Workshops & Events

Faculty Development Program courses and workshops convene the academic community and build relationships across schools and divisions. Programming falls into six core categories: Scholarship, Promotion, and Tenure; Teaching; Mentoring; Leadership; Academic Leadership Series (primarily for department chairs); and the Academic Communicators Network. Additional featured events include sessions on general University life. The Faculty Development Program also highlights select events offered by the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation and other campus partners that may be of interest to academics.

Stay informed about events and opportunities to learn and build community. Our Campus Community page, as well as the University’s events calendar, will inform you about other events happening on and near campus. 

Upcoming events are listed below. Click on session titles for full program descriptions and to register.

Designing Your Life Workshop

10:00–11:00 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for a three-part workshop based on Bill Burnett and Dave Evans’ renowned Designing Your Life curriculum.

Oct.
26

Communicating Effectively On Camera

10:00–11:00 am
Zoom

Whether you’re teaching classes, meeting with colleagues, or giving an interview, it’s important to understand how to communicate virtually. This session will offer practical advice on how to communicate effectively on camera and how to present your messages with impact.

Oct.
26

Resumes that Resonate: #3 Tailoring

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for the third workshop in our Autumn quarter resume series led by Pam Schilling, career coach and University of Chicago alumna.

Oct.
27

Buying Your First Vintage Condo

12:00–1:00 pm
Zoom

Learn about some common challenges when purchasing vintage condos and co-op buildings.

Oct.
28

Reengaging the In-Person Classroom: A Faculty Panel

12:30–2:00 pm
Zoom

Midway through the quarter is a good time to take a step back and reflect on our reengagement with the in-person classroom and our students. What has been exciting or unexpected about this transition? What have been the challenges? How have we incorporated new pedagogical strategies or insights inspired by remote teaching over the last 18 months? In this panel discussion, faculty from across the disciplines will share their thoughts and questions on these issues, providing fodder for further reflection on how to think about this pedagogical moment.

Oct.
29

Designing Your Life Workshop

10:00–11:00 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for a three-part workshop based on Bill Burnett and Dave Evans’ renowned Designing Your Life curriculum.

Nov.
2

Resumes that Resonate #4: Writing the Professional Summary

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for the fourth session in our Autumn Quarter resume series led by Pam Schilling, career coach and University of Chicago alumna.

Nov.
3

Transforming Class Discussion to Support Free Expression, Academic Inquiry, and Democratic Engagement: Part 1

4:00–5:20 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E (will be moved to Zoom if registration exceeds available space)

The workshop will cover principles and processes of free expression and discourse as well as provide models for fostering robust, inclusive, and productive class discussion.

Nov.
3

Conducting Challenging Conversations

11:00 am–12:15 pm
Zoom

In this session, we will discuss the benefits and struggles associated with having these kinds of difficult dialogues and consider some strategies for creating conditions to have productive conversations. Approaches for dealing with the unexpected will also be shared.

Nov.
4

South Side Book Club: "The South Side" by Natalie Moore

12:00–1:00 pm
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation and the College’s Chicago Studies program for our quarterly meeting of the South Side Book Club.

Nov.
4

Navigating Departmental Concerns Related to Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct

2:00–3:00 pm
Zoom

Managing departmental concerns of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct can be challenging and time consuming for chairs. This session will identify tools and strategies department chairs can utilize in these situations as well various available resources.

Nov.
4

Media Relations Training for Academics

10:00–11:00 am
Zoom

Learn how to expertly distill your complex research, ideas, and opinions into quotations for media interviews. Mary Ann Childers, former Chicago anchorwoman for CBS-TV and WLS-TV, will share her experience and answer your questions about interacting with the media.

Nov.
9

Understanding Tenure at the University of Chicago

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Learn about the timeline, process, and priorities that guide tenure and promotion at UChicago in this 90-minute workshop for early-career faculty.

Nov.
10

Department Chair Roundtable

3:00–4:00 pm
Zoom

Department chairs are invited to participate in a lightly moderated discussion with other department chairs to discuss current challenges and opportunities, and to exchange ideas.

Nov.
10

Transforming Class Discussion to Support Free Expression, Academic Inquiry, and Democratic Engagement: Part 2

4:00–5:20 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E (will move to Zoom if registration exceeds available space)

The workshop will cover principles and processes of free expression and discourse as well as provide models for fostering robust, inclusive, and productive class discussion.

Nov.
10

Buying a Home in a Challenging Market

12:00–1:00 pm
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for a lunchtime conversation with Susan O'Connor Davis and Robert Sullivan of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. This discussion will focus on some of the common challenges UChicago families have faced in recent years when searching for a home within walking distance of campus.

Nov.
11

Department Chair Roundtable

4:00–5:00 pm
Zoom

Department chairs are invited to participate in a lightly moderated discussion with other department chairs to discuss current challenges and opportunities, and to exchange ideas.

Nov.
11

Say it Shorter: Communicating About Your Research to Prospective Donors

10:00–11:00 am
Zoom

Learn how to speak clearly and concisely about your work and develop a brief “elevator pitch” to help you make effective connections and possibly secure research funding. This session will include tips for telling stories and connecting with listeners who are not experts in your subject area.

Nov.
16

The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Saving Should Begin Now

10:00–11:00 am
ON24 webinar

Making good decisions in the beginning of your career can help lead you to a more solid financial future. This session, led by a TIAA representative, will share financial tools and offer practical insights.

Nov.
18

Under Construction: Course (Re)Design for Learning

12:30–2:00 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E (workshop will move to Zoom if registration exceeds available space)

Learning is a process of constructing new knowledge. What does this mean for how we design a course? Come think through issues related to prior knowledge, motivation, and syllabus construction as we explore a framework for course design aimed at supporting student learning.

Nov.
19

Standards, Practice, and Feedback: Assessment and Grading for Learning

12:30–2:00 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E (will move to Zoom should registration exceed available space)

In this workshop, we will think through the learning goals our assessments are meant to advance and explore practices for grading and feedback for promoting student learning, along with strategies for making grading more efficient.

Dec.
3

Resumes that Resonate #1: Format

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for the first in our Winter Quarter series of resume workshops led by Pam Schilling, career coach and University of Chicago alumna.

Jan.
19

Resumes that Resonate #2: Content

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for the second in our Winter Quarter resume series led by Pam Schilling, career coach and University of Chicago alumna.

Jan.
26

Resumes that Resonate: #3 Tailoring

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for the third workshop in our Winter quarter resume series led by Pam Schilling, career coach and University of Chicago alumna.

Feb.
2

Resumes that Resonate #4: Writing the Professional Summary

10:00–11:30 am
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation for the fourth session in our Winter Quarter resume series led by Pam Schilling, career coach and University of Chicago alumna.

Feb.
9

South Side Book Club: "Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago" by Alex Kolowitz

12:00–1:00 pm
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation and the College’s Chicago Studies program for our quarterly meeting of the South Side Book Club.

Feb.
17

South Side Book Club: "High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing" by Audrey Petty

12:00–1:00 pm
Zoom

Join the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation and the College’s Chicago Studies program for our quarterly meeting of the South Side Book Club.

May.
6

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