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.

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Coffee Break with Colleagues

Wednesday, July 20, 9-9:50 a.m., Branch Center (UC)

Building relationships and establishing goodwill with colleagues is an important aspect of career planning and growth. The idea of “networking” might not be everyone’s “cup-of-tea,” but the importance of relationships in getting things done remains fundamental. Join us for this coffee break to meet up with campus colleagues and make professional connections.

AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop (Start Smart)

Wednesday, July 20, 10-12:30 p.m., UC 330-31

AAUW Work Smart is designed to help you negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. Learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words— and the confidence— to negotiate for better benefits and pay. American women earn only 80 percent of their male counterparts, a pay gap of 20 percent. Black and Hispanic women earn even less. While the pay gap results from many factors — including discrimination — gender differences in salary negotiation play a role. Men are four times more likely to negotiate their starting salary, and negotiations on average result in higher pay.  In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

This workshop is open to all. Employees who attend this training will be eligible to continue on to become a Smart Start certified salary negotiation trainer.

Advancing your career at UM

Wednesday, July 20, 3-4 p.m., UC 330-31

Many of us enjoy working at UM and would like to continue our career here, but may not see a clear path for advancement or understand the best ways to pursue new opportunities. Whether you are looking to grow within your current role, find a new position, or are considering long-term professional goals, join us for this panel discussion on how to strategically pursue career advancement at UM.  Marcie Briggs, Recruitment Manager, HRS, will share advice about pursuing professional growth opportunities and avoiding common pitfalls for internal candidates. Charity Atteberry, Director of Student Services and Registrar, Blewett School of Law, and Kit Edington, Manager of Systems Administration, IT, will share their experiences seeking and achieving internal advancement at UM.

LinkedIn Learning Hour

Wednesday, July 20, 4-5 p.m., in LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers you professional development that can be done at your own pace, according to your specific goals and interests. Their vast library of courses provides content on topics ranging from training on specific software (Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint) to leadership, communication, and career development topics. UM provides this resource to all UM employees! Log in directly using your UM NetID. Today, schedule this hour on your calendar, choose a course, and get started! Check out this collection of courses related to career development, including: 

  • Networking, Career Conversations, Taking Charge of Your Career, Pitching Yourself, How to Develop Your Career Plan, Accessing the Hidden Job market, Negotiating Your Job Offer, Learning to be Promotable, and more!

EO/Title IX Mandatory Reporter Training

Thursday, June 16, 3-4 p.m., UC 326-27

As a UM employee, you are a mandatory reporter of sex-based harm, including discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and sexual exploitation. To ensure you understand your responsibility, the Equal Opportunity Office will be offering trainings over the coming months on how to identify, respond to, and report such conduct. Led by Alicia Arant, Equal Opportunity Director/Title IX Coordinator, the trainings will help you prepare to respond effectively to reports of sexual misconduct and understand guidelines around confidentiality. Attending this training is encouraged for all UM employees.

Understanding the UM Enterprise Car Rental Process 

Tuesday, May 24, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., UC 225 or 

Tuesday, June 14, 1-2 p.m., via Zoom 

Last fall, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental began providing vehicle rental service for UM business travelers. This session will provide a brief overview of the program and how to use it, including how to make sure you are getting the best rate available to UM employees. Paul Trumbley, Associate Director of Engineering and Utilities, Facilities Services, will explain the program and address common concerns and questions. Erin Kramarich, Director of Business Rental Sales, Enterprise Holdings, will demonstrate the details of using the system effectively, including the delivery service to UM Facilities and the UM booking tool. More information about this program is available at the UM vehicle rental website, including a link to the Enterprise/National Car Rental Portal as well as an FAQs page. 

“Beyond the Lab” Research Explorer Program & Travel Fund

Advance your research and funding potential by identifying applied research opportunities and receive travel funds to help uncover real-world research application potential. Travel funds can be used by faculty or to send student research collaborators in the STEM Sciences to professional meetings and conferences. To qualify for travel funds, the faculty member or student must actively participate in and complete the UM Research Explorer Program (supported by the NSF I-Corps program). The program will provide training and coaching to help students, researchers, and innovators identify target markets, conduct market research, and evaluate market readiness. Request more information today, space is limited. Contact sarah.truglio@mso.umt.edu with questions.



