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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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Mon 8/21 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
Course Help for Faculty: Syllabus Construction- FACULTY ONLY(Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Course Help for Faculty: Syllabus Construction- FACULTY ONLY(Pitt UCTL)
Mon 8/21 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Alumni Hall

A well written, clear, and concise syllabus is one of your best tools for ensuring your course gets off to a good start. It sets the tone for your course, and gives students clear expectations on assignments, behavior, and grading. This workshop can help you focus on the details that every syllabus should have. You can also continue working on the syllabus with an Instructional Designer after the workshop. Put your best foot forward with your best syllabus!This workshop is for all full- and part-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh only.Lunch will be provided.

Location: Alumni Hall, Room 815

Mon 8/21 1:00PM - 2:30PM - Event
Getting Started in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Getting Started in the Classroom (Pitt UCTL)
Mon 8/21 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Alumni Hall

The first day of class sets the tone for the whole semester. Your students will form their first impression of you, and it is your opportunity to establish the classroom environment that sustains the class for the term. In this workshop, we cover strategies for making good use of this time, including establishing the relevance of the course, articulating student and instructor expectations, introducing course materials, and designing “icebreaker” activities. Participants will leave the workshop with a plan for their first day of class.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will be able to…
• Identify some of the common mistakes of first-time instructors
• Set goals and determine a plan of action for the first day of class

Location: Alumni Hall, Room 815

Tue 8/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Event
Course Help for Faculty: Putting Your Materials in Blackboard- FACULTY ONLY (Pitt UCTL) Professional Development Event
Course Help for Faculty: Putting Your Materials in Blackboard- FACULTY ONLY (Pitt UCTL)
Tue 8/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Alumni Hall

The vast majority of faculty at Pitt use Blackboard. Students appreciate having a single place to go for course content; however, Blackboard is so feature rich, with so many places to post items, it can be confusing to know where certain course materials should be placed. When items are placed in the wrong (or hidden and rarely used spaces), students get frustrated. This short workshop will help you get things in the right place—whether you are creating a new course from scratch or are using an inherited or cloned course--in a way that supports best practices in student learning through Blackboard.It will also help you organize your class materials – and who doesn’t need a little extra organizational help at the beginning of the semester? Additional help is available after the workshop in the Educational Technology Center (basement of Alumni Hall). 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 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

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

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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