Professional Development

OOLD Professional Development Series

  • RSVP to sign up for any of the following sessions through the link in the title or description.  We will then email you a Zoom link for online sessions.
  • Accessibility modification request? Contact Amy Kinch.

Adaptable Writing Courses: Using the University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment Rubric for Planning & Assessment  

Friday, November 6, 1-2:30 pm. 

2020 is requiring us to find ways to uphold our teaching standards in a fluid state of adaptability. This workshop will explore ways to use the rubric to create a stable framework for assigning and assessing writing in face-to-face, hybrid, and online contexts. There will be time to discuss your own courses as you plan for Spring ‘21.  

Lowering Textbook Costs: Getting Started with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Friday, October 30, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

In this session, Wendy Walker, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Mansfield Library, will cover the basics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Hilary Martens, Assistant Professor, Geosciences, will describe her experience switching from a commercial textbook to free OER for her course on natural disasters. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and a look at where and how to find OER for your students.

Developing 2+2 Programs between a Tribal College and University

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Dr. Brad Hall, Tribal Outreach Specialist, Office of the President, will facilitate two conversations about 2+2 Programs developed jointly by Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Starting a 2+2 Program with a Tribal College and University

Monday, October 12, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Register in advance for Zoom Link.

Alana Bahe, Program Manager, Community Health, Salish Kootenai College, and Dr. Blakely Brown, Professor, Public and Community Health Sciences, will share strategies and critical perspectives for those interested in developing a new 2+2 program.

Formalizing a 2+2 Agreement between a Tribal College and University and Implementing and Sustaining 2+2 Programs

Monday, October 12, 1-2:30 p.m. Register in advance for Zoom Link.

Join Dr. Deanna Cooper, BSW Program Director, School of Social Work, Dr. Marilyn Zimmerman, Senior Director of Policy and Programs, National Native Children’s Trauma Center, and Paige Furniss, Program Coordinator, School of Social Work, as they discuss formalizing relationships between Tribal Colleges and a University and steps for implementation and growth.

Submittable-UM Office Hours

  •  October 7, 11am-12pm: Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants
  •  October 14, 11am-12pm: Leveraging Submittable for internal processes
  •  October 21, 11am-12pm: Working with your data
  •  October 28, 11am-12pm: Auditions, Awards and Contests

Join the Submittable Higher Education team and other UM Submittable users for open office hours on Wednesdays in October. These office hours are dedicated to UM employees and are a great space to explore future uses for Submittable, connect with current users, brainstorm solutions with the Submittable team, or just get your questions answered.

UM has a contract with Submittable, which can help you manage your submission and application processes. The Higher Education Webinar Series is another resource. It's recommended (but not required) that you review the corresponding webinar and bring your questions to office hours. 

Approaches for Managing and Supporting Student Employees

Thursday, October 15, 9:00-10:00 a.m., via Zoom

Brynn Molloy, Associate Athletic Director, Grizzly Athletics; Hailey Michelson, Student Involvement and Branch Center Advisor; and Jace Whitaker, Area Coordinator, UM Housing, will lead an interactive discussion about their experiences managing student employees and effective approaches you can use with your teams. Topics will include: communicating expectations, giving good feedback, setting boundaries, and supporting student employees in both school and work. Bring your questions and suggestions to share.

Linkedin Learning Demo

Wednesday, October 14, 1:30pm, register to receive meeting links

LinkedIn Learning is now available to all UM employees. This demo will explain what LinkedIn Learning offers and how they organize their content library of over 16,000 courses, as well as:

  • how the platform can be used for developing new hard and soft skills,
  • how you can leverage it to benefit you in your performance review,
  • how you can build a professional brand,
  • how to find the right content easily.

The webinar will include a Q&A session to address your specific questions.

What now? Taking Care of Myself During Covid When I am Too Busy Taking Care of Others

Wednesday, October 7, 12-1 p.m. Register in advance for Zoom Link. 

Tracee Anderson, LCSW, Counselor, Curry Health Center, will address common reactions to work and life during the Covid pandemic. She will offer ways to address stress personally and collectively, talk about tips for managers on helping their teams, and explore approaches to caring for yourself in these times of working and living “differently.”

Experiential Learning Faculty Support Funding Available

Apply now. Priority funding deadling is October 5.

