Faculty Learning Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Affairs has workshops and learning cohorts for faculty and academic leader development.  Please see below for more information about our Faculty Learning Series, Aspire Fellows, Creating a Sustainable Writing Program, Summer Leadership Institute and New Department Head Orientation.

Faculty Workshops

Faculty Learning SeriesSpring 2019

You’re changing the world; you don’t have to figure it out by yourself.  The Faculty Learning Series workshops are designed to help you to be your most productive, creative and effective self. 

Participants: All faculty, regardless of track, level, or rank are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 
Registration: Advance registration is highly recommended; 3 day advanced registration required as indicated by *. Register at http://hr.uga.edu/employees/training/


How to Stay Sane as A New Faculty Member - Monday, January 7, 11:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Training and Development Center

The bad news:  Your graduate program didn’t prepare you 100% to be a new faculty member.  The good news:  You’re not alone and we’re (and your peers) are here to help!  In this interactive session, learn how to get started in your new career with poise and perspective.

Instructor:  Susanna Calvert  

Faculty Performance Evaluations and Mentoring - Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Training and Development Center 

This workshop is designed to assist those who supervise and mentor faculty.  It will be hands-on and interactive, and include small group discussions on structuring effective faculty evaluations, developing performance criteria, and fostering faculty success all year. 

Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

 Taking Mentoring to the Next Level - Monday, January 28, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Training and Development Center

This workshop is designed for administrators and faculty who wish to develop their skills in helping others find their own solutions, and in creating positive working relationships.  This informal and experiential 2-hour session will provide an introduction to coaching and positive relationships, and an opportunity to practice these new skills with peers. 

Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Leveraging your talents and abilities - Monday, February 4, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Training and Development Center

Often we don’t realize what we do naturally and well, or how to take full advantage of those strengths.  This session uses the Gallup StrengthsFinders assessment to help participants learn about and apply their hidden talents. 

Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

 Leadership is Not a Solo Act - Tuesday, February 26, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Training and Development Center

Highly effective teams are made up of individuals who generate ideas, promote ideas, fulfill ideas, and place quality control around ideas. These characteristics make up an individual’s preferred style of behavior and they shape the way we interact with others in order to accomplish tasks. In the foundational development program, “People Skills,” individuals develop an increased awareness of the impact that their behavior has on others, enabling them to strengthen relationships, improve communications, and modify their behavior in order to better work with and understand others. Come to this workshop to learn how you can build more effective teams using People Skills.  

Instructors:  Lindsey Van Note, Stacy Boyles and Jonathan Hardy

Navigating Team Conflict - Tuesday, March 5, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Training and Development Center

Learn to navigate and manage conflict by understanding causes, characteristics and cures for conflict, fundamental elements of conflict and negotiations, recognizing key conflict concepts, and broaden your perspective of conflict resolution and negotiations through the use of True Colors. 

Instructor:  James C. Anderson II

 Influencing Others Through Storytelling - Monday, March 25, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Training and Development Center

You talk about your work all the time, but you may not know how to present it in the most compelling light.  Learn how to create a persuasive narrative that engages and inspires others. 

Instructor:  James Hataway, Public Relations Coordinator, Division of Marketing & Communication, UGA

Difficult Dialogues: Strategies for Making Connections and Setting Boundaries - Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Training and Development Center

In this workshop, learn how to engage in difficult dialogues with colleagues from issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to addressing important topics with colleagues that could easily be "swept under the rug”.

Instructor:  Anneliese Singh

Mentoring across Cultural Differences using the RISE Model - Monday, April 15, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Training and Development Center

Use the R.I.S.E. model of mentoring, which stands for Respecting, Influencing, Supporting, and Empowering, to mitigate socio-cultural differences, identify the impact of actual or perceived power on mentoring relationships, and employ culturally responsive practices to help mentees identify personal values and beliefs, set organizational goals, and navigate obstacles that limit goal attainment. 

Instructor: James C. Anderson II


Faculty Learning Cohort Programs

For a full description of the cohort programs and registration information, please go to this webpage.  

New Department Head Orientation

According to a recent nationwide study by Gmelsh on department heads, only 33 percent of heads receive any training for their new role. Don’t be part of that silent majority. UGA’s New Department Head Orientation has many useful topics for university administrators, regardless of you’re a new or continuing department head, director or Associate Dean. You can enroll in the whole program, or just certain sessions – you decide. 

Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice

Learn how to carve time out of your busy life for your scholarship. This program will help to you set achievable goals, manage your daily and writing-related stress, and learn best practices for creating a sustainable writing practice. After the initial one-day workshop, short meetings with writing experts will continue every two weeks to support and track progress towards writing goals. Participants are encouraged to register and participate in this program with a writing “buddy” to provide mutual support for achieving your writing goals.

Please email csurratt@uga.edu to register.


Aspire Fellows - 2018-2019

In the Aspire Fellows Program, mid-career or senior faculty will build upon their existing successes and strengths to realize new aspirational goals and achievements. During the fall of this year-long program, each Fellow will focus on creating an individualized plan to define and achieve their aspirations. In the spring, the programming will be tailored around common thematic areas that fit with the interests of each Fellow.  Next cohort will be admitted in Spring, 2019.

Summer Leadership Institute - 2018

You have a complex and demanding job in a changing world. Improve your ability to positively impact your life and environment in UGA’s Summer Leadership Institute for aspiring or established faculty leaders. The Summer Leadership Institute uses a cohort model for improving self-awareness, shared learning and leadership skill development.  
New for 2018! Leaders who wish to focus on creating a more inclusive and diverse environment may choose to participate in the Diversity Leaders Track. The Research Leader Track is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in research administration or to lead large, interdisciplinary teams of scientists.  

About faculty programming offered through the Office of Faculty Affairs

UGA’s Office of Faculty Affairs supports faculty success by providing a variety of professional and personal development programs. Our goal is to foster an environment that inspires success in research, creativity, teaching, service, leadership, and work-life balance. We embrace a variety of approaches to meet the diversity of strengths, needs, and preferences of our world-class faculty.
Susanna Calvert, Director of Programming in Faculty Affairs, leads these efforts. 
Contact Susanna at Susanna.Calvert@uga.edu or (706) 542-9963.