Professional Development Seminars

Attendees at a professional development seminarWe offer a holistic array of professional development seminars and panels to support faculty and academic staff success. Offerings include seminars on strategies to improve scholarly productivity, networking and mentoring, work-life balance, and cultivating a positive workplace culture; and seminars focused on career advancement in which successful colleagues discuss their strategies for career and leadership development. Programming for the 2023-24 academic year can be found below.

Reach out to our office for recordings of previous seminars you may have missed.

Upcoming Professional Development Programming

Be sure to check back frequently as we add programming throughout the semester.

  • School of Medicine P&T Panel | Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27

    Join the WSU School of Medicine Office Faculty Affairs & Professional Development and The Office of the Provost from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, for an upcoming Promotion and Tenure Panel.

    During this one-hour webinar, attendees will hear from a panel of faculty members who recently completed the P&T process. The panelists will discuss their experience going through the P&T process and address attendees' questions.

    Topics may include:

    • Overview of the P&T process
    • How to finalize your personal statement
    • How to ensure your CV remains up to date
    • How to improve grant writing

    RSVP for WSUSOM P&T Panel, Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 (Virtual)

  • Informational Session: Upated university factors | 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 1

    Faculty and administrators engaged in the process of updating their college and/or departmental factors are invited to take this opportunity to join the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development virtually at 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, for an informational session on the new updates to the university factors, followed by a Q&A.

    RSVP for Informational Session: Updated university factors | 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 (Zoom)

  • Addressing Faculty Burnout and Nurturing Professional Growth (in-person) | 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19

    Embark on a transformative professional development journey through our workshop, "Addressing Faculty Burnout and Nurturing Professional Growth." Facilitated by Sarah Kiperman and MaryAnne Stewart in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and WSU-GEARS, this unique program draws inspiration from evidence-based psychoeducation methods, leveraging the insightful content from our specially curated book. Designed as a comprehensive experience, the workshop is divided into distinct units, each addressing crucial aspects of personal and academic development.

    This workshop will be in-person at the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Join us in this enriching experience that goes beyond traditional professional development, fostering growth, resilience, and a renewed sense of purpose in your journey. Together, let's build a community committed to thriving in the ever-evolving landscape of academia.

    RSVP for Addressing Faculty Burnout and Nurturing Professional Growth (in-person), 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19

    Workshop Units:

    • Culture: Explore the impact of cultural influences on professional identity and growth.
    • Academic Identity: Delve into the development of a strong academic identity to navigate the professional landscape confidently.
    • Purpose: Discover the significance of identifying and aligning with your professional purpose for a fulfilling career.
    • Compassion: Cultivate a compassionate mindset for self and others to foster a positive work environment.
    • Connection: Learn the art of building meaningful professional connections to enhance collaboration and success.
    • Balance: Navigate the challenges of maintaining a healthy work-life balance to sustain long-term professional well-being.
    • Bonus Session: Uncover the roots of burnout and engage in focused small-group sessions to process through contributing factors. This bonus segment aims to provide practical strategies for combating burnout and fostering resilience.
  • [New Faculty Series] Effective Graduate Mentoring | 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 26

    Join our office virtually at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, as Jeff Pruchnic, Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the Graduate School, shares best practices for mentoring graduate students. In this session, we will cover best practices for graduate student mentoring and how to navigate challenging advising scenarios. Topics discussed will include how to create robust mentoring networks and how to craft advising agreements that empower both mentors and mentees.

    RSVP for Effective Graduate Mentoring, 3-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March. 26

    This will be a virtual session.

  • Addressing Faculty Burnout and Nurturing Professional Growth (virtual) | 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

    Embark on a transformative professional development journey through our workshop, "Nurturing Professional Growth." Facilitated by Sarah Kiperman and MaryAnne Stewart in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and WSU-GEARS, this unique program draws inspiration from evidence-based psychoeducation methods, leveraging the insightful content from our specially curated book. Designed as a comprehensive experience, the workshop is divided into distinct units, each addressing crucial aspects of personal and academic development.

    This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Join us in this enriching experience that goes beyond traditional professional development, fostering growth, resilience, and a renewed sense of purpose in your journey. Together, let's build a community committed to thriving in the ever-evolving landscape of academia.

    RSVP for Addressing Faculty Burnout and Nurturing Professional Growth (virtual), 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

    Workshop Units:

    • Culture: Explore the impact of cultural influences on professional identity and growth.
    • Academic Identity: Delve into the development of a strong academic identity to navigate the professional landscape confidently.
    • Purpose: Discover the significance of identifying and aligning with your professional purpose for a fulfilling career.
    • Compassion: Cultivate a compassionate mindset for self and others to foster a positive work environment.
    • Connection: Learn the art of building meaningful professional connections to enhance collaboration and success.
    • Balance: Navigate the challenges of maintaining a healthy work-life balance to sustain long-term professional well-being.
    • Bonus Session: Uncover the roots of burnout and engage in focused small-group sessions to process through contributing factors. This bonus segment aims to provide practical strategies for combating burnout and fostering resilience.
  • Promotion and Tenure for Tenure-Track Faculty | 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 4

    Join our office virtually at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, for an overview of the faculty promotion and tenure (P&T) process, followed by a panel of faculty who recently completed the P&T process. We'll go over how the P&T process is completed, the materials needed for packets, what to expect throughout, and how to prepare your professional record for P&T, after which the panel will be available to address attendees' questions.

    RSVP for Promotion and Tenure for Tenure-Track Faculty, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 4

    Panelists: 

    • Samson Jamesdaniel, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
    • Matt Piszczek, Department of Management, Mike Ilitch School of Business
    • Jessica Rajko, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
    • Stephanie Spielmann, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

     

    This will be a virtual session.

  • [New Faculty Series] Intro to OSPVE | 11-11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 18

    Intro to OSPVE: The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Wayne State University is pleased to share updates on the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (OSVPE). Join us virtually at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, for an overview of the services that the OSVPE provides, learn how we can support students who have experienced sexual assault or gender-based violence, and learn how we can support you in your classroom.

    RSVP for Intro to OSPVE | 11-11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 18 (virtual)

  • Academic Leadership Academy Q&A Sessions | various dates & times

    Virtual informational sessions with the Academic Leadership Academy Steering Committee and alumni are scheduled for the following dates/times (click on the date to download an .ics file, and double-click the downloaded file to add it to your calendar):

    If you have any questions, please reach out to FacultySuccess@wayne.edu.