Educational Seminars

It is the policy of the University that all employees – full-time/part-time faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and student workers – participate, on an annual basis (based on the academic year), in specified educational training seminars. Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, and supervisors will be responsible for coordinating the participation of their respective staffs. The deadline to complete the training seminars for faculty and staff is the end of the academic year, May 14, 2022, however, the deadline for graduate assistants and student workers is April 29, 2022. Information about the seminars is provided below. 

Newly hired employees are asked to complete their courses within 90 days of their starting date. Supervisors will oversee their completion. 

Specific questions may be directed to the Office of University Training at 450-3135, Charlotte Strickland, Director of Professional Development and Training, training@uca.edu.

2021-22 Required Seminars

  • Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination onsite
    • Title IX and Sexual Harassment for Employees online equivalent
  • Title IX onsite
    • Title IX and Sexual Harassment for Employees online equivalent
  • Diversity onsite
    • Sensitivity Awareness online equivalent
  • Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting (online only)
  • FERPA (online only)
  • Protection Against Malware (online only)

Note: This academic year, attendance at EITHER Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination OR Title IX on-site will count towards the completion of both courses.

Education Seminar Online Opportunities

Online Education Seminars
Employees will receive an e-mail from UCA’s online seminar training vendor Vector Solutions. Employees access the online training courses through the myUCA portal using their individual email. Notification e-mails are sent regularly reminding employees to complete the trainings. Once the required training courses are complete and recorded by the Office of University Training, you will no longer receive reminder emails.

You have the option of completing Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination, Diversity, and Title IX on-site OR online. Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting, FERPA, and Protection Against Malware must be completed online.

All records of on-site and online participation are kept in the Offices of Human Resources and University Training. Vice Presidents, Council of Deans, and supervisors have access to completion reports via Vector Solutions. Contact the Office of University Training for access instructions.  

Additional ‘Optional’ Online Offerings
Numerous additional online educational courses are available for employees. The courses are included in the employee’s Vector Solutions’ homepage. It is up to each Department Head/Supervisor as to whether any further courses are required. These online optional courses (NOT required by the University) are for any employee to participate in and can be accessed multiple times.

Education Seminar On-site Opportunities

The registration system for on-site training seminars will go live on August 2, 2021 and can be accessed through this link: https://uca.edu/training/educational-seminars/training-list/

Employees will use the system to register for the various on-site educational seminars offered throughout the year.

On-site Seminar Notes

  • A scanning device is used to record participant attendance on-site. Please bring your campus ID card or your ID #.
  • X-period is 1:40 – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Seminar rooms are sometimes chilly; bring a sweater or jacket if you would like.
  • If a seminar includes a meal, it will be noted.

Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination (includes discussion of Sexual Harassment)

Feedback from past seminar participants:

  • “I learned there are always behaviors to be aware of, no matter how innocent. What seems innocent to one may not be perceived by others in the same way.”
  • “There are cultural differences related to perceptions of harassment.”
  • “If/when a situation arises I will be prepared to report and offer resources.”

You have the option of completing this training online or on-site. The online course equivalent is entitled Title IX and Sexual Harassment for Employees.

August 20 (Friday)   
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #215

September 21 (Tuesday)
3:00 – 4:00 PM
ZOOM

October 7 (Friday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Student Center #214

November 9 (Tuesday) 
9:00 – 10:00 AM
ZOOM

January 12 (Wednesday)
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #223/224

February 2 (Wednesday)
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Student Center #214

March 4 (Friday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
ZOOM

April 7 (Thursday)  
3:00 – 4:00 PM
ZOOM

Diversity

Through the years the Office of University Training has brought to campus various diversity topics for discussion (military, spirituality, civility, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.).

Feedback from past seminar participants:

  • “I learned new terms! Code switching, dog whistles, different ways to say the same thing, coded language, microaggressions, etc.” 
  • “Most definitely I intend to train myself to become more aware of how others may interpret what I say in my interactions and communications.”
  • “It is especially important to be open to other people.. It’s okay to voice when you feel you’ve been wronged.”

This year the diversity on-site course is entitled Free Speech vs Cancel Culture.  We will discuss this aspect of diversity on our campus and provide steps towards effective communication in difficult conversations.

