Faculty Learning Opportunities

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 required via PEP: UGA's Professional Education Portal.  

Topic areas: 

  1. Community, Diversity, and Inclusion
  2. Leadership and Departmental Service
  3. Mentoring
  4. Promotion and Tenure
  5. Research and Scholarly Productivity

Faculty Learning Series, April-July 2020 

1. Community, Diversity, and Inclusion

Faculty Learning Series: Koru Mindfulness and Meditation
Every Thursday in June (June 4, 11, 18, 25) | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 
Webinar | Register through the Professional Education Portal at www.pep.uga.edu.  Search under “Faculty Learning Series”
Limited to 15 participants. Must be able to attend all sessions. 

Facilitator: Kiz Adams, UGA Well-being Coordinator 

“Mindfulness” has become quite the buzzword these days.  What place does mindfulness have in a work setting?  Well, as it turns out . . . a lot.  We now have the hard science that proves that developing mindfulness through the practice of meditation reduces stress, improves focus, and leads to better decision making.  The Harvard Gazette shares research findings on mindfulness.

Koru Mindfulness is 4-week series in which participants meet weekly for 60 minutes to learn and practice skills for mindfulness.  The program was developed by two physicians at Duke University’s Health Center and has been used successfully there for 15 years to help individuals learn skills for managing stress and reducing anxiety.  By developing skills to manage our own stress levels, we in turn can better support our students.

What is required of you to participate?

> An open and curious mind
> A desire to approach your life in a less stressed, calmer, more focused way
> A commitment to attend all four one-hour training sessions
> A sincere willingness to try to practice the techniques learned in the class for 10 minutes a day


2. Leadership and Departmental Service

Search Committee Training 

June 4, 2020, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Webinar | Login information shared when you register via HR Professional Education Portal (PEP). 

In addition, trainings offered as needed to departments, committees, or other groups involved in search processes. Contact OFA-FLD@uga.edu

Facilitator: Mary Carney 

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. Faculty and staff who are involved in faculty search processes are welcome to attend. 

Connecting in the Time of Corona: Techniques to Listen and be Heard -- April 22, 2020 | Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Webinar | Login information shared when you register here.

Wendi Jenkins, USG Leadership and Institutional Development Manager
Mary Carney, UGA Director of Programming in Faculty Affairs

Faculty provide leadership in formal and informal roles, and new demands are being made on their communication skills. Join us for this interactive webinar to boost leadership communication skills, both remote and face-to-face. The session will address employing active listening skills for reciprocal communication, establishing clear work parameters, and creating a work space to serve well in an online environment. 

Increasing Engagement and Connection with Teams while Working Remotely -- April 30, 2020 | Thursday | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Webinar | Login information shared when you register here.

Maggie Denna, UGA Training & Development Senior Manager 
Joshua Warren, UGA Training & Development Senior Manager

Working remotely is our new normal. UGA’s Training & Development team has created resources to help navigate this experience for you and for the teams you lead. Come spend some time with us learning about these materials and discussing how they could work in your units. Our conversation will range from Zoom techniques and activities to connect more deeply with your teams, ideas for ways to learn together while being apart, and curated playlists of training materials to show your teams if there are any hard or soft skills they are hoping to develop or grow. We hope to “see” you there!

3. Mentoring

Fostering Equity and Inclusion to Enrich Mentoring Relationships -- April 8, 2020, Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. in Tate Center 479  (Postponed to fall semester. More information later.) 

Facilitators: Shu-Mei Chang and Janette Hill

Participants will raise awareness and learn techniques to bridge differences and build strong mentor/mentee relationships. This session offers faculty development regarding mentoring and draws from training offered via the Center for Improvement of Mentor Experiences in Research (CIMER) and the work of Pfund, Branchaw, and Handelsman. This session is a partnership of the Graduate School, Graduate Mentoring Academy, and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Register here.