Faculty Mentor Development Program and NIH-sponsored study

If you are a faculty member formally or informally mentoring another faculty member, you are eligible to participate in this program, run by the University of New Mexico, which can help you become a more skillful mentor. Mentors will take part in a training program over 8 weeks. They will be randomized to either online asynchronous coursework alone (1.5 self-paced hours for each of 8 sessions) or online coursework combined with video synchronous workshops (additional one hour each session). Both mentors and mentees will earn Amazon gift cards for completing surveys to assess outcomes.

Questions can be directed to:

  • Akshay Sood, Associate Director, Mentoring Unit of the Professional Development Core, Mountain West Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (MW CTR-IN)
  • Amy Kinch, Director, Office of Organizational Learning and Development
  • Curtis Noonan, Professor, Public and Community Health Sciences

Recent Past Sessions

Stop the Bleed

Friday, February 18, 1-3 p.m., Ed 123

Tuesday, March 8, 9-11, Todd 210

Friday, April 15, 12-2, Todd 210

In a bleeding event, minutes count! Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as five minutes. That’s why bleeding control—keeping the blood inside the body—is the purpose of STOP THE BLEED® training. That is also why the University of Montana has invested in having these kits available for use in bleeding emergencies. Presented by UM Police Chief Brad Giffin. 

Retaining Your Employees—for Busy People 

Are you worried about how to retain your valuable team members? Invest just a few minutes each work day from April 4-29 to watch a quick LinkedIn Learning video and gain strategies to increase your employees’ job satisfaction. Learn how to create an employee experience that emphasizes wellness, healthy work boundaries, inclusion, development and career growth. 

RSVP to receive daily reminders or simply download the calendar and get started. You can follow along with the Retaining Your Employees—for Busy People learning path as well.

Compensation Tools for Recruiting and Retaining Employees  

Wednesday, April 20, 1-2 p.m., Todd 210 and via Zoom 

In this session, Shawn Blair, Compensation Manager, HRS, will describe the mechanisms available to UM managers to retain valuable employees and successfully recruit new ones. Learn more about structuring positions so they have potential for growth, and working with employees to plan how to grow their position in the future. Understand career ladders, bonuses, strategic pay increases and other ways to reward and retain employees. Strategically plan your recruitment to incorporate competitive wages and attract a good pool of candidates. This session is offered as part of the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program.

Utilizing the Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver

Friday, April 22, 12-1 p.m., via Zoom 

One of the great benefits of working at UM is the opportunity to advance your career and professional goals through lifelong learning. 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 Student Services, Blewett School of Law, and Grace Gardner, Director of Academic Affairs, Missoula College, will share their experiences using the tuition waiver. For more information, review the faculty/staff tuition waiver website and the dependent tuition waiver website

Creating Culturally Safe Spaces for American Indian Students

Monday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., via Zoom

This session will cover a timeline of history from an Indigenous perspective focusing on how historical events still impact American Indian communities and access to educationtoday. Itincludes tangible skills and the importance of utilizing decolonizing approaches to alleviate barriers and support healing of historical/intergenerational trauma from a holistic approach. Participants will learn what it means to practice cultural safety by validated Indigenous worldview, experiences and knowledge. There will be handouts provided to participants as well as a time for reflection throughout and debrief/questions afterwards.

Presenter: Turquoise Skye Devereaux, MSW, is part of the Salish and Blackfeet tribes of Montana. She works with organizations and institutions on resiliency, diversity, equity, inclusion, and trauma-informed approaches to support Indigenous identity revitalization in rural and urban settings.

Proactive Strategies for Retaining UM Employees

Thursday, March 31, 10-11 a.m., Todd 210 and via Zoom

Don’t let your first retention conversation be when someone tells you they are planning to leave. Leaders can and should proactively work to retain their valuable team members in the current competitive job market. Join Shawn Blair, Compensation Manager, HRS, for this discussion forum to learn more about management approaches and strategies you can use to retain people. Bring your questions and scenarios so we can discuss real examples and available approaches to keeping our valued employees at UM.

