Professional development is key to the ongoing success of individuals, departments, colleges, and the university.
This year, through the UTEP Edge, we are pleased to offer a menu of professional development opportunities that can be custom-delivered to your units/departments throughout campus upon request. These opportunities represent easy and impactful ways to embed professional development into your departmental meetings for faculty, staff, and/or student employees.
Ranging from strategic planning to assessment to team building and more, these interactive workshops are facilitated by your peers and leaders from across campus in an effort to deepen and strengthen the sense of community within your group and across the university.
Please choose your selection(s) from the menu below, and we will work with you to schedule.
Equity-Mindedness in the Workplace
- Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace
This workshop will offer the opportunity to dive into key concepts such as importance of diversity, identity,
power and influence, inclusion and equity. We will be discussing how these factors are key contributors to
creating a respectful and effective workplace. Participants will reflect on how their own contributions
support UTEP’s commitment to equal opportunity.
- Learning from the Equity Scorecard Process: How do we Improve how we Serve?
Participants will be introduced to the Equity Scorecard framework and theory, a student success approach
from an institutional change perspective. Participants will be guided through exercises that will help them
analyze their programming offerings and develop corresponding access questions. Through this process,
participants will have an opportunity to connect the spirit of the UTEP Edge with how assessment efforts can
inform their overall success in serving all UTEP students
- StrengthsFinder: Exploring and Learning to Leverage Your Strengths
StrengthsFinder is an online assessment tool that helps people identify and develop their talents and
abilities. This workshop will explore how to leverage your greatest strengths for success.
- The Engaged Workplace: Creating an Environment Where Employees Can Thrive
This workshop will help individuals understand the role they play in the context of a larger team, and
appreciate the strengths and contributions they and their colleagues bring to the workplace.
Strategic Planning Series
- The Golden Circle: Start with “Why?”
This workshop is designed to be a resource for departments looking to re-affirm their central purpose, and
align their efforts and resources around their core mission. The workshop can also serve as an effective first
step to a more in-depth strategic planning process.
- Creative Problem-Solving for Strategic Planning
The positive deviance approach is used in community and organizational settings to identify tacit, hidden,
and creative solutions to complex problems. In a nutshell, it is an asset-based framework that asks: what’s
working in spite of overwhelming odds, and what can we learn from that?
Participants in this session are invited to bring a thorny challenge e.g., an area where they feel their
department unit gets “stuck” or could use a fresh perspective, especially relative to strategic planning.
Interactive sessions will use a positive deviance framework to spark hidden and new solutions and develop
an action plan for their department or unit.
Student Engagement and Belonging
- ¡Bienvenidos!: Enhancing the Impact of Faculty-Student Interactions
This workshop will help you articulate, to students, the value and outcome of quality faculty-student
interactions, provide faculty and students with resources to support meaningful conversations to enhance
professional development and academic success guidance, and expand knowledge of institutional
resources to employ more communication outlets to facilitate interactions.
- Facilitate Online Office Hours with Blackboard Collaborate
Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and
use a virtual whiteboard to interact with your students. It can be used to conduct an entire class, group
project meetings, or even one-on-one tutoring sessions. Learn how to:
-Navigate through the interface
-Schedule, manage, and record conference sessions
-Assign roles to participants
-Share files, applications, and the whiteboard
- Curriculum Mapping: Foundations
This workshop is designed for faculty or departments who are reviewing program curriculum, and are
looking for tools to identify and align learning outcomes with courses, and cultivate discussions about
curriculum. Participants will walk through building a map from existing curriculum to help discover
strengths, weaknesses, and gaps, to align outcomes and courses.
- Curriculum Mapping: Designing Your Map and Aligning Your Curriculum
This workshop is geared to help faculty of an individual, tailor their curriculum to their outcomes. Programs
requesting this workshop will work alongside the facilitator on their actual courses, requirements, learning
outcomes, and program goals. The customized workshop will provide a rich and interactive discussion to
help programs diagnose curriculum strengths and weaknesses, embed measures into curriculum for
assessment, and work with colleagues on solutions to meet program goals.