Training & Professional Development

Brandeis University takes pride in the rich hub of knowledge and varied life experiences of our valued staff members. Empowering team members in furthering their education with training and professional development keeps their knowledge base relevant, makes their job experience more rewarding and adds value to the university as a whole.

Employees are welcome to benefit from:

  • Hands-on Trainings
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Web-based Instructional Videos from Lynda.com

On topics such as:

  • Preventing Sexual Harassment
  • How to conduct a performance review
  • Setting Goals
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Business Communication

For more information, contact Training Specialist Cynthia Farquhar at 781-736-4470, or at farquhar@brandeis.edu.

For a complete menu of professional development workshops, please visit HR Training and Development Webpage

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New Employee Orientation

NEO

 New Employee Orientation  

This workshop is required and provides new employees with the necessary information and tools to successfully work at Brandeis. Topics covered include: an overview of the history and makeup of Brandeis, important policies and procedures, an overview of the function of and services provided by the Office of Human Resources, and general campus resources and information.

New Employee Orientations are offered on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 4th             9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, October 25th           9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, November 8th          9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, November 22nd        9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR  Conference Room          register

Wednesday, December 13th         9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register




Professional Development Workshops

Stress Management

 Stress Management

When harnessed effectively, stress can be a source of energy and motivation. However, all too often we let stress build to unmanageable levels, allowing it to impact our physical and mental health. During this seminar, we will review common stressors and symptoms of stress, as well as our individual responses to demands in our personal and professional lives. The focus will be on developing strategies for coping with stress and increasing our ability to transform stress into a motivating, rather than debilitating, force in our lives.

Date:  Tuesday, January 23

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Assertive Communication Skills

Assertive Communication Skills

Do you get what you deserve? Are you negotiating for what you need? A variation on our “Communicating Effectively” seminar, this session focuses on how to get your needs met while, at the same time, taking into account the needs and interests of others. This interactive workshop presents proven communication techniques that can improve your bargaining power and ensure win-win solutions.

Date:  Monday, March 5

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Improving Business Writing

 Improving Business Writing....How to write more effective e-mails, memos and reports

Learn how to create well-written e-mail messages, memos, reports and other materials.  Review ways to enhance the “readability” of your messages and tips to help make e-mail writing faster and easier.  Special focus is on seven principles of effective business writing and how to approach a writing task.  The workshop will also review aspects of punctuation, grammar and word usage, and you will learn about Web resources that can help you further develop your writing skills.

Refreshments will be served.

Date:  Tuesday, March 6

Time:  9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Creative Problem Solving

 Creative Problem Solving

There is a solution to almost every problem. In this program, we will explore some techniques to help us get to the solution sooner rather than later. This interactive class begins by asking for a list of problems that the attendees are currently experiencing, and the learning that takes place can be put into effect immediately.

Date:  Tuesday, April 24

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX Workshop

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX Workshop for Managers, Staff and Faculty

The workshop will provide managers, faculty and staff with the information and tools necessary to recognize, prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault.  The workshop will incorporate the impact of diversity on these issues and will discuss the role managers and faculty have as Responsible Employees and the mandates under Title IX.   

Light refreshments will be served

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following dates/times:

Thursday, January 18       1:00-3:00 pm  register  

Tuesday, February 27       9:00-11:00 am    register             

Monday, March 19             1:00-3:00 pm  register

Tuesday, April 10              1:00-3:00 pm    register       

Monday, May 7                  9:00-11:00 am    register    

Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.


Skill Path Workshops – Full Day

Monday 2/26 – Strategic Planning and Analytical Thinking

 Strategic Planning and Analytical Thinking

Strategic Planning requires a strong understanding of different tools and approaches, and, if used appropriately, can result in a more directed and functional workplace.

This one-day program teaches participants insightful approaches to Strategic Planning, and provides new tools for the workplace. By attending this program, participants will leave with a strong understanding of different thinking styles, and how they affect and inhibit analytical thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ways to apply strategic planning in on-the-job situations
  • List different learning styles
  • Understand and use workplace planning tools
  • Create a blended solution through multiple approaches to strategic planning

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Monday, February 26, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Tuesday 3/20 – Developing a Professional Presence

 Developing a Professional Presence

Your professional image is one of your most valuable personal resources. It helps you interact effectively with co-workers, deal successfully with clients, and plays a role in moving up the career ladder.

This course will help you gain skill and confidence in how you present yourself. Learn everything from proper business etiquette on the job to who pays for lunch and who should be introduced first. You’ll also discover tips for building credibility through better communication habits. In addition, you’ll learn how to better deal with difficult people and situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • How Recognize the accepted rules of business etiquette in any setting
  • Understand the power of body language and eye contact
  • Recognize how your communication style affects your image and credibility
  • Describe the ins and outs of dressing appropriately
  • Describe how the way you manage a meeting affects your credibility
  • Define effective ways to deal with difficulty people

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Thursday 5/10 – Manage Emotions and Thrive Under Pressure

 Manage Emotions and Thrive Under Pressure

Emotional self-control makes a difference in work performance, personal and professional relationships and overall happiness. Everyone experiences those moments on the job when unwanted emotions intensify. It’s what employees do with them that can lead to problems at work.

This course will teach participants a systematic process for developing “emotional self-control.” They’ll gain insight into disruptive emotions and impulses that make them feel out of control and helpless, and learn how to rein them in. The tools and strategies you’ll learn will minimize daily work stressors, improve employee performance and earn employees greater respect.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the etiology of emotions and their effect
  • Discuss behaviors that impede success
  • Describe control factors of anger and other powerful emotions
  • Express how to have positive behaviors and clarity during workplace change
  • Recognize how to tackle stressors

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Thursday, May 10, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

Thursday 4/5 – Embracing Change

 Embracing Change

Change is a fact of life. However, most people don’t like it and some don’t adjust to or accept it readily. To be successful in today’s ever-changing world, you must understand what change is, how people tend to respond to it and how you can embrace it as an opportunity for growth and progress. If you can learn to view change positively, and respond accordingly, you will see a benefit in your professional and personal life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges and the benefits of change
  • Recognize how people respond to change, and why some thrive while others struggle
  • Discuss the change process and how to handle the various reactions you may have
  • Identify what part of change may be particularly challenging to you individually—and how to make it a positive experience

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Online Professional Development Workshops

Web-based Instructional Videos

 Lynda.com Instructional Videos  

All active staff, faculty and students have unlimited access to an online library of over 2,500 high quality web-based instructional videos offered through Lynda.com.   

  • Learn new skills and new technology at your own pace
  • Improve Excel, Word, Photoshop, video editing, business skills and programming
  • Design customized playlists of courses or individual tutorials
  • Keep track of course history and provide certification of completion, if desired

Lynda at Brandeis can be accessed via the Brandeis Apps panel on the community login page, the LTS website, on Latte or by typing go.brandeis.edu/Lynda in a browser of a computer connected to the university network.

Log in using your UNetID and password.  

If you have any questions, or need assistance using the site you can visit Lynda at Brandeis FAQs or contact the LTS technology service desk.




Library and Technology Services Available for Staff

Library and Technology Services

 Computer Workshops

For Library and Technology Services computer workshops available for staff, please click here.