Faculty and Professional Development

Faculty Leadership Development Programs

There are two programs offered during the 2019-20 academic year, the first in fall semester and the second in spring semester. Both programs are open to Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, tenure-line and career-line faculty, and directors in academic departments who have responsibility for staff supervision, budgetary oversight, and project or program management across one or more functional areas. Both programs are open to participants from the main and health campuses. Faculty participants will generally be at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor, although other faculty members (including Instructors and Adjuncts) who have a long-term relationship with the University are eligible to participate. Participation in the programs is recognized as professional development and, for faculty, counts as university service for purposes of RPT or merit assessment during that period. There is a cost of $250 for the fall semester program and $150 for the spring semester program to cover the assessments used.

Fall 2019

The focus of this program is to provide participants with opportunities to reflect on their individual leadership style, for personal career development, and to enhance or develop skills in a number of specific areas including negotiation, leadership mindset, difficult conversations, conflict navigation and collaborative relationship building.

  • Friday, September 6
  • Friday, September 13
  • Friday, October 4
  • Friday, October 18
  • Friday, November 1
  • Friday, November 22
  • Friday, December 6

Spring 2020

The focus of this program is to provide participants with opportunities to reflect more deeply on their individual leadership style, and advance skills in a number of specific areas including negotiation, conflict navigation, intercultural communication and conflict style, consensus building, leading change and facilitating inclusive environments in high performing and collaborative environments. It is helpful, though not essential, for participants to have completed the fall program.

  • Friday, January 17
  • Friday, January 31
  • Friday, February 14
  • Friday, February 28
  • Friday, March 20

Both programs meet from 8:30 – 11:30 am on the designated dates in the Faculty Center, Rm 1705, Marriott Library.
Fall Program Registration
Spring Program Registration

Seminar Series

New Faculty Lunch and Learn Series

This year long series is open principally to all new faculty although other interested faculty members are welcome to participate. The series is designed to provide tools and resources that will be helpful in navigating
work and processes. Curriculum will include RPT, Mentoring Tools and Resources, Difficult Conversations, Time Management, Teaching Tools, and Inclusive Teaching Strategies.

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Tuesday,  March 17, 2020

The seminars will take place from noon–1:30 pm, in the Faculty Center, Rm 1705, Marriott Library on the designates dates.
Lunch and Learn Series Registration

Department Chair Seminar Series

This series is open to new and existing Department Chairs. The curriculum will include topics such as the administrative work of chairs, key academic processes, managing relationships with different stakeholders, conflict navigation, negotiating, advocating, meeting management and professional development for faculty and staff.

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The seminar will take place from 12 noon – 1:30 pm in the Faculty Center, Rm 1705, Marriott Library on all the designated dates.
Department Chair Series Registration


Please contact Mary Anne Berzins at 801.585.9911 or mary.anne.berzins@utah.edu with any questions about the programs listed, or if you are looking for any other professional development resources.