Motivating Conversations: Moving your team from accountability to accomplishment

Wednesday, March 30, 12-1:30 p.m., via Zoom

Tired of having the same repeated conversations with your team members without new results? Tired of trying to get them to complete tasks, meet deadlines, or to think more holistically? This workshop will introduce you to a conversational style that rolls with the resistance you are feeling from your team. You will learn why people stay stuck in a pattern and how to move them from ambivalence/stuckness to action/accomplishment. Using scenarios based on common workplace experiences, we will demonstrate the conversational technique of motivational interviewing and then practice it in this interactive session, presented by Rachel Gooen, founder of Fifth House Consulting. This session is offered as part of the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program.

Basic Firearms Safety

Wednesday, March 2, 2-4:30 p.m., Todd 203

Tuesday, March 29, 1-3:30, Todd 210 

UM Police Chief Brad Giffin will provide an overview of basic firearm safety for those who are interested in learning more about how firearms function, firearm safety, and related laws, university policies and individual responsibilities. 

  • Basic of Firearms
  • Basic Safety
  • Basic Rights, Laws and University Policies, Individual Responsibilities
  • Basics of Safe Carry, Types of Carry and the importance of equipment and training

No weapons or ammunition are allowed to be brought into class.  A search will be conducted at the door.

Minimize Bias in Your Recruitment Processes--For Busy People 

Attract a diverse group of excellent candidates in your next search by understanding how to minimize the bias that may (even unintentionally) enter recruitment processes. From the language in job descriptions to discussions while evaluating applicants, we can work to make our search processes more equitable. Invest just a few minutes each work day from March 1-18 to watch a quick LinkedIn Learning video on this topic.

RSVP to receive daily reminders or simply download the calendar and get started. You can follow along with the Minimize Bias in Your Recruitment Processes--For Busy People learning path as well.   


Creating Neurodiverse Inclusive Spaces 

Thursday, March 10, 11-12, via Zoom 

Understanding neurodiversity, a collection of brain differences such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others that cause people to experience the world nontraditionally, is an important aspect of making our university more inclusive. Jennifer Closson, Clinical Professor, School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences, will explore challenges that people who are neurodiverse can experience, and discuss how to create welcoming, inclusive spaces in our classrooms, workplaces, and communities. There will be time for problem solving specific ideas on how to include neurodiverse people in your space.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Session 

Tuesday, February 22, 1-3 p.m., via Zoom 

UM recognizes and celebrates diversity, works toward equity, and prioritizes inclusion. Co-facilitated by representatives from SARC and the Office of Inclusive Excellence for Student Success, this learning session will offer a better understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and an introduction to microaggressions, discrimination, and harassment. UM's Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation policy and procedures will be outlined as well. The learning session will focus on how we can foster a culture of respect at UM by suggesting certain action steps and identifying safe spaces and supportive services available to students.

Nurture New STEM Scholars: Mentor Your Graduate Students for Success and Wellbeing 

Three-part Series: Fridays, February 25, March 11, and April 8, 2:30-4 p.m.

How do you define success in your mentoring practice, both for your students and for yourself? Does sustained success in academia depend on wellbeing? Participants in this 3-part workshop series will acquire skills that will allow them to support their students (and themselves!) through the rigors of an academic STEM program. Workshops will include research presentations, case studies, and dynamic discussion oriented toward engaging faculty with practical, applied skills in active listening, effective communication, and de-stigmatizing mental health discussions.

Individual Session Titles: 1) Making Connections, Building Context: Insights into Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellbeing; 2) “I Don’t Have Time for this Workshop!” Making Space for Faculty and Student Wellbeing; 3) Be the Mentor Your Students Need and Want: Skills and Strategies for Successful Communication with Your Graduate Students. Apply by January 3, 2022

Scenario planning: Preparing for an uncertain future

Wednesday, February 16, 1-2 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 strategies in the context of uncertainty. Such an approach can help you and your unit plan more effectively, especially when you don’t know what that future will bring.