The Experiential Learning and Career Success (ELCS) office invites proposals from faculty for fall and spring semester experiential learning support funds. Experiential learning is an important component of a student’s education at UM. It is a high impact practice that supports student success and career readiness. Experiential learning at UM includes internships, service learning, research, field experience, clinicals/practicum, independent study, project-based learning, and community engagement. This year, faculty can apply to use these funds towards the $2,000 cost of a CapSource undergraduate capstone course. CapSource is a national leader in online capstone course/project management, “incorporating exciting real company projects directly into curriculum more easily, effectively, and efficiently.” Students get to work with companies and organizations like DoorDash, Burger King, American Cancer Society, Ebay, and hundreds more. The ELCS website provides more information about the ELCS funding and application process

Understanding the Tenure and Promotion Process

Tuesday, September 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m., via Zoom

Deans Larry Hufford and Adrea Lawrence, and Claudine Cellier, Office of the Provost, will discuss the Individual Performance Record (IPR), evaluation procedures, and expectations for promotion and tenure. This will be particularly helpful to those just starting their faculty careers.


MUS Teaching Scholars: Equity-Minded Teaching

Applications due by 5 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2020

Every year, a select group of faculty (tenure and non-tenure track) are awarded and recognized as MUS Teaching Scholars for their exemplary contributions to teaching and learning at MUS campuses. The MUS invites proposals that address equity in a broad-based manner as well as proposals that address more specifically the systemic racial and social injustices highlighted by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. Throughout the year, MUS Teaching Scholars program will support faculty as they advance teaching and learning practices, curriculum, praxis, and the scholarship of teaching and learning specifically designed to address systemic inequities and injustices in the classroom. These could include but are not limited to course and curriculum design strategies such as decolonizing syllabi, high impact practices, Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT), social justice education pedagogies, among many others. Selected MUS Teaching Scholars will be announced at the end of September 2020. In addition to recognition, scholars will also receive a $1,500 award. Read the full call for applications to learn more about program goals and expectations, as well as the application and requirements. 

Preparing to Apply for Sabbatical

Wednesday, September 16, 4-5 p.m., via Zoom

This session offers guidance on preparing a sabbatical application. Learn about the proposal review process and the new sabbatical proposal evaluation rubric.

Department Chairs Essentials

Thursday, September 17, 3-4:30 p.m., via Zoom

What employment laws and federal reporting requirements impact department chairs? What provisions of the staff and faculty collective bargaining agreements must you uphold? Now that you are an agent of the University, what principles can guide your decision-making and protect you from legal claims? This session will address how to approach scenarios commonly faced by department chairs and identify campus resources, policies and personnel that are available to support you.

Presenters: Alicia Arant, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator; Sara Drake, Director of Labor Relations for Human Resource Services; and Alex Bulmahn, Grievance Officer, University Faculty Association.

CourseDog—New Curriculum Proposal Process

Wednesday, September 2 at 10 a.m., via Zoom
Friday, September 4 at 12 p.m., via Zoom

CourseDog is UM’s new online tool for curriculum change submissions and approvals. CourseDog will help improve accuracy and efficiency by automating form routing and workflows. Faculty and staff who are engaged with curriculum change processes, or who plan on submitting a curriculum change proposal in the coming year, are encouraged to attend a demonstration session to learn all about CourseDog.  Hadley Jackson, Office of the Provost, and Camie Foos, Faculty Senate, along with Nick Geanetta and Kevin Wu of CourseDog, will be on hand to demonstrate the processes and answer your questions.
Phase one implementation (this fall) includes General Education, Writing, Service Learning, and Level I and II forms. Phase two will integrate with Banner and include course (e-Curr ) and program modification forms.

Using Microsoft Teams to collaborate virtually

Thursday, August 13, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom

UM employees now have access to Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration tool with chat, video meetings, and file sharing capabilities. You can use Teams to connect with your co-workers while working remotely, or use Teams as a course supplement for remote group work. Alex Karklins, Applications Administrator in IT, will demonstrate the features of Microsoft Teams and show you how to get started.

Advanced uses for Zoom

Wednesday, July 22, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom
Tuesday, July 28, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom

Join Alex Karklins, IT Applications Administrator, for an interactive exploration of advanced Zoom features. Learn how to use options such as breakout rooms, advanced screen sharing options, annotation, recording, and more. Bring your questions and any tips you would like to share with others about how to run a successful and secure online meeting. RSVP for Zoom link.

Professional Development Day--June 24

Set aside one hour to further your own professional development as a part of UM’s first Professional Development Day. Supervisors are asked to support their employees’ participation in this day of learning by allowing and encouraging them to devote an hour to their own professional development. (If this day is not practical in your area, feel free to choose another date that works.)

