Staff Development Newsletter Tidbits

Staff Development Tidbits

We've collected a lot of great tidbits for our monthly Staff Development Newsletter and archived them below for easy access!


November 2016

Vice President Wilson's message earlier this month about resiliency struck a chord with many of us. During difficult times, it is important to practice self-care and resiliency. The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model, as defined by the National Wellness Institute, demonstrates how the different facets of our lives are interconnected and contribute to our happiness and health. We encourage you to visit UGA HR Wellness Resources for more information. In the words of Vice President Wilson, "Be well!"

October 2016

October is National Learning & Development Month. The month promotes continued professional and personal advancement through on-going learning. Consider devoting time this month to your continued learning by signing up for courses offered by UGA Training & Development, attending a workshop hosted by the Center for Teaching & Learning, completing a free course, watching a TED Talk, listening to a podcast (see the Student Affairs Collective’s recommendations), catching up on the latest higher education news from The Chronicle or Inside Higher Ed, or reading one of the many books in collections maintained by Student Affairs departments, including but not limited to, LSI, LGBTRC, and MSP.

September 2016

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Watch here.

August 2016

You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. Watch here.

June 2016

Strategies for resiliency and self-care are essential tools to help us manage the demands of our roles and issues that impact our work in higher education. Click here for some TED Talks on the importance of self-care.

May 2016

As calls for conference proposals are announced, we encourage staff to submit programs that highlight your work and share out best practices to the community. Read some tips from NASPA's program submission guidelines!

April 2016

Shigeo breaks down some myths of being an introvert and also point out some ways that an introvert can thrive in certain environments. He talks about some current higher ed trends and shows some ways we can improve things within our field to incorporate ways for introverts and extroverts to coexist in the same space. Watch here.

March 2016

The landscape of families & non-families has changed significantly, and we should all be pausing to consider how parenting structures appear or don’t appear as it relates to children and college-age students. Michael Goodman unpacks practices on campuses that impact students without parents and non-traditional parent relationships. Watch here.

February 2016

For five decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation's incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations. Click here to see how their attitudes and self-images have changed since the 1960s, as measured by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, part of the Higher Education Research Institute.

January 2016 

The new year often means new goals. This year, make goals that stick by sharing them with others and setting milestone markers. Learn more about strategies to help you achieve your goals.

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Jennifer Erickson-Brown
Administrative Associate

James Crawford
Assistant Director for Staff Development

Erin Ciarimboli
Assistant Director for Learning, Assessment, and Data Initiatives


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