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Professional Development Series (PDS)

The Professional Development Series is offered by the Division of Human Resources. These classes are designed specifically to enhance your job skills and competencies. Sessions are offered at various times throughout the year and are available on a first-come, first-served basis to benefits-eligible employees. Some courses offer a blended learning environment with in-class participation and online pre-work.

All the classes take place in the University Services Building (Room 214). We invite you to explore the professional development classes listed below. Please come back and visit this site often, as additional classes may be introduced.

Please direct comments or questions to (520) 626-0159. 

Upcoming Classes

Mar 28

Communicating in a Bustling Workplace: Getting Your Message Across

9:00am to 11:30am

Learn to say more with less!  Communicate more effectively to achieve your goals and garner stronger support and participation. 

Apr 11

Improving a Relationship Through Conflict

9:00am to 11:00am

Many people avoid conflict in a relationship to try to “keep the peace”, but end up damaging it in the end.  Conflict is unpleasant, but it is essential to a growing relationship. Come learn and experience techniques designed to help you use conflict when it occurs in order to improve and develop a relationship.

Apr 19

Effective Communication in a Multi-Generational Campus

11:00am to 12:00pm

Working well together depends in large part upon effective communication. Explore how generational differences can compound poor communication, or how it can inspire and illuminate innovation and creativity. This session will broadly introduce participants to the various generations currently in the workforce and how their views can inhibit or enhance the effective functioning in a workgroup.

May 2

Communicating in a Bustling Workplace: Tuning-in to the Right Channel for Success

9:00am to 11:30am

Learn how listening and understanding others will help you build and work within your teams more effectively to achieve your goals. 

May 3

Being Your Best When Work and Elder Care Intersect

11:00am to 12:00pm

UA employees providing or considering caring for an older adult, need resources that address caregiving questions while also working well. Learn about elder care trends and resources, along with ideas for preparing for family changes that can make a difference now.