Supporting our Students and Ourselves: Fall 2021 Resource Sessions for Faculty and Staff

“I have concerns about a student, but I don’t really know how to approach them. I don’t want to scare them off or offend them.”
“My student is struggling in class. Where is the best place to send them for academic help?”
“If I send in a report on a student, what happens next?”
“Ugh, I am exhausted all the time! How can I start feeling a little better?”
If you have ever had thoughts similar to these, consider attending a session from the new “Supporting our Students and Ourselves” series. A collaboration between Academic Affairs, the Dean of Students office, and the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, this series seeks to provide faculty with both knowledge and easy-to-use practices that will enhance their student support abilities.
All sessions will be held in the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (Crabbe Library 318), and will have available streaming options.

Registration Form available here


No More Mute Buttons!: Considering the Post-Pandemic Student

September 2, 2021; 9:30 - 10:45am
Presenter:  Stephanie Saulnier, Department Chair, BSW Program Director, and Assistant Professor of Social Work

Life in the classroom is going to look different this fall as we welcome back students who have experienced this pandemic. In this session, we will use examples drawn from the Olympics and sports world to discuss trauma, mental health and coping mechanisms. The goal will be to enter this new reality with some strategies for success – for students and for us.

Recording Available Here

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Supporting and Referring Students, Part One: Student Wellness

September 15, 2021; 12:00 - 1:30pm
Presenter:  Dr. Lara Vance, Dean of Students

Have you encountered a student who needed help, but you weren’t sure where to send them? How would you even approach them? This session, designed specifically for faculty members, will help you:
-learn how to identify students who may need some extra support, and think about the best avenue to help them get it
-become more comfortable approaching students, by providing easy tools and phases to use
-better understand the different support mechanisms available at EKU, as well as the processes behind them

Recording Available Here

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Supporting and Referring Students, Part Two: Academic Support Resources

October 5, 2021; 9:30 - 10:45am
Presenter:  Dr. Lara Vance, Dean of Students

Midterms are here - do you know how to identify students who may need a little extra academic support? How can you encourage students to seek out the help they need to rebound, and what are the options? In Part Two of our Supporting & Referring Students series, Dr. Lara Vance, Dean of Students, will provide information on available resources to help students succeed academically.

Recording Available Here

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Strategies for Managing Behavior in the Classroom

October 20, 2021; 10:10 - 11:00am
Presenter:  Emily Jo Davis

Our students are carrying a heavy load, not just in backpacks and course schedules but mentally and emotionally. They are bringing so much more with them into the classroom that it can become distracting at times. Come hear strategies for handling classroom disruptions both big and small. Learn about the ways in which we can assist our students with campus resources while also holding them accountable through our conduct process.

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“You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup”: Self-Care Practices

November 15, 2021; 2:30 - 3:20pm
Presenter:  Allison McCann

While the term "self-care" is trending and may seem like a fad, it actually maintains your most important relationship: the one with yourself. Learn the basics of self-care and how it can nurture every relationship and experience.

Recording Available Here