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Staff Education & Development Newsletter

We distribute a campus-wide newsletter to inform staff of upcoming classes and trainings.

Check out the current November/December 2017 (PDF) issue of the SED Newsletter.

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Upcoming Classes and Trainings


Now Available: UC People Management Certificate

The UC People Management Certificate is for anyone who currently manages or supervises people or aspires to manage people. It is designed to increase our people management capabilities at UC San Diego as well as across the entire UC system.

The curriculum includes core and elective courses covering the following competency areas:

  • Performance Management
  • Managing People
  • Administration and Operations
  • Change Management
  • Communications

For more information, visit blink.ucsd.edu/go/ucpm.



Creating a Rewarding Staff Environment

Thursday, February 1, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Learning Center (Torrey Pines Center-South, Suite 265A; TPCS 265A)
Instructor: Russ King
Fee: None

Intended for: managers, supervisors and work leaders who would like to improve staff morale in their respective units and explore ideas for creating a working environment for staff that encourages mutual respect and self-motivation

Participants will learn skills to identify what makes work worthwhile for individual employees, how to effectively address employee needs and how to develop a philosophy, objectives, and strategies for creating and maintaining a rewarding workplace.

This course will define and discuss both large and small issues that affect staff morale in areas including:

  • Compensation
  • Relationships between staff and faculty
  • Professional development
  • Physical environment
  • Work-life balance

 Recent participants say:

 “That was an Amazing training one of the best I have attended here at UCSD.”

 “I liked the ‘lecturette’ style - presenting information for 5-10 minutes and then went more into discussion of the topics covered. I was able to take some good notes during this time.”

Register on the UC Learning Center by clicking on the class title above, or search keyword “rewardingenv”


Principles of Effective Communication

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Learning Center (Torrey Pines Center-South, Suite 265A; TPCS 265A)
Instructor: Linda Thai Schlossman
Fee: None

Intended for: any staff

The communication process involves a sender, receiver, message, and channel. However, this simplistic description significantly under-represents what is actually a very complex process. This workshop is designed to build competence in foundational communication skills through practice and reflection on practice.

Topics Covered:

  • Understand the key elements of any communication
  • Discover the importance of body language, word choice and tone of voice in any communication
  • Learn and practice a model for making a request
  • Learn and practice a model for providing constructive feedback
  • Learn and practice a model for providing positive reinforcement
  • Learn and practice a model for "high stakes" communications
  • Learn and practice a model for communication during conflict

Register on the UC Learning Center by clicking on the class title above, or search keyword “PrinComm


Developing Your Assertive Skills

Part 1: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Training Center North (Plaza Level, Torrey Pines Center-North)
Instructor: Justin Long
Fee: None

Intended for: those wanting to be less passive, less aggressive, or simply more effective interacting with others at work

In this workshop you will develop confidence, learn to respond effectively to criticism and provide appropriate feedback in challenging workplace situations and in communication with authority figures.

Topics include:

  • Assessing your interpersonal assertive style
  • Identifying your assertive rights and responsibilities
  • Giving objective feedback
  • Applying effective assertive techniques
  • Developing scripts for asserting yourself in special situations
  • Understanding how you relate to authority figures

During the follow-up session you will review your progress and discuss strategies for coping with defensive reactions and personal criticism.

Register on the UC Learning Center by clicking on the class title above, or search keyword “assertskills”

The Manager’s Role in Employee Development

Thursday, February 8, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Learning Center (Torrey Pines Center-South, Suite 265A; TPCS 265A)
Instructor: Amy Clay
Fee: None

Intended for: managers, supervisors, and work leaders

This workshop will articulate UC San Diego’s expectations of the manager’s role and responsibility in developing employees for professional achievement. You will learn how realizing talent in others and driving productive learning can foster organizational success.

Topics Covered:

  • Important conversations to have with your employees – the engagement conversation and the professional development conversation
  • The 70:20:10 strategic approach to learning
  • The Individual Development Planning process and structure from the manager's viewpoint
  • Tools and resources that support competency assessment, productive learning, and learning transfer and application

Register on the UC Learning Center by clicking on the class title above, or search keyword “mgrrole”

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