the Dean provides scholarship applications to committee, and committee recommends recipient per function #8.
  7. A quorum will be three of the five voting members.
  8. Decisions will be made by a majority of voting members present.
  9. Chair receives notification from the Office of the Dean of new faculty members and shall appoint committee members as appropriate to serve as peer mentors.
  10. Chair works with Committee members to coordinate and provide onboarding and peer mentoring opportunities for new faculty members.
  11. Chair serves as an appointed member of the School of Health Professions Steering Committee and prepares written summaries of committee activities for inclusion in the minutes for faculty meetings.
  12. The semiannual report by the Chair will be saved to server and/or forwarded to the School's webmaster for inclusion on the School of Health Professions’ Committee Reports webpage.

D. Professional Development Activities

  1. Universal Design for Digital Resources (Feb. 2019), presented by Sonny Painter of Teaching and Learning Technologies, discusses steps for adding content to online courses using the Universal Design for Learning framework. Intended to structure curriculum for all students, the framework promotes inclusiveness so all content, assessments, and interactions with students are available in multiple forms of representation, expression, and engagement. Watch video
  2. "How to Avoid Plagiarism & Copyright Infringement" was presented on campus February 25, 2016. Sonny Painter and Heather Healy spoke about these important topics and provided valuable information including the use of Safe Assign and understanding copyright regulations. Watch video | See also: Dykes Library research guides
  3. "Professionalism and Political Advocacy" was presented on campus April 2015 with a panel of experts including Representative Barbara Bollier.
  4. Jeff Radel, faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, has posted helpful online tutorials on creating and delivering effective presentations.
  5. Resume and Interviewing Skills lecture: DVD available upon request by email or call x84411
  6. "Navigating the Waters of Open Access"> was presented Dec. 10, 2013 by Crystal Cameron-Vedros and Rachel Gyore of A.R. Dykes Library. View slides (PDF)

Last modified: May 06, 2021