ElevateU: Handshake Hacks for Faculty and Staff 

Thursday, February 17, 12- 1 p.m., via Zoom

Do you assist students searching for jobs, internships, and ways to connect with employers? Join Experiential Learning and Career Services to learn about Handshake, UM’s virtual job board, career event hub, and peer-to-peer networking tool for students. Participants will learn more about Handshake, how students can make the most of the platform, and how faculty and staff can use this tool as they support students' career readiness goals. 

Compassionate Leadership: Constructively Offering and Receiving Feedback

Wednesday, February 23, 12-1 p.m., via Zoom

Leading a team can be an exciting, challenging, rewarding role. Participants in this workshop will explore how active listening, self-regulation, and feedback styles can facilitate healthy and constructive interpersonal interactions. The workshop will also outline constructive follow-up measures after offering/receiving feedback to help managers see feedback as part of an ongoing conversation with employees to facilitate both employee and manager growth. This session is offered as part of the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program.

Designing Effective Presentations—For Busy People 

Have you ever found yourself turning hastily assembled notes into a PowerPoint presentation? Do you understand the best way to thoughtfully design a presentation with your audience in mind? Invest just a few minutes each work day in the month of February to watch a quick LinkedIn Learning video and learn communication techniques to help your presentations achieve a clear goal, reach your audience, and tell a compelling story. Explore how to use slide shows as a tool that adds value, rather than distracting from your message. 

RSVP to receive daily reminders or simply download the calendar and get started. You can follow along with the Designing Effective Presentations learning path as well. 

Indigenous Mentoring Program Workshop

Friday, February 4 and Friday, February 11, 1-3:30 p.m., via Zoom

Marilyn Zimmerman, Senior Director of Policy and Programs, National Native Children's Trauma Center, and Jennifer Harrington, Native American Natural Resource Program Coordinator, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, will lead a two-part workshop series for faculty, graduate students, administrators and staff who currently mentor, or who are interested in mentoring, American Indian/Alaska Native students. On February 4, attendees will engage in facilitated sessions with a number of presenters who will share knowledge about cultural humility, establishing and sustaining healthy mentor-mentee relationships, and campus and community-wide services and programs available for AI/AN students. The February 11 workshop will focus on indigenous research methodologies, best practices for disseminating research in Native communities, and indigenous mentoring practices.

Funded Opportunities to Partner with Faculty from Another Country: The University of Montana Virtual Exchange (UMOVE)/COIL Initiative

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 12-1p.m. via Zoom

Learn how the University of Montana Virtual Exchange (UMOVE)/COIL methodology connects part or all of your course with a class in another country for intercultural applied learning.  In this workshop, faculty will learn how to identify an existing course they teach as a good candidate for UMOVE/COIL, learn how to find potential global partners, examine a successful UMOVE/COIL program and discuss lessons learned, and learn how to apply for UMOVE/COIL funding and support. Join Professor Alessia Carpoca (Theatre & Dance), Jeanie Castillo, Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry and Donna Anderson (Global Engagement Office) to learn how to bring international exposure to courses taught at UM. Please send any specific questions you have in advance.

Civilian Response to Armed Shooter Event (CRASE) Training

Friday, January 21, 12-3 p.m., Todd 210

Wednesday, February 2, 2-4:30 p.m., via Zoom 

Since 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ Program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations. Over the years we’ve seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what individuals can do protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny | Defend™ has been developed as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow - as we’ve seen that hiding and hoping isn’t a very effective strategy. Presented by UM Police Chief Brad Giffin. 

  • AVOID starts with your state of mind 
  • DENY when getting away is difficult or maybe impossible 
  • DEFEND because you have the right to protect yourself​ 

Note: This session is a presentation only. Participants must complete this class if they wish to continue on to attend the advanced class which includes simulated scenarios. 

Making Meetings Meaningful: For Busy People 

Meetings are a valuable tool for collaborating with others, solving problems, and generating new ideas. At least they should be...but how often do we find ourselves going from meeting to meeting without any clear sense of progress or sometimes even purpose? Together we can create a meeting revolution on campus, saving us valuable time and helping us collaborate more effectively by ensuring that meetings have a clear purpose, are designed effectively to achieve that purpose, make space for all voices, remain focused, and end with clear next steps.  

