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    Professional Development

    PDC logo - Taking it to the next levelThe Student Affairs Professional Development Committee (PDC) works to consistently empower and inspire StudentAffairs professionals to know themselves, their positions, their field, and their community. To this end the PDC was created to:

    • Orient new staff members to the philosophical orientation of Student Affairs and the theoretical basis for student personnel work
    • Advocate for resources to ensure uninterrupted development offerings
    • Build a sense of team
    • Recognize the exemplary accomplishments of staff members
    • Provide information and programming to enhance the operation/management of Student Affairs offices


    Members of the Committee:

    • Mackenzie Adriance - Chair
    • Pam Curtis
    • Jessica Gernert, Recognition Chair
    • Shirley Hardy, Treasurer
    • Whitney Menser
    • Kathy Meyer, Evaluation Chair
    • Julie Onnembo, Reservations Chair
    • Stephanie Passow
    • Rosie Shannon, Faculty Liaison
    • Karen Zody, Classified Staff Retreat Chair


    Signature Staff Development Events

    Each a day-long learning and networking experience featuring a prominent keynote speaker, workshops and content session

    • Past breakout sessions have included: “Microaggressions in Academia: Covert Racism and Its Impact on You”, “Workplace Wellness”, “Does What We Do Matter? Meaningful Assessment for the Everyday Practitioner”
    • Past keynote speakers have included: Dr. Telly Sellars, Coordinator of Counseling/Professor at Jefferson Community and Technical College; Tom Owen, University Archivist and former Metro Council member; and Dr. Fred Rhodes, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Bellarmine University

    An hour-long workshop or content session on varying professional development topics during lunchtime

    • Past topics include: Social Media Engagement, Advising First Generation Students, OrgSync Training

    A half-day of training on topics including performance maintenance

    A day-long retreat for Classified Staff featuring guest speaker presentations and networking opportunities for staff

    A day-long workshop and training session for new staff to provide resources and help them become familiar with Student Affairs at UofL

    • Coffee & Conversation
    • Halloween Potluck
    • Derby Potluck
    • Public recognition of those who have worked at UofL for 1 and 3 years
    • Superlatives including “Outstanding service to the UofL community”, “outstanding attitude”, and “outstanding behind the scenes support person” in each department of Student Affairs
    • High Five Awards
    • Social Justice Series
    • Career Development – Advancing your Career in Higher Education
    • Popcorn with the PDC - Ted Talks
    • Working with Student Veterans
    • Best Practices in Assessment Tools

    Calendar of Events

    9/15/17New Staff Orientation, 9am-3pm, SRC
    9/28/17Development Dialogues: How to be a Great Boss, 4pm, new Starbucks in the SAC
    10/25/17Halloween Potluck, 11:30am-1pm, Red Barn
    11/15/17Lunch & Learn: How to Deal with Challenges and Change, Noon, TBA
    12/1/17Winter Leadership Institute, TBA
    1/18/17Coffee & Conversation, GAPSA, Red Barn, 9-10:30am
    2/15/17Coffee & Conversation, Disability Resource Center, 8:30-10am
    3/14/17Coffee & Conversation, Counseling Center, 8:30-10am
    4/5/17Coffee & Conversation, DOS, SAC-W301, 9-10:30am
    5/ /17Derby Potluck, TBD
    5/11/17Coffee & Conversation, Intramurals, SRC, 9:00-10:30am
    5/ /17Classified Staff Retreat, TBD
    6/6/17Coffee & Conversation, Housing, Stevenson Hall, 9:00-10:30am
    7/12/17Walk and Talk - Dairy Castle (meet at SAC) 12:30-1:30pm
    7/27/17UofL Speed Networking, Bigelow Hall, MITC, 2:30-4:00pm RSVP
    7/ /17Summer Academy, TBD

    Printable Calendar of Events

    Fall 2016 Schedule of Events (pdf)

    Spring 2016 Schedule of Events (pdf)

    Previous Workshops

    Let's Talk About Millennials -- Why We Should Love Them

    Student Affairs Latino Experience Presentation (PDF)

    Giving-Geting Feedback: Making the Evaluation Process the Best It Can Be (PDF)

    Apology World Café Harvest (PDF)

    Listening Summary Workshop (DOCX)

    Communication is a 4 Letter Word Presentation (PPTX)

    Social Media Engagement Presentation

    Advising First-Generation College Students

    Additional Resources

    UofL Human Resource Training Programs

    Thank you for supporting YOUR Student Affairs Professional Development Committee!

    You can contact the PDC with workshop ideas and questions by sending an email to vpsapdc@louisville.edu.