Workshops & Events

Faculty Development Program courses and workshops convene the academic community and build relationships across schools and divisions. Programming falls into six overlapping categories: Scholarship, Promotion, and Tenure; Leadership; Teaching; Academic Leadership Series; Academic Communicators Network; and Wellness. 

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.

Tour of Troubled Waters: Chicago 1919 Race Riot Exhibit

4:30–6:00 pm
DuSable Museum of African American History

Attend a docent-led tour of the "Troubled Waters: Chicago 1919 Race Riot" exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Jan.
27

Academics with Young Children Network: UChicago Parent/Child Outing at the Family Resource Center

3:00–5:00 pm
UChicago Family Resource Center

Bring your babies and young children for an afternoon playdate at UChicago’s Family Resource Center (FRC). Children can engage in play sessions led by FRC staff and parents can network with their colleagues. Snacks will be provided. Spouses and partners are welcome to attend.

Jan.
30

Searching for Excellence: Faculty Search Training

1:30–3:00 pm
William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 201B

Attend an updated faculty search training program offered through the Office of the Provost. Learn about resources for faculty hiring. Based on behavioral science research and best practices from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, this training provides concrete, actionable steps to improve the faculty search process. This session will be led by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office for Affirmative Action.

Jan.
31

Teaching by Discussion

1:30–2:50 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

How can instructors establish a classroom environment in which discussion is active and inclusive? In this session, you'll explore the aims of teaching by discussion, as well as strategies for encouraging student participation.

Feb.
6

Academic Women's Network: "The Mousetrap" at Court Theatre

5:30–9:00 pm
Court Theatre

See Agatha Christie's classic play "The Mousetrap" at the Court Theatre.

Feb.
6

Academics with Young Children Network: UChicago Parent/Child Outing at the Sod Room

10:00 am–12:00 pm
The Sod Room

Bring your babies and young children for a Saturday morning playdate at the Sod Room, a unique, eco-friendly indoor play space located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Feb.
8

Mentoring Graduate Students: Aligning Expectations

10:00–11:30 am
Wieboldt Hall Room 310 D/E

UChicago faculty are invited to participate in a mentor training workshop, Aligning Expectations.

Feb.
13

Mentoring Graduate Students: Aligning Expectations

2:00–3:30 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

UChicago faculty are invited to participate in a mentor training workshop, Aligning Expectations.

Feb.
13

Tour of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel’s Carillon

4:15–6:00 pm
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Join your colleagues for a one-hour tour of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel’s carillon.

Feb.
13

Gathering Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

1:30–2:50 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 301 D/E

Receiving feedback on your teaching is an important tool for fostering an inclusive classroom. In this session, participants will discuss multiple methods for gathering feedback to improve teaching, and how to use feedback to communicate accomplishments in the classroom as well as areas for improvement.

Feb.
20

How Our Biases Can Affect Our Teaching

2:00–3:00 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

All people have biases. During this interactive session, participants will explore the impact of educators’ biases on teaching and learning, and identify strategies for mitigating their potential impacts.

Feb.
21

Academic Communicators Network: An Introduction to Podcasts

10:30–11:45 am
Regenstein Library, Room 122

Explore the basics of podcasting from podcast production to show development, tips for being a guest on a podcast, and the firsthand experience of launching a podcast as a scholar.

Feb.
27

Academic Communicators Network: An Introduction to Podcasts

1:30–2:45 pm
Regenstein Library, Room 122

Explore the basics of podcasting from podcast production to show development, tips for being a guest on a podcast, and the firsthand experience of launching a podcast as a scholar.

Feb.
27

New Academics Network: "The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China"

5:00–7:00 pm
Smart Museum of Art

Join members of the New Academics Network for a guided tour of the Smart Museum's new exhibition, "The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China."

Feb.
27

Searching for Excellence: Faculty Search Training

10:00–11:30 am
William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 201B

Attend an updated faculty search training program offered through the Office of the Provost. Learn about resources for faculty hiring. Based on behavioral science research and best practices from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, this training provides concrete, actionable steps to improve the faculty search process. This session will be led by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office for Affirmative Action.

Feb.
28

BSD Faculty Teaching Workshop: An Introduction to Designing Your Course (a two-part series)

9:30–11:00 am
Gordon Center for Integrative Science, Room 500A

This workshop will begin with a discussion of how a student's prior knowledge influences learning. Session leaders will then introduce a framework to guide your course design and begin drafting learning objectives. The workshop will conclude by examining how to choose the teaching methods that will prepare students to meet your learning objectives and are appropriate for your particular class. Please note that although you will only register for the March 3 session from 9:30 - 11 a.m., this is a two-part series that continues on March 10 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Mar.
3

Searching for Excellence: Faculty Search Training

3:30–5:00 pm
William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 201B

Attend an updated faculty search training program offered through the Office of the Provost. Learn about resources for faculty hiring. Based on behavioral science research and best practices from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, this training provides concrete, actionable steps to improve the faculty search process. This session will be led by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office for Affirmative Action.

Mar.
4

Academics of Color Network: Tour of the Robie House

5:00–7:00 pm
Robie House

Join the Academics of Color Network for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.

Mar.
5

Mentoring Graduate Students: Mentoring Across Difference

10:00–11:30 am
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

UChicago faculty are invited to participate in a mentor training workshop, Mentoring Across Difference.

Mar.
12

Mentoring Graduate Students: Mentoring Across Difference

2:00–3:30 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

UChicago faculty are invited to participate in a mentor training workshop, Mentoring Across Difference.

Mar.
12

Academic Communicators Network: Communicating Complex Ideas to Non-experts

10:30–11:30 am
Quadrangle Club Solarium

Learn how to introduce new audiences to complex ideas.

Mar.
16

Academic Communicators Network: Communicating Complex Ideas to Non-experts

1:30–2:30 pm
Quadrangle Club Solarium

Learn how to introduce new audiences to complex ideas.

Mar.
16

Mentoring Graduate Students: Conducting Crucial Conversations

10:00–11:30 am
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

UChicago faculty are invited to participate in a mentor training workshop, Conducting Crucial Conversations.

Apr.
16

Mentoring Graduate Students: Conducting Crucial Conversations

2:00–3:30 pm
Wieboldt Hall, Room 310 D/E

UChicago faculty are invited to participate in a mentor training workshop, Conducting Crucial Conversations.

Apr.
16

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