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Faculty Highlight - Renee Guyer

photo of Renee GuyerRenee J. Guyer has been teaching biology at SCC since 2007 and was selected as our 2021 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. She is proud to hold an M.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University and SCC is proud to have her here. As an instructor, she is always seeking new ways to improve her teaching and is passionate about building relationships with individual students and celebrating their learning and accomplishments with what is often difficult content. At the college, she contributes in multiple ways: holder of many positions over the years with Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF), including serving currently as union president, serving as department chair, and participating on multiple committees, including chairing the steering committee for accreditation. She is a go-to resource for faculty and staff across the college, known for her kindness, commitment, and honesty.

Personally, Renee is mom to an energetic youngster and a proud member of the anti-racism team at her local church, committed to doing her part to make the world a more open and loving place. When asked about her work at SCC, she said this: “The absolute best thing we have at SCC is our people… Each person wants the best for our students and strives to do what they can to ensure our students receive what they need.”

Thank you, Renee, for your care and dedication to SCC.  Congratulations again to Renee Guyer, 2021 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year!  #SCCproud


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5 Jul
Assessment Open Office Hour
Date Tue 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6 Jul
Tech Time with Brent
Wed 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
7 Jul
Curriculum & Instruction Office Hour
Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 am
7 Jul


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Accessibility Matters

Mon, May 16, 2022

When the global pandemic hit in March 2020, educational institutions scrambled to move their course offerings online. According to this article from Inside Higher Ed, this rush led to a potential learning barrier for students by overlooking necessary and required accessibility standards. And while many think of accessibility as a means to assist students with documented disabilities, accessibility measures benefits all students. 

Now is an ideal time to start thinking about how to incorporate accessibility into your own courses. The Network for Educational Development (NED) is offering two short courses this summer that relate to accessibility. The first, Creating Accessible Course Documents, will be held from May 31 to June 19. The second, Accessible Digital Media, will be held from July 25 to August 14. Both courses are free to attend and are offered asynchronously online. It’s easy to register: just click the links & sign up!

Summer Leaning Opportunities for Faculty

Mon, May 16, 2022

Summer is a great time to continue your professional learning! The Network for Educational Development (NED), from the Minnesota State system office, is offering multiple learning opportunities for faculty this summer focused on intentional, evidence-based teaching practices. All courses are free and online, see full PDF schedule

This includes:

  • Short courses (3 weeks) such as Aligning Instructional Strategies with Zoom, Equity 101, or Grade Smarter, Not Harder
  • Foundations of Teaching Online (8 weeks)
  • System-wide Faculty Learning Communities for faculty in education, English, chemistry, sociology 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Tue, May 10, 2022

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, about 44 million adults (over age 18) in the U.S. report having had any mental health condition during the past year, representing about 18.5% of the U.S. population.

It is essential to know that the words “mental health condition,” “psychiatric disability,” and “mental illness” are interchangeable. Examples include anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

People with mental health conditions (or any disability) have two primary rights under the ADA. First, they have a right to privacy. Second, they have a right to accommodations. Possible accommodations can include a distraction-reduced environment, noise-canceling headphones, and extended time for tests. When requesting accommodations, applicants will disclose some information about their disability. This information is confidential. Employees seeking accommodations should contact Human Resources, while students can contact Disability Services in the Academic Support Center.

Understanding Different Student Populations: International Student or Immigrant? Refugee or Asylee?

Mon, May 02, 2022

Students at SCC originate from numerous countries, and most of these multilingual and multicultural students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents: living, working, and studying here. International students are NOT immigrant students. Deemed nonimmigrants by the Department of Homeland Security, they come to the U.S. specifically to study. 

SCC also serves refugee and asylee students. A refugee is a person “who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”; an asylee is a "person who meets the definition of refugee and is already present in the United States.” We also serve students who request DACA. Understanding differences and avoiding assumptions is important!

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Faculty Development Needs Survey

Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Your feedback is needed! As we begin to plan faculty development opportunities for the coming academic year, the CTLE requests you take a few moments to share your thoughts, and provide some insight into what would be beneficial to you. Complete the 2022 Faculty Development Survey