Those who attended a spring convocation at Shawnee Community College included, from left, Tiffiney Ryan, vice president of financial and campus operations; Tracy Lohstroh, allied health division chair; Rhonda Dillow, math/science division chair; Ian Nicolades; Connie Drury, director of nursing; Dr. Tia Brown McNair, vice president in the office of diversity, equity and student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities; Dr. Peggy Bradford, president of Shawnee Community College; Dr. Ka

Shawnee College hosts convocation

An annual spring convocation for Shawnee Community College faculty and staff members was held Jan. 10. 

The convocation was held at the college’s main campus near Ullin. Morning and afternoon sessions were conducted.

Following updates from various administrators and directors, a keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Tia Brown McNair.

She is vice president in the office of diversity, equity and student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The keynote address focused on topics which included advancing underserved student success through faculty intentionality in problem-centered learning, advancing roadmaps for community college leadership to improve student learning and success, and purposeful pathways: faculty planning and curricular coherence.

During the morning sessions, full-time faculty, staff and administrative members who were in attendance discussed the college’s core values and mission. 

Discussions additionally centered around developing new ways of guiding both student and faculty experience at Shawnee Community College. 

More than 30 faculty  members, along with many administrative and staff members, participated in the collaborative think-tank approach to student success and engagement.  

Afternoon sessions were conducted for faculty members who gathered for discussion regarding the implementation of new ideas for the upcoming semester. 

Participants discussed how to best support students, the community, and work with administrators to connect and give feedback. 

“I am hopeful that today will be a catalyst for building a more collaborative environment for our stakeholders and our momentum goes beyond this room to effect positive change throughout our organization,” said college president Peggy Bradford.                            

The spring semester at Shawnee Community College began Jan. 14.


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