2020 Spring Professional Development Classes

2020 Spring Professional Development Classes

  • General Information

    Campus Training Programs

    The programs listed below are open to all VSU employees, some courses are also available for University System of Georgia Institution Employees. classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. If a class is full, please call Employee Development at 229.259.5105 to be put on a waiting list. Waiting lists registrants are notified of vacancies and placed into the classes. If you but are unable to attend, please cancel within 24 hours of the class. Classes are subject to cancellation if registration is low. Employees should verify with their supervisors that they can attend a class during work hours.


    Class Attendance

    In order to receive credit for a class, participants must attend 90% of the scheduled class time. Students may miss scheduled class activities only in the event of illness, emergencies, or business-related reasons. The course instructor or facilitator should be notified of planned absences or tardiness. For excused absences during multi-day courses contact the instructor to discuss options available to receive full credit.


    Customized Programs

    We provide customized training for departments upon request. Our office will work closely with the requesting department to identify the training needs, develop the course materials, deliver the course, and assess the effectiveness of the program. For additional information about services, program, and resources, contact Rebecca Murphy at 229.259.5105 or at rbowes@valdosta.edu.


    Training Transcripts

    Official records of attendance are maintained for training sessions offered or coordinated by our office. Employees or their supervisors needing a transcript for promotion or transfer purposes, or for discussion during the performance evaluation process, may request one by calling 229.259.5105. Please allow 5 working days to process the request.


    New Employee Orientation

    We provide orientation for full-time benefited staff and administrative employees the second Thursday of every month in the University Center. Veteran employees are always welcome to attend and find out about the latest changes on campus.

    New Employee Orientation Will:

    • Welcome Employees to the University & Acknowledge Employees’ Value
    • Help Employees Connect with Their New Workplace By Learning the Vision, Mission, & Goals of the University
    • Educate Employees About University Services Provided By Various Departments On Campus & the People Who Work in Those Departments
  • Leadership and Management Classes

    Leadership Trends in the Workplace

    Part of the new leadership certificate program, this course will focus on leadership trends in the workplace. These trends are ongoing and very fluid, thus the content will change each year. The majority of managers are developed from on-the-job experiences, training, and coaching/ mentoring; while these are all still important, leaders are no longer developing fast enough or in the right ways to match the new environment.

    Participants in this course will:  

    • Understand how the work environment has changed—it is more complex, volatile, and unpredictable.
    • Practice the skills needed for effective leadership with the current trends
    • Understand that current leadership is more complex and adaptive thinking abilities are needed.
    • Learn about the current methods being used to develop leaders 

    Date Options:

    University Center Rose Room:
    January 24, 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructors: Ashley Cooper 


    Coaching for Success

    Are you ready to leverage the power of effective coaching for increased performance? In today’s workplace, the terms “coach” or “coaching” are frequently used but many don’t really understand what the art of coaching actually entails. Gain the strategic advantage in your business or workplace by learning what it takes to use coaching to engage and empower your team and maximize their potential.

    As an attendee at this interactive workshop, you will be able to:

    • Define coaching and examine its role in today’s workplace
    • Discuss coaching approaches, skills and techniques for personal and professional effectiveness; AND
    • Cultivate and promote a culture of high performance and innovation.

    University Center Rose Room:
    January 30, 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Cachet Prescott


    Fundamentals of Management and Supervision

    The ability to lead others is an important part of your professional effectiveness. What are the roles and responsibilities of a manager or supervisor? How is leading different from managing? What are the measures of an effective manager or supervisor? What are your strengths and areas for development as a manager or supervisor? This course will provide you the answers and build your management and supervision skills in such areas as earning respect, setting the example, visioning, delegating, coaching, influencing, motivating and team building. 

    Course Objectives:

    By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

    • Define leadership, and discuss the differences between leading and managing.
    • Describe key roles of an effective manager or supervisor: role model, motivator, and coach.
    • Serve as a strong role model and earn trust and respect as a manager or supervisor.
    • Envision and set the direction you want others to follow, define expectations, and delegate responsibility and authority for results.
    • Motivate, engage, and inspire people to do their finest work.
    • How to delegate.
    • Coach and hold colleagues accountable for improved performance and better teamwork.
    • Lead change, influence buy-in for it, and overcome resistance to it.

