Faculty Staff Development Workshops

Please join us for three days of learning and fun! Save the Date for our Fall 2014 Faculty/Staff Development Workshop series, scheduled for October 14 - 16! The workshops being presented are designed to provide more opportunities for employees to build upon skills and competencies. These informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other faculty/staff members. We look forward to sharing available knowledge drawn from our own faculty/staff, as well as welcoming external experts to our campus to enrich this day of learning.

Who should attend? Any Swarthmore College employee, including both faculty and staff members!

Is registration necessary? Registering in advance for individual sessions is highly recommended. However, without registering you will still be welcome to register on-site and attend any or all of these sessions as space allows.

Should you have any additional questions as this events approaches, please contact Zenobia Hargust at ext.8398. We look forward to learning with you on October 14, 15, & 16!

The Faculty/Staff Development Workshop Committee

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

12:00 noon -2:00: (Keynote/Panel)
"Leading Change or Caught in a Revolution? The State of Higher Education and Institutional Culture at Swarthmore"  (Intellectual/Occupational)
Science Center 199
Few would dispute the notion that community life and culture at Swarthmore College have changed over the last decade. Look just about anywhere and one sees signs of higher costs (and not only in healthcare), more onerous regulation from many quarters, and greater attention paid to outcomes, deliverables, accountability, performance—even to “corporate” interests like “return on investment.” Is Swarthmore unique in having to deal with these changes? Might Swarthmore have distinctive ways of dealing with these changes that could help our community and others grapple with them?

Rebecca Bushnell of the University of Pennsylvania, and a panel of Swarthmoreans will lead this session through an exploration of current and emerging trends in higher education and our college culture. This is an opportunity to learn more about changes in culture and set the stage for further community discussion.

 Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Bushnell ‘74, School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Panelists: Greg Brown, VP Finance & Administration; Liz Braun, Dean of Students; Barry Schwartz, Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action; William Turpin, Professor, Classics; Mark Davis, Jr, Technical Support Specialist, ITS; Linda Hunt, Access and Lending Services Specialist, McCabe Library

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7:30-8:30:
Yoga for Beginners
(Physical/Spiritual)
Bond Hall
Yoga is about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. Using mostly beginners poses, you will be invited to travel on an inward journey, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Linking the breath with fluid movements will bring you to a place of peace and serenity. No experience necessary.  Come and join us as we discover the benefits of yoga.

Instructor: Linda Geraghty of Hummingbird Yoga

Sesquicentennial Historical Walk (Physical/Environmental)
Scott Arboretum
Join your colleagues for a walk through campus highlighting Swarthmore's rich history and culture.  Stroll through the arboretum, learn of the campus's unique architecture and discover the College's connection to the underground railroad or other periods of history.  Get some exercise and experience the campus through a different lens.

Walking Guide: Jeffrey Lott, Swarthmore Retiree

9:00-10:30:
Do You Know Your Score? (Financial)
Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer Room
Your credit report is the first thing a financial institution will review before making a decision on a loan application. Do you know what your credit score is? Do you know what information is on your credit report, and how long it can stay there? How do you fix mistakes on your credit report?

Join this Credit Awareness seminar as a representative from Trans Union, one of the three national credit reporting agencies, explain all this and more. You will gain a better understanding of what credit is, how it works, and how the information on your personal credit report has a real impact on your finances.

Presenter: Lenora Callahan, Senior Trainer, TransUnion, LLC

10:30-Noon:
Is That Email Really Legit?- Tips for Staying Safe Online
Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer Room
Through presentation and live demonstrations, attendees will learn how to identify phishing and other malicious emails.  We’ll look at some past phishing attacks specifically targeted at the Swarthmore community.  In addition, attendees will learn how just visiting a legitimate-looking website or falling for a malicious email can get your computer infected.   We’ll also discuss some easy ways to help reduce the probability of becoming infected.  This will be an interactive session with plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Presenter: Nick Hannon, Senior Information Security Architect, ITS

12:30 to 1:30:
So, What Are You Reading? (Social/Intellectual)
McCabe Library Popular Reading Room
Join us over lunch for an informal discussion about books you are currently reading, ones you've read recently, or books you are planning to read! Here is a chance to share your literary likes and dislikes, and introduce others to authors and books they might not otherwise know about. Don't have a book to share? That's ok, come get some reading ideas! Lunch will be provided. Limited Registration.

Presenters: Mary Wood, Evening Access and Lending Services Supervisor; Meg Ellen Spencer, Science Librarian

1:30-3:00:
Curating Your Online Presence (Social/Occupational)
Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer Room
Email. Status updates. Picture sharing. Colleagues, family, and friends. Where do you draw the line?  Whether you want to clean it up or lock it down, we'll identify what platforms are connected, profile security and privacy settings, and how to identify the best 'voice' for each online persona, whether it is for professional purposes or social sharing (plus how to blend the two!). We will cover Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr and YouTube through a visual tour of the platforms, and a discussion around what and where to share.

Presenter: Caitlin Halloran, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

3:30-4:30:
Yoga for Beginners (Physical/Spiritual)
Upper Tarble All Campus Space
Yoga is about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. Using mostly beginners poses, you will be invited to travel on an inward journey, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Linking the breath with fluid movements will bring you to a place of peace and serenity. No experience necessary.  Come and join us as we discover the benefits of yoga.

Instructor: Linda Geraghty of Hummingbird Yoga

Sesquicentennial Historical Walk (Physical/Environmental)
Scott Arboretum
Join your colleagues for a walk through campus highlighting Swarthmore's rich history and culture.  Stroll through the arboretum, learn of the campus's unique architecture and discover the College's connection to the underground railroad or other periods of history.  Get some exercise and experience the campus through a different lens.

Walking Guide: Jeffrey Lott, Swarthmore Retiree

Thursday, October 16, 2015

9am-Noon
Developing Intercultural Awareness: Skills for an Inclusive Workplace (Emotional/Social)
Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer Room
The ability to communicate effectively with people of different backgrounds, cultures, or perspectives is essential to creating an inclusive, productive, and innovative workplace. Attendees will learn the key skills and capacities needed to effectively navigate the complexity of similarities and differences in a diverse work environment.  The development of these skills can support one's ability to cultivate respectful encounters, meaningful experiences and stronger teams for the purpose of creating desired work-related outcomes.  This session will support participants in developing intercultural skills that can be utilized and implemented in a variety of professional work settings.

Presenters: Liliana Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development; Amer F. Ahmed, Dean of Sophomore Class & Intercultural Center Director

12:30-1:30
Learning through Change: An introduction and discussion about Transformative Learning
Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer Room
Change is inevitable. And, while we can’t always control change, we can control what we learn from it! Using Transformative Learning Theory as a guide, we will learn about the process that we experience when going through a transformative change and discuss how we grow from these changes. Come prepared to reflect upon some of the personal life changes you have experienced and how your perspective of yourself and the world may have evolved as a result.

Presenter: Kimberly Fremont, Human Resources