Professional Development

Preregister for SPEAK Test on January 12

The SPEAK test, which is required for all International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) to demonstrate ability in spoken English, will be given on Friday, January 12, at 5 p.m. in Allen Hall, room 102. To take the test, students must preregister by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 11.  A photo ID will be required for admission to the test.

For more information and to register for the test, contact Karen Charris from the Intensive English Program at iep@miami.edu or call 305-284-2752.


Posted in InsideUM, Professional DevelopmentComments Off

New Ways to Share News in the New Year

Help University Communications rethink how and what news about and from the University it shares with faculty and staff by attending a focus group session on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses after classes resume on Tuesday, January 16.

Currently, University Communications keeps faculty and staff informed through two primary e-newsletters, the weekly Veritas, which is automatically emailed to employees every Monday, and UM in the News, which is delivered every weekday morning to all subscribers.

In the new year, however, University Communications will explore new, better, and more exciting and convenient vehicles to share both the news you need to know and want to know. Your input is, of course, essential to the process, so please plan to join the conversation after the winter break.

Stay tuned for more information on the locations, times, and dates of the focus group sessions.

Posted in For Your Benefit, InsideUM, News, Professional DevelopmentComments Off

Taking Advantage of Professional Development Opportunities

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne was recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne, center, is recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 22, 2017)—University employees have accessed more than 2,300 courses, certifications, and books since Talent and Organizational Development, in collaboration with University of Miami Information Technology, rolled out new professional development opportunities in ULearn two weeks ago.

The expanded ULearn offerings give all University faculty, staff, and student employees access to thousands of online professional development options that fit their unique needs, interests, and schedules. New “bite-sized” content—short but impactful instruction on a variety of subjects—was particularly helpful to Adeline Lalanne, office manager for the Central Business Office, who was the first UM employee to complete one of the new courses.

“The format and style of the new modules make it easy for leaders and staff to acquire skills that are easily transferable to their daily activities with minimal downtime,” Lalanne said. “From watching the video, I learned all the steps needed from conception to implementation to successfully manage my project. The new resources available in ULearn will make it easier to enhance my skills and do my job more effectively and efficiently.”

Employees also have access to curated, featured training on a variety of helpful topics that will change periodically to spotlight new courses and curriculum. Current trainings include: First Time Manager Essentials, Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Working with Difficult People, and Navigating through Change.

Greg Brenner, executive director of Talent and Organizational Development, said professional development opportunities were expanded in response to the feedback faculty and staff provided on the Gallup Engagement Survey and to UM President Julio Frenk during the “one action” small-group conversations he held across the University following the survey.

“Fostering continuous learning is essential for advancing our organization,” Brenner said. “By offering our employees the ability to learn when they need it, we are encouraging them to be an active participant in expanding their knowledge and skills.”

Click here to join an upcoming live webinar and learn more about new professional development opportunities, or contact Talent and Organizational Development by visiting miami.edu/learn or emailing tod@miami.edu.




Posted in News, Professional DevelopmentComments Off

Get Creative at the Adobe Spark Workshop

As of August 2017, the University of Miami became Florida’s first Adobe Creative Campus. UM now provides full, free access to Adobe Creative Cloud for all UM faculty, students, and staff. To kick off this exciting new partnership with Adobe, University of Miami Libraries will host two workshop sessions on Thursday, December 7,  featuring Patrick Koster, Adobe senior customer success manager, and Ben Forta, Adobe senior director for education initiatives.

Koster will start the sessions by introducing the desktop and mobile applications, web services, and learning resources that are included within Adobe Creative Cloud. Next, Forta will guide a hands-on session in which faculty and staff will have the opportunity to transform their ideas into visually stunning stories using Adobe Spark—the easiest and quickest way to get started in creating impactful graphics, web pages, and video stories. To conclude the workshop, all attendees will be invited to participate in an open discussion about how these projects could enhance teaching and learning.

No RSVP or advanced sign-in is required to show up for one of these two sessions:

Morning Session

Richter Library Literacy Lab –RM 344

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Richter Library Literacy Lab – RM 344

1  to 4 p.m.

Important Note: You will need to bring your laptop or iOS device (preferably an iPad) to participate in the Adobe Spark portion of the workshop.

Please contact academictechnologies@miami.edu with any questions about the workshop.

Posted in Extra Credit, For Your Benefit, Professional DevelopmentComments Off

Last Call! Register for Essentials of Leadership by January 19


Learn. Inspire. Grow

EOL Promotion 1A transformational university needs inspiring leaders. The Essentials of Leadership Program provides University leaders with the opportunities, resources, tools and support to ensure a successful developmental journey.

Since its inception three years ago, over 500 leaders have successfully graduated from the program, which is designed to advance a participant’s development through interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, networking and coaching.

Upon successful completion, leaders would have completed their Individual Leadership Development Plan and will have the tools and foundational knowledge essential to deliver excellence through others, advocate change, and deliver results.

Recommendations for Series 10 will be accepted until Friday,  January 19. Visit the Talent and Organizational Development website for more information about the Essentials of Leadership Program and its upcoming series dates.

Posted in Benefits, Professional DevelopmentComments Off

  • Features
  • Tags
  • Popular
  • Subscribe
  • Subscribe to the Veritas RSS Feed
    Get updates to all of the latest Veritas posts by clicking the logo at the right.

    You can also subscribe to specific categories by browsing to a particular section on our site and clicking the RSS icon below each section's header.

UM Facebook

UM Twitter