    University Center Rose Room
    March 30, 2020 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper


    Building Confidence Through Strength-Based Leadership 

     

    University Center Rose Room
    April 7, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Sydney Oliver

  • Communication and Personal Effectiveness Classes

  • Service Excellence Classes

    Partners for Campus Excellence (Staff)

    This training provides an opportunity to discuss service excellence from a higher education standpoint. Our facilitators use a variety of group dialogue, activities and role play with online components required in Skillport to allow participants to discuss the following topics:

    • Building a Campus Service Culture through Personal Accountability, Empowerment, and Teamwork
    • Improving Face to Face and Telephone Interactions
    • Meeting Service Challenges When it is Our Mistake, The Customer’s Mistake, or a System Created Mistake

    Partners for Campus Excellence (PFCE) is a campus-wide training initiative focusing on student and employee retention, positive communication, and teamwork. It emphasizes the customer service standards and attributes important to the University System of Georgia and reinforces the customer service goals of our state.

    Who should attend?

    If you hold a staff or administrative position and have never attended the Partners for Campus Excellence training, then this session is for you.  New hires should complete this training within their first year of employment.

    Date Options:

    • TBA: February 03, 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • University Center Rose Room: April 6, 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

    Instructor: Danielle des Anges

  • University Procedures & Applications

    ePro Application and Procurement Guidelines

    This two-day class covers procurement policies, procedures and use of the eProcurement application. It is intended for employees responsible for initiating or approving purchases of goods and/or services for their department, grant or organization. Training will cover how to create electronic requisitions in the eProcurement (ePro) module of PeopleSoft Financials and how to route them for approval. Additionally, it will cover how to use the GeorgiaFIRST Marketplace as an online shopping site that is accessed from PeopleSoft Financials. It will detail the complexities of ordering software and hardware equipment, obtaining technology quotes, and compliance forms required prior to a purchase.

    Date Options:

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:

    • February 03, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • March 05, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • April 03, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

     Instructor: Catherine Storey


    Introduction to SmartEvals/SOI

    A workshop to introduce instructors to VSU’s new platform to collect Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI). Learn to setup your own end-of-course questions, retrieve QR codes, send reminder emails, and more

    Date Options:

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:

    • February 10, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • March 10, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • April 15, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • May 11, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • June 11, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • July 07, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

     Instructor: Michael Black


    New Employee Orientation

    We provide orientation for full-time benefited staff and administrative employees the second Thursday of every month. Veteran employees are always welcome to attend and find out about the latest changes on campus.

    A tour of the campus is included. Please wear comfortable clothing & shoes.

    Date Options:

    • University Center Conference Room 1105: February 13, 2020 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University Center Rose Room: March 12, 2020 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University Center Conference Room 1105: April 09, 2020 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University Center Rose Room: May 14, 2020 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University Center Rose Room: June 11, 2020 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Instructors: Carmen James 


    Introduction to APL

    A workshop to introduce instructors to VSU’s new platform (APL) to organize and record your faculty activities. Learn to enter activities, enter faculty credentials, post course syllabi, export reports, and more. Note: APL replaces Digital Measures.

    Date Options:

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:

    • February 10, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • March 10, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • April 15, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • May 11, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • June 11, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    • July 07, 2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Michael Black

  • Safety Classes

    Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (C.R.A.S.E)

    Participants will learn about disaster response and how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during an active shooter event. They will learn steps to take to assist law enforcement and to limit casualties.

    Date Options:

    • Odum Library 1470: January 30, 2020 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
    • Odum Library 1480: February 19, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    • Odum Library 1480: March 24, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    • Odum Library 1480: April 7, 2020 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
    • Odum Library 1480: April 14, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Robert Golley


    Defensive Driving

    The "AAA Driver Improvement Course" is designed to help you fine-tune your safe-driving skills. Fortunately, there are guidelines to help you assess conditions more accurately, predict actions of other drivers and make decisions with a more realistic concept of consequences. You'll learn how to manage risks by controlling visibility, time and space.

    This program is taught by certified instructors and is six hours in length. You will receive a certificate from AAA once you have attended the course and passed the written test. The program is free to all VSU employees. Customized classes are available for departments.

    Who should attend: This course is required for employees who drive vehicles for University events or job duties. It is however open to all VSU employees. As an added benefit, you may be eligible for a 10% discount on your personal automobile insurance. Check with your agent.

    Date Options:

    University Center Cypress Room:
    February 17, 2020 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM*
    February 19, 2020 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM*

    *(Must attend both sessions)

    University Center Cypress Room:
    March 18, 2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Michael Fontaine

  • Academic Excellence (Faculty Related Topics)

    CELT: First-Year Seminar Pilot Community

    This community is dedicated to producing syllabuses for pilot First-Year Seminar courses in the spring and fall semesters of 2021 at VSU.

