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Faculty Staff Development Workshops

Faculty/Staff Development workshops are designed to help our community members enhance their skills and competencies. These informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other faculty and staff members at Swarthmore.  We look forward to sharing the knowledge drawn from our own talented faculty and staff as well as to welcoming external experts to our campus to enrich these four days of learning.

Spring 2020 Faculty/Staff Development Workshops

monday, march 9

Keynote: Foundation for Success: Finding your Joy - This session is full!
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Inn at Swarthmore
Lunch provided

Join us as we kick-off our Spring Professional Development week with a luncheon and keynote address, Foundation for Success:  Finding Your Joy!  Life is busy — we work hard, and we have many responsibilities.  This session is designed to allow us to slow down and reflect on what is working for us, what our strengths are, and how we approach situations.  We will explore tips for being positive, engaging positively in our work, and living a more intentional life.  Each person will leave energized to apply what they have learned from the session.  It will be time well spent!

Please note this session is full!


Keynote Speaker:  Katie Iorio Martin

Inside Money: Managing Income & Debt
3 – 4 p.m. 
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Refreshments provided​​​​​

For many of us, budgeting and managing our personal finances is challenging.  Join us as TIAA presents a financial essentials workshop, Inside Money: Managing Income & Debt. This workshop will offer tips on how to help you make your money work, lessons on the importance of cash flow and how to use it, suggestions for the most effective ways to improve saving and reduce spending, and lessons on understanding the debt you have and how to best manage it.

Register for Inside Money: Managing Income & Debt

Presenter:  Caz Seweryn, TIAA

tuesday, march 10

Google Tips, Tricks, and Questions - This session is full!

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Refreshments provided.​​​​​

Would you like a refresher on using some of Google's apps? Were you wondering if there was a quicker or easier way to get something done in Google? This session will provide an overview of helpful tips and tricks for using Gmail, Calendar, and Drive, and offer the opportunity to ask about any of the Google apps used here at Swarthmore. Even if you don’t think your question is Google related, please feel free to ask anyway! You’re encouraged to bring your laptop or tablet with you (not required).

This session is full!

Presenter:  Jessica Stockett

There, There Happy Hour & Book Group

4:30 – 6 p.m.
McCabe Library Atrium

Refreshments provided

The Libraries invite you to an informal book discussion and happy hour in anticipation of Tommy Orange's upcoming visit sponsored by the English Department. Join us for an opportunity to reflect on the author's riveting debut novel, There, There. There will be refreshments, including beer and wine, and a lightly structured discussion. This event is facilitated by the Swarthmore libraries.

We have (limited) copies of the novel available for faculty and staff who plan to attend. No registration required, but please RSVP [] for your own copy of There, There.

wednesday, march 11

Getting the Most out of Your Employee Assistance Benefit (Carebridge) – How well do you understand all that Carebridge can do for you?

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Refreshments provided.​​​​​​ 

Do you know about the many resources offered through the College's Work/Life and Employee Assistance Programs? Our free and confidential services include child care and elder care resourcing, money management consultation, personal counseling, and much more. In this presentation, attendees will gain an understanding of the great resources Carebridge offers, learn how to access these services, and ask questions.

Register for Getting the Most out of Your Employee Assistance Benefit (Carebridge) – How well do you understand all that Carebridge can do for you?

Presenter:  Karen Berger

Balancing Work and Your Personal Life for the Sandwich Generation

10 – 11 a.m.
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Refreshments provided.​​​​​​ 

Are you caught in the middle of providing care to an elderly family member while trying to successfully raise your own children and maintain a happy healthy family environment? The discussion will center around ways to balance the time and care you must give to both children and elders, keeping in mind how different their needs are in so many directions.

Register for Balancing Work and Your Personal Life for the Sandwich Generation

Presenter:  Lora Shor

Using the EAP as a Leadership Tool : How Supervisors Can Access the Services of our Employee Assistance Program (Carebridge) to support employees and provide better leadership - **PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION IS CANCELED**
1 – 2 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Refreshments provided.

In this seminar, managers and supervisors will learn about the essential services the Carebridge Employee Assistance Program provides for employees as well as how the it can be used as an integral tool for better management. Strategies for using the Employee Assistance Program to help support employees and alleviate challenges will be discussed. 

Presenter: Mary Dougherty-Hunt

Paperless: Artists’ Books – Gallery Walk

2 – 3 p.m.
McCabe Library Atrium

Join us for a tour of the exhibition Paperless: Artists’ Books in the Collection, on display in the McCabe Library Atrium and in the Cratsley Lounge (2nd Floor).

This exhibition highlights books made without the traditional medium of paper, instead using textiles, metal, glass, plastics, and wood. You'll see how even works sharing the same medium can be quite different from one another, providing a glimpse of the wide and engaging spectrum of how one defines ‘book’.

No registration is required.

Tour Guides: Curators Amy McColl and Susan Dreher

Thursday, march 12


9 a.m. – noon
Refreshments provided.

Participants in this course will learn how to perform adult and infant/child CPR, and how to appropriately use the automated external defibrillator following American Red Cross standards. At the end of the course, students who are interested in receiving CPR/AED certification will be asked to participate in a brief quiz. Participants must score at least 80% on the quiz in order to be issued a certification card. 

Limit 20 participants. 

Presenter:  Thomas Johnson


2:30 – 4 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Refreshments provided.

Nowadays, vaping is a hot topic. It's claimed to be a "safer" alternative to smoking yet news headlines talk about vape-related medical illnesses. What's the real deal? This program will explore the positive and negative implications of vaping with a special focus on how to discuss this behavior with loved ones of all ages. We will discuss how our

Presenter: Joshua Ellow