UCSF to Host Faculty Development Day on September 21

The sixth annual Faculty Development Day, scheduled for on Wednesday, Sept. 21, offers all UCSF faculty members an opportunity to network with colleagues, learn how to build and enhance their work life, and enjoy lunch together.

UCSF faculty talk to Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann

UCSF faculty get an opportunity to talk to Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann at last year's faculty development day.

Faculty can register online via the Academic Affairs website for the event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at UCSF’s Laurel Heights Conference Center.

Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Council on Faculty Life (CCFL) and the Office of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development and Advancement, the event is one of several ongoing programs designed to improve the climate for UCSF faculty. This year’s workshops have been developed to be more relevant to faculty at all career stages. For example, the workshop “Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships” will help mentees as well as those transitioning to a mentor role.  The workshop “Tips for Effective Teaching” will include strategies that both beginning and experienced teachers can use to enhance their skills.

“We’ve found that in past Faculty Development Day events, a handful of experienced faculty attended each session and found much of the information very relevant to them,” said Vice Provost Sally Marshall, chair of CCFL. “At every career stage, many of us have questions about negotiation, advancement, mentoring, diversity and other topics, and Faculty Development Day will be a great way to get answers to those questions.”

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, chairwoman of Faculty Development Day and professor of Pediatrics, said that “Faculty Development Day offers not only the opportunity to develop and refine research, teaching and mentoring skills, but an incredible opportunity to meet and network with colleagues as well as campus leaders.  It is rare to have time to simply sit down with other UCSF faculty to gain pearls of wisdom, or just spend some time together.”

Making People a Top Priority

Faculty Development Day will begin with opening remarks by Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, and  Vice Provost Marshall.

One of Desmond-Hellmann’s five key priorities is “People” – striving to recruit and retain the very best employees, ensuring everyone is connected to the University’s mission and cultivating strong and capable managers. Creating a more supportive work environment for faculty is critical to faculty recruitment and retention, a particularly important issue in the current economic times.

The workshops “Faculty Advancement & Promotion” and “Faculty Compensation & Benefits” will be offered first, followed by a networking luncheon with campus leaders. The afternoon is devoted to new and updated workshops relevant to all faculty.

Information kiosks staffed with representatives from numerous organizations and initiatives at UCSF will provide faculty a chance to meet staff, ask questions, hear answers to their colleagues’ questions or pick up a flyer about programs that interest them.

Faculty will have the opportunity to attend several new and updated workshops at Faculty Development Day, including:

  • Faculty Compensation & Benefits
  • Faculty Advancement & Promotion
  • Enhancing Your Research Career – Basic Science
  • Enhancing Your Research Career – Behavioral/Clinical Science
  • Enhancing Your Success as a Clinician-Educator
  • Stress Management and Well Being Toolkit
  • Raising Children in the Bay Area: From Day Care to College
  • Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships
  • Tools for Negotiation
  • Tools for Effective Teaching
  • Funding Your Research

To see the full schedule, including workshop descriptions and registration information, visit the Faculty Development Day website.

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