Invest just a few minutes each day from January 3-28 to watch a quick LinkedIn Learning video and help improve the quality of meetings on campus. This challenge would be ideal for a team of colleagues to do together—consider inviting others to complete the challenge with you! RSVP to receive daily reminders or simply download the calendar and get started. You can follow along with the Making Meetings Meaningful learning path as well.  

Approaching Difficult Conversations

Thursday, January 27, 2-3 p.m., via Zoom

Professor Kirsten Murray, Department of Counseling, will share communication techniques that will help you approach difficult conversations. Learn how to practice congruent communication strategies that take into account self, others, and context while shifting away from common communication stances that lead to fallouts and problem maintenance. Together, we will practice initiating and responding to difficult conversations in the workplace with congruence. This session is offered as part of the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program.

Mental Health First Aid 

Thursday, January 13, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Mental Health First Aid is a course designed to teach individuals how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives participants the skills needed to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training includes a 2-hour self-paced online class followed by a 5.5-hour instructor led training via Zoom. The self-paced portion must be completed prior to participating in the live Zoom session. Participants who complete the course receive a training certificate from Mental Health First Aid USA. This is an evidence-based program developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and will be facilitated by Mark Lane, Associate Director, National Native Children’s Trauma Center and Lauren Kelso, Training and Technical Assistance Provider, National Native Children's Trauma Center.

Dismantling Racism Workshop

Tuesday-Thursday, January 11-13, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day

This workshop will: provide participants with a systemic analysis of racism through the examination of historical and sociological bases of racism in the United States, and introduce content on intersectionality and implicit bias while facilitating the development of team relationships that center collective efforts to address systemic racism. Interested faculty members are encouraged to complete the workshop application. Sponsored by the University Faculty Association. Completed applications due November 30, 2021.

Appropriate Applications of Travel and Entertainment Policies and Procedures

Thursday, January 6, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom

As employees travel and entertain for the University, it is important that all appropriate steps are taken to uphold the policies and procedures of the University and Board of Regents, as well as state law. Presenters Anta Coulibaly, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management; Bob Hlynosky, Business Services; and Hillary Stowell, Office of the Provost, will help you understand the requirements for travel and entertainment expenses and will review common scenarios that may have implications related to fraud or violation of state laws. This session will be useful for anyone who works with travel and entertainment expense submissions, and wants to ensure they are following procedures correctly.

Laws and Policies that Impact Department Chairs

December 15, 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom

What employment laws and federal reporting requirements impact department chairs/directors? What provisions of the faculty collective bargaining agreement must you uphold? As 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/directors and identify campus resources, policies and personnel that are available to support you. 

Presenters: Alicia Arant, Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator; Claudine Cellier, Director of Operations, Office of the Provost; and Amanda Dawsey, President, University Faculty Association.

Taking Time to Support Your Well-Being--for Busy People 

It’s been a challenging semester. Most of us could benefit from giving our own well-being a bit of attention but may struggle to find the time. Invest just 2-5 minutes each day from December 1-17 to watch a quick LinkedIn Learning video that will share simple suggestions for reducing stress and feelings of overwhelm. RSVP to receive daily reminders, or simply download the calendar and get started. You can follow along with the Supporting Your Well-Being learning path as well. 

Integrating Experiential Learning into Capstones and Curriculum through Industry Partnerships

Friday, December 3, 2–3 p.m., via Zoom 

Experiential Learning and Career Success partners with CapSource to provide UM faculty with opportunities to work with industry partners and integrate project-based experiential learning into classes. UM’s CapSource platform helps academic and industry partners build and manage industry-integrated projects that engage students in real-world problems and solutions to support learning and career readiness. Hear from UM faculty who have used the platform.

Meeting with Microsoft Teams: For Busy People 

Most of us have gotten pretty good at using Zoom, but we might not be as familiar with all the features available to us in Microsoft Teams for connecting with colleagues. Invest just a few minutes each day from November 1-24 and learn how to initiate, schedule, facilitate, and participate in a meeting through Microsoft Teams. Learn more about additional features like the white board, breakout rooms, and controlling settings and views available to you.

