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 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 and sometimes required; 3 day advanced registration required as indicated by *. Register via the Professional Education Portal.  


Schedule: (Check back for additional programming)

Time and Stress Management for Faculty - Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m., Training and Development, Room AB. 

Facilitator: Kiz Adams (Human Relations and Well-being)

According to an Office of Faculty Affairs survey, the #1 concern of faculty is managing time, stress, and workload.  This practical session will help you create new strategies to be more focused and productive at work. Registration required through Training and Development

 

Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice Kickoff Meeting– Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m., Training and Development, Room AB

Facilitators: Elizabeth Davis (Coordinator of the Writing Certificate Program) and Lindsey Harding (Director of Franklin College Writing Intensive Program)

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. Registration required through Training and Development

 

 Word to the Wise: Creating Early Faculty Success at UGA – Thursday, August 15, 2019, 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m., in Memorial Hall Ballroom, Room 211

Facilitator: Mary Carney (Office of Faculty Affairs, Director of Programming)

Join us for a half-day workshop for incoming and junior faculty on Thursday, August 15th (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).  We will provide lunch. The workshop will outline UGA resources to support scholarly productivity and work/life balance. You will have an opportunity to identify your highest priorities and steps to achieving these at UGA.  Registration required through Training and Development 

 

Search Committee Training – These sessions are currently scheduled. Choose one:
August 16, 2019, Friday, 10:00 a.m- 12:00 p.m. in Journalism Building, 2nd floor, Peyton Anderson Forum (PAF) 
August 28, 2019, Wednesday9:00 a.m -11:00 a.m. in Training & Development, Room AB
September 11, 2019, Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Training & Development AB
September 16, 2019, Monday, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Training & Development, Room L
September 17, 2019, Tuesday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. in Training & Development AB
September 20, 2019, Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Training & Development AB
October 3, 2019, Thursday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center, Room 328 

Facilitator: Mary Carney (Office of Faculty Affairs, Director of Programming)

This workshop is geared to those who are chairing or serving on a faculty search committee this year. Attendees will learn about best practices and policies that align with UGA's mission in recruitment. You will learn about standardized faculty search procedures and garner helpful resources for the process. You will develop strategies for attracting an array of highly-qualified candidates to enrich our diverse and inclusive work environment.   Registration required through Training and Development

 

Tai Chi -- Every Monday morning from September 9, 2019, until November 18, 2019, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m., Miller Learning Center, North Tower. 

Facilitator: Patty Riehm

This does not require special clothing, just something comfortable that allows movement.  Socks or flexible shoes encouraged.  It is not a sequential class – you can start during any week. We will meet through Nov 18 with the exception of 9/30 when we will not meet. No registration required. 

 

Telling Your Research Story to Advance Your Project Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m- 11:00 a.m., Training and Development, Room AB

Facilitator: James E. Hataway (Media Relations Manager, Division of Marketing and Communications)

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. This workshop is useful for those who would like to communicate with members of the news media and other broad audiences.  Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Leadership Through Effective Mentoring -- Monday, October 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Training and Development, Room L

Facilitator: Laura Lee Bierema (Professor, College of Education, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy)

 Great mentoring enriches the work of teams and university units across academic programs. This session will provide you with theoretical and practical approaches to furthering your knowledge and use of mentoring to advance the success of your faculty peers, post-docs, and graduate students. This session is for faculty at all ranks who provide mentoring to others. Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Courageous Conversations: Strategies for Making Connections and Setting Boundaries-Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 9:30am-11:30am., Training and Development, Room L

Facilitator: Anneliese Singh (Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Education)

Connect with others and discuss important, compelling topics that are sometimes "swept under the rug". You can learn techniques that will help you discuss challenging topics, including issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Leading Research Teams: Setting Up Customized Training with the Office of Research Integrity and Safety Support Services -- November 8, 2019, Friday, 8:30 -- 10:30 a.m. -- Training & Development, room L

Facilitators: Office of Research team. Lisa Kelly, Director, Office of Research Integrity & Safety Support Services

The Office of Research Integrity and Safety is thrilled to introduce a new tool to help researchers develop customized training programs for their team. The Professional Education Portal (PEP) is a learning management system that can support unique training curricula, the dissemination of SOPs, while also allowing the investigator or lab manager to track adherence to mandatory compliance and lab-related assignments.  This session will focus on how to use PEP to the best advantage with your group. Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Faculty Performance Evaluations and Mentoring: 
November 12, 2019, Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:45 -- Georgia Center
December 10, 2019, Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:45 --  Georgia Center
January 20, 2020, Monday, 9:30 - 11:45 -- Training and Development, Room L 

Facilitator: Mary Carney (Office of Faculty Affairs, Director of Programming)

This workshop is designed for those who supervise 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. Registration required via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Creating Inclusive, Productive Academic Teams through Mentoring and Community Development. -- Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  – Miller Learning Center, Room 250

Facilitator: Emilie Smith (Professor in Human Development and Family Science)

This session will guide participants in foundational work in community building for effective team dynamics.  From the perspective of a specialist in community psychology and a former department head and center director, participants will learn about integrating research emerging out of community development, inclusive practices, well-being in order to hone their leadership of academic units, committees, research teams, and other professional units.Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Well-Being: Digital Detox – December 9, 2019, Monday, 11:30 -12:30 – Training and Development, Room C.  Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Leading Teams: Effective Mentoring and Resources for Complex Human Subjects Research -- January 15, 2020, Wednesday, 8:30 -- 10:30 a.m. -- Training & Development, Room L

Facilitators: Office of Research faculty.Lisa Kelly, Director, Office of Research Integrity & Safety Support Services, and Kim Fowler, Director of Human Subject Office.

The landscape for human subject’s research is becoming more complex. New regulations have influenced collaborations, conduct of clinical research, and consent.  The ability to assemble appropriate resources and provide effective mentoring is critical for the success of these multifaceted studies. Professionals from the Human Subjects Office and Research Support Services will discuss strategies for successfully navigating through these changing expectations. Register via the Professional Education Portal.  

 

Faculty Learning Cohort Programs

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

New Department Head Training

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 Training 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. For more information, see the Professional Development and Resources for Academic Leaders page. Contact Mary Carney, OFA Director of Programming for more information: Mary.Carney@uga.edu

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. The Kickoff for this program is August 13, 2019, at Training and Development from 12:00-3:00. To join the cohort, please register for both the Time Management and Writing Productivity workshops on August 13th. Register via Training and Development

 

Aspire Fellows - 2019-2020

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.  The 2019-2020 cohort has been selected. Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort will open in May 2020.

 

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.
Mary Carney, Director of Programming in Faculty Affairs, leads these efforts. 
Contact Mary at Mary.Carney@uga.edu or (706) 542-9963.