Faculty and Staff Professional Development

Our professional development opportunities for faculty and staff address a variety of topics such as research, teaching, community engagement, mentoring, and belonging. The gatherings are also designed to foster connections among employees. Each gathering includes lunch (unless noted otherwise below) and starts with 15 minutes of networking before facilitators and presenters lead the group in meaningful conversation.

Below we list only the sessions organized by our office. Please also consider the excellent professional development opportunities offered by our partners, including the Secretary of the Faculty, the Secretary of the Academic Staff, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Strategic Consulting.

2022-2023 Program

Oct. 18, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Union South

“Active Learning”

  • Using active learning strategies can improve student achievement and foster more equitable student learning outcomes. In this gathering, representatives from the Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring will help us explore the evidence for active learning and tips to employ active learning strategies in your own teaching. Engage your students, foster a sense of belonging, and enhance your own satisfaction through active learning!
  • This gathering will be most relevant for tenured and tenure-track professors, teaching professors, and teaching faculty.
  • View the resources from this gathering

Dec. 8, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Union South

“Feeling Like You Belong: Findings from the 2022 Staff Climate Survey”

  • The first question on the 2022 UW–Madison Staff Climate Survey asked: “In the last three months, how often have you felt (a.) welcomed, (b.) respected, (c.) valued, (d.) safe, (e.) included, and (f.) like you belong?” In this gathering, we’ll discuss the survey results from this question, how these qualities show up in your workplace, and steps you can take to improve these qualities in your workplace. This is an informal discussion that will be co-created by participants. Please come prepared to ask questions and share your experiences—both successes and failures—for all participants to learn together
  • This gathering will be most relevant for academic and university staff.
  • Registration for this session is required.

Feb. 22, 2023, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at Union South

“Forming Successful Research Collaborations”

  • Description coming soon.
  • This gathering will be most relevant for tenured and tenure-track professors, research professors, and other project investigators.
  • The registration link will be posted a few weeks before the event.

March 24, 2023, 9:00–10:30 a.m. at Union South

“Peer Mentoring”

  • Bring an issue you are facing to receive non-judgmental, open, and honest feedback from a small group of your colleagues. The discussion will follow a strict format as follows:
    • Presenter shares issue, 8 minutes
    • Group asks clarifying questions, 5 minutes
    • Group discusses issue while presenter listens, 7 minutes
    • Presenter responds to group discussion, 3 minutes
  • This gathering will be most relevant for tenured and tenure-track professors, research professors, and teaching professors.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • The registration link will be posted a few weeks before the event.