RSVP to receive daily email reminders or simply follow along using the calendar or using the Meeting with Microsoft Teams--for Busy People learning path.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Session

Friday, November 19, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

UM recognizes and celebrates diversity, works toward equity, and prioritizes inclusion. Co-facilitated by representatives from SARC and the Office of Inclusive Excellence for Student Success, this learning session will offer a better understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and an introduction to microaggressions, discrimination, and harassment. UM's Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation policy and procedures will be outlined as well. The learning session will focus on how we can foster a culture of respect at UM by suggesting certain action steps and identifying safe spaces and supportive services available to students.

Your Responsibilities Related to Fraud Awareness and Prevention

Friday, November 19, 11:30-12:30, via Zoom

All organizations, including universities, are susceptible to fraud. Fraudulent behaviors may be more widespread than you realize. This session will help you to understand what constitutes fraud, red flag behaviors that fraudsters tend to exhibit, best practices to prevent fraud from occurring, and what to do if you suspect someone is committing fraud. Rian Lund, UM Senior Auditor, and Kari Johansson, UM Internal Audit Manager, will explain your role in preventing fraud at UM, no matter your job title or employment class.

UM Allies Training

Thursday, November 18, 2-4 p.m., location TBD

LGBTQ students and employees often find campus environments to be unwelcoming and even hostile. People whose emotional and physical safety is at risk can experience fear and anxiety, isolation and invisibility, fear of disclosure and high levels of stress. This can lead to attrition and turnover among promising LGBTQ students and staff. The goal of the University of Montana Allies Program (UM Allies) is to promote a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This training will include discussions and activities, information about privilege, oppression, and the LGBTQ community, and tips for how to be an effective ally. Participants will also receive a training manual that includes definitions, resource materials, and referral information for programs and services in the community.

This session is offered as part of the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program.

Taking Time to Support Your Well-Being--for Busy People 

It’s been a challenging semester. Most of us could benefit from giving our own well-being a bit of attention but may struggle to find the time. Invest just 2-5 minutes each day from December 1-17 to watch a quick LinkedIn Learning video that will share simple suggestions for reducing stress and feelings of overwhelm. RSVP to receive daily reminders, or simply download the calendar and get started. You can follow along with the Supporting Your Well-Being learning path as well. 

QPR: Helping Someone Who May be Suicidal

Tuesday, November 9, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis and connect people to helping resources. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. In this training from Missoula County Public Health, you will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, know how to get help for someone in crisis and connect directly with campus and community resources.

Working with Grammar: Fall ASCRC Writing Symposium

Friday, November 5, 12-1:30 p.m., via Zoom

Data from the 2021 spring University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment showed us that student writers could benefit from a stronger understanding of sentence mechanics. In this workshop, hosted by the ASCRC Writing Committee and the Writing and Public Speaking Center, we’ll talk about why sentence-level issues arise and explore strategies for supporting student writers.

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

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2 -3 p.m., via Zoom

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

Excel Functions and PivotTables: For Busy People

Invest just a few minutes each day to watch a short LinkedIn Learning video (5-10 mins) from October 4-29 and learn some helpful and powerful Excel formulas and functions. Review a variety of functions, such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX, statistical functions, and information functions. Then move onto using PivotTables.

This challenge is designed for those who are already familiar with basic Excel formulas, although anyone is welcome. RSVP to receive daily email reminders or simply follow along using the calendar or using the Excel Functions and PivotTables--for Busy People learning path

Strategies for Responding to Undergraduate Writing

Friday, October 29, 12-1 p.m., via Zoom

Are you a TA or faculty member with an intimidating stack of student essays hanging out on your desk or hidden inside Moodle? Come learn strategies for responding to undergraduate writing in ways that use your time well and enhance student learning. Hosted by the Writing and Public Speaking Center, the facilitators will address writing concerns across the disciplines.

