Skip Navigation

Learning & Development

Human Resources Learning & Development is committed to continuous learning that goes beyond training. We offer professional development programs that give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills so you can make the most of your career at Smith. We believe that your professional development is a shared responsibility and collaboration between you, your manager and Smith. We expect you to come to our programs with a readiness to learn and you can expect us to provide a rewarding, relevant learning experience.

We offer programs throughout the academic year designed for Smith administrators and staff. Programs will be listed as they come available.

Eligibility

All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs.

Registration

Registrations will be accepted throughout the semester on a space-available basis. Select your workshops, check with your supervisor and submit your registration in one of three ways:

Waitlist Policy

When a class is full, participants will be waitlisted in the order in which their registration was received. Participants are notified once space becomes available. If there is an adequate number of waitlisted participants, we will offer the class again as soon as feasible.

Feedback

In order to better evaluate our professional development programs, we ask that you complete a Workshop Evaluation Form after attending one of the sessions. If you have questions, please contact Avril Russell in Human Resources at 413-585-2271 or e-mail hrdev@smith.edu.

Fall 2016 Programs

Leadership

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester. This program requires supervisor approval, and ends with a culmination lunch to celebrate achievement.

This program is comprised of five workshops focused on the basic elements of leadership and supervision.

Anyone looking to improve their supervision skills is welcome to register. In order to receive certification, you must complete all five workshops:

Understanding Your Leadership Role

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

The role of "Supervisor" can be challenging on many levels. Learn how to remain resilient while adapting to your changing leadership role.

Wednesday, September 28, 9 a.m.–noon
Campus Center, room 204


Crucial Conversations

Margaret Arsenault, Assistant Director, UMass Workplace Learning & Development

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Practice engaging in these conversations in a safe learning environment.

Wednesday, October 12, 9 a.m.–noon
Campus Center, room 204


Performance Management

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

As a supervisor, you recognize, coach, develop, and lead your team. Learn how to navigate through performance management by using these skills to develop the talent of those you supervise.

Wednesday, November 9, 9 a.m.–noon
Campus Center, room 204


Inclusive Leadership

Dwight Hamilton, Chief Diversity Officer, Smith College

Identify bias and privilege, to uncover the difference between diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Wednesday, November 30, 9 a.m.–noon
Campus Center, room 204


Legal Issues in Supervision

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

Learn the common laws and legal issues that arise during supervision.

Wednesday, December 7, 9 a.m.–noon
Campus Center, room 204

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Smith College

Whether decision based or demonstrative, case studies give you the chance to be in the shoes of a protagonist. With the help of context and detailed data, you can analyze what you would and would not do in a particular situation, why, and how. Join us for lunch and the chance to discuss common management issues in the workplace.

Tuesday, December 6, noon–2 p.m.
HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Business Process Redesign is the analysis and design of workflows and processes within and between organizations. If you are looking to assess a process in your department and don’t know where to start, come learn some basic skills and resources that can guide you through your work.

Wednesday, September 21, 10–11:30 a.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Professional Development

Debra Carney, Jacobson Center, Smith College

In this workshop, participants will learn techniques for writing and delivering effective public presentations.  We’ll discuss how to structure speeches, handle stage fright, rehearse, and use visual aids—among other speech-related topics.  Participants will receive a brief public speaking assignment prior to the workshop. Enrollment limited to 15 participants, light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, November 10, 9 a.m.–noon
Campus Center, room 205

Richard Dufresne, LICSW, Alliance Consulting HRD

The meeting with an employee to review an employee’s performance review can be stressful for the supervisor as well as the employee. At times the supervisor may be presented with challenging behaviors from the employee during such meetings. This workshop will provide the key tools and strategies for a supervisor to apply so as to be able to effectively address the employee’s concerns and issues. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, January 28, noon–1:30 p.m.
Conference Room, Dewey Hall

or

Thursday, December 1, 10–11:30 a.m.
Conference Room, Dewey Hall

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Goal setting is about more than writing down a list of tasks. Come learn about goal setting and the science of behavior to better understand how creating effective goals can work for you and your teams. Use this information when looking at your own goals as a part of the Annual Performance Review Cycle for staff.