    Date Options:

    CELT Conference Room #2:

    • January 22, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • February 12, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • March 04, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • March 25, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • April 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • April 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Instructors: Gardner Rogers


    CELT: Beyond Us vs. Them: Cultivating Dialogue in Classrooms

    This faculty learning community focuses on the use of dialogue to foster classroom conversations that connect people across differences and empower students.

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room #2:
      January 29, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    February 12, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    CELT Conference Room #2:
    February 26, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    March 11, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    March 25, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    CELT Conference Room #2:
    April 08, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Instructor: Hoa Nguyen


    CELT: Department Head Roundtables

    A cohort-based faculty learning community and mentoring network that addresses the needs of department heads, whether they are new to this role or they have led a department for a number of years.

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room #2:
      February 06, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      March 12, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      April 02, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      April 30, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau 


    CELT: Designing Courses with a little TILT and some HIPs

    This FLC focus on creating assignments that TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) and are HIPs (High-Impact Practices).

    Date Options:

    • HSBA Room 3017A :
      January 22, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      February 12, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      March 04, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      March 25, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      April 15, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      April 29, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Elson Raymond


    CELT: Faculty Write Away! Retreat

    For two days during Spring Break, VSU faculty will gather at CELT to reserach , write, and share goals, struggles, and accomplishments with colleagues. The entire building will be reserved so faculty can get away from their offices or homes and join fellow faculty who are committed to getting research and writing done. 

    Date Options:      

    • CELT Lounge:
      March 16, 2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
      March 17, 2020 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau


    CELT: Faculty Writing Circle 1

    The Faculty Writing Circle is a writing group for faculty to get their writing done and mantain their research agendas with support of one another across disciplines.

    Date Options:      

    • CELT Conference Room 1:
      January 28, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      February 11, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      February 25, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      March 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      March 24, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      April 07, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      April 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Maren Clegg-Hyer


    CELT: Faculty Writing Circle 2

    The Faculty Writing Circle 2 is a writing group for faculty to get their writing done and maintain their research agendas with the support of one another across disciplines. 

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room #2:
      January 30, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      February 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      February 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      March 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      March 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      April 09, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      April 23, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Maren Clegg-Hyer 


    CELT: Faculty Writing Circle 2

    A writing group for faculty to get their writing done and maintain their research agendas with the support of one another across disciplines. 

    Date Options:

    • CELT Lounge: February 19, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    • CELT Lounge: March 05, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    • CELT Lounge: April 02, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    • CELT Lounge: April 16, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    • CELT Lounge: April 30, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau


    CELT: Writing Buddies

    Friday Writing Buddies are a small group of faculty who gather regularly to help each other with motivation, goal-setting, time-management, and accountability to write and research.

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room 1:
      February 14, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      February 28, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      March 13, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      March 27, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      April 10, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      April 24, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Lois Bellflowers


    CELT: Interprofessional Educational Practices Across Health Professions

    This FLC will foster relationships of VSU faculty who are healthcare professionals by collaboratively developing patient-centered cases that can be infused across health-related curricula.

    Date Options:

    • HSBA 2017E:
      January 29, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    HSBA 2019C:
    February 12, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    HSBA 2017E:
    February 26, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    HSBA 2019C:
    March 11, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    April 01, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    HSBA 2017E:
    April 15, 2020 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Ruth Hannibal


    CELT: New Faculty Learning Community 1

    The New Faculty Learning Community is a year-long cohort-based faculty learning community that addresses the needs of faculty who are in the first year of their jobs at VSU. This group is for new faculty to support one another across disciplines and departments, comfortably discuss topics, and engage in activities that are relevant to this stage of their career at VSU. 

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room #2:
      January 30, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      February 20, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      March 12, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      April 02, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
      April 23, 2020 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau


    CELT: New Faculty Learning Community 2 

    The New Faculty Learning Community is a year-long cohort-based faculty learning community that addresses the needs of faculty who are in the first year of their jobs at VSU.

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room #2:
      January 31, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      February 21, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      March 13, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      April 03, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      April 24, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau


    CELT: Open Pedagogy, OER, and Your Classroom

    This FLC focuses on how professors can best adopt the principles of Open Pedagogy and utilize Open Educational Resources (OER) in their classroom.