LinkedIn Learning provides an impressive number of on-demand trainings on topics ranging from leadership, innovation and implicit bias to software such as Excel, Zoom, Outlook and more. There are many sessions that can support you as a member of the UM family.

AAUW Work Smart Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Learn to successfully advocate for yourself and negotiate — and help close the pay gap for women everywhere. Understand how to research a target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words—and the confidence—to negotiate for better benefits and pay. Open to the entire campus community and recent graduates, UM's Office of Organizational Learning & Development and Experiential Learning & Career Success are partnering with AAUW to offer this Work Smart workshop. Workshops fill quickly, so please register in advance.

Strategies and tools for connecting with a virtual team

Wednesday, June 17, 12-12:50 p.m.

Jake Treece, Office Manager, and Molly Putnam, Student Director, Blackstone Launchpad, will share ways they have been able to use project management, messaging, and scheduling tools to keep in close contact with their team. Platforms they are using include Slack, Outlook, Trello, and Clockify. They will also offer ideas for maintaining a collegial work environment when everyone is at a distance. Please bring your ideas for tips and tools you have used to stay connected to share at the session.

LinkedIn Learning demo

Monday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to use LinkedIn Learning (now available to all UM employees) to take charge of your professional development goals. Alyssa Rowe from LinkedIn Learning will demonstrate how to personalize your own learning and quickly find relevant and helpful resources using their vast library of over 15,000 online courses. Bring your questions!  Join the meeting here.

Digital Humanities: Sharing Digital Resources for Teaching and Research 

Wednesday, May 20, 2-3:30 p.m. RSVP to get Zoom link

This session is the first in a series of Digital Humanities workshops to be facilitated by the University of Montana's Humanities Institute. To launch the series, Lisa Parks, MIT Professor of Comparative Media Studies and MacArthur Fellow, will facilitate this participation-based workshop focused on digital resources useful for teaching and research in the humanitiies. The workshop will be structured as a conversation. All participants should come prepared to share and discuss at least one digital resource that has been useful for teaching, and another that has been useful for research. While sharing and exploring resources such as archives, video streaming sites, digitized maps and geospatial images, data visualization interfaces, and online music and poetry, the group will also discuss broader issues related to the digital humanities. Please contact Gillian Glaes, UM Humanities Institute, with questions.

Zoom tips and tricks

Tuesday, May 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Join Alex Karklins, Application Administrator in IT for an interactive exploration of various Zoom features. Learn how to use options such as Zoom registration links, waiting rooms, sharing screens, and more. Bring your questions and any tips you would like to share with others about how to run a successful and secure online meeting.

Utilizing the faculty/staff or dependent tuition waiver

Thursday, May 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom

One of the great benefits of working at a university are the opportunities for lifelong learning to meet your career and professional goals. Did you know that permanent employees working at least .75 FTE may have tuition waived for eligible courses and only pay fees to take UM courses? Ann Guiditta from HRS will share details about the process for using the employee and tuition waivers. Charity Atteberry, Director of Undergraduate Advising, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Grace Gardner, Director, UM Summer, will share their experiences using the tuition waiver.

Scenario planning: Preparing for an uncertain future

Friday, May 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom

Laurie Yung, Professor of Natural Resource Social Science, is an expert on how people can make good decisions in the face of change and uncertainty. In this session, she will outline a scenario planning process that you can use to develop specific strategies in the context of uncertainty related to COVID. Such an approach can help you and your unit plan more effectively, especially when you don’t know what that future will bring.

Daily skills for enhancing resilience

The COVID 19 pandemic is having a powerful traumatic impact on front line workers. This session aims to train workers in effective resiliency skills that will allow them to respond to this traumatic period with strength. Andrew Laue, LCSW, will offer participants new ways to face and process traumatic experiences. The session will introduce three daily skills that help individuals build strength and capacity in times of trauma. These skills come from a more extensive training process called STAR-T Secondary Trauma Activates Resiliency – Training. This session is open to any UM employee who may be experiencing distress due to the COVID 19 pandemic and related circumstances. It is sponsored by the Human Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Space is limited; RSVP required. Ahead of the session, participants will be asked to complete a short demographic form OOLD will email to you to meet the requirements for the grant.

