Program Highlights-Professional Development Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Program Highlights

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July 30, 2014
Project Planning: Developing a Winning Plan, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
So you are tasked with completing a project—where do you start? How do you set a timeline? How will you measure your progress? In this workshop, we will examine techniques to find answers to fundamental project-planning questions. You will learn to identify the various elements of a project plan and develop an action plan to foster the success of your project. Whether you have one project or many, this session will introduce project-planning strategies that will support you in your work.  

August 4 and 6, 2014
Questions Times Two!: Turning your Research Questions into Great Survey Questions, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Rangos 3, University Center
On the first day of this workshop, participants will learn how to take a general idea and shape it into a set of research questions that are specific, manageable, relevant, and actionable. We will discuss the various types of research questions and the methodologies best suited to each type. On the second day of the workshop, participants will learn how to develop survey instruments and consider issues such as item wording, item formats to avoid, and response alternatives, in addition to learning how to tell good items from bad items. Offered by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.  
 
August 5, 2014
Supervision Primer, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Rangos 3, University Center
Whether you are a new or seasoned supervisor, this session is sure to get you energized, focused and ready for the challenges supervision offers. This session will serve as a primer to your work supervising staff and will provide an overview of the supervision courses offered through the year.  

August 7, 2014
New Hire Orientation, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Rangos 3, University Center
Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to welcome new staff members formally to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first thirty days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits.  

August  13, 2014
Time Allocation: The Solution to Time Management Obstacles, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Singleton Room, Roberts Hall
Ever wonder, "Where does the time go?" Ever feel like you are playing catch-up? It might be time to gain some skills to better allocate your time. In this interactive workshop, you will assess your current time management skills to identify possible "time wasters." Then you will learn tools and techniques that will allow you to improve your productivity by staying focused on important tasks.

August 21, 2014
Who Am I? An Introduction to Supervisory Styles, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Room 322, Tepper
Gaining awareness of your strengths and areas for growth as a supervisor is critical to your success in this important leadership role. During this session, participants will complete an assessment that identifies their strengths in supervision. Utilizing case studies, participants will identify ways to rely on their strengths in addressing common supervisory challenges. Participants will also develop a professional development plan targeted at the skills needing enrichment.  

August 26, 2014
Coming Soon … Learning Management System, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Connan, University Center
Want to take your professional development to the next level? This session will provide an overview of the learning management system being launched this fall. Whether you are registering for a workshop or wanting to gain information on a particular topic, this session will walk you through some of the exciting new resources that will soon be available to staff.  

August 28, 2014
Maximize Your Productivity: Create a Priority Plan, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Connan, University Center
Ever feel like there is not enough time in the day? Often we have so much to do and we find it difficult to get everything completed. Prioritization is the key to ensuring the right things are accomplished at the right time. In this workshop, we will examine strategies to determine what tasks need to be completed first. Then, each participant will develop a prioritization plan using valuable prioritization tools.

September 3, 2014
New Hire Orientation, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to welcome new staff members formally to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first thirty days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits.  

September 9, 2014
Efficiency Matters: Administrative Strategies that Help, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
Being successful in your role is a result of many factors. Having the right skills, knowledge and commitment is critical. What are the best ways to manage phone calls, emails, directions from the boss and all of the student or staff questions AND get your work completed? This session will explore administrative strategies that can assist in managing these everyday challenges. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to share their proven tips and learn from one another.  
 
September 10, 2014
Building Your Organization One Hire at a Time: Recruiting, Selecting and Onboarding, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, University Center
Reviewing one hundred resumes for one position is a daunting task. Who is the best candidate? This session will provide participants guidance on evaluating organizational staffing needs, writing position descriptions and classifying positions appropriately, creating position postings that engage the appropriate candidate pool, designing effective interview processes and establishing solid onboarding practices.

September 16, 2014
Communication Primer, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., 322 Tepper
What did you say? What did you mean? What response did you receive? This session will serve as a primer for communication strategies in the workplace. This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to practice communication techniques that will support effective communication in the workplace.

September 24, 2014
Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide participants with strategies to navigate a new role, department and institution.

September 30, 2014
Assertive Communication Part One, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, University Center
Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, Part One of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others.