    Date Options:     

    • CELT Conference Room 1:
      February 06, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      February 19, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
      March 06, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      March 25, 2020 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Odum Library – Center for eLearning Lab::
    April 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    April 23, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Instructor: Michael Holt


    CELT: Studio Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community

    The Studio Pedagogy FLC is for faculty who create cultural artifacts to share and curate studio-based experiential learning strategies.

    Date Options:     

    • CELT Conference Room 1: February 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • CELT Conference Room 1: March 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • CELT Conference Room 1: April 10, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    • CELT Conference Room 1: May 01, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Talley Mulligan


    CELT: Preparing Critically Conscious Teachers for the 21st Century Classroom

    Preparing Critically Conscious Teachers for the 21st Century Classroom is for faculty who are interested in dismantling deficit thinking by examination of the matrix of privilege and oppression.

    Date Options:     

    • CELT Conference Room #2:
      February 25, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      March 10, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      March 24, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Instructor: James Martinez


    CELT: Teaching Toolkit and Course Design for Literature and the Humanities

    This FLC will develop a toolkit of innovative teaching techniques and course design for non-lecture classes that use literature and other humanistic texts.

    Date Options:     

    • CELT Conference Room 1:
      January 27, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      February 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      March 09, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      March 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      April 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      April 27, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Dixie Haggard


    CELT: Turning Burnout into Optimism

    Turning Burnout into Optimism is for faculty to engage in contemplative practices that will help them be more resilient in their lives and work as educators.

    Date Options:

    • CELT Conference Room 1:
      January 27, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      February 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      March 09, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      March 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      April 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
      April 27, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Chere Peguesse

  • Technology (including BlazeVIEW) and Other Computer Skills

    Cascade Basic

    Mandatory for those who will be editing their departmental website and will focus on features such as creating/editing pages, hyperlinks, and image uploads while using the university’s online web editor. 

    Odum Library, Rm. 3270: January 29, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructors: Roberto Leal


    Virtual Reality Lab Information Session

    This session will introduce new users to virtual reality and provide an overview of the hardware and content available in the lab. 

    Date Options:

    New Media Center Classroom 1370: January 30, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    New Media Center Classroom 1370: March 24, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Virtual Reality Information Session 


    Adobe Audition Basics

    Audition, if used well, can do some amazing effects with sound files, such as creating surround sound with stereo channel manipulation, removing wind and other potential background noises, automatic pitch correction for out of tune singers and much more! Join us at the Media Center in Odum Library on the 1st floor.
    Learn the basics of audio editing by familiarizing yourself with the two very different modes inside of audition, Waveform and Multi-track editing. Understand how normalization can truly help amplify your sound file and why adding fades can help control the mood of your story. We will also selectively destroy frequencies to remove unwanted noise from say your video clip or audio track. 
     
    Points that will be covered:

    1. Foundational concepts of sound

    2. Getting acquainted with Adobe Audition

    3. Recording Audio and saving audio out

    4. Selection tools and their benefits

    5. Standard waveform adjustments (Normalization, fades)

    6. Cleaning up audio (Adaptive noise reduction, removing specific noise)

    7. Multi-track editing

    New Media Center Classroom 1370: March 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructors: Jeremy Hardin


    Adobe Photoshop Basics

    Photoshop is by far the most well-known program of the Adobe Suite. Although this program is so well known, there is often a huge barrier placed up by many who fear it. Let’s break that barrier and learn the overall workspace and importance of layers. With this foundation down, we will work towards a few of the many fun and engaging tools of how Photoshop has gone beyond its intended purpose of photo editing.
     
    Points that will be covered:

    1. Navigating the workspace
    2. Learning about the Mystery of Layers
    3. Simple Photoshop edits to enhance your image
    4. Basic shapes and text manipulations

    Date Options:

    New Media Center Classroom 1370: January 30, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    New Media Center Classroom 1370: March 24, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin


    Adobe Premiere Basics

    Learn the basics of Adobe Premier video editing software.

    As the creative suite has recently become more widely available for students on campus, this 1 hour workshop will help you become familiar with the Adobe Premiere interface and demonstrate the use of basic editing tools and techniques.


    Points that will be covered:

    • Setting up your project
    • Importing videos
    • How to edit
    • Exporting your project

    New Media Center Classroom 1370: February 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin  


    PowerPoint: Poster Creation in a Snap

    The PowerPoint: Poster Creation in a Snap workshop is geared to assist students who have never developed a poster before. The goal of this class is to give a ground-level understanding of what print sizes the Media Center has to offer.

    Date Options:

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 2220:

    • February 05, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • March 02, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    • April 23, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin