University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

In partnership with the Secretary of the Academic Staff Office, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, and the Office of Quality Improvement, the vice provost for faculty and staff supports a variety of professional development programming for faculty and staff, including specific “chat series” designed for academic staff, assistant professors and mid-career faculty. All series run during the academic year.

Academic Staff Chats

Academic staff chats are frank, open discussions with a small group of colleagues on a particular topic (four different topics per year). The first series of chats were held in 2015-16. Some topics may include a speaker or panel prior to ample discussion time. All sessions include a free lunch and are free of charge. See the current schedule of events, and register.

Assistant Professor Chats

There are typically four Assistant Professor Chats per academic year, two in the fall and two in the spring.  Topics typically include mentoring, leadership, climate and inclusion, and advancement. These chats are co-sponsored by the Secretary of the Faculty and the vice provost for teaching and learning.

Mid-Career Faculty Chats

There are typically four Mid-Career Faculty Chats per academic year, two in the fall and two in the spring. Topics typically include mentoring, leadership, climate and inclusion, and advancement. These chats are co-sponsored by the Secretary of the Faculty and the vice provost for teaching and learning.