Tuesday, August 9, 1–2:30 p.m.
Stoddard Auditorium

or

Tuesday, September 13, 1–2:30 p.m.
Conference Room, Dewey Hall

Emma Kerr, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Smith College

Whether we are at work or at home we can improve our overall quality of life and reduce our carbon footprint. Learn new ways you can practice sustainability, and engage in a discussion about how we can impact our homes and workplaces. Lunch will be provided to the first 20 who register.

Thursday, September 29, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Terry Buckhout, Regional AVP Rick Control Manager, ISCC

Do you have aches? Pains? Eye strain? Come learn about the power of ergonomics and how you can transform your workspace into a more comfortable environment. Lunch will be provided to the first 20 who register.

Thursday, October 27, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College

Icebreaker activities are great for introducing a group to each other for the first time and for setting the tone for a meeting or event. Engage in a series of icebreakers to get any group communicating with each other. Lunch will be provided to the first 20 who register.

Thursday, November 17, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist, Smith College and Patricia Woods, Assistant Director Career Development, Smith College

A vision board is simply a collective name for a wide variety of inspirational collages created from pictures. It’s a pictorial representation of your vision—and a powerful way to make your dreams more tangible and attainable. That’s because the very act of creating the vision board tells your mind what’s important. You’re teaching your mind what you want to focus on in your life. Lunch will be provided to the first 20 who register.

Thursday, December 22, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Financial Wellness

UMassFive College Credit Union

Do you know what benefits to expect from Social Security and when they will be available to you and your family members? Attend this seminar to gain a better understanding of how the Social Security and Medicare systems work.

Wednesday, November 16, noon–1:30 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

Mary Ellen Gordon, CRPC, CEBS, CFS, financial adviser Voya Financial

Join Mary Ellen to learn the most common mistakes made when investing for your future, and planning for retirement from the Financial Advisor who has seen it all!

Thursday, October 6, noon–1:30 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP

There are key questions to ask and strategies to employ before the age of 65 and after reaching age 65. How do Medi-gap policies fit in? Do I need long-term Care insurance? How does Medicare work? Join David Carboni for an informative session on insurance and long-term care plans. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, October 18, noon–1:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Carroll Room

David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP

These sessions will highlight common mistakes people make in planning for retirement and how to avoid them, as well as the following topics:

  • Creating a Satisfying Retirement Life
  • Basics of Financial Planning
  • Housing and Location
  • Estate Planning
  • Social Security, Medicare, and Health Insurance Planning
  • Retirement Income Planning, while Managing Your Portfolio

This is a three-part series to take place over multiple evenings. Dinner will be provided.

Tuesday, October 18, 5–8 p.m.
Thursday, October 20, 5–8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 5–8 p.m.

Campus Center, room 205

Physical Wellness

Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity, and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please! Please bring a yoga mat to each session.

Mondays*, September 12–December 12, 12:05–12:55 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

*No class October 12

Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self–paced speed walks with individually structured, challenging but safe upper–body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. You'll progress with the basic boxing upper–body strikes to achieve physical and emotional strength.

Equipment needed: sneaker and fabric speed–bag boxing glove wraps or traditional fabric boxing wraps. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please!

Tuesdays, September 13–December 6, noon–1 p.m.
Indoor Tennis and Track Facility

Mary Ann Richardson

Note: Space is limited to 10 participants for each workshop. You only need to attend one of the workshops offered to be certified.

When you complete this course, you'll receive certification in first aid and CPR. In the first–aid portion, you'll learn the basics of how to behave in a variety of emergency scenarios. In the CPR section, you'll become adept at cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and will discover what to do if someone goes into cardiac or respiratory arrest. Learn how to save a life: sign up today!

Thursday, October 13, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

or

Friday, November 4, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Harvard Pilgrim

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When detected and treated properly, it can be controlled, and the risk for disease and stroke greatly reduced. At this screening, participant blood pressure will be checked and results will be explained by a health professional.

Tuesday, November 1, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 204

Emotional Wellness

E4Health, Smith College EAP

Learning to manage difficult people is critical for personal and professional success. However, before you can deal effectively with a difficult person, you must understand your personal communication style, which influences how you perceive and respond to different personality types. Participation in this workshop will help deepen your self-awareness and empathy in interactions with difficult coworkers, clients, managers and family members, and teach you techniques for avoiding potential and unnecessary conflict.

