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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

Thu 11/30 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization
Public Health A312

You've collected your data. Now what? In this class we will learn how to use access Tableau as a student or faculty, connect to data sources, and how to use Tableau to maximize the visual impact of your data.

Participants must bring a laptop to this session in order to participate in the class activities. You should install the Tableau software prior to the class.


Presented by: Rose Turner, MLS, HSLS Librarian
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Other Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Wed 11/29 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Event
Black Minds Matter: Campus Climate & Non-Cognitive Outcomes (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Campus Climate & Non-Cognitive Outcomes (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 11/29 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Campus Climate & Non-Cognitive Outcomes
Facilitator: TBD
Location: Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

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.

Thu 11/30 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Event
Black Minds Matter: Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning (Pitt UCTL)
Thu 11/30 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning
Facilitator: School of Education
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

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.

Tue 12/5 2:00PM - 4:00PM - Event
Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching Inclusively (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 12/5 2:00PM - 4:00PM


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.
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. 

Wed 12/6 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Event
Black Minds Matter: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 12/6 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners
Facilitator: Derrick D. Matthews, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

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.

Wed 12/6 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Blackboard: Using the Grade Center (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 12/6 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Alumni Hall

Students value the timely feedback on performance they receive through the Grade Center. Blackboard can help you record and track your students’ grades more efficiently and can automatically grade certain kinds of student work. In this workshop, we’ll review the grade center and how it accepts grades from within and outside Blackboard. We’ll cover the Grade Center’s options for customizing grades to meet your learning objectives, and you’ll learn how to control what grades your students see and when they see them. This workshop meets in Alumni Hall, B26.

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Locate the Grade Center, create columns, enter grades, export grades, and upload grades from outside Blackboard;
  • Create a new rubric – or reference an existing one – to clarify learning objectives and grade assignments;
  • Create calculated columns that are customized to meet your learning objectives;
  • Use Smart Views, grade history and statistics to get a deeper picture of student progress and assessment quality.
Fri 12/8 1:00PM - 3:00PM - Event
Best Practices in Online Teaching (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Best Practices in Online Teaching (Pitt UCTL)
Fri 12/8 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Alumni Hall

Best Practices in Online Teaching – Faculty who teach online or hybrid classes want to know how to design and teach courses that are pedagogically effective. This workshop will summarize and synthesize research about the most effective practices in teaching learner-centered courses and point to CourseWeb tools that can help you implement engaging teaching strategies. Topics covered will include strategies and tools for planning sequenced assignments and activities, managing the course, and evaluation. The workshop will be of interest to faculty who teach online or who are interested in incorporating online components into their traditional courses. Bring your questions, ideas and experiences to share.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Organize materials for your course in CourseWeb
• Use CourseWeb to communicate with your students
• Design collaborative learning activities by selecting tools such as Groups, Discussion Board, Wiki, Blog or Journal
• Provide feedback to students with tools such as the rubric or quizzes
Mon 12/11 11:00AM - 12:30PM - Event
Developing a Syllabus (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Developing a Syllabus (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 12/11 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Alumni Hall

Putting together a syllabus for the first time can be a daunting task. In this workshop, we cover the basic components of a syllabus, as well as practical and stylistic "do's-and-don'ts" of syllabus construction. Participants will leave the workshop knowing how to construct their own syllabus so that course information is clearly presented to students, and so that students' confusion over course assignments and expectations is kept to a minimum.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify and produce necessary features of a syllabus
• Identify optional features of a syllabus 
• Construct a syllabus for a class
Tue 12/12 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Improving Your Teaching Evaluations (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Improving Your Teaching Evaluations (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 12/12 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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.
Wed 12/13 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Event
Black Minds Matter: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support, & Research Professional Development Event
Black Minds Matter: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support, & Research
Wed 12/13 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Cathedral of Learning

Black Minds Matter
Topic: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support, & Research
Facilitator: TBD
Location: School of Social Work Conference Center | 2017 Cathedral of Learning

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are encouraged to join this open course that looks at issues facing black boys and men in education. Each session features a nationally-recognized scholar, and is followed by discussion facilitated by Pitt faculty.

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.

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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

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 

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

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