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Delta State to host ROMEA faculty development conference

By September 17, 2007General

The 2007 ROMEA Faculty Development Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 in James M. Ewing Hall on the campus of Delta State University. 

Faculty from institutions across Mississippi will be presenting on a variety of topics throughout the day. Lunch will be provided. The conference is free to DSU faculty and staff and $25 for all other attendees.  Registration information is available at
The conference is committed to promoting excellence in teaching and increasing communication and collegiality amongst faculty across Mississippi.
Harvard psychologist, Dr. Robert Kegan, will present the keynote address, Personal Learning and Professional Development: Diagnosing and Overcoming the “Immunity to Change.”  In a fast-moving, experiential, and reflective workshop, Dr. Kegan will invite each of us to make use of our own experience to explore the concept of an “immunity to change, — and what we can do about it.
Having spent a lifetime researching the process by which adults gradually develop greater capacities by making previously invisible dynamics observable and engage-able, Kegan and his colleague Lisa Lahey (How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, Jossey-Bass, 2001), have designed a “new lab for professional learning” in order to incubate similar kinds of development in a briefer period of time. 
In addition to his faculty appointment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kegan serves as educational chair of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Kegan, a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing therapist, lectures widely to professional and lay audiences, and consults in the area of professional development.
A separate conference for Delta State University students will run concurrently across campus. Students will have an opportunity to attend several sessions dealing with college life, personal responsibility, and career planning. For a complete schedule of student sessions go to or contact DeAndre House, (662) 846-3446 or
ROMEA 2007 is co-sponsored by the DSU Teaching Excellence Committee and the Student Engagement Champions and is made possible by a grant from the Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Fund. For a complete schedule and registration information go to or contact conference co-chair, Lynn Byrd, at (662) 846-4422.