2019 Fall 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

    Workplace MVPs: The Secrets to Identifying, Managing, and Developing Passionate Employees

    This training will provide participants with techniques for managing passionate employees. Passionate employees can be responsible for much of an organization's output. However, when passionate employees are not managed properly they can go from high energy, major producers,  to burnt out, toxic employees. Topics include: identifying who your passionate employees are, non exploitative methods to professionally develop passionate employees, managing high performing passionate employees, managing low performing passionate employees, techniques to identify signs of burnout, and burnout prevention.
     

    The STEAM Center, RM. 1019:

    September 10, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: M. Dominique Crossley


    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 Cypress Room:

    September 27, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper


    Lead Like an Introvert

    Many times, the stereotypical “leader” is seen as someone who is highly extroverted. This course will help break that assumption and show you how to utilize your strengths as an introverted leader within the workplace. This training will help learners identify what it means to be an introverted leader, highlight skills and traits that allow them to be efficient leaders, develop exercises in team building and interpersonal communication that align with their leadership style, and empower participants to ignite their inner leader.

    University Center Cypress Room:

    October 23, 2019 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Marsha Walden 


    Discovering Your "Why?": Focusing on Purposeful Leadership

    Great leaders inspire others and ignite action by promoting why they do something versus selling what they do. As a part of the new Leadership Certificate Program, this course will help participants discover their “why?” and introduce them to the concept of “purposeful leadership”. Participants will:

    • Participate in activities and discussions enabling them to discover their “why?”
    • Answer the question: “Why do you do what you do?”
    • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of purposeful leadership
    • Discover methods of utilizing purposeful leadership for immediate use in the workplace

    University Center Cypress Room:

    November 13, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper

  • Communication and Personal Effectiveness Classes

    Dine and Discover 

    Join us for this Dine-N-Discover as we explore the importance of daily physical activity. Learn basic techniques for quick but effective exercises that can be incorporated into your day. 

    Student Union Meeting Rm. 1 A&B:

    September 18, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Kyle Reason

  • University Procedures & Applications

    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 Rose Room:

    August 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
    September 12, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    October 10, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    December 12, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    The STEAM Center Rm. 1019:
    November 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Instructor: Carmen James


    Travel Procedure & Expenses 

    This training is designed for those new to the travel process or those needing a refresher. Information on the travel process, completing the online forms for authority to travel and expenses reimbursement will be covered. Portions of this training will be hands on. If you have upcoming travel or reimbursement for travel that need to be completed, please bring that paperwork with you. 

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:
    August 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Instructor: Lauren Williams


    Preparing the Instituional Effectivness Plan and Report  

    This session covers the basic elements of VSU's Institutional Effectiveness process including tips to prepare your annual plan and report. Faculty members and administrators responsible for department or program assessment are invited to attend. 

    Date Options:

    University Center Rose Room:

    August 28, 2019 02:30 AM - 03:30 PM
    September 5, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Instructor: Michael Black 


    Comprehensive Program Review Orientation 

    This orientation meeting is designed for faculty and administrators with academic programs participating in the Comprehensive Program Review process during 2017-18.

    Date Options:

    West Hall Room 1002:
    September 6, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Instructor: Michael Black 


    ePro Appilcation and Procurement Guidelines 

    This 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:

    September 4, 2019 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 3, 2019 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 1, 2019 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    January 7, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    February 5, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    March 5, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    April 3, 2020 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Safety Classes

    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: 

    September 16, 2019 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
    September 18, 2019 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Meredith Lancaster

    October 24, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    November 19, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 21, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Michael Fontaine 

  • Service Excellence

    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.

    University Center Cypress Room:

    September 18, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 20, 2019 09:00 PM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper


    Elearning; Faculty Innovators in Educational Technology

    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.

    University Center Cypress Room:

    September 18, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 20, 2019 09:00 PM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper


    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.

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    August 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 09, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    December 02, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Chere Peguesse


    CELT: Faculty Writing Circle 1

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

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    August 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 10, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 24, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 15, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 29, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    December 03, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Maren Clegg-Hyer


    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. 

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    August 27, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    September 24, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    October 15, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    October 29, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    November 05, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    November 26, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau


    CELT: The Role of Popular Culture in the University Classroom 

    Role of Popular Culture in the University Classroom is for faculty to learn interdisciplinary approaches to teaching popular culture that complement their primary fields of study.

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    August 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 02, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    December 04, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Nicholas Miller


    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.

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    August 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 20, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 08, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    December 06, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 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.

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    August 30, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    September 20, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    October 11, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    November 01, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    November 22, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    December 06, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau 


    CELT: Teaching Gender

    Creating a space for an interdisciplinary group of faculty to convene around the topic of teaching gender at VSU, this faculty learning community will consider the role gender plays in student lives, critical pedagogies, and the scholarly literature of gender studies. 

    CELT Conference Room #2:
    September 06, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    September 20, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    October 11, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    October 25, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    November 08, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    November 15, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Andrea Ramirez


    CELT: Small Teaching Online

    The FLC introduces faculty to the Idea that small teaching shifts online can lead to major impacts on student learning.

    CELT Conference Room #2:
    September 09, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    September 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    December 09, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Nicole Cox


    ELearning: Faculty Innovators in Educational Technology 

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:
    September 11, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 02, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    October 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    November 06, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    CELT Conference Room 1:
    November 20, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Donny Tusler


    CELT: Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry 

    The Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry FLC is for faculty to convene as a cross-disciplinary group to define and design undergraduate research and creative projects.

    CELT Conference Room #2:
    September 13, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    September 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    October 11, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    November 01, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    November 15, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    December 06, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Dereth Drake


    ELearning: Introduction to Online Teaching and Instructional Design 

    Elearning is providing a certificate course on the topics of online teaching and instructional design. In this online class we will be modeling and providing you with an insight to best practices to apply to your online courses. Additionally, we will be introducing learning theory and helping you understand how to put that theory into practice. We hope you can join us in this 8 week, self-pace course.

    Online (BlazeVIEW):
    September 16, 2019 09:00 AM - 09:00 AM

    Instructor: Donny Tusler


    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.

    CELT Conference Room #2:
    September 17, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    October 22, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    November 19, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
    December 17, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

    Instructor: Jamie Landau

  • 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, New Media Center Room 1370:
    August 27, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Instructor: Sheila Hall


    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:

    August 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    September 19, 2019 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
    October 21, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    November 13, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Michael Black 


    Adobe Premiere Basics

    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:

    1. Setting up your project
    2. Importing videos
    3. How to edit
    4. Exporting your project

    Odum Library, New Media Center Classroom 1370:
    September 12, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: 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: 

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:
    August 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin 


    Adobe Audition Basics 

    Adobe Audition can perform amazing effects with sound files, such as creating amplifying sound, removing wind and other background noises, automatic pitch correction for out of tune singers and much more! We will learn the basics of audio editing by familiarizing ourselves with Waveform and Multi-track editing. We will understand how normalization can help us amplify a sound file and why adding fades can help control the mood of your story. We will also build up a multitrack session and learn some of the critical features to know in order to build an audio compilation.

    Points that will be covered:

    1. Foundational concepts of sound
    2. Getting acquainted with Adobe Audition (Waveform vs. Multitrack) 
    3. Recording audio and saving audio out
    4. Selection tools and their benefits
    5. Standard waveform adjustments (normalization, fades) 
    6. Clip boarding audio segments 
    7. Special effects racks
    8. Multi-track editing 


    September 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin


    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:

    August 27, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    September 19, 2019 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    October 21, 2019 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
    November 13, 2019 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Michael Black 


    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 1370:
    October 10, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin