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Professional Development 2023-2024

NACEP, the Advanced Credit Program's accrediting body, requires all dual credit adjuncts to attend one professional development workshop every academic year. For this reason, the ACP offers a wide variety of PD workshops each year. A list of this year's professional development workshops will become available as we schedule them.  

Adjuncts who participate in these workshops receive one student scholarship (limit of two per academic year). If you have questions, please email Brienna Manore at blmt7g@umsl.edu.

Chemistry Professional Development - Friday,  September 8, 2023

Topic: Digital Accessibility for Inclusive Teaching in STEM

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Virtual (QR Code for Zoom Link on Flyer)

Presenters: Laura M. Foley, Instructional Designer, Missouri Online

No registration required


Political Science/History Professional Development - Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Topic: Join communities across the nation in a national conversation about China. We will first tune in to a live webcast of an interview with current U.S. ambassador to China Nicholas Burns, followed by a discussion moderated by Prof. Hung Gay Fung

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom (Zoom link sent after registration)

Presenters: Nicolas Burns & Prof. Hung Gay Fung


Art & Design Professional Development - Monday, October 16, 2023

Topic: Silkscreening Demo & Application


6:00p-6:05p: Meet and greet at St. Joseph Academy's Ceramics Studio (upstairs)

6:05p-6:55p: Jen McKnight, Silkscreening for Ceramic Transfer

6:55p-7:10p: Break and Light Snacks

7:10p-8:00p: Amy Madej, Transferring Silkscreens to Ceramics*

(We encourage you to bring a Tupperware for green tiles if you would like to fire your own.)

Location: St. Joseph's Academy

2307 S Lindbergh Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63131

Presenters: Jen McKnight and Amy Madej


Business Professional Development - Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Topic: Topic: Fintech – Modern Financial Technology and Engaging Students with Research and Debate

This session will begin with an overview of several topics within fintech, specifically artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies, and the various finance/fintech programs offered at UMSL. This will lead into a discussion around modern fintech, which lives at the intersection of economics, mathematics, engineering, and psychology. Then to conclude, we will review the design of a fintech debate tournament where students will collaborate in researching fintech investments and compete by presenting financial arguments in support of the investments, which can range from stocks in major companies like Microsoft or Amazon to cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Location: 108 Anheuser-Busch Hall (UMSL North Campus)

Presenter: Tim Dombrowski, PhD 


TCH ED Professional Development - Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Topic: Conversations in Education Series: An Intelligent Take on Artificial Intelligence

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Location: ED Collabitat ( UMSL South Campus)
2993 South Drive, St. Louis, MO 63121

Presenters: Dr. Keith Miller and Dr. Badri Adhikari

Registration Closed on Monday, October 16, 2023


French Professional Development - Saturday, October 28, 2023

Topic: L’Afrique francophone et la Louisiane à traversles réseaux sociaux, la chanson et la littérature

Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In person on UMSL campus or Virtual by Zoom) Links for both sent after registration

Presenters: Vanessa Awa, Ph.D. Candidate at Mizzou and Maurice Tetne, Ph.D. Candidate at WashU

***This presentation will be spoken in French with no translator


Biology Professional Development - Saturday, November 4, 2023

Topic: A Case Study in Applying Research Experience to Teaching

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am

Location: 102 Benton Hall (UMSL North Campus)

Presenters: Drs. Trey Kidd and Marc Spingola with guest presenter George Todd, UMSL Biology Ph.D. Candidate


Mathematics Professional Development - Friday, December 1, 2023

Topic: How Covid Has Changed Our Perspectives and Flexibility While Teaching Math in the New Normal

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Virutual-Zoom (link provided after registration)

Presenters: Mark Kiraly


History Professional Development - Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Topic: Dionysios Solomos’s Woman of Zakynthos (1826-1933) and the Making of Refugees

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Student Government Association Chamber, Third Floor, Millennium Student Center (UMSL North Campus)

17 Arnold B Grobman Dr

St. Louis, MO 63121

Presenters: Prof. Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan

No Registration Required; Sign in with Kevin Fernlund


TCH ED Professional Development - Friday, February 16, 2024

Topic: Access needs. What does intersectional disability justice mean to you? Looking to the past to guide our future.

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Virtual - Zoom (Link on flyer)

Presenter: Dr. Paulo Tan

No Registration required

View flyer here


TCH ED Professional Development - Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Topic: Conversations in Education Series: An Intelligent Take on Artificial Intelligence

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Location: Virtual - Zoom

Presenters: Dr. Keith Miller, Dr. Badri Adhikari, and Dr. Sharlee Climer



Mathematics Professional Development - Thursday, February 22, 2024

Topic: Using Relevant Contextual Examples in your College-level Courses

Description:  Drs. Petrie, Rzeszutko, and James will present findings from their research on the impact of using relevant context on student comprehension and attitude in an introductory statistics course.  Examples of relevant activities that you could use in your classes will be presented.  Results can be expanded to encompass all ACP math courses offered, not just statistics.

Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: TBD (On-campus)

Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Petrie and Dr. Ryan Rzeszutko


Art & Design Professional Development - Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Topic: illustration in the Digital Age: Navigating Trends and Techniques

Description: In the digital age, being an illustrator involves embracing a versatile role that extends beyond traditional artistic skills. We'll dive into the latest trends shaping the digital art scene, and explore cutting-edge techniques employed by contemporary illustrators. 

Time: 6:00-8:15pm

Location: Hybrid – Zoom and In person on UMSL’s campus

218 Fine Arts Building (FAB)

7801 Rosedale Dr

Saint Louis, MO 63121

Presenters: Jodi Kolpakov and Jennifer McKnight


Foreign Languages Professional Development - Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Topic:  El Camino | Le Chemin : The Art of Walking 

Time: 4:30-7:00 pm

Location: Benton Hall 103 (UMSL North Campus) 

43 Benton Ct.

St. Louis, MO 63121

Presenters: Panelists TBD


Philosophy Professional Development - Saturday, March 9, 2024

Topic: Teaching Chinese Philosophy

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: UMSL North Campus

313 Millenium Student Center (MSC)

17 Arnold B Grobman Dr

St. Louis, MO 63121

Presenter: Waldemar Rohloff


Psychology Professional Development - Thursday, March 28, 2024

Topic:The Neurophysiology of Addiction

Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Location: Room/Building TBD (UMSL North Campus)

Presenter: Jennifer Siciliani, PhD, Professor, Psychological Sciences


TCH ED Professional Development - Tuesday, April 2, 2024 (CANCELLED)



English Professional Development - April 3-6, 2024

Sigma Tau Delta is holding its annual English Convention in St. Louis

Daily Schedule

Location: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

1 S Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63102

Register Here


History Professional Development - April 4, 2024

Topic: Beyond Tragedy: Imagining Native Futures with David Treuer

Description: Join New York Times bestselling author and award-winning scholar for a special evening exploring his groundbreaking book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. This book explores what we can see when looking beyond tragedy, which focuses on a historical narrative about Native American history. Books will be available for sale and signing by Treuer after the presentation.

Location: Missouri History Museum - Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

Time: Happy Hour - 5:00pm, Lecture - 6:30pm

Register Here 

Communication and Media Professional Development - TBD