2022 Spring Professional Development Days

New Mexico Highlands University welcomes our new and current faculty and staff to the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year Professional Development:
Creating Transformative Learning Experiences

bald teacher helping female student with essay while male student looks over essay.
Students in an English Composition class with instructor Stephen Weatherburn


I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral territories of the Tanoan tribes including the 19 Pueblos, the Apache, the Comanche, the Diné, the Kiowa, and the Ute. We pay our respects to elders both past and present. And, we recognize these Peoples were displaced to accommodate others in the name of progress. With humility, we recognize and respect all Indigenous Peoples, their histories, and their ties to the land.

Wednesday, Jan 12
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Quality Matters & Instructional Design for Accessibility
Attendance: Faculty
Presenter[s]: Patricia Miera, MA
Description: In this workshop we will be reviewing accessibility standards, Quality Matters, and the tools that are provided in Brightspace to meet accessibility standards. Time will be provided to review and work within your Brightspace courses.

Thursday, Jan 13
9:30 – 10:15 AM

Wellness in the Times of COVID
Attendance: Faculty and Staff
Presenter[s]: Lara Heflin, PhD

Thursday, Jan 13
10:30 – 11:35 AM

Teaching Reflection Practices
Attendance: Faculty
Presenter[s]: Benjamin Villarreal, EdD

Thursday, Jan 13
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Beyond Blue and Pink-Supporting Transgender and Non-binary students.
Attendance: Faculty and Staff
Presenter[s]: Jess Clark from Solace Crisis Treatment Center
This session is full.
Description: This session is an introduction to terms, best practices, and the creative navigation of binary systems for transgender and non-binary communities. More transgender people are coming out than ever before. This progression in visibility means that families, peers, community organizations, businesses, and universities are quickly needing guidance on how to best support trans people in a system not built for their needs. Jess Clark will lead an interactive discussion on basic terminology while reframing common myths and exploring ways to move in solidarity with transgender and non-binary communities.

Friday, Jan 14
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Safe Zone Training
Attendance: Faculty and Staff
Presenter[s]: PJ Sedillo, PhD

Description: The Safe Zone program aims to create a visible network of support for our gifted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQQI) individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of that educational institution can show their support. A Safe Zone is a community of people who are understanding, supportive, and trustworthy of LGBTQQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex) people who need help, advice, or just someone to talk too. Safe Zone Participants do not tolerate homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions but will address them in an educational and informative manner. All participants attend a Safe Zone training and have information at their educational institution and community resources.

Friday, Jan 14
11:00 – 12:00 PM

Creating a Tenure/Promotion Dossier
Attendance: Faculty
Presenter[s]: Kathy Jenkins, PhD
Description: In this workshop you will learn how to create a narrative dossier that represent your professional career and tips to succeed at the institution.

Recording is available upon request. Please email cte@nmhu.edu to request access to the training video.