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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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Upcoming Professional Development Workshops



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Wed 8/23 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
Course Help for Faculty: Best Practices for Teaching- FACULTY ONLY (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Course Help for Faculty: Best Practices for Teaching- FACULTY ONLY (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 8/23 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Do you sometimes get stumped in the classroom? Do you feel like you aren’t reaching your students, even though you are giving it your best shot? This quick workshop will focus on some of the most effective teaching strategies you can use – all based on research, and all practiced by our teaching consultants. After the workshop, you can get additional help with your specific course(s) with a Teaching Consultant. This workshop is for all full- and part-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh only. Lunch will be provided. 

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B23

Wed 9/6 3:00PM - 5:00PM - Event
Know Your K: Writing a Successful Career Development Award Application Professional Development Event
Know Your K: Writing a Successful Career Development Award Application
Wed 9/6 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Presented by Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP, professor and chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, and director, Public Health Dynamics Lab, Pitt Public Health. Part of the Office of Academic Career Development's Research Series for early or mid-career and senior investigators. 

Mentored Career Development Awards (aka K Awards) are the National Institute of Health's primary grant mechanisms for supporting new and mid-career investigators. This workshop explores the range of K Award options available, provides an overview of the K award application process and review criteria, and includes a step-by-step guide to preparing an outstanding and successful application. With the exception of the K99/R00 mechanism, K award applications must be citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents. 

Thu 9/7 2:00AM - 4:00PM - Event
Controversy and Conflict in the Classroom: A Practical Guide to Good Instructional Choices-Pitt UCTL Professional Development Event
Controversy and Conflict in the Classroom: A Practical Guide to Good Instructional Choices-Pitt UCTL
Thu 9/7 2:00AM - 4:00PM
Alumni Hall

This highly interactive workshop builds practical skills that faculty can implement in their teaching. It can be particularly helpful in preparing for and addressing difficult situations that may arise related to today’s social and political climate.  From tweaking your syllabus to rewording your assignments, the workshop focuses heavily on the use of language, wording, and tone in the learning environment. Faculty will leave with new techniques they can implement right away or over time to improve classroom civility, to promote honest conversations, and to highlight common ground on sensitive topics. This workshop applies various conflict mediation techniques to face-to-face and hybrid learning environments.

At the conclusion of this workshop, faculty will be able to:
  • Negotiate rules of engagement in the classroom with their students
  • Build trust with their students
  • Make smart word choices in a syllabus, learning activity, or facilitated dialogue
  • Implement mediation techniques in their teaching style
  • Bring more peace into their classroom

Location: Alumni Hall, Room B23

Wed 12/6 8:30AM - 10:30AM - Event
Developing Competitive Grant Applications Professional Development Event
Developing Competitive Grant Applications
Wed 12/6 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Presented by Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP, professor and chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, and director, Public Health Dynamics Lab, Pitt Public Health. Part of the Office of Academic Career Development's Research Series for early or mid-career and senior investigators. 

Securing research funding in the present economic climate requires more than producing good science - you must communicate transformative objectives within the context of a highly competitive research proposal. This workshop takes the mystery out of grant preparation and provides a pathway for success. 

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 Robin Leaf with questions about workshops. 

If you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Robin Leaf.

Related links

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

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professionalism Series | Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development for the Health Sciences

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

Pitt HR Faculty and Staff Development Series

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence 

Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals 


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