Lunch & Learns

Spring 2020 Center for Professional Development

Lunch and Learns, Hot Topics in Higher Education, Tech Talks

12:30 – 1:30pm      BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH      REGISTER TODAY!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020                                                 Haverhill Spurk C204

Deliberative Pedagogy                                                               Susan Redditt

Deliberative Pedagogy (D.P.) is a process used in higher education to start difficult conversations.  We will explain the process and explore the questions, “How can staff and faculty use deliberative processes to start and support conversations about challenging issues with students and amongst themselves at NECC? and “How can we engage in meaningful dialogue about public challenges with meaningful results”? Join us to brainstorm issues for critical discussion at NECC.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020                                               Lawrence L244

Let’s Talk Tutoring                                                                     Jennifer Levesque

Tutoring is a valuable resource at NECC. Professional and peer tutors provide students with different learning strategies in several subject areas with a variety of hours. Did you know we also have an on-line tutoring service? Please join tutoring staff to learn more about what tutoring can offer our students and to discuss how we can all work together to support our students.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020                                                      Haverhill, Spurk C204

HOT TOPICS with Lane Glenn                                                    Lane Glenn                

How Small is Too Small? How Big is Too Big? Trends in College Closures and Mergers

Last year, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen predicted that, within a decade, around 30 to 50 percent of private colleges will close or merge with another school. The situation is not much rosier for public institutions, many of which around the country have already begun, or will soon embark on, the process of blending campuses into new colleges or entire systems.

Demography and a thriving economy, along with radical shifts in how education is being delivered and how the public perceives the value of a college degree are all driving these changes, which are expected to continue for at least the next decade, and probably beyond.

Here at NECC, we have definitely experienced these challenges, and found some solutions that have helped stabilize us—for now.

When you think about public colleges and universities here in Massachusetts, including NECC:

·     How small is too small? How big is too big? What is the “right” size of a college?

·     What are the advantages and disadvantages of merging colleges?

·     What steps, other than complete closures or mergers, can institutions of higher education take to strengthen their condition, weather the next several years of challenges, and fulfill their local missions?

You may find it helpful to read these resources and come prepared with your questions, comments, and ideas:

·     Declining Enrollment Puts The Squeeze On Public Higher Ed In Massachusetts

·     For Some Colleges, the Best Move Is to Merge

·     Boston’s Colleges Are Going Broke—and We May All Have to Pay

Wednesday, March 25, 2020                                                    Haverhill Spurk C204

Sabbatical Series                                                                           Meredith Gunning

It’s Never What You Think It’s Going To Be:   A sabbatical application with the purpose of developing OER textbooks transformed into an ongoing project to cultivate relationships with Dominican Republic philosophers, a visit to the Dominican Republic with other faculty members, and a commitment to ensuring that NECC students read thinkers from their own tradition and culture

Wednesday, April 8, 2020                                                         Haverhill Spurk C204

Sabbatical Series                                                        Clare Thompson-Ostrander           

Clare used her sabbatical to create an online resource for her college writing students. The site provides lessons and tutorial videos that will help students learn and apply sentence building activities to their own writing. The site deliberately steers away from “error hunting” as the only form of editing a college essay. Instead, the lessons help students play and experiment with their sentences, which ultimately leads them to be more engaged with their own editing process. The website is free to anyone who would like to use it. Sentence Makers –

 Wednesday, April 22, 2020                                                      Lawrence Dimitry L244

HOT TOPICS with Lane Glenn                                                    Lane Glenn                

How Small is Too Small? How Big is Too Big? Trends in College Closures and Mergers

Tuesday, May 5, 2020                                                     Haverhill Spurk C204

Supporting Elderly Parents                         Elder Services of Merrimack Valley           

Join us to discuss ideas surrounding how to support elderly parents, especially those transitioning to nursing home care or diagnosed with dementia.  Elder Services of Merrimack Valley will share some ideas that could be beneficial. 

If you would like to join us via teleconference, please note on registration or contact Sharon McManus

Individuals requesting sign language interpreting, access requests or for information, please contact: 

For information contact 


Digital Literacy, the Post-Truth Landscape, and Civic Online Reasoning

Every day we ask our students to find information on any number of topics. Every day we Google information in our own lives. But particularly online it is becoming more and more difficult to determine fact from misinformation, news from slant, expertise from opinion. Librarian Jenny Fielding will discuss strategies for engaging with digital information with a fact-checking mindset that has become more ever more urgent as technology impacts our communities, our privacy, and our democracy.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020                12:30-1:25 PM                  REGISTER

Haverhill Campus, C-204 or virtually. If you want to join by Zoom, please indicate it in the Questions and Comment box in the registration form.

Going the Distance: Why Adult Students’ Stories May Hold the Key to Creating Online Courses That Work for Them

How can we get adult learners more engaged and more likely to complete their online classes? Better feedback and communication, more user-friendly courses, and more career-focused assignments can all help. Join NECC Adjunct Kim Lyng as she shares her research on the unique characteristics these nontraditional students bring to the online environment and why their stories and experiences matter when creating and teaching courses that best suit their needs and learning styles. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020                    12:30-1:25PM                       REGISTER

Haverhill campus, C-208. If you want to join by Zoom, please indicate it in the Questions and Comment box in the registration form.