Professional Development

Register now for HR professional development workshops in 2020

Interested in professional development in 2020? Check out our professional development workshops in January and February to get started:

If you are interested in these courses, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

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PD workshop: Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills: Oct. 30

We are hosting Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills, a one-day workshop designed for individuals who want to take a coach approach with their colleagues and direct reports.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what a coach approach means, the key principles and what is a coaching mindset
  • Understand how coaching skills complement and strengthen your wider communication skills
  • Be able to distinguish between coaching and mentoring/counselling/consulting/advising
  • Understand the structure of a coaching conversation
  • Be able to engage in fundamental coaching skills
  • Be able to identify where, when and how you can use coaching in your work at UBC
  • Be able to discern coachable moments, and identify when coaching is not the best form of communication

Course information

Date: Oct. 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610 [map]
Cost: $350
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Update on Non-Union TRA PD fund

The 2019/20 Professional Development Fund for Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants (TRA) has limited funding remaining and is expected to run out in the next week. When the funding pool balance reaches zero, all staff individual balances will expire and no further PD expense claims will be accepted for the current fund year.

On Oct. 1, a message was sent to all Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants by Human Resources to inform them of the remaining availability.

If you receive any questions about this matter from staff in your unit, please direct them to the TRA PD webpage or contact our PD Funds team at pd.funds@ubc.ca.

PD workshop: CliftonStrengths® Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success: Oct. 23

We are hosting CliftonStrengths® Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success, a one-day workshop designed for individuals who wish to identify what they do best and how to maximize their potential by using CliftonStrengths.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Discover how to make a difference by doing more of what you naturally do best
  • Acquire tools and insights that will help you apply your strengths to achieve greater productivity, engagement and happiness
  • Understand how all of your CliftonStrengths themes, separately or together, influence your work and personal life
  • Develop strategies to help you use your strongest CliftonStrengths to accomplish specific targets, goals and aspirations
  • Think about how you can combine your talents with others to achieve greater success

Course information

Date: Oct. 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610 [map]
Cost: $375
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Supporting career development at UBC

As part of your role as a manager/administrator at UBC, there is a lot you can do to support your staff with their career and professional development goals. As we launch into the new academic year, here are some resources you can share with staff and faculty in your department to help them plan their professional development for the year.

Professional Development Funds

UBC is committed to providing staff and faculty with improved access to professional development opportunities, through access to professional development funds. Please select your employee group to learn more about the funds available to you.

Faculty

Professional Development Workshops

Human Resources holds several professional development workshops throughout the year, available to staff and faculty. Please see our catalog to learn about the PD workshops coming up this fall.

Eligible staff and faculty can apply to use their PD funding for these workshops.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers an online collection of self-guided instructional videos designed to provide staff and faculty with just-in-time resources to assist in a variety of areas, including updating software skills, learning new technology tools, and enhancing workplace business practices.

UBC provides faculty and staff with free and unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning’s learning resources. To start using LinkedIn Learning, visit https://linkedinlearning.ubc.ca and sign in with your CWL.

Tuition Waivers

Staff in most employee groups have access to UBC tuition waivers for credit courses, and for non-credit courses at UBC Extended Learning (as well as select Sauder School of Business Continuing Business Studies courses). Please visit the Tuition Waiver page for your employment group to learn full details:

Career Navigation

Our Career Navigation consultant offers support to staff who wish to enhance their professional experience by exploring and using the many opportunities for growth within UBC. Interested staff can visit our Career Navigation services page to learn more.

New PD workshops this fall

HR is hosting several professional development workshops this fall at the Vancouver campus:

If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

CTLT Summer Institute 2019: Aug. 19-29 & Sept. 4-6

CTLT Summer Institute 2019: Aug. 19-29 & Sept. 4-6

Interested in teaching, learning or technology? The UBC CTLT Summer Institute features more than 30 free workshops for educators on topics such as open education, student wellbeing, learning analytics, and more. This year’s Institute runs Aug. 19-29, and Sept. 4-6. View the full schedule of events and learn more at institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/summer-institute/.

New PD workshops this August

HR is hosting two professional envelopment workshops this August:

Discovering Personal Effectiveness: Aug. 8 (9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.)

Self-awareness is at the heart of professional growth and development. By understanding ourselves, we are able to better connect with others, create meaningful relationships at work, improve our personal leadership and be more effective in our communications.

Practical Project Management: Aug. 21-22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Getting your project off to the best possible start is essential for success and tackling today’s project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects get off to a clear and solid start, ensuring they stay on track, and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.


If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

UBC Community Leadership Program applications due June 14

The UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) is an innovative leadership development opportunity designed for emerging staff, faculty, and graduate student leaders to enhance their leadership, lead and develop a team, develop practical project management skills, and learn how to build community.

Applications for the 2019/20 Community Leadership Program are due Friday, June 14, 2019. Information for supervisors is available online at http://clp.ubc.ca/application-process/.

If you have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Leadership Programs Lead.

PD workshop: Presentations That Work: Optimize Your Influence with Colleagues & Decision-Makers: June 26

We are hosting Presentations That Work: Optimize Your Influence with Colleagues & Decision-Makers, a one-day workshop designed for new presenters who want to feel more comfortable in front of others, and for experienced speakers who want to expand their effectiveness and develop an extra edge.

Course information

Date: June 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: $350
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

UBC membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

UBC membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

UBC is offering a one-year institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), an independent organization dedicated to supporting academics throughout their careers.

The NCFDD provides professional development, training and mentoring opportunities to faculty, grads, postdocs, and administrators.

Members can access to more than 100 hours of online resource materials, including webinars, podcasts, exercises, worksheets and coaching, to assist them in reaching their academic career goals. Through online access to core curriculum, guest expert webinars and weekly Monday Motivator emails, anyone with a ubc.ca email address can access information and tips on:

  • Time management
  • Developing and adhering to a daily writing routine
  • Increasing research and writing productivity
  • Setting and reaching weekly, monthly, annual and long-term career goals
  • Maintaining a healthy work-life balance

For more information, please visit https://academic.ubc.ca/support-resources/professional-development/mentoring#NCFDD