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 - Spring/Summer 2018

The Faculty Learning Series workshops are designed to help faculty members to be their most productive, creative and effective self. New for Winter 2018 are four themed tracks:  Leadership and Department Heads (L), Working with Others (R), Career Development and Productivity (C), and Diversity (D).  The summer series focuses on revive and reflect (R2).  A light breakfast and/or lunch are provided.
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/

Student Development – March 19, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Training and Development Center 
Wondering why your students need definitive instructions about the length or format of a paper? Curious how you can help your students view the world in shades of gray? In this session, you will learn about college student development theory and how it applies to teaching and learning. (R, D, C)
Instructors: Kara L. Frek and Beate Brunow, Student Affairs

Influencing Others Through Storytelling – Mar. 22, 11 a.m. - 1 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.  (C, L)
Instructor:  James Hataway, Division of Marketing and Communiction.  

Strategies to Find Funding for Controversial and Diverse Research - April 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Coverdell S175
Finding funding for nontraditional topics is especially challenging.  In this panel discussion, you will meet faculty who have successfully procured funding for their controversial and/or diverse areas of research.  Questions are encouraged. Co-Sponsored with the Office for Proposal Enhancement.   (C, D)
Facilitators:  Jacob Maas and Claire Bolton

Basics of Accounting and Financial Management - April 16, 9 - 11 a.m., Training and Development Center
Academic leaders are often given fiscal responsibilities with little or no training.  Learn the basics of departmental accounting and financial management in this practical, introductory session.   (L)
Instructor:  Lindsay Bower Smith

Cultural Competency for Recruitment and Retention - April 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Training and Development Building
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. (D, L)
Instructors:  Shonte Wallace & Randolph Carter

Leadership is Not a Solo Act* - April 30, 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.  (R, D, L)
Instructors:  Lindsey Van Note, Stacy Boyles and Jonathan Hardy

Time and Stress Management - May 18, 9 - 11 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. (C)
Instructor:  Kiz Adams, Office of Worklife Balance

Productive Writing - May 18, 11:15 a.m. - 2 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. (C)
Instructors:  Lindsey Harding, Elizabeth Davis, Naomi Norman

Enabling Others’ Success* - June 15, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Training and Development Center 
Most of us have learned to be supportive of others by observing our own mentors, supervisors and role models.  In this interactive session, you will learn how to build positive relationships and enable the success of those around you by learning advanced communication skills in both daily and difficult conversations. (L, R)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Learn to Thrive* - June 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Training and Development Center 
The science of happiness and wellbeing provides a roadmap for thriving professionally and personally.  Craft your best possible life using simple, yet empirically-tested practices.  (R2)
Instructors:  Kiz Adams, Susanna Calvert 

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

Difficult People* - July 10, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Miller Learning Center 372
Few situations are more frustrating than dealing with difficult people.  Expand your toolkit and your confidence for dealing with challenging people in this 1-day workshop.   (R2)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Rediscover Your Inspiration and Strengths - July 20, 1 - 5 p.m., Training and Development Center 
The summer is the perfect time to turn your attention inward and find your inspiration!  In this unique session, you will reflect on your motivators and values, and identify your strengths to make them a reality.  (R2)
Instructor:  Susanna Calvert

Faculty Learning Cohort Programs

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 or Associate Dean. You can enroll in the whole program, or just certain sessions – you decide. The next session will be Fall 2018.

Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice - Summer 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.

Location: Training and Development Building
Dates and times: May 18, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m,. and then every two weeks
Participants: All faculty, regardless of track, level, or rank, are welcome to register; preference will be given to “buddy pairs”
Instructional Team: Elizabeth Davis, Naomi Norman, Lindsey Harding, Kiz Adams, Susanna Calvert
Advanced registration: Required. Please email Susanna Calvert at Susanna.Calvert@uga.edu to register, and indicate whether you are registering as an individual or part of a buddy pair (please include your buddy’s name).

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.
Nomination information for the 2018-2019 cohort will be posted later this spring.

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.  
Nomination information for the 2018 cohorts will be posted later this spring.

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.