Friday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., via Zoom
Wednesday, April 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m., via Zoom
Monday, April 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m., via Zoom
Thursday, April 30, 2:00-3:00 p.m., via Zoom

MUS Employee Assistance Program

Tuesday, April 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Join us to learn more about how the MUS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can offer no-cost support to MUS employees and their household members for a wide variety of challenges. The program provides access to counseling services, 24-hour crisis help, resources for supervisors, emotional wellness support, and even financial consultations. Services can be accessed online and are confidential. Learn more about how the EAP can support you and your colleagues.

Manager discussion about recent workplace challenges

Thursday, April 2, 9:30-10:30, a.m. via Zoom
Thursday, April 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom
Thursday, April 30, 9:00-10:00 a.m. via Zoom

This Zoom meeting for supervisors will provide a space to discuss managerial challenges related to recent work disruptions and to brainstorm solutions with campus colleagues. Bring your questions and suggestions about topics like connecting with your team while working remotely, prioritizing and organizing workloads, supporting employees, addressing health and mental health concerns, and more. Many people are facing similar challenges, so let’s get together and offer each other strategies, resources, and support.

Adding Learning Assistants to your courses

Friday, April 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m., via Zoom
Friday, April 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m., via Zoom

Josh Herring, Learning Assistant Program Coordinator, will be meeting with faculty who are interested in learning more about how undergraduate learning assistants (LAs) can support their teaching.  LAs participate in a one-credit course on pedagogy taught in the College of Education and support active learning in small-group work and online course sections in any size class. This is the time to recruit your learning assistants for fall courses! Pedagogical support for graduate TAs is also available.

Would Submittable work for you?

Wednesday, April 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Many of us are looking for tools to simplify our work processes or move them into electronic formats. UM has a contract with local company Submittable, which can help manage submission and application processes from start to finish. Liz Boeheim, Account Manager at Submittable, will provide a brief overview of Submittable and answer questions about potential ways you could use it in your work.

Managing money during COVID-19

Friday, April 17, 2:00 p.m., via Zoom

The financial impact of coronavirus is a concern for many UM employees. In this zoom session, Julie Heaton, Program Manager, UM Financial Education, and Dr. Bruce Costa, Professor of Finance, will address how COVID-19 may affect your personal finances and investments. They will offer advice on managing money during the pandemic and explain financial relief available through the federal CARES Act, as well as local and state resources.

Communicating effectively during a crisis

Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m., via Zoom

It can be overwhelming and challenging to communicate effectively with your team during this time of uncertainty and stress. Dr. Joel Iverson, Professor of Communication Studies, will share the fundamentals of effective crisis communication for those leading others.

Coming Soon

Date and location for the below sessions are TBD.


Approaches for managing and supporting student employees

Brynn Molloy, Associate Athletic Director, Grizzly Athletics; Hailey Michelson, Student Involvement and Branch Center Advisor; and Jace Whitaker, Area Coordinator, UM Housing, will lead an interactive discussion about their experiences managing student employees and effective approaches you can use with your teams. Topics will include: communicating expectations, giving good feedback, setting boundaries, and supporting student employees in both school and work. Bring your own questions and suggestions to share.

Digital Accessibility Day with Apple

UM’s Accessible Technology Services and UMOnline will be joined by members of Apple’s Higher Education team to offer three presentations on features in iPhones, iPads, and Macs that are designed to help empower users of all abilities. For example, FaceTime allows people to communicate visually, whether through sign language, gestures, or facial expressions; Speak Selection helps with language development by speaking words as a student is reading; and Text to Speech can make learning easier by letting people hear what they’re reading and writing. Staff, faculty, and students of all abilities can become better learners by taking advantage of these features.

NASEM Event: Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Please join us for a presentation, lunch, and small-group discussions focused on interdisciplinarity. Irene Ngun from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will be joining us to share the findings and best practices from the NASEM report, “The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree”. The study examined integrative approaches in higher education that proponents argue will better prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. Small group discussions over lunch and in the afternoon will focus on how we can apply these ideas and practices at UM. 

Strategies for increasing student engagement in undergraduate research and creative activity

There are many tangible and intangible benefits to student participation in undergraduate research and creative projects. Students who engage in research are transformed by the experience; in addition to exploring their field of interest, they gain confidence, learn and master transferable skills, network with others, and hone their written and oral communication. This talk will detail approaches to offering various levels of research experiences through the classroom and describe applications across student populations and disciplines. Presenter: Lamis Z. Jarvinen, Ph.D., Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Westfield State University in Westfield, MA.