Individual Development Workshops

These workshops are designed for faculty and staff at all levels within the University who are interested in developing skills for professional growth. Registration is required for participation. The class listings below provide a link to the TRAIN Registration System (login required), which includes the objectives and course description. Please check our website often, as sessions are added frequently. Please note in order to receive credit for these workshops, participants are expected to be present for the entire duration.

Communicating with Impact

Communicating with Impact provides individuals who are not in formal leadership or supervisory roles, ​with a powerful set of interaction skills that enables them to communicate more effectively with colleagues and customers and, in the process, build trust, strengthen partnerships, and achieve desired results. Participants will learn key interpersonal skills that are essential for exceptional performers to have a greater impact in their roles.  Individuals will learn how to be an active participant in communication and feedback with individuals both inside and outside of the university. The content of this workshop ​mirrors Communicating for Leadership Success and will complement interactions with supervisors and leaders.  

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Disability Awareness

This interactive workshop will enhance awareness of cultural diversity, personal attitudes, and biases toward people with disabilities, and provide information to better understand the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Disability Awareness is provided by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

DiSC in the Workplace

DiSC® is a profile that is used to understand behaviorial differences. DiSC in the Workplace will allow participants the opportunity to complete a personal profile, learn more about individual behavior, and provide a mechanism for improving daily interactions. This profile and course will also serve as a tool to foster effective communication, teamwork and productivity.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Facilitating Effective Meetings

Meetings occur every day on Miami's campus. Some are incredibly productive and move an initiative light years forward, while others drain energy, waste time and money, and leave people feeling frustrated or confused.

The Facilitating Effective Meetings workshop is designed to help you facilitate an award-winning meeting each and every time you take center stage. With new tools, techniques, and perspective around meetings, your participants will receive the structure, clarity, and purpose that should be the foundation of any meeting.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Microsoft Access 2013

The Microsoft Access 2013 workshop is designed to help participants know how to:

  • Organize data efficiently
  • Plan and create a database
  • Create, modify, and view tables
  • Create queries and sort and filter results
  • Create, modify, and work with forms
  • Create, modify, and print reports

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic

The Microsoft Excel 2013 Basic workshop is designed to help participants become proficient in using Microsoft Excel to create basic worksheets and charts for data tracking and reporting. Topics covered include:

  • Entering and editing data
  • Making basic modifications to a worksheet
  • Using basic functions
  • Formatting cells
  • Creating basic charts
  • Printing worksheets

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate

The Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate workshop is designed to help participants become proficient in performing the following intermediate tasks:

  • Outlining and consolidating data
  • Creating subtotals
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Creating multi-worksheet formulas
  • Using special formatting options
  • Using range names in formulas
  • Using error tracing features
  • Protecting worksheets
  • Linking worksheets and workbooks

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced

The Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced workshop is designed to help participants become proficient in performing the following advanced tasks:

  • Using logical, statistical, financial, and date functions
  • Working with data tables
  • Validating cell entries and using advanced filters
  • Creating advanced charts
  • Working with PivotTables
  • Exporting and importing data
  • Performing what-if analyses
  • Recording macros

Participants should be familiar with Excel 2013 intermediate-level tasks such as sorting data, linking worksheets, and outlining and consolidating data.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Microsoft Word - Upgrading Your MS Word Skills

This course is designed for participants who wish to use Microsoft Word to create and modify intermediate-level documents and use tools that allow them to customize those documents.

You will start by finding, selecting, and modifying text.  Format text as well as paragraphs and add tables to documents.  Work with tables and charts to organize and summarize data.  Manage more complicated lists. Use the mail merge feature to customize and personalize content.  Finally, you’ll apply design and layout options to pages.


  • Navigate through a document to find and select text, modify selected text,
    and find and replace text.
  • Apply character formatting to text, align paragraphs using tab stops, display test as list items, control paragraph layout, apply borders and shading to paragraphs, apply text styles,
    and manage formatting in documents.
  • Insert a table into a document, modify the structure of a table, format a table,
    and convert text to a table.
  • Sort table data, perform calculations in a table, and create a chart.
  • Sort, renumber, and customize a list.
  • Use mail merge and create a Data Source in Word.
  • Apply page borders and colors, apply a watermark, add a header and footer to a document,
    and control page layout.

To ensure success, participants should be comfortable in the Windows environment and have some experience using Microsoft Word.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

Presentation Skills

Everyone makes presentations (formal or informal) in their normal work routines. These presentations can be targeted towards direct reports, peers and colleagues, supervisors, and leaders, or to customers and vendors.

In the Effective Presentation Skills workshop, participants will learn techniques to:

  • Prepare for a presentation
  • Create an organized presentation
  • Deliver an impactful presentation

Participants will also gain tips for increasing confidence, controlling nervousness and connecting with the audience. A small class size allows participants the opportunity to practice presenting in a safe, non-competitive environment.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

SDS: Building a Reputation of Integrity

Ethical decisions are made every day, easy and tough decisions. Building a Reputation of Integrity is designed to help you through the ethical decision-making process. Included in this course will be the opportunity to define ethical decision-making, create a personal code of ethics, learn ethical decision-making based on appropriate business principles, and participate in multiple case studies.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

SDS: Conflict Management

Conflict is inevitable in the workplace. However, sometimes conflict can be healthy. Why not equip yourself with the tools you need to effectively maneuver through situations when conflict arises. In Conflict Management, we will use the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) to identify personal approaches to conflicts. This self-scorable, easy to use instrument is the most widely used conflict management assessment.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.

SDS: Micro-Inequities Awareness

Ever felt like you were just a little bit different, and this difference was not revered in a positive light? Unfortunately, many of us could probably answer “yes” at some point in our career. This Micro-Inequities Awareness course is intended to explore our individual responsibility regarding how to stop subtle discrimination, or micro-inequities. The focus of this course stems around how we raise awareness of, and implement, a thoughtful, respectful, inclusive and productive work environment. Participants will discuss various micro-inequity driven topics and be challenged to be advocates for a respectful workplace.

This workshop may be eligible for JE credit.