COVID-19 Pandemic: Virtual FSDP Workshops Open to Faculty and Staff

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP) will be modified to ensure the health and safety of the entire Pitt community. All in-person workshops will be suspended with some adapted to be presented virtually. The following workshops are scheduled for virtual presentation, however, please check back as more workshops will be added to this page. Additionally, you can visit the FSDP web page for general FSDP content and information.


Microsoft Teams: Communicate and Collaborate Like Never Before

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – These workshops will be presented remotely using Zoom

This introductory session demonstrates how you and your students, staff, or colleagues can improve communication and collaboration using Microsoft Teams. Discover ways to leverage chat, meetings, video conferencing, file storage, collaboration tools, and third-party plugins through this powerful app integrated with Microsoft Office

Understanding India

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

Learn about the history, politics, language and culture of India. Discover how India’s engagement at Pitt and in Pittsburgh has shaped our commitment to embracing the world. Experts from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) will share best practices for supporting students, scholars, community members and visitors from this part of the world.

Effective Interpersonal Communication

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

Communicating and listening effectively in the workplace is critical to your organization’s success. Participants will review different ways to communicate with and actively listen to any individual. Participants will learn their preferred way to communicate and how to adjust it based on the other person.

Introduction to Grants Management Services in the Office of Sponsored Programs

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom

This workshop is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of institutional pre-award processes, requirements, and systems relative to grants. The facilitator will provide an overview of roles and functions of the Grants Management Services Team and the services they provide related to submitting proposals to, and receiving awards from, government and non-profit funders of externally-sponsored research. Participants will also learn how required documents and submission methods vary based on multiple factors.

Hiring and Supervising Student Employees

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

Student employees are an integral part of the workforce at the University of Pittsburgh. Participants in this workshop will learn the process for hiring a student employee, guidelines for managing student employees effectively, and techniques for building an effective supervisor-student employee relationship. This course has been changed to include additional information on the supervisory aspect of a successful student employment structure within departments.

Holding Difficult Conversations

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This program will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

Difficult conversations are an organizational fact of life. In fact, they are a fact of life in general. Many individuals seek to avoid these conversations but they can be conducted in a three step process so that trust is built between parties who thrive following the conversations. This workshop is conducted using group-based exercises with difficult scenarios we have all experienced.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Proofreading: Ensuring Professional Presentation

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

This workshop will address common questions about proper grammar and punctuation, with emphasis on how such mechanics are essential to effective business communications. Strategies for identifying and resolving grammar and punctuation errors will be discussed and practiced, as will effective proofreading skills. Participants will have an opportunity to have their grammar and punctuation questions answered and will leave the workshop with handouts and a list of resources for ongoing support of excellence in the mechanics of business writing.

Interviewing Skills: Making a Good Impression

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented using GoToMeeting

This workshop is designed for staff who would like to enhance their skills for an effective job interview. Participants will learn how to identify the main objectives of interviewing, and how to determine the appropriate actions before, during, and after an interview.

Compensation Administration – for Supervisors

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 1–3:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented using an online meeting platform

This workshop is designed to provide supervisors with an overview of their role in administering the compensation function for staff within their department. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Staff Classification System and salary administration, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and what it means to be exempt versus non-exempt, and policies regarding work schedules and paid time off. Participants will meet representatives from the Compensation Department, learn of news and updates regarding compensation policies, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time: 9–10:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

The workplace is a common site of interpersonal conflict. Some conflict is a natural outgrowth of interpersonal differences; other conflict is a result of repeated behavior meant to intimidate, degrade or offend others. Workplace bullying creates feelings of defenselessness and robs individuals of their right to respect and dignity at work. This workshop will define bullying behavior, its causes and effects, and resources available to those who have experienced it.

Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The Why and How

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom

When we talk about diversity and inclusion, diversity is the more familiar topic. The discussion must go beyond seeking and building a diverse workforce to include how we make those whom we work with feel both valued and included. Workshop participants will discuss the differences between diversity, inclusion, and exclusion. They will also leave this workshop with a heightened awareness of the importance of inclusion to a successful workplace and, how to promote inclusion in their workplace.

Managers and the Paradox of Individual Privacy

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This program will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

Individual beliefs about privacy present an interesting challenge for managers in modern organizations. In this workshop, a short review of privacy in information systems and a discussion of privacy scenarios will demonstrate how individuals tend to have a complex set of views on specific privacy matters across different areas of life (social media, finances, health, online tracking). As leaders, we must consider this vast set of individual beliefs on privacy when making decisions in related areas, such as social media policies and data sharing. This workshop is a constructive setting to consider best practices for navigating the privacy landscape.

DocuSign Basics: Gather eSignatures and Manage Document Workflow

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 10–11:30 a.m
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom

Attend this hands-on introductory session to learn how to electronically send, sign, and manage documents using the University's eSignature Service (DocuSign).

Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – These workshops will be presented remotely using Zoom

What are microaggressions? How can they harm individual members of the University community? Participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of this form of bias and the building blocks that contribute to Microaggression. The workshop instructor will facilitate exercises and discussions to help participants recognize Microaggression and learn strategies for addressing the subtle messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members.

International Partnership Agreements

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

What are the differences between transactional and transformational partnerships? How can your unit build mutually beneficial and long-lasting relationships with partners abroad?  This session will delve into these topics and showcase the new online platform to streamline and digitize faculty and staff ‘s ability to request agreements, review them with their partners and track the signatory workflow through final approval.

Microsoft Teams: Communicate and Collaborate Like Never Before

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – These workshops will be presented remotely using Zoom

This introductory session demonstrates how you and your students, staff, or colleagues can improve communication and collaboration using Microsoft Teams. Discover ways to leverage chat, meetings, video conferencing, file storage, collaboration tools, and third-party plugins through this powerful app integrated with Microsoft Office.

Divergent Thinking

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This program will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

This workshop will focus on the topic of creativity. Using an exercise based format, participants will be introduced to some ways to drive divergent thinking.

Introduction to the PERIS™ Award Module

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom

The MyFunding Award Module is a component of the PERIS™ portal, which is a university-wide electronic research management solution. This introductory course will prepare potential users to become more familiar with this module and its capabilities.

Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and the IDI Assessment Tool

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) provides a structure for understanding how people experience cultural difference. Six stages of perspectives describe how a person sees, thinks about, and interprets events happening around them from an intercultural-difference perspective. The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) assesses intercultural competence—the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. This module allows participants to explore their assessment results.

​Managing in Uncertainty

Date: Friday, June 19, 2020
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This program will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform

In the opening chapter of M. Scott Peck’s very famous book “The Road Less Traveled,” drawn from his experience as a psychotherapist, he offers this: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” That life is uncertain is not a new or novel idea, and certainly in the Age of COVID-19 that truth has been brought home in alarming ways, as we sit and wait, feeling helpless, and occasionally hopeful. But still, we meet each day somehow, with a certain dread, but also some sense of gratitude. It is that capacity for duality, that enables us to carry on somehow.

Mindfulness Part 2

Date: Friday, June 19, 2020
Time: 12–1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented using Microsoft Teams

As we understand the basic concepts from the Introduction to Mindfulness session, participants in this class will explore additional techniques such as mindful movement, loving-kindness meditation, and mindful eating, and how we can implement these practices within our lives. All those who have participated in the Introduction to Mindfulness workshop are welcome.


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