The Office of Academic Affairs hosts workshops for UO faculty members to enhance their academic endeavors, development, and success. No workshops are scheduled during summer term.

This page is intended as a resource for past workshop materials. For a list of upcoming workshops, see the upcoming dates and deadlines page.

Unit Head and Academic Leadership Workshops

  • Unit Heads Training – Nuts and Bolts of Departmental Personnel Actions View the March 16, 2017 presentation slides
    • This workshop for unit heads focused on departmental personnel actions. Topics included: tentative critical deadlines; faculty appointments – department role, managing career vs. pro tem; OA appointments; multiple/joint appointments; exempt vs. non-exempt (FLSA); and separations. The session also addressed specific topics of performance management as related to TTF, instructional NTTF, and research NTTF.
  • CoDaC Winter Quarter Luncheon Workshop on Teaching Evaluations, February 9, 2017
    • Student, peer, and self-evaluations are influential components in determining faculty teaching effectiveness. In this workshop, we looked at: the role of each teaching evaluation component in faculty reviews; potential sources of bias in teaching evaluations; and how to assess contributions to equity and inclusion in faculty teaching. This workshop was led by the Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC), and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, the Teaching Engagement Program, and the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.
  • Building Relationships View the October 19, 2016 presentation slides
    • Building Relationships workshop covered essential aspects of HR for unit heads managing faculty, classified staff, and OAs. Topics included: performance management, addressing and differentiating between exempt and non-exempt employees, understanding labor relations, and handling difficult conversations.
  • Fall Leadership Retreat View the September 19, 2016 presentation slides and recordings
    • The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs hosted the annual Fall Leadership Retreat on September 19, 2016. This year's retreat covered university strategic priorities for the upcoming year and matters pertinent to leadership at the University of Oregon.
  • Workshop on Conflict and Email: Problems and Possibilities Download the April 27, 2016 presentation slides [PDF]​
    • This workshop for department heads, program directors, and unit heads focussed on conflict in email. The session was led by representatives from Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs and interim ombudsperson Jennifer Reynolds

      From interim ombudsperson Jennifer Reynolds:
      Everyone knows that email is not ideal for communication and conflict management. How many times have we seen someone (maybe even ourselves) send something confusing, misinterpret tone, write a screed, forward without permission, or circulate inappropriate materials? But for many of us, given the various demands of our projects and teams, email is often our only option for getting our work done. This session explores how we can become more skillful users of email, especially when it comes to preventing and managing miscommunication and conflict.

  • Workshop on Research NTTF Performance Reviews Download the March 7, 2016 presentation slides [PDF]​ View the Research NTTF Performance Evaluation Template [DOC]
    • This workshop for department heads, program directors, and unit heads focussed on Research NTTF performance management. The conversation covered basic principles of performance management and addressed the role of performance reviews in maintaining a productive department, program, or unit. The session was led by representatives from Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Human Resouces- Employee Relations.
  • Workshop on Instructional NTTF Performance Reviews Download the January 21, 2016 presentation slides [PDF]
    • This workshop for department heads, program directors, and unit heads focussed on NTTF performance reviews. The conversation covered basic principles of performance reviews and addressed the role of reviews in maintaining a healthy department, program, or unit. The session was led by Senior Vice Provost Susan Anderson, Assistant Vice Provost Ron Bramhall, and Senior Employee Relations Coordinator Annie Bentz.
    • Example templates are provided for reference as tools to build templates for your individual department, program, or unit. If you have an example you would like shared, please email it to Ron Bramhall (
  • Panel Discussion for New Academic Leaders, September 21, 2015
    • This panel, led by Assistant Vice Provost Ron Bramhall (, was developed for those new to an academic leadership role at the University of Oregon. The session consisted of a facilitated panel discussion with colleages who are experienced academic leaders.
    • Timeline and Resources for Department/Unit Heads

Promotion for Non-tenure-track Faculty

  • De-mystifying the Grants Process for NTTF  Visit the RDS website for more information
    • This workshop assisted non-tenure-track faculty in understanding the services and resources available through Research Development Services (RDS), a unit of the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, as well as highlighted the experiences of NTTF faculty who are grant active. Facilitated by Lynn Stearney and  Vidusha Devasthali, RDS; Panelists included: Janne Underriner (Linguistics), Mari Strand Carey (College of Education), and Scott Steward (Institute of Molecular Biology).
  • NTTF Coming up for Promotion - Am I ready yet? Download the January 24, 2017 presentation slides [PDF]
    • Intended for career research or instructional non-tenure-track faculty, this workshop was intended to help career NTTF identify their eligibility and readiness for promotion.
  • Career NTTF Promotion Download the October 25, 2016 presentation slides
    • This workshop was intended to help career non-tenure-track faculty, unit heads, and business managers learn about the evaluation and promotion process at the University of Oregon. This session covered both instructional and research NTTF. Topics included evaluation and promotion timelines; candidate responsibilities; unit responsibilities; and dossier preparation.