Learning on Indigenous Land: Practicing an Inclusive Pedagogy

Friday, October 29 AND Friday, November 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m., via Zoom 

This two-part workshop series will focus on approaches to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. The workshops will cover inclusive excellence with a focus on Indigenous pedagogy and the Indigenous student experience. Using the foundation of the Four Rs (Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, and Responsibility), we will guide faculty and staff in engaging conversations about creating and practicing inclusive pedagogy.

Presenter: Salena Beaumont Hill, Ph.D., Apsáalooke (Crow)/Amaskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nations, UM Director of Inclusive Excellence for Student Success and Instructor in Native American Studies

Sharing Your Program’s Story with Prospective Students 

Thursday, October 28, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom 

Do you understand the best way to talk about your academic unit with prospective students? John Massena, Director of Admissions, will discuss techniques for listening to and connecting with prospective students and their parents, as well as effective approaches to telling the story of your academic unit. Even just small adjustments to the way we present our programs can make a big difference with prospective students.

Enhanced Wellness Amidst a Pandemic: Tools to refuel, replenish, and reset

Wednesday, October 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., via Zoom

This workshop explores the impact of pervasive stress and trauma during the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can we stay inspired, motivated, effective, and respectful – or at least grounded – during these unique times? Participants will deep dive into strategies for personal wellness – self-care vs. self-indulgence, our locus of control, and regulation skills – with a focus on holistic wellness – our physical, emotional, creative, and intellectual needs. Participants will identify, explore, and create their own individual action plans related to their personal wellness – with the goal of increasing practical tools for enhanced wellness amidst a pandemic. This session will be led by Dr. Tina Barrett, Executive Director of Tamarack Grief Resource Center.

All You Need to Know About Owning an Electric Car in Montana

Tuesday, October 19, 12-1 p.m., via Zoom

Come learn from Electric Vehicle (EV) owners why it’s totally possible to own an EV in Montana. Yes, despite the winter. Hear from local experts about the new UM EV charging stations, address concerns about the environmental impacts of EVs, and get all of your questions about EV purchase and ownership answered. Whether you’re considering an EV purchase now or in five years, Eva Rocke, UM Sustainability Director, Diana Maneta, Missoula County Sustainability Programs Manager, and Neal Ullman, DEQ Energy Resource Professional will get into the nitty gritty of electrification.

Understanding the Faculty Evaluation Process on Submittable: FOR REVIEWERS

Wednesday, October 20, 2-3 p.m., via Zoom

Intended for those who are in a reviewer position in the Faculty Evaluation process, including FEC chairs and members, department chairs/directors, and deans. This session will demonstrate the process in Submittable from the reviewer’s perspective, including logging in, accessing IPRs for review, and working with your unit Faculty Evaluation Manager to complete your stage of the evaluation process. Claudine Cellier and Tom McClintock from the Office of the Provost will lead you step by step through the process and answer your questions.

How Managers can Support Employee Success 

Wednesday, October 20, 3-4 p.m., via Zoom 

Would your team say that they feel comfortable and satisfied coming to work each day? Do you encourage continuous learning and growth within your team? Are you looking for ways to recognize and thank your employees? In this panel discussion, Amy Capolupo, Director, Office for Disability Equity; Molly Kimmel, MontTech Program Director, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities; and Jesse Neidigh, Executive Director of UM IT Client Experience, will share strategies for how to cultivate a positive and supportive workplace environment.

This session is part of the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program and counts toward completion of the Supporting Employee Success unit. Others are welcome to attend. 

Understanding the Faculty Evaluation Process on Submittable: FOR FACULTY SUBMITTERS

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

Intended for faculty members who will be submitting IPRs and participating in the Faculty Evaluation process this year, this session will explain the paperless Faculty Evaluation process in Submittable, including how to upload your IPR securely and the actions you’ll need to take as you move through the stages of the process. Claudine Cellier and Tom McClintock from the Office of the Provost will lead you step by step through the process in Submittable and answer your questions.

Tenure and Promotion

Wednesday, September 29, 1-2 p.m., via Zoom

Representatives from the Office of the Provost and the Deans’ Offices of the College of Humanities & Sciences and the College of Education 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.

