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.

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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.

Please contact Human Resources at 781-736-4474 or humanresources@brandeis.edu to register.


Online Professional Development Workshops

Web-based 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.




Professional Development Workshops

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX Workshop

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:

Monday, February 25                   1:00-3:00 pm          register

Wednesday, March 13                  1:00-3:00 pm          register

Friday, April 26                             9:00-11:00 am        register

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

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



Improved Business Writing

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.

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Friday, March 1            9:00 am –12:00 pm         register

People Who Push Your Buttons, how to handle difficult co-workers

There is a good chance that on any given day we come into contact with someone who expresses themselves in such a way that we may find irritating or insulting. Whether there are cultural differences or just a differing point of view, most of us would benefit from learning strategies and tools to help us address the situation as it arises in a professional and positive manner. This training includes role play that is designed to provide the following:

Seminar Goals:

Identify what behaviors of others set you off and why

Learn how to respond and not react

Learn communication methods to assert your needs so people will listen

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Monday, March 18            10:00 am –11:00 pm         register

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work

This seminar focuses on ways to free your mind from self-defeating and counterproductive thoughts and beliefs.  In a safe environment, you will learn to adapt to life’s unexpected events, let go of things you can’t control and create a flow to daily living.  This is the first step to being your best without being perfect.

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Monday, April 29            10:00 am –11:00 pm         register


Full-day workshops presented by Skill Path

Fundamentals of Successful Project Management
Almost everyone’s job today includes the requirement for successfully managing projects. Managers who know how to complete projects on time, on budget and with the desired results are in high demand.

 This one-day program teaches participants the secrets of what it takes to guide a project from bright idea to bottom-line results: the know-how to create a plan, implement it, monitor progress, correct as necessary and deliver as promised.

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify how to plan projects and estimate their cost
  • Discover how to establish timelines and select the appropriate scheduling tools
  • Select members of a project team and win their loyalty and support
  • Explain how to solve problems and overcome resistance to change
  • Review strategies to manage several projects at once—and resolve the conflict between competing priorities

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

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Tuesday, February 26            9:00 am –4:00 pm         register

Embracing Change

Change is a fact of life. However, most people don’t like it and don’t adjust to or accept it readily.

This course will help you 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.

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Tuesday, March 26            9:00 am –4:00 pm         register

Effective Teamwork Strategies
Teamwork is essentially in today’s business world. It’s an important ingredient of successful organizations, and for that reason, it’s important for everyone to work successfully with one another.

This course teaches team members how to be more confident and work as part of a highly productive team. This course provides the techniques and strategies for crystal-clear communication, effective problem solving and high-quality teamwork.

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Define what a team is and the development stages of teams
  • Explain the role that personality types play in how a team functions
  • Articulate the critical communication techniques used by effective teams
  • Explain how to resolve conflict and stabilize others on the team during a conflict

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

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Thursday, April 25            9:00 am –4:00 pm         register

Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Management
Successfully managed conflict can have a healthy, positive effect on your team and your organization. Well-managed conflict is an effective way to bring important issues to light and to open and strengthen the lines of communication and creativity with your team, boss, vendors and clients. This course will teach participants the insights needed to become proficient at handling conflicts.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the main causes of workplace conflict
  • Explain how team conflict escalates
  • Discuss strategies for defusing an escalating conflict
  • Describe healthy and unhealthy conflict and how to manage each
  • Articulate the best way to communicate in conflict situations

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

Location:        Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Room

The workshop will be offered on the following date/time:

Thursday, May 9            9:00 am –4:00 pm         register


Library and Services Available for Staff

Library Services
For Library workshops and training available for staff, please visit the Library website.




Community CPR/First Aid Classes Available for Staff and Faculty

CPR/First Aid Classes
For information about CPR/First Aid Classes, please visit the Public Safety BEMCO website