Resources for Chairs

Professional Development and Support for Chairs

LinkedIn Learning Paths

Created by UM's Office of Organizational Learning and Development for you to complete online at your own pace. Log into LinkedIn Learning to access these resources.

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.

Communicating with Your Team

This series of videos is a condensed version of one of the topics in the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program featured below. Developed for busy administrators, it features advice on practicing transparency to build trust and goodwill, the importance of the 1:1 meeting, and developing psychological safety to make honest feedback possible.

Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program

The day-to-day experiences of our employees are profoundly impacted by their interactions with direct supervisors. Even the most experienced leaders appreciate the importance of continual self-reflection and learning, especially in the vital and challenging work of managing people. Each unit in the Practical Leadership Skills for Managers program has been developed based on the experiences and needs of UM employees and is focused on high impact leadership and management skills. The program is designed to be flexible enough to fit into our managers' busy schedules, and emphasizes practical applications of the learning.

OOLD professional development offerings, spring 2022

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.

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.

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.

Compassionate Leadership: Constructively Offering and Receiving Feedback

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.

Compensation Tools for Recruiting and Retaining Employees

Wednesday, April 20, 1-2 p.m., 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.

Faculty Mentor Development Program and NIH-sponsored study

Two available sessions: January 26-March 9, 2022 or April 4-May 23, 2022

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