Excel Essentials Training--for Busy People

Are you a casual Excel user who isn’t using all the available features? Invest just a few minutes each day to watch a short LinkedIn Learning video (1-5 mins) from September 1-24 and by the end of the month, you will have picked up many more Excel skills. Learn about formatting, making charts, a variety of formulas to make your work easier, and even begin using pivot tables. If you have already mastered those skills, watch for next month’s series on more advanced Excel topics. 

RSVP to receive daily email reminders, or simply follow along using this calendar or using the Excel Essentials Training--for Busy People learning path

Using Social Media Successfully 

Thursday, September 23, 1-2 p.m., via Zoom

Is your unit considering creating a social media channel, or do you currently have social media accounts that aren’t as effective as you would like? Jennifer Sauer and Tommy Martino, University Marketing and Communications, will discuss the important questions to consider before creating a social media account for your UM unit, guidance on choosing the most effective platform, approaches for creating compelling content, and ways to build your audience. Learn about what works using real-world examples from UM’s Instagram and Facebook pages and bring your own questions and ideas to work through during the session.

Collaborating using Microsoft Teams

Friday, September 24, 12-1 p.m., via Zoom

The UM community has access to Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration tool with chat, video meetings, and file sharing capabilities. Teams is deeply integrated with many Microsoft tools that you may already use. You can use Teams to connect with your co-workers or use Teams as a course supplement for remote group work. Alex Karklins, Applications Administrator in IT, will demonstrate the capabilities of Microsoft Teams and showcase some of its new features.

Understanding the Faculty Evaluation Process on Submittable—FOR FACULTY EVALUATION MANAGERS

Friday, September 24, 10-11 a.m., via Zoom

Intended for those who are in the position of managing their unit’s Faculty Evaluation process, this session will provide an overview of the paperless Faculty Evaluation process in Submittable, including supporting faculty, FEC chairs, FEC members, department chairs/directors, and deans in their roles as submitters and reviewers. Claudine Cellier and Tom McClintock from the Office of the Provost will lead you step by step through the process in Submittable and answer your questions.

Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-Being during Uncertain Times

Tuesday, August 24, 11 a.m. -12 p.m., Via Zoom.

The many challenges and concerns generated by Covid have taken a toll on the mental health of students and employees alike.  How can we be prepared to offer effective support to students as they return to the classroom? How can we promote student well being and encourage persistence?  Kayli Julius, Wellness Director, and Tracee Anderson, Counseling Director, Curry Health Center, will discuss what to expect from students this fall and how to support their mental health and well being. Bring your questions and concerns.

Covid-19: Mitigation Strategies and Employee Responsibilities

Thursday, August 26, 1-2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Cindy Farr, Incident Commander-Covid-19 Response, and D’Shane Barnett, Director, Missoula City-County Health Department, will discuss current impacts of the Delta variant of Covid on the Missoula community, mitigation strategies, and current contact tracing procedures. Paula Short, Associate Vice President for Campus Preparedness and Response, and Jeff Adams, Director, Curry Health Center, will discuss how to respond to reports or disclosures of cases of Covid-19 while protecting student and employee medical privacy.

Getting Better: The Century-Long Effort to Reform College Teaching

Thursday, August 26, 10-11:45 a.m., ALI Auditorium

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education invites you to a lecture by Dr. Jonathan Zimmerman--Professor of History of Education and the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Washington Post. Dr. Zimmerman writes, “Everyone complains about the weather, Mark Twain famously quipped, but nobody does anything about it. That's how it is with undergraduate teaching, which has been the focus of complaint *and* reform for more than a century. As universities grew from tiny rural outposts into modern bureaucratic behemoths, students denounced their instruction as dull, repetitive, and impersonal. So reform efforts typically aimed to "personalize" it, via small-group activities and technological innovation. Paradoxically, these campaigns have improved the quality of teaching but have also inhibited its development as a field of expertise: the more we associate teaching with personal qualities and characteristics, the less "professional" it becomes. We now have a growing body of knowledge about what constitutes good (and bad) teaching. The big question is whether we have the political and institutional will to alter our classrooms in accord with it.” Dr. Zimmerman’s talk is generously supported by the Wes Moholt Lecture Fund, which supports regarded lecturers in the fields of education, history, science, and technology.