Workshops & Training

The Academic Personnel Office (APO) hosts workshops and training that offer the information and tools needed to successfully navigate academic personnel processes. Below is a list of workshops and related resources designed to assist you in your professional activities.

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Please let us know if you have a documented Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation that will enable or enhance your participation in any of our workshops, trainings, and events, or if you have other accommodation requests. 

training02.png Recruitment & UC Recruit

Faculty Recruitment Workshop for Search Committees

Required for all Senate search committee members and Department Chairs of the recruiting departments. This workshop presents best practices and tools necessary to run successful and compliant recruitments. Offered in fall 2019 - see more information below to register!   
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Recruit Overview

This training is designed for new Recruit users and for those who want a refresher on using the system.
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Recruit Tips & Tricks

This training is for users who have some experience using the Recruit system and it is designed to provide  guidance on how to use the system more effectively.
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training01.png Academic Advancement

Advancement Overview for Department Administrators  

A detailed walk-through of the policies and procedures involved in processing a senate faculty member's advancement review. Separate sessions for managers and chairs.
Offered in spring and fall.
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Advancement Overview Workshops for Assistant Professors and Lecturers with Potential for Security of Employment

Tailored to assistant professors and LPSOEs, this informal session helps participants understand many of the policies and procedures in academic personnel reviews, including leaves of absence and impact of leaves on advancement. Offered in spring.
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DivData Review & Biobibnet Workshops

Faculty and staff can learn tips and tricks and get answers to their questions on using DivData Biobibnet and Review. These are held primarily in the late spring through early fall, while extensive help documentation is available anytime. 
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Other Resources

advancement resources
biobibnet help 
review help


training03.png Leadership Development

Department Chair Development Series

Fall 2022-23 Meeting—Join us on Monday, November 21, from 11am-12:30pm, for the first event of the 22-23 Department Chair Development Series. Guest speakers include CP/EVC Lori Kletzer, Scott Hernandez-Jason, Don Brenneis, Adrian Brasoveanu, and Christina Ravelo. Click here to RSVP.

Luncheons—Highly recommended workshops offered quarterly with important information for Department Chairs, Program Directors, Associate Deans and College Provosts. The Spring event provides all department chairs who steward the senate faculty review process with expert guidance from the perspectives of the VPAA, the Chair of CAP, a dean, and APO, including best practices and strategies to avoid common pitfalls.

Coffee & Conversations—Offered twice per quarter, these discussions offer relevant and timely topics for Department Chairs, Program Directors, Associate Deans and College Provosts

Leadership Academy

Sponsored by the Vice Provost Academic Affairs, the Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity for cross-campus networking, and for dialogue with the Executive Vice Chancellor, and other campus leaders. Through presentation, discussion, and experiential learning, participants broaden their understanding of how UCSC operates and hone their leadership skills and abilities. All senate faculty are eligible, and continuing lecturers may apply and will be accepted as space permits. Participants meet over a three-month period, typically winter quarter.
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training05.png Benefits Workshops

Benefits & Retirement Savings 

Information for all employees regarding their benefit plans and how to best invest for retirement is available through various workshops and online resources. Sponsored by the UCSC Benefits Office. 
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Pre-retirement Planning 

A series of workshops targeted to those planning to retire within the next five years, though all are welcome. Coordinated by the UCSC Benefits Office and offered annually during winter quarter.
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Joining the Ranks of the Emeriti: The Nuts and Bolts of Senate Faculty Retirement

This senate-specific session is part of the Pre-Retirement Planning series and provides practical information for senate faculty considering retirement. Topics include what it means to have emeritus status, the types of recall appointments retired faculty are eligible to hold, the importance of retirement dates, and pre-retirement negotiations.
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training04.png Outside Activity Tracking System

Online Resources and Training

These user guides and video overviews, developed by the UC OATS technical team, show senate faculty, reviewers and approvers how to use the OATS system to facilitate the collection, review, prior approval and annual reporting of outside professional activities subject to the University of California's Conflict of Commitment policies.
resources for OATS users