C2C Professional Development Events

C2C hosts PD events on a monthly basis, and our Community of Practice (CoP) provides an opportunity to engage with education professionals in a growth-minded environment for the purpose of collaborative learning.

October Event

Teaching in a Post-Pandemic World: Key Trends in Higher Education – October 25th at 4 pm, Central Time


Over the course of the last 18 months, the pandemic clearly changed the landscape at colleges and universities. In this session, Tom Grady will provide information regarding important trends and how the pandemic has impacted teaching and learning in higher education.

Participants will be provided with information and tools that will support their efforts as educators adjust to the post-pandemic reality in higher education. The learning objectives of this session will include:

  • Identifying important trends in higher education post-COVID-19.
  • Analyzing how teaching and learning have been transformed as a result of the pandemic.
  • Predicting and theorizing the future of higher education.


  • 2021 Educause Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition
  • Inside Higher Ed: “Bridging the Digital Divide: Lessons from COVID-19”
  • Inside Higher Ed: “Students Want Online Learning Options Post-Pandemic”
  • Educause Review: “Reimagining Higher Education: The Post-Covid Classroom”
  • Lumina Foundation: “COVID’s Lessons for Global Higher Education”


Tom Grady currently serves as the faculty director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) and teaches courses in the psychology department. His prior experience includes faculty development coordinator at Johnson County Community College and full-time psychology faculty at Allen and Neosho County Community Colleges. Tom earned the National Institute Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. He has served on the board for the Kansas City Professional Development Council since 2007. Tom co-wrote a grant that was accepted by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) that provided the faculty at KCKCC with the opportunity to participate in the ACUE Course in Effective Teaching. Tom has been instrumental in training and presenting at local, regional, and national conferences. Currently, he is part of a workgroup through the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Tom has earned a master’s degree from Kansas State University in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education, another master’s degree from Emporia State University in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Emporia State University.

If you have questions or comments in advance of the session, please email the session facilitator, Tom Grady, or the PD Subcommittee Chair, Melissa Kay Hort. You may also email inquiries at any time to Colleague2Colleague.