Faculty Staff Development Workshops

Fall 2018 Faculty/Staff Development Workshop
October 16-18

The workshops offered during Faculty/Staff Development week 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. This fall, our sessions will highlight diversity and inclusion, CPR training, financial planning, healthy cooking demonstrations, physical and mental wellness activities, and much more! 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 3 days of learning.


Tuesday, October 16

Keynote Speaker: Keith "Mac" McIntosh
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Developing “In Place”
Science Center 101, Chang Hou Hall

The most important person in your career and professional growth is you!  You are the one person who knows you best and will consistently be the one to determine your career path.  However, your growth and development requires you to build connections with colleagues across the campus for your development to truly flourish.  During this talk, you will hear ways you can and should develop yourself “In Place,”  You will hear how Keith McIntosh himself uses the practices and principles he will share to successfully foster his growth and development.

Register for Developing “In Place”

Refreshments and muffins provided.


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Get Educated

Noon–1 p.m.
Science Center 101, Chang Hou Hall 

"’Tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes,” wrote Christopher Bullock in 1716. There is certainly one more constant, and that is change. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and ushered in a significant number of changes to the tax code. From individual filing rates, to deductions and child tax credits, to additional benefits for pass-through entities, the bill will impact every person and business that pays Federal income tax. The Act creates both opportunities and limitations, and understanding its impact can help you make sound financial decisions. Attend this Carebridge seminar to learn how these changes may impact you and your family, and take a proactive approach to the year to come. Please note the content of this seminar will be educational and general in nature, and that questions unique to an attendee’s situation will be referred to Carebridge or a Certified Financial Planner.

Register for The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; Get Educated

Presenter: Carebridge

Lunch provided.


CPR Training

p.m. —3 p.m. 
Matchbox, Upper Level

Participants in this course will learn how to perform adult 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. 

This session is currently full.

Presenter: Osmond Mbaeri


Wednesday, October 17

Overcoming Debt

9:30 a.m. –10:45 a.m.
**Location Change**
Science Center 199, Cunniff Hall

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how to overcome debt, be it from credit cards or student loans or a mortgage. Learn how you can responsibly pay down your outstanding debt, shorten the repayment interval, and maintain your good credit standing buy understanding:

  • Debt-Types
  • Prioritizing and Budgeting
  • Strategies for repayment or consolidation
  • Resources and where to go if you need help

Register for Overcoming Debt

Presenter: Beth Manley, Adult Financial Education Manager for Franklin Mint Credit Union

Continental Breakfast provided.


Strength Finders: Discover Your Unique Strengths
11 a.m. –12:15 p.m.
**Location Change**
Science Center 199, Cunniff Hall

According to Gallup, when we use our strengths we are six times more likely to be engaged at work and three times more likely to live a better quality of life. Knowing what we are good at and using it to our advantage everyday can save us time and money, improve our performance at work, and better our interactions with others. This session is all about how we can use our strengths to enhance our professional life, leadership skills, and create a more effective and engaged team. This interactive session will address: individual talents and strengths based on assessment results, how to move talents into strengths, overcoming weaknesses, and creating strategic partnerships.

Limit: 30 participants

Register for Strength Finders: Discover Your Unique Strengths

Presenter: Alissa Carpenter, M. Ed Millennial Workforce and Leadership Development Expert Owner & Principal: Not OK Thanks OK


Healthy Cooking Demonstration

12:30–1:30 p.m.   
Sharples Dining Hall

Come make yourself a healthy lunch with our very own award-winning culinary team! Swarthmore Dining Services chefs recently earned a silver medal at an American Culinary Federation Conference and Competition, and now they will share some healthy cooking tips and knife skills with you. Attendees will be preparing lunch for themselves during the session and are encouraged to ask questions throughout. Take-out boxes will be available. No prior experience required. 


This session is currently full.

Presenters:Matt Ramus, Dining Services



1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
**Location Change**
Matchbox, Upper Level

Mindfulness, find out what it is, how it works and the impact that it can have on you. This session will focus on the two aspects of mindfulness, discipline and curiosity and finding a balance. You will learn to create space in your life and explore embodied practices. Learn about Mindful Moments, Formal Practice, Winding Down, Movements, Mindful Eating. Your participation and questions will be encouraged.

Register for Mindfulness

Presenter: Gloria Shepard-A lifelong educator, parent, meditation practitioner. Gloria has over 12 years of mindfulness practice.

Beyond Diversity: Cultivating Courageous Conversations and Brave Spaces

3 p.m.–4:15 p.m. 
**Location Change**
Science Center 199, Cunniff Hall

In an ever changing world and heated political climate, the topic of diversity is ever-present. Faculty and staff are constantly asked to cultivates spaces that allow organic conversations about real world issues. In order to do this well, we must have a basic understanding of some fundamental concepts that rarely get unpacked in preparation for these conversations, because these “basics” can make people feel uncomfortable. But how do we change without a little bit of discomfort? 

During our time together we will discuss how to use these concepts to create spaces where students can dialog across cultural barriers. These spaces will honor lived experiences, intersecting identity groups, and underrepresented voices. Talking about topics like racism, sexual violence and transphobia are never easy, we all have so much unlearning to do. The very first step is acknowledging the problem is in the very fabric of our culture that contains us all, and that we are all responsible.

Register for Beyond Diversity: Cultivating Courageous Conversations and Brave Spaces

Presenter: Aneesah Smith-Ward

Refreshments and snacks provided.


Thursday, October 18

Scott Arboretum Autumn Tour
10 a.m. –11:30 a.m. 
Scott Arboretum 

The Autumn Tour will highlight trees and shrubs which will add distinct fall and winter beauty to your home landscape.  In addition, helpful hints will be offered and questions answered on how to best prepare your gardens for the winter months ahead. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking around campus.  This event is held rain or shine.  In the event of rain meet inside Cunningham House in the Blum Room for a show and tell class.

Limit: 20 participants

Register for Scott Arboretum Tour

Presenter: Sue McQueen


Supplier Showcase

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Matchbox, Upper Level

All faculty and staff are welcomed to attend the Supplier Showcase, sponsored by the Swarthmore College purchasing office and features our eMarket Portal suppliers plus a few other vendor programs! The purpose of this event is to promote the eMarket and College-wide agreements, increase user adoption, and develop relationships with suppliers. Buyers will have an opportunity to meet directly with suppliers, learn about their products, promotions, and services to better understand how to make responsible purchasing decisions. There will be plenty of food, fun, networking opportunities, and giveaways for all!!

No registration required.

Presenter: Cindy Urick

Create Your Plan
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
​Science Center 101, Chang Hou Hall 

Create your plan - Retiring when and how you want will largely depend on how much you save and how you invest that money. Attend this meeting and find out what you need to know to save and invest wisely as you explore two important questions: am I saving enough for retirement? Am I invested appropriately? 

Register for Create Your Plan

Presenter: Vanguard, Ed Beazley

Refreshments and snacks provided.


The Fundamentals of Compensation

3–4 p.m​. 
**Location Change**
101 S. Chester Road, Conf. Room 002 (Lower Level)

You are invited to join a roundtable discussion with Michele Mocarsky, Director of Compensation and Benefits and Pamela Prescod-Caesar, Vice President, Human Resources, to learn how staff compensation practices are developed and implemented at the college. 

Register for The Fundamentals of Compensation