You have the option of completing this training online or on-site. The online course equivalent is entitled Sensitivity Awareness.

September 8 (Wednesday)  
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Student Center #215

September 30 (Thursday)
9:00 – 10:30 AM
ZOOM

October 12 (Tuesday)
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Student Center #214

November 12 (Friday)
9:00 – 10:30 AM
ZOOM

January 12 (Wednesday)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Student Center #223/224

February 16 (Wednesday)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
ZOOM

March 10 (Thursday)
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Student Center #214

April 13 (Wednesday)
3:00 – 4:30 PM
ZOOM

Title IX

Includes discussion on Title IX law, UCA policy, and mandatory reporters. The UCA Title IX Coordinator presents this seminar.

You have the option of completing this training online or on-site. The online course equivalent is entitled Title IX and Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employees.

August 20 (Friday)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Student Center #215

September 28 (Tuesday)
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #215

January 12 (Wednesday)
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Student Center #223/224

February 10 (Thursday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
ZOOM

Professional Development

Voluntary educational seminars open to all employees

New Employee Orientation

New Staff Orientation (For non-faculty hired as of May 2021)

September 24 (Friday)
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Student Center #213/214
(Lunch provided)

April 15 (Friday)
8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Student Center #213/214
(Lunch provided)

New Faculty Orientation                

August 17 (Monday)  

The focus of this day will be teaching essentials and resources to support instruction. Topics will include an overview of UCA students, instructor-student rapport and classroom climate, syllabus design, and surviving the first year as a new faculty member.

August 16, 2021 (Monday)    8:00 AM-4:30 PM       Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Contact Center for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Leadership at 450-5240 to register or for questions

LGBTQIA Seminars

(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual)
Panel Discussion, Terminology, Being an Ally
Voluntary Session – Open to all UCA campus employees and student population

October 27 (Wednesday)
3:00 – 4:00 PM
ZOOM

January 27 (Thursday)
3:00 – 4:00 PM
ZOOM

Leadership Series

Four education sessions to equip ANY employees who have a desire and opportunity to lead others well!

October 6 (Wednesday)
Identity Check – Dr. Malcolm North
2:00 – 4:00 PM
ZOOM

November 30 (Tuesday)
Leadership in Midst of Crisis – Charlotte Strickland, Steven Shook
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Student Center #214

February 3 (Thursday)
Emotional Intelligence Adept Leadership – Dr. Amy Hawkins, Dr. Leah Horton
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Student Center #214

March 30 (Wednesday)
Emerging Leaders – Dr. Rhonda McClellan
2:00 – 4:00 PM
ZOOM

Professional Administrative Staff Reception

April 22 (Friday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Student Center #223/224
(Refreshments served)

This program provides food, door prizes, and socialization for UCA employees who serve as professional administrative staff. A short inspirational presentation is provided to remind individuals of the impact they have on this campus.

Service Excellence

UCA C.A.R.E.S. – (Communication, Attitude, Respect, Enthusiasm & Smile!)
For all employees including student workers, graduate assistants, & front line office workers!

August 26 (Thursday)  
1:40 – 2:30 PM (X-Period)
Student Center #213

January 25 (Tuesday) 
1:40 – 2:30 PM (X-Period)
ZOOM

Bear in Mind Luncheons

12:00 – 1:15 PM

September 29 (Wednesday) 
Disabilities: Education and Resources
Presenters: Doris Pierce, Robyn Smith
Student Center #214

October 14 (Thursday)
Mental Health: Assisting our Students
Presenter: UCA Counseling Services
ZOOM

November 16 (Tuesday)
Effective Meetings: Efficiency and Impact!
Presenter: Charlotte Strickland
Student Center #214

January 19 (Wednesday)
Mental Health: Assisting our Students
Presenter: UCA Counseling Center
Student Center #214

February 18 (Friday) 
Approaching and Implementing Difficult Conversations
Presenter: Charlotte Strickland
ZOOM

March 15 (Tuesday)
Retreat Tools for Departments: EQi, Leaderstyles, Strengthsquest, Personality, etc.
Presenters: Dr. Amy Hawkins, Steven Shook, Charlotte Strickland
ZOOM