Learning & Development
Human Resources Learning & Development is committed to continuous learning that goes beyond training. We offer professional development programs throughout the academic year that give you an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in order to make the most of your career at Smith. We believe your professional development is a shared responsibility and collaboration between you, your manager and Smith.
Important COVID-19 Information
Due to COVID-19 planning and implementation, upcoming workshops are postponed, except as noted below. For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.
All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs.
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:
- Register online (preferred)
- Fax your registration to 413-585-2284
- Email your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email email@example.com.
Spring 2020 Learning & Development Offerings
Webinars Presented by e4Health:
To access the webinars, go to the Smith College Human Resources Benefits page and scroll down to “Employee Assistance” where there is a link to the e4Health sign in page. To access the webinars, sign into e4Health (you may use “Smith College” as the username and “guest” as the password). Once signed in, go to the Upcoming Events section to sign up.
Learn the wide variety of communication options using Zoom, from videoconferencing to in-person meetings. You will learn or review how to: schedule or join a meeting, start and control a meeting, manage account settings, manage participants, use chat, share your screen, and even how to record a meeting. We will also discuss Zoom setups across campus and using the Zoom App vs. the web interface. Two options for participating: Join us in person or Join us online at https://smith.zoom.us/j/856077940.
Presented by Peggy Pryor and Jo Cannon, ITS.
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 31, 1 - 2 p.m.
Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions, by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney and Howard Raiffa
- The Art Of Thinking Clearly, by Rolf Dobelli
Must be signed into portal
Smith College Problem Solving and Decision Making online training
To access the webinars you can go to the Smith College Human Resources Benefits page and scroll down to the Employee Assistance section where there is a link to the E4Health sign in page. To access the webinars sign into E4Health (you may use “Smith College” as the username and “guest” as the password.) Once signed in, go to the Upcoming Events section, where there will be a list of webinars accessible to you, including these two webinars.
We all want to come to work and be treated with kindness and respect. A kind workplace leads to reduce stress, increase morale, and better business outcomes. Discover methods of strengthening your civility muscle to enhance your level of kindness and respect in interpersonal relationships.
To access the webinars, go to the Smith College Human Resources Benefits page and scroll down to “Employee Assistance” for a link to the e4Health sign in page. To access the webinars sign into E4Health (you may use “Smith College” as the username and “guest” as the password.) Once signed in, go to the Upcoming Events section to sign up.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.