Promotion & Tenure for Tenure-track Faculty

  • Promotion to Full Professor Download the April 25, 2017 presentation slides
      • This workshop described how to prepare an effective and complete case for promotion to full professor, including the timing of case submissions; expectations for research, publication, and creative accomplishments; expectations for teaching and service; and other critical topics.
    • Preparing the TTF and NTTF Promotion & Tenure File for Unit Heads, Office Managers and Staff Download the February 23, 2017 presentation slides
      • This workshop provided information to unit heads, office managers, and key support staff involved in the assembly of Promotion and Tenure files. We discussed the general process, timelines, and guidelines surrounding the preparation of a file, and the digital preparation and submission of dossiers. In addition, we reviewed the timing of full professor cases, interpreting credit for prior service, solicitation of external reviewers, peer review of teaching, and other topics critical to the assembly and submission of complete files. 
    • Promotion and Tenure For Candidates Who Will Undergo Review Download the February 14, 2017 presentation slides
      • This workshop addressed promotion and tenure matters for tenure-track faculty who will undergo review during AY 2017-18. Aimed at both tenure cases and promotions to full professor, this session focused on the promotion and tenure process, the timing of the efforts required, and the respective roles of the department, the department head, and the candidate.
      • Tenure Reduction Program Watch the April 28, 2016 video or download the April 28, 2016 TRP presentation slides or Retirement Considerations [PDF]
        • This workshop was developed for all tenure-related faculty who are interested in learning about the Tenure Reduction Program (TRP). The TRP provides an opportunity for  tenured faculty to gradually reduce their involvement at the UO for up to five years after retirement. This workshop addressed eligibility, rights and responsibilities, interaction with PERS and other retirement funds, faculty standing in the department and university, types of instructional assignments, class enrollments, alternatives to teaching, and constraints on employment and sustaining PERS eligibility. The workshop was facilitated by Ken Doxsee, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Jen Mirabile, Senior Program Coordinator, Human Resources.
      • Introduction to Tenure for Untenured Faculty Watch the video or download the November 4, 2015 presentation slides
        • This workshop introduces untenured faculty to the promotion and tenure process, including an overview of the process; "early stage" discussions of scholarship, teaching, and service expectations; helpful tips regarding record keeping, CV and statement preparation' and comments about common issues that arise and ways to avoid them.
      • Mid-Term/Third Year Review Watch the March 03, 2015 video  or download the March 03, 2015 presentation slides
        • This workshop was held March 3, 2015 and was intended for deans and department heads involved in the professional evaluation of faculty for their Third-Year (Pre-Tenure) Review. The Third-Year Review of pre-tenure faculty represents a key step on the tenure track, providing an in-depth analysis and valuable feedback to the faculty member regarding progress toward tenure. This is a critical juncture in that contract renewal at the third year is not automatic; the major criterion behind the decision to renew a contract is evidence of significant progress towards establishing a record appropriate for tenure.

        Orientation for New Faculty and Officers of Administration (ONFOA)


        •  Workshop on Implementation of Alternative Compensation Model Programs: Article 17, November 17, 2015
          • The 2015 UA/UO Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for alternatives to traditional overload compensation models for those programs named in Article 17, Section 10. These programs may offer lump sum compensation for overload assignments, rather than otherwise required overload compensation. This workshop, hosted by Academic Affairs and HR - Employee and Labor Relations, provides guidelines and procedures on overload compensation for programs named in Article 17, Section 10.
          • Watch the video
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        • 2015 Academic Leadership Retreat, September 21, 2015
        • Inspiring Innovation: A Symposium about Teaching Online Watch the April 22, 2014 video
          • Faculty discussed the future of technology-aided instruction at UO and shared the possibilities and best practices of online teaching. Helen De Michiel, an artist and filmmaker, discussed using social media to simultaneously inspire students and prepare them for communicating on the web. Doug Blandy and John Fenn discussed creating and implementing a transmedia and hybrid field school focusing on the cultural heritage of China. Julie Voelker-Morris discussed integrating the web-based project ChinaVine into an undergraduate group-satisfying course. Randy Sullivan talked about adding interactive online tutorials that respond to student's questions in real time. This symposium was co-hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Teaching Effectiveness Program.