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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.
Register here
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

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.

Tue 2/27 1:00PM - 3:00PM - Event
Teaching Students Self & Peer Assessment (UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching Students Self & Peer Assessment (UCTL)
Tue 2/27 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Alumni Hall

In this workshop, participants will explore approaches and tools for teaching students how to interpret and apply grading criteria to critically evaluate their own and classmates' work.After this 1.5 hour workshop, participants will have the option of staying an additional half hour for a demonstration and Q&A about peer assessment technology tools (Peerceptiv, Turnitin, and/or Blackboard, based on participant preference) with an educational technology consultant.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory as it ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records. Please click here to register.

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

Location: Alumni Hall B23

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.
Thu 3/15 3:30PM - 5:00PM - Event
WEBINAR: Teaching Inclusively (UCTL) Professional Development Event
WEBINAR: Teaching Inclusively (UCTL)
Thu 3/15 3:30PM - 5:00PM


Please note that this event is an online event.

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

This webinar will also address effectively articulating your inclusive approach to teaching in job applications and interviews.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.

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory as it ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records. Click here to register.

Mon 3/19 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Teaching with Simulations (UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching with Simulations (UCTL)
Mon 3/19 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory as it ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records. Click here to register.

Location: Alumni Hall Room 815

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.
Wed 3/21 2:30PM - 4:00PM - Event
Teaching International Students (UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching International Students (UCTL)
Wed 3/21 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Alumni Hall

Do you have international students who you would love to know more about and to engage more in classes? Come learn about international students and the challenges they face. You will see engaging your international students takes as few as 4 steps. You will also have an opportunity to make a specific plan to engage your international students based on the 4-step approach.

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. Please click here to register.

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

Location: Alumni Hall Room B23

Thu 3/22 10:00AM - 11:30AM - Event
Teaching Abstract Concepts (UCTL) Professional Development Event
Teaching Abstract Concepts (UCTL)
Thu 3/22 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Alumni Hall

This workshop provides strategies for effectively teaching abstract concepts to your students, and for assessing student mastery of such concepts.

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. Click here to register.

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

Location: Alumni Hall Room B23

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. 
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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 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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