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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

Mon 3/5 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Allies Network Training
Public Health 1149, Foster Conference Room

The Allies Network is designed to improve visibility and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allied and asexual (LGBTQIA) students and employees. Allies Network training is for individuals who:
  • wish to provide resources to LGBTQIA individuals.
  • learn how to give consultation on issues including sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • want to challenge homophobic and heterosexist comments or behaviors in an educational and informative manner.
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Mon 3/12 2:00PM - 3:00PM
You Do WHAT With Your Data?
Public Health A521

Did you know that for each minute of planning at the beginning of a project, you will save yourself roughly 10 minutes of headache later? This session will provide practical tips for organizing, naming, documenting, storing and preserving your data.

Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, AHIP, RLAT
Coordinator of Data Services, IACUC Liasion

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Mon 3/19 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Introduction to Tableau
Public Health A521

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

Presented by: Rose Turner, MLS, HSLS Librarian
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Wed 3/21 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Teaching Workshop: Developing and Revising Test Questions
Public Health A521

What makes a good test question? How often should you revise questions? Come learn more and leave will tools and resources to help you evaluate and improve test questions. Please bring with you examples of questions to work through during this workshop.  
Presented by: Lauren Onufer, Teaching Consultant, University Center for Teaching and Learning  Advance registration required by Noon on March 20. | Register here 

Workshop open to all! 
This workshop is eligible for credit in the Faculty Certificate of Teaching Excellence and the Student Certification in Teaching Fundamentals. 

Other Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Wed 2/21 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Becoming a Grading Guru: Designing Rubrics (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Becoming a Grading Guru: Designing Rubrics (Pitt UCTL)
Wed 2/21 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

Asking students to perform authentic, complex tasks can provoke higher-level learning, but how can we assess a complicated assignment when it has no “correct” answer? Using rubrics can help you assess the seemingly-unassessable. Rubrics also help clarify and communicate your expectations to your students and make for a simpler, faster, and fair grading process. In this workshop, we’ll present different types of rubric, review rubric design best practices, and guide participants through the process of beginning to create a rubric to use in their courses.

As a result of completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define a rubric and identify its components
  • Recognize when it might be appropriate to use a rubric
  • Describe types of rubrics
  • Describe best practices in rubric creation
  • Explain how rubrics can be used as instructional tools
  • Begin to create a rubric which demonstrates alignment to a learning objective, clear performance criteria, and distinct levels of performance

This is the second workshop in the Becoming a Grading Guru series. The series includes:

1. The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback
2. Designing Rubrics
3. Designing Better Test Questions

Participants may complete the entire series or can pick and choose individual workshops to develop specific knowledge and skills. We recommend that participants enroll in the first workshop in the series, The Grading Process and Providing Effective Feedback, before completing Designing Rubrics if possible, because it includes an overview of grading best practices and foundational ideas that will be relevant in other workshops in this series.

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://teaching.pitt.edu/pedagogy-credential/ 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.

Mon 2/26 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Group Projects: Best Practices in Creating Collaborative Learning Assignments and Why it Matters Professional Development Event
Group Projects: Best Practices in Creating Collaborative Learning Assignments and Why it Matters
Mon 2/26 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

Many of us can see the teaching and learning benefits of assigning group projects. We also see the hurdles in motivation and grading that can make these projects cumbersome. This workshop will help you design group projects that are aligned with your course learning objectives and built for efficiency and effectiveness. We will explore several types of collaborative projects, identify assignment structures that motivate students, and investigate grading tools that evaluate both individual and group success levels.

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 3/1 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
Building a Tougher Student: Applying the Research on Mindset Professional Development Event
Building a Tougher Student: Applying the Research on Mindset
Thu 3/1 12:00PM - 1:00PM


The Offices of Student Affairs and Faculty Affairs are offering a lunch hour hands-on seminar session on building resilience on Thursday, March 1, 12:00-1:00, in room 458 Salk Hall as part of the School of Dental Medicine Teaching and Learning Seminar Series. 

Building a Tougher Student: Applying the Research on Mindset

Are students today less resilient than they used to be? Are they more prone to crack under stress or adversity? In this workshop, we’ll explore those questions and discuss the research on Mindset, identifying research-based interventions and practical teaching strategies to help students build resilience and learn from setbacks and failure. By the end, participants will be able to:

•   Distinguish the characteristics of a growth vs. fixed mindset

•   Discuss evidence-based interventions shown to build resilience

•   Identify specific teaching strategies to leverage Mindset research 

Session facilitated by Marie Norman, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Innovative Design for Education and Assessment (IDEA) Lab at the Institute for Clinical Research Education in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. 

Tue 3/13 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
Building Community by Understanding Power & Privelege Professional Development Event
Building Community by Understanding Power & Privelege
Tue 3/13 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Alumni Hall

The demographics of our nation are changing dramatically due to the increased racial and ethnic make-up of American society. Come learn about matters of power and privilege through community building strategies for teaching and learning.

Facilitator: Anupama Jain

Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch to this workshop.

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.

This event will be held in Alumni Hall, room 815 at noon.
Tue 3/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
How “Outsiders” Make History: Teaching Social Justice through History from Below Professional Development Event
How “Outsiders” Make History: Teaching Social Justice through History from Below
Tue 3/20 12:00PM - 1:00PM
O'Hara Student Center

Facilitator: Marcus Rediker, Department of History and Senior Research Fellow at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris

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. Please register here

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

This event will be held at O'Hara Student Center in the 2nd floor ballroom at noon.
Thu 3/22 2:30PM - 4:30PM - Event
Understanding our Pitt Community: ROTC and Other Military Programs on Campus Professional Development Event
Understanding our Pitt Community: ROTC and Other Military Programs on Campus
Thu 3/22 2:30PM - 4:30PM


Moderator: Edwin Hernandez, Office of Veterans Services

Join a panel of leaders in discussing university wide programs in preparing current and future military personnel.

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. Please register here

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

This event will be held in David Lawrence Room 211 at 2:30 pm. 
Thu 4/5 2:30PM - 4:30PM - Event
Understanding Our Students: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education Professional Development Event
Understanding Our Students: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education
Thu 4/5 2:30PM - 4:30PM


Facilitator: Shaun Eack, School of Social Work

The Understanding Our Students series focuses on understanding the intersection of various identities within the student experience. We hope this series will give faculty a chance to hear what students have to say about each important topic and to reflect on what it means for their teaching practice.
Open to all faculty and Teaching Assistants.

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. Please register here

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

This event will be held in David Lawrence Hall room 211 at 2:30 pm.
Thu 4/12 2:30PM - 4:30PM - Event
Understanding our Students: Religious Diversity in the Classroom Professional Development Event
Understanding our Students: Religious Diversity in the Classroom
Thu 4/12 2:30PM - 4:30PM


Facilitator: Joel Brady, University Center for Teaching & Learning and part-time faculty in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literature.

The Understanding Our Students series focuses on understanding the intersection of various identities within the student experience. We hope this series will give faculty a chance to hear what students have to say about each important topic and to reflect on what it means for their teaching practice.
Open to all faculty and Teaching Assistants.

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. Please register here

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

This event will be held in David Lawrence Hall room 211 at 2:30 pm.

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 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.

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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