Faculty Learning Opportunities

The Faculty Learning Series workshops are designed to help faculty members to be their 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 *; http://hr.uga.edu/employees/training/

Design Thinking — Sept. 15, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Veterinary Medicine, Room 150
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. Instructor: Susanna Calvert

Leadership Is Not a Solo Act — Oct. 6, 9 - 11 a.m. - Training and Development Building
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. Instructor: Lindsey Van Note, Stacy Boyles and Jonathan Hardy

Leveraging your talents and abilities — Oct. 20, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Training and Development Building
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

Influencing Others Through Storytelling – Nov. 3, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Veterinary Medicine, Room 150
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

Faculty Performance Evaluations and Mentoring – Nov. 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Dec. 12, a.m. - 11 a.m.; Training and Development Building
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 – Nov. 9, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Dec. 13 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Training and Development Building
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

Cultural Competency for Recruitment and Retention  - Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - 4:30 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. Instructors: Shonte Wallace, LaKeisha Gantt, Susanna Calvert

Time and Stress Management – Dec 19*, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Training and Development Building
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. Instructor: Kiz Adams, Office of Worklife Balance

Productive Writing – Dec 19*, 11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m., Training and Development Building
Wish you had a more productive writing practice? In this session you will learn best practices for prolific writing. Instructors: Lindsey Harding, Elizabeth Davis, Naomi Norman

New Department Head Orientation

According to a recent nationwide study by Gmelsh on department heads, only 33% 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. Advanced registration is required: https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOOet0ODwduo8uN.

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.

Location: Training and Development Building

Dates and times: Dec 19, 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).

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.