Friday, October 21, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

E4Health, Smith College EAP

Is it possible to meet the competing demands of job, family, friends, school and work? The resounding answer is yes! In this fun, interactive seminar, participants will learn the Five Bucket Principle of work/ life balance to get the tools to prioritize what is and should be important to them. They will learn how to think about the BIG PICTURE without ignoring the little things that matter. We will show them how to find the time to manage it all—including time for themselves and fun by identifying priorities, making choices and managing expectations.

Friday, September 30, noon–1 p.m.
Campus Center, room 205

Technology Training

Heather C. Sharpes-Smith, Instructional Designer, MFA, M.Ed

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

Microsoft PowerPoint is powerful software that allows you to create captivating slide presentations that can easily be shared on the web. If you want to present any information creatively and professionally, then Microsoft PowerPoint is the perfect tool. This basic/intermediate class will engage you in the software and help you build skills for developing your own slide presentations.

Wednesday, October 5, 9–11 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Heather C. Sharpes-Smith, Instructional Designer, MFA, M.Ed

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per session.

This two–session course leads you through intermediate elements of Microsoft Excel. In this session you will learn conditional formatting, sorting and filtering data, creating tables and lists, and advanced IF functions. You must have basic knowledge of Excel and be able to attend both sessions in order to register.

Wednesday, October 19, 9–11 a.m. and Wednesday, November 2, 9–11 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Liane Hartman, Technical Training Coordinator, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

Google Forms is a quick form-building tool that integrates directly with your Google Drive. Build secure surveys, sign-up forms, and applications easily. In this workshop, we’ll cover setting up a form, how to check and manage submissions, templates for making your forms look great, and useful add-ons to make Forms even more powerful. This workshop is 90 minutes.

Thursday, October 20, 9–10:30 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Tuesday, November 1, 1:30–3 p.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Liane Hartman, Technical Training Coordinator, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

Learn how to use Google Drive from the desktop.  We will go over how to share your documents and those documents shared with you.   Participants will pick up tips on how to create, move and rename files or folders.  Are you questioning how to use files and folders shared with you or those you have shared with others?  Learn the do’s and don’ts for files stored in Google Drive.  This workshop is 90 minutes.

Tuesday October 11, 9–10:30 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Thursday, October 27, 1:30–3 p.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

Liane Hartman, Technical Training Coordinator, Smith College

Note: Space is limited to 12 participants per semester.

How to simply get around Google Drive. What is the difference between My Drive and Shared with Me. Should you create the document using Google Apps or Microsoft Office? What are the advantages or disadvantages of storing any or all files in Google Drive? What security concerns should I be aware of? This workshop is 90 minutes.

Thursday, October 6, 9–10:30 a.m.
Seelye B2 Lab

or

Tuesday, October 25, 1:30–3 p.m.
Seelye B2 Lab


Additional Resources

Smith College

Lynda.com Technology Courses

Smith purchased a campus-wide license from Lynda.com, a premier provider of online technology training for Smith students, faculty and staff. The Lynda library of over 1,500 courses covers all learning levels for a vast array of software, including 3D, audio, business, design, development, photography, video and web applications. Don't miss this opportunity to learn a new skill or stay up-to-date with software you already know. To start learning what you want when you want, log on to the Smith Portal and click the Lynda.com link on the General Info tab.

Five Colleges

Five College Training and Development Collaborative

Faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend trainings and workshops offered by the other members of the Five College Collaborative. To enroll in programs offered at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, please follow the registration guidelines and procedures outlined on their learning and development websites. If you have any questions about these programs or how to register, please contact Kate Harrington at or call 413-585-2268.

Local Resources

The organizations represented below conduct training in the local area. Please note that the college does not screen or endorse these providers. Please visit their websites for more information.

SIS (Seminar Information Service, Inc.)

This site consolidates course schedules from many top workplace training providers, including SkillPath, Fred Pryor and Padgett-Thompson. The database is searchable by topic, date and location.

Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE)

EANE provides public seminars, workshops, briefings and webinars on an ongoing basis for member companies throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. As a member organization, Smith College receives an automatic 30 percent discount on most training and consulting services.

E4 Health

Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) includes a comprehensive training website with online courses, articles, videos, quizzes and assessments. To log in to the website, register with the name Smith College (case sensitive) and password (guest). The site is voluntary and confidential.

Liberal Arts Luncheon Presentations

The Liberal Arts Lunch presentations are sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities.