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 Series - Fall 2018

The Faculty Learning Series workshops are designed to help faculty members to be their most productive, creative and effective self.   A light breakfast is provided for morning sessions.  Tracks include Career Development (C), New and Junior Faculty (N), Leadership/Department Heads (L), Diversity (D), and Research (R).

Participants: All faculty, regardless of track, level, or rank are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 
Registration: Advance registration is highly recommended; 3- or 10-day advanced registration required as indicated by * or #, respectively. Register at http://hr.uga.edu/employees/training/
See the schedule below in flyer form - by clicking

Time and Stress Management - August 7, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.,  Training and Development Center
According to a recent OFA survey, our faculty’s #1 concern is managing stress and workload.  This practical session will help you create new strategies to be more peaceful and productive at work.  (CNL)
Instructor:  Kiz Adams, Office of Worklife Balance.

Productive Writing - August 7, 12:30 - 3 p.m., Training and Development Center
Wish you had a more productive writing practice? In this session you will learn best practices for prolific writing. (CNR) 
Instructors:  Lindsey Harding, Elizabeth Davis.

Cultural Competency for Recruitment and Retention - September 10, 1 - 3 p.m., Training and Development Center 
Few of us really understand what it means to be inclusive.   Learn about cultural competency, microaggressions and best practices for recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students. (CLD) 
Instructor: L. Randolph Carter

Leveraging Your Talents and Abilities* - September 19, 1 - 3 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.  (CNLD)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert  

Research: Responsible Conduct and Research Ethics - September 26, 8:30 - 11 a.m., Training and Development Center 
Research can get complicated quickly, especially when research ethics is involved. This interactive session will use case studies to help you hone your ability to conduct your research in a responsible and ethical fashion. (RC)  
Instructor:  Lisa Kelly 

Research: Project Management - September 26, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Training and Development Center 
No one ever taught us how to manage a large and complex project, whether in research or elsewhere.  Get advice and tips from a panel of project managers who specialize in research management.   (RC)
Instructor:  Adam Milewski

Research: National Trends - September 26, 1 - 2 p.m., Training and Development Center 
What are the national changes and trends that will affect your research in the future?  Come to this informative session to learn what changes are in store for the research enterprise at UGA and beyond.  (RC)
Instructor:  Lisa Kelly

Research Strategies 101 - September 26, 2:15 - 4:15 p.m., Training and Development Center 
Research requires good short- and long-term planning.  This session will provide tips and strategies for getting started as well as maintaining a successful research program. (RC)
Instructor:  Adam Milewski

Leadership is Not a Solo Act# - September 28, 9 - 11 a.m., Miller Learning Center 372
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.  (CNLD)
Instructors:  Lindsey Van Note, Stacy Boyles and Jonathan Hardy

SAVE THE DATES!  Email Susanna.Calvert@uga.edu or register on the Training and Development webpage in October. 

Influencing Others Through Storytelling - October 17, 1 -3  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.  (CL)
Instructor:  James Hataway, Public Relations Coordinator

Office of Research, New Faculty Orientation - October 17
Watch the 2017 Orientation or sign up for notification for the 2018 program by clicking here. (R)

Purpose to Impact# - October 22, 1 - 3 p.m., Training and Development Center 
Your work is important to students and the world.  Yet sometimes we wonder how to take our impact and energy to the next level and elicit our best selves.  In this reflective workshop, identify your authentic purpose and devise a development plan to take you there!   (CN)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Career Paths in Research Leadership:  Breakfast with David Lee - October 22, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Training and Development Center 
If you’ve been wondering what type of leadership opportunities are available to you as a researcher, wonder no more.  This interactive session features a panel discussion of research leaders who will discuss various leadership career paths for scientists. (RLC) 
Instructors: Phaedra Corso, David Lee

Design Thinking - November 5, 1 - 3 p.m., Training and Development Center 
Ever wish you could learn to think more “outside the box”?  In this interactive workshop, apply Design Thinking to move your project in a new direction.   (CL)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Faculty Performance Evaluation and Mentoring - November 28 or December 10, 1 - 3 p.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.  (CLD)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Taking Mentoring to the Next Level - November 30, 9 - 11 a.m., or December 12, 1 - 3 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.  (CLD)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Improving Teaching and Learning - All year
The Centers for Teaching and Learning offer many workshops to help new and established faculty get started and/or improve their teaching.  See their website here for complete course listings. Instructor:  Various.  (CN)

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. The next cohort starts September 4, 2018.  Click here to register by August 20 (please make a note of the title, date and times of your requested sessions).  

Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice - Fall 2018

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.  Next session begins August 7.  Please email Susanna.Calvert@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.