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Professional Development Workshops

All workshops, unless noted, are open to anyone in the Pitt Public Health community.

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Tue 10/23 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Active Learning with Top Hat Professional Development Event
Active Learning with Top Hat
Tue 10/23 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

Top Hat's student engagement software is now available for all faculty and students at Pitt to use free of charge. With Top Hat, you can create your own interactive textbook or use existing open educaitonal resources (OERs), poll and quiz students during lectures, and create assignments to be done outside of class. Top Hat integrates with Blackboard and can be used with all mobile, laptop and desktop platforms.

During this session, we will explore its capabilities and answer your questions about this exciting new resource.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Location: Alumni Hall Room B26

Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
Mentoring Faculty: A facilitated panel Professional Development Event
Mentoring Faculty: A facilitated panel
Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 1:00PM
David Lawrence Hall

What role does mentoring play in the career trajectory of faculty? How can faculty be better mentors to fellow faculty and how can faculty find the right mentors at the right time in their own careers? What are the pros and cons of having a mentor from another school or institution? And how do you ask someone to be your mentor when everyone seems so busy and distracted? These questions and many more will be discussed with a diverse panel of faculty at different career stages. The session will be facilitated by Anne Robertson, Professor, Swanson School of Engineering. This session will be livestreamed so remote participants can attend.
This workshop is designed with faculty in mind. Others are not eligible to attend.

A light lunch will be available.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Location: David Lawrence Hall Room 211

Sat 11/3 9:00AM - 4:00PM - Event
Dissertation Writers' One-Day Workshop Professional Development Event
Dissertation Writers' One-Day Workshop
Sat 11/3 9:00AM - 4:00PM
O'Hara Student Center

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to attend a one-day Dissertation Writers' Workshop. You'll learn about research resources and strategies for staying sane while writing. This is a hands-on workshop: come ready to do some long- and short-term planning as well as writing. Space is limited so RSVP right away! Graduate students with approved proposals are eligible to participate. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, October 31.

Thu 11/15 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Encouraging Student Participation Professional Development Event
Encouraging Student Participation
Thu 11/15 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Few things are less comfortable than asking a question and seeing a classroom full of blank faces staring back at you in silence. In this workshop, we cover strategies for eliciting student participation, best practices for handling difficult students, encouraging the quiet students to contribute, and other common challenges in the classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with strategies to engage all of their students in the learning process.

This workshop may be counted toward the Pedagogy concentration of the Achievement in Pedagogy badge, offered through the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative. For more information, see: http://www.teaching.pitt.edu/teaching-support/ta-services/achievement-in-pedagogy-badge// or contact tahelp@pitt.edu.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Location: Alumni Hall Room B23

Fri 11/16 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Active Learning with Top Hat Professional Development Event
Active Learning with Top Hat
Fri 11/16 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Top Hat's student engagement software is now available for all faculty and students at Pitt to use free of charge. With Top Hat, you can create your own interactive textbook or use existing open educaitonal resources (OERs), poll and quiz students during lectures, and create assignments to be done outside of class. Top Hat integrates with Blackboard and can be used with all mobile, laptop and desktop platforms.

During this session, we will explore its capabilities and answer your questions about this exciting new resource.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Location: Alumni Hall Room B26

Thu 12/6 2:00PM - 4:00PM - Event
Teaching Inclusively (LS available) Professional Development Event
Teaching Inclusively (LS available)
Thu 12/6 2:00PM - 4:00PM
David Lawrence Hall

This workshop introduces principles of inclusivity and offers practical advice for fostering an inclusive university environment through your teaching. Through discussion and workshop exercises, learn how promoting and practicing inclusivity can improve learning outcomes and your relationship with your students. 

 

This workshop will also address effectively articulating your inclusive approach to teaching in job applications and interviews.This workshop may be counted toward the Diversity cluster of the Achievement in Pedagogy badge, offered through the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative. For more information, see: http://www.teaching.pitt.edu/teaching-support/ta-services/achievement-in-pedagogy-badge// or contact tahelp@pitt.edu.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Location: David Lawrence Hall Room 211

Tue 12/11 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Improving Your Teaching Evaluations Professional Development Event
Improving Your Teaching Evaluations
Tue 12/11 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Take a deep breath, brace yourself, maybe even pour a glass of wine — your student evaluations of teaching have just appeared in your inbox. Instructors’ responses to the end-of-semester arrival of student evaluations vary widely. For some, the possibility of harsh critiques produces anxiety, while others relish confirmation of a job well done. Some dismiss student evaluations as simply reflecting particular students’ idiosyncratic preferences. Others welcome the feedback to help them improve their teaching. Despite the diverse perceptions, research indicates that student evaluations are, in fact, generally more reliable than other methods of assessing teaching effectiveness, such as peer evaluation or self-ratings. Student evaluations of teaching, administered in most Pitt schools through the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET), can be effective sources for improved teaching. The question is how best to use them.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

Location: Alumni Hall Room B23

Certification Options

Workshops with a teaching focus are eligible for credit in the Student Fundamental of Teaching Certification and the Faculty Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Click to learn more about this certification.

Questions on Workshops?

Contact Kimmy Rehak with questions about or ideas for workshops. 

Related links

Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development | Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

University Center for Teaching & Learning (formally CIDDE) workshops in three categories: Teaching Support, Educational Technology Services, and TA Services.

Center for Doctoral and Postdoctorol Career Development's Calendar of Events

Pitt HR Faculty and Staff Development Program

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence 

Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals 

For other opportunities, including those sponsored by Pitt's Office of Academic Career Development, visit Career Services

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