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We encourage all School of Medicine faculty and staff to seek out at least one professional development training this month – continuous learning is an investment in yourself!

There are a lot of options available, both in-person and virtual, and most are open to faculty and staff. We are highlighting just a few of the available options for University employees.

Carolina Talent

Nov. 9, 9 – 10 a.m. (Virtual)
Initiating Difficult Conversations

This workshop is about developing the skills to initiate the conversations which most people find difficult, unpleasant and generally avoid. You will learn the practical skills involved in framing a problem without blame or defensiveness and how to keep the conversation productive. Register in Carolina Talent (log in and find under “Learning Calendar”)


Nov. 15, noon – 1 p.m. (Virtual)
Managing Personal Finances

Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck. Register in Carolina Talent (log in and find under “Learning Calendar”)


Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. – noon (Virtual)
High-Impact Feedback & Listening

Learning how to deliver high-impact feedback is critical for helping employees build good working relationships, apply effective communication approaches, and achieve positive results at work. Both the feedback giver and receiver must learn to listen for understanding to minimize common negative or defensive feelings. Register in Carolina Talent (log in and find under “Learning Calendar”)


Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Virtual)
Remaining Productive in a Remote Working Environment

While the recent pandemic focused many of us to adjust our work locations and priorities, learning to shift your perspective to manage your time and productivity is crucial. During this session, you will learn how to shake off disruptions and stay connected while working remote. Register in Carolina Talent (log in and find under “Learning Calendar”)


Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development

Nov. 1, noon – 1 p.m. (Virtual)
Struggling with setting and maintaining healthy boundaries in your work environment?

Join Dr. Nadia Charguia, Dr. Giselle Corbie (Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs), and other SOM leaders. Discussion will evolve around thriving, not just surviving, using health boundary-setting to promote the career you want. Registration information can be found here.


Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-Person)
Ever wish writing could be as easy as waving a magic wand?

Well, it’s not a magic wand- but it’s as close as you can get! Dr. Bill Miller (who recently returned to UNC after serving as chair of epidemiology at the Ohio State) will be delivering an in-person session “Can you write better, more efficiently, and not hate the entire process?” You do NOT want to miss this session. Bill has a gift for breaking down the writing process into simple tools and tips- I still use these strategies every day. Turn your academic work into scholarly productivity with these writing skills and get promoted! Registration information can be found here.


Nov. 13, noon – 1 p.m. (Hybrid)*
Are you curious about how to take the next step for promotion and create a career development plan?

Dr. Joan Taylor, our new Associate Dean for FALD, will be hosting an in-person session “Aligning Career Goals with Advancement”. In this session, she’ll tackle strategies to determine your career goals and action them toward promotion. You should get rewarded and acknowledged for your work- and she’ll show you ways to make that happen! Register here to add this to your calendar!

*Designed for faculty