4. Promotion and Tenure 

Promotion & Tenure Procedures --

June 12, 2020, Friday, 1:00 -- 3:00 p.m. Webinar: Register here to get login information.
You can also access recording of this webinar presented in 2017: Promotion and Tenure Procedures Workshop Video (10/18/2017). See also Promotion and Tenure Dossier Workshop Handout (2019)

Facilitator: Sarah Covert 

This workshop will provide tips for navigating the Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure and will include an overview of important time-points prior to and during the application process. Academic (tenure-track/tenured) and clinical rank faculty, promotion and tenure unit heads, and support staff who would like to better understand promotion and tenure procedures for these faculty ranks are encouraged to attend. Register here.

Promotion & Tenure Dossier Preparation -- 

May 19, 2020, Tuesday, 1:00 -- 3:00 p.m. Webinar: Register here to get login information.
You can also view a 2017 presentation of this webinar: Promotion and Tenure Dossier Workshop Video (7/26/17) 

Facilitator: Sarah Covert 

This workshop will provide instructions on the assembly of promotion and tenure dossiers and tips for avoiding problems that weaken dossiers. Staff who assemble dossiers, department heads, and tenure track and clinical faculty who are preparing dossiers for full review in the fall are encouraged to attend if they are unfamiliar with these procedures. Register here.

Academic Professional Promotion Guidelines --  Access a recording of this webinar here: Academic Professional Promotion Guidelines (2/27/2020)

Facilitator: Sarah Covert with invited panel

This workshop will provide tips for navigating the revised promotion guidelines for academic professionals and will include an overview of the application process, dossier, and timeline. Academic professionals of all ranks, promotion unit heads, and support staff who would like to better understand academic professional promotion procedures are encouraged to attend. The guidelines were revised in 2018, and the workshop will focus on these updates. The workshop will include panelists knowledgeable about Academic Professional promotion processes. A Videoconference link is available for those not on the Athens campus; please contact Training & Development for that information at 706-542-7062. Both in-person and virtual attendees are asked to register here.


Promotion Workshop Videos and Handouts

Promotion and Tenure Procedures Workshop Video (10/18/2017)

Promotion and Tenure Dossier Workshop Handout (2019)

Promotion and Tenure Dossier Workshop Video (7/26/17) 

Academic Professional Promotion Guidelines (2/27/2020)


5. Research and Scholarly Productivity

Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice: Fall 2020 Cohort Applications Open

Take your writing skills and habits to the next level. The Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice (CSWP) cohort program will focus on best practices in setting achievable goals, building low-stakes accountability, managing writing-related stress, and adopting other practices to establish or enrich a sustainable writing practice.

Instructional Team: This program is facilitated by Write@UGA faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Davis and Dr. Lindsey Harding.
Location: Training & Development, room to be announced later. We will move to virtual format, if needed.
Participants and Application: All faculty, regardless of track, level, or rank, are welcome. Preference will be given to those who have a writing “buddy” to provide mutual support for achieving your writing goals.
Application Deadline: June 15, 2020, to join the fall 2020 cohort. Apply via this online CSWP form.

Program Calendar:

Kickoff Workshop – Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Training and Development Building. This interactive workshop will offer research-based practices for increasing your writing productivity. The cohort will learn about techniques and tools to advance sustainable writing habits.  ­­­

Monthly Check-Ins -- The cohort will provide each other writing accountability each month. They will set goals and share progress, challenges, and successes.

Special Topics Workshops -- The program will cover the topics below and other topics requested by cohort participants:  

Planning for a Highly Productive Year:  Explore practices for writing process, rituals, and habits to ensure productivity. Participants will formulate or update a writing plan. How do you establish effective writing habits that fit with your life? Date and time will be selected by participants once cohort is selected.

Writing Tools and Resources for Peak Productivity: Discover and share tools and resources to enhance writing practices. The cohort will share approaches to overcoming writing roadblocks and gaining forward momentum. What tools might suport greater productivity? Date/Time: To be developed by cohort.

Effective Strategies for Revising, Editing, and Polishing Your Writing: Bring a work in progress to practice effective strategies for revising, editing, and polishing your writing. What techniques will take your writing to the next level? Date/Time: To be developed by cohort.

The Productive Scholar: Balance and the Academic Writing Life: Learn about and share strategies for achieving balance among competing priorities in the academic life. How might we better balance writing with teaching and other responsibilities? Date/Time: To be developed by cohort.