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Professional Development

This page provides information on resources for professional and career development and training opportunities available at the UA.

Useful Links

UA Human Resources Career Development - Benefits eligible employees may take courses offered.

UA Office for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plans

A postdoctoral mentoring plan or individual development plan (IDP) is a key tool in establishing expectations and opening a line of communication for postdoctoral scholars and supervisors to discuss professional development objectives and career goals. You can find more IDP resources on the Resources for Posdoc Mentors webpage.

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides a free interactive-career-planning and development tool called myIDP

Building your Teaching Portfolio 

If you’re pursuing a career in a higher education setting, a strong teaching portfolio can help you to be a competitive job candidate. You can use your time as a postdoctoral scholar to take advantage of the many teaching resources provided by the University of Arizona.

UA Certificate In College Teaching - The UA Office of Instruction and Assessment sponsors a certificate program in college-level teaching best practices. This 10-unit program consists of a series of courses that provide foundational information and help develop the competencies necessary to teach effectively in higher education. 

The program can be completed in 2 semesters (IA 697a is a prerequisite for IA 694a) and must be completed within 4 years. These courses can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in College Teaching Program and are eligible for Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR)  

UA Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) - In addition to the Certificate in College Teaching, the OIA offers a variety of services and programs to provide instructional support and development opportunities for those teaching on the UA campus.

  • A list of workshops and mini-courses on topics such as improving student writing and effective teaching methods for student engagement can be found here
     
  • The OIA Teaching Resources site offers a collection of quick guides and mini primers to help you think about and engage in teaching. Please log in with your UA NedID.
     
  • OIA consulting services include:
    • Instructional Support & Development:  The OIA can help you create a new course or improve your current course by helping you include proven classroom management and student engagement strategies, and designing effective assessment activities.
    • Instructional Technologies Support – D2L: The OIA can help you move elements of your current curriculum online, help create new curricula and develop instructional strategies and processes - strategies based on solid learning and instructional theory to achieve your instructional goals. See us to create viable distance-learning spaces.
    • Multimedia Solutions: The OIA can videotape guest lectures, scientific lab procedures, conceptual demonstrations, and promotional content and offers video streaming of course content that students can view both during and outside of the classroom. The OIA will also provide consultation to help you to decide what multimedia will be successful for your course and audience.
    • Technologies Development: The OIA's Web Development Technologies team assists faculty, instructors, postdocs, and TA's in several ways. Contact them for professionally developed websites that are easy for you update, websites that support your grant projects or research labs, instructional resources that extend student learning, and educational technology consultants with whom you may explore new ideas.

Additional Coursework

Certificate Programs

Adding a certificate to your CV can help demonstrate the diversity of your expertise. The University of Arizona offers many certificate programs over a wide range of subjects (search 'CERTG' to see a full list). Before applying, check to see if you are eligible for Qualified Tuition Reduction.

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshops

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) workshops are open to all members of the campus community and required by certain individuals funded through NIH, NSF, or NIFA. Each workshop may count toward an RCR Certificate. See RCR Certificate Program and Federal Requirements for details on who is required to receive RCR instruction and the process for fulfilling those requirements.

Survival Skills and Ethics SLHS 649

  • Offered spring semesters 
  • Meets Wednesdays 3-5:50 p.m.
  • Taught by Dr. Jeanneatte D. Hoit: hoit@email.arizona.edu

This course is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in all disciplines. It provides information and experiences that aid in successful "survival" during the training years and beyond.

  • Trainees on Federally Funded Training Grants: This course includes coverage of the recommended Core Instructional Areas in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR):
    • Conflict of interest
    • Human subjects, animals, and safe laboratory practices
    • Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
    • Collaborative research
    • Peer review
    • Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
    • Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
    • Responsible authorships and publication
    • Social responsibility; environmental and societal impacts of research
Last updated 8 Jun 2016