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Upcoming Professional Development

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The Division of Student Affairs and Southern Miss value your professional development. The DSA Professional Development Team produces workshops and events at 9:00 am every third Thursday of each month. All campus professionals are welcome to attend. You will find information for these and other University development opportunities below. Keep checking back for updates.

G.I.F.T.S., Thursday, October 10 in TCC 210 (new location: RC Cook Union Hall of Honors) from 9:00 to 10:00 am - produced by the DSA ProDev Team

  • GIFTS sessions are ideal for learning about Great Ideas For Training Students. In this session, we’ll hear from four of our colleagues positioned both in and outside the division.

Maximizing Your Experience With Pivot Tables, Tuesday, October 15 in the International Center 101 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm - produced by Institutional Research

  • Think you know everything about pivot tables? To see for sure, attend this session dedicated to this helpful Excel feature.

Southern Miss CARES, Thursday, October 17 in the International Center, Suite 319 from 10:30 to 11:30 am, hosted by AOP and Staff Council

Social Media Navigating, Thursday, October 17 in the International Center, Suite 319 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, hosted by AOP and Staff Council

The Results Are In: National Survey of Student Engagement, Friday, November 1 in the International Center 101, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, produced by Institutional Research

  • Last Spring the University administered the nationally known and widely used National Survey of Student Engagement to then Freshman and Seniors. The results are in! Join Institutional Research in this campus-wide presentation about the results and what they could mean for your respective areas.

Qualtrics 1.0, Thursday, November 7 in the International Center 101 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm,  hosted by Institutional Research

  • Survey Monkey and other similar services are fine, until you want some extra features. Good news! The university has your solution with Qualtrics, a top-of-the-line (and paid for!) online survey software.  Attend this session to learn the basics and get started on your Qualtrics path.

Crucial Conversations, Thursday, November 14 in TCC 216 from 9:00 to 11:00 am, hosted by the DSA ProDev team--Note: this is a special, 2-hour workshop

  • Join presenter and Associate VP for HR, Krystyna Varnado, for a special 2-hour workshop of “Crucial Conversations” where attendees will learn how to deal with high-stakes conversations (where opinions vary and emotions run strong) using the skills of the world’s best communicators. The workshop will include guidance on such topics as giving sensitive feedback, effectively communicating opinions, and appropriate discussion or debate tactics.

MDR/PDR – Get Back to the Basics, Thursday, November 21 in the International Center, Suite 319 at 8:30 to 9:30 am, hosted by AOP and Staff Council

Healthy Work/Life Balance, Thursday, November 21 in the International Center, Suite 319 at 1:30 to 2:30 pm, hosted by AOP and Staff Council

Using Institutional Data for Accreditation, Grant Writing, Etc., Friday, November 22 in the International Center 101 from 10:00 to 11:00 am, produced by Institutional Research

  • Learn about the tools in your Southern Miss toolbox. Attendees of this session will learn more about the institutional data available to you.

Documenting Assessment In Student Affairs, Thursday, December 12 in TCC 210 from 9:00 to 10:00 am, hosted by the DSA ProDev team

  • After a semester of providing services, programs, workshops, and more to our students, it’s time to make sure we capture and use our assessment data. Using the current and following semesters as the basis, this workshop will provide attendees with a simple method to record, use, and archive assessment work of all shapes and sizes. As an attendee, you will walk away with increased confidence that your assessment work matters to your students and to your university.

Pre-Retreat Workshop, Wednesday, January 8 in TCC 218 from 8:30 to 4:00 pm (Contact m.l.kingFREEMississippi for registration; Cost - $225) Hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Join presenters Krystyna Varnado and Lachel Story, for the full six-hour version of the workshop they're calling Crucial Conversations where attendees will learn how to deal with high-stakes conversations (where opinions vary and emotions run strong) using the skills of the world’s best communicators. The workshop will include guidance on such topics as giving sensitive feedback, effectively communicating opinions, and appropriate discussion or debate tactics. Pre-registration and payment ($225) are required. Contact Michael King (m.l.king@usm.edu) for details.

DSA Retreat, Thursday, January 9 in TCC - exact times are TBA

  • The agenda is in development. Attendees will be notified directly. Direct questions to Michael King (m.l.kingFREEMississippi). 

Meet the Advisement Center: Tuesday, February 11 from 10:00-11:15 AND Wednesday, February 12 from 1:00-2:!5 (Select one)—This session will introduce the Advisement Center Director and Advisors, as well as offer an overview of services in this phase and for phase 2.  REGISTER HERE

Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Training

  • The Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity has partnered with the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) and Disability Rights Mississippi to provide the university community with more information about the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Our speaker will be Micah Dutro, J.D., Legal Director for Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS). DRMS is a private, non-profit corporation with a federal mandate to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities across the state of Mississippi. ADA training will be held on February 19, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the following locations:

    Hattiesburg- LAB 109
    Gulf Park- Hardy Hall 316
    GCRL- Caylor 103, Computer Lab
    Stennis- Bldg. 1020, Room 118

    Please contact Christian Cameron, in the Office of AA/EEO at 6-6618 or christian.n.lewisFREEMississippi with any questions or concerns.

February 20, 2020

Effective Mentorship Lunch and Learn Workshop: Thursday, February 20 from 12:00-1:00, Thad Cochran Center 218 A/B—Hosted by the Graduate School, this panel will cover key elements of effective mentorship for graduate students. REGISTER HERE 

The CFD hosts Academic Impressions webinars throughout the semester.

Focus on Student Belonging to Boost Student and Retention Success: Thursday, February 27 from 12:00-1:00—No registration needed, but click here if you would like a reminder. Bring your own lunch.

Getting to Know Your DSA: Thursday, February 13 in the Payne Center's Pine Tree Room, 2nd floor from 9:00 to 10:00 am - Produced by the DSA ProDev Team

  • Full description forthcoming. Attendees will learn more about the Office of Disability Accommodations, the Center for Community Engagement, and Campus Recreation.

PI 101: Applying for External Funding at USM: Wednesday, March 4 from 1:00-2:30-- Join the Office of Research Administration for an overview of common grant proposal elements, including budgets. We’ll also discuss how to submit a proposal through USM and resources available for assistance. REGISTER HERE

Uncovering the Value of the Out-of-Class Experience: Thursday, March 12 from 9:00 to 10:00 - Produced by the DSA ProDev Team
Full description and location forthcoming

March 19, 2020

  • Conflict Resolution presented by Krystyna Varnado
    Faculty Development Center-International Building Suite 319 

    Eventbrite registration link for IVN attendees: IVN for GP (FEC 301), Stennis, GCRL – IVN bridge

  • Contracts and Legal Agreements presented by Kris Powell
    Faculty Development Center-International Building Suite 319

    Eventbrite registration link for IVN attendees: IVN for GP (FEC 301), Stennis, GCRL – IVN bridge

April 16, 2020

  • Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Southern Mississippi presented by the Prism Office – Tegi Jenkin
    Faculty Development Center-International Building Suite 319

    Eventbrite registration link for IVN attendees: IVN for GP (FEC 301), Stennis, GCRL – IVN bridge
  • Understanding PAFs & New Hire Paperwork presented by Kameron Dale
    Faculty Development Center-International Building Suite 319

    Eventbrite registration link for IVN attendees: IVN for GP (FEC 301), Stennis, GCRL – IVN bridge

 

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