UAlberta Learning Providers

University of Alberta faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows have access to professional development opportunities from a number of UAlberta learning providers. With topics ranging from technology, health and safety, personal and interpersonal wellness, leadership development, equity, diversity and inclusivity and more, no matter what you are looking for you can find it here. 
Below is a list of UAlberta learning providers. Start exploring today!
Campus Community and Recreation
Campus & Community Recreation is the host of multiple wellness activities and events that run throughout the University of Alberta campus. They offer various wellness programs committed to supporting the physical, mental and social well being of students, staff, and community members through recreation, sport and physical activity. They strive to deliver programs and services that support personal development, create community connectedness, strengthen places and spaces, and build healthier policies on our campus. Learn more about their wellness programs here.
Career Centre

The Career Centre is the source for career and employment information and expertise at the University of Alberta. We strive to empower the talented people of the U of A in developing the skills, knowledge, experiences, and connections they need to confidently manage their careers. Check out the following services open to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff from the Career Centre. 

Career Coaching

Career coaching is a working alliance between you and your coach. It will help you identify and understand challenges and obstacles, recognize their impact, and develop personalized strategies in addressing them. A series of career coaching appointments can help you to:

  • Develop a deeper self-awareness and self-concept
  • Clarify your career-related goals
  • Break through various limitations and barriers
  • Build motivation while working towards immediate and future goals
  • Strengthen your approach to lifelong learning and self-discovery

Learn more about career coaching here

Contact: careercoaching@ualberta.ca 

Supporting students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni in career exploration

Through its programs and services, the Career Centre connects students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni with professionals to help them develop the skills, knowledge, experiences, and connections they need to confidently manage their careers. Getting involved in these programs and services (e.g. as a speaker on a panel, job shadow host, mentor, etc.) help you:

  • Develop your personal leadership skills;
  • Contribute to the growth and development of your field;
  • Learn about what students, alumni, or postdoctoral fellows look for in their job and workplace
  • Provide variety in your workday;
  • Provide new professionals with the support you had (or wish you had) when you first started working.

Learn more here. 

Contact: careereducation@ualberta.ca

Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports instructors and programs to develop engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students by inspiring, empowering, modelling, and connecting excellent teaching at the University of Alberta. CTL helps instructors with all aspects of their teaching development through a variety of services including consultations, workshops, courses, and online resources. Please browse our online resources under Teaching Support where you may also request a consultation. Learn more here.

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations' (EMSO) goal is to minimize the University of Alberta’s impact on the environment. EMSO is housed within the Utilities department of the Facilities & Operations portfolio, and they work collaboratively with many campus partners to promote resource stewardship and environmental conservation in the areas of climate change, energy, water, waste, green buildings, food, purchasing, and transportation. EMSO encourages members of the university community to incorporate sustainability into their own daily activities through professional development opportunities like the Green Labs course, Fair Trade Workshop, Sustainable Purchasing Workshop, and programs like the Green Spaces certification program and Campus Sustainability Grants.

You can reach EMSO by email at emso@ualberta.ca, on the web at uab.ca/emso, or reach one of their coordinators by phone at 780-248-1489.

Environment, Health and Safety

Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) works to advance safe, healthy, and environmentally-responsible research and learning at the University of Alberta. In support of this, EHS offers online and classroom-based training, free of charge, to U of A staff and students. Topics range from emergency preparedness to hazard management to field research safety. A complete list of courses is available on the EHS Training page. 

For more information about EHS resources and training opportunities, visit uab.ca/ehs or contact ehs.info@ualberta.ca.   

Faculty of Extension

The Faculty of Extension is the University of Alberta's home for continuing and professional education. Together, there are 40+ programs with hundreds of courses in the subject matter of business, leadership, health and safety, environmental sciences, ESL, public sector, communication, writing, and arts. Understanding the busy lives of our students, part-time and flexible delivery options are available to meet the needs of working professionals. Visit our website to see all available programming options and find the course that will allow you to gain the skills needed to advance your career.

Questions? Contact extnreg@ualberta.ca

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research’s Mentorship Academy

The goal of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research’s Mentorship Academy is to support supervisors of graduate students and foster a University of Alberta community of faculty members and staff committed to high quality supervision and mentorship of graduate students.

As part of the Mentorship Academy, FGSR offers workshops and talks for graduate administrators (including coordinators, associate chairs, and deans) and faculty members (including post-doctoral fellows). 

Learn more here.
Fleet safety

University faculty and staff who are required to drive a university-owned vehicle or vehicle rented or leased for university business must be authorized drivers. You have to follow the driver authorization requirements stated here

For more information, contact the Fleet Safety Officer, Kenji Kinoshita at fleet.safety@ualberta.ca 

Human Resource Services - Health Promotion and Recognition

Health Promotion and Recognition within Human Resource Services provides learning and professional development opportunities that help build, maintain and sustain healthy workplaces.  The opportunities are centered around the dimensions of health which assist staff and faculty flourish by connecting a healthy mind, healthy body, healthy life and ultimately healthy work.  Examples include but are no limited to mental health awareness, mental illness and stigma reduction, pre-retirement planning, sexual violence, fitness and nutrition.

For more information, visit our website.

Contact: org.health@ualberta.ca, phone: 780-492-0207

Human Resource Services - Leadership and Professional Development

Leadership and Professional Development team in Human Resource Services exists to inspire learning and the courage to change so that individuals and teams can reach their potential. We provide innovative leadership and professional development opportunities and consulting services to support faculty, staff, leaders, and teams in developing the core competencies necessary to thrive in their current roles, build capacity for future career growth and contribute to the success of their team and faculty/department. 

For faculty and staff, we provide learning and outcome focused activities that develop personal skills, competencies, and attitudes that enable you and the institution to meet their objectives. Our areas of expertise are core competency and leadership. Some learning topic areas include but not limited to Personal Sides of Change, Dare to Lead, Facilitative Leadership, Teams from Good to Great, Business Process Mapping, Respect in the Workplace, Conflict Management, Communication, etc. Our legacy programs include Gold College, Supervisory Leadership Development, The U of A Advantage program, Leadership Series and many more. 

For more information, visit our website.

Contact us at org.learning@ualberta.ca
Information and Privacy Office
All University faculty and staff who access University information technology resources and/or personal information are required to complete the online privacy and security training and acknowledgement. All University faculty and staff should receive an email directing them to go through this process, but can also start the process at any time by visiting this website.
Intersections of Gender

Intersections of Gender builds upon existing research excellence across faculties and disciplines at the University of Alberta. Its goal is to make UAlberta a globally recognized leader in intersectional gender-themed research that advances innovation and collaboration across disciplines and helps to respond to local, national and global challenges. Learn more

Get involved 

For staff looking to champion intersectionality in their area

  • Join our working groups or express interest in affiliation for your area.

  • Stay tuned for more sessions like - what is intersectionality and why does it matter?

For those seeking education

Intrigued? Sign up for our newsletter for updates about our latest programming. We look forward to meeting you!

Institute for Sexual Minorities Studies and Services (iSMSS)

iSMSS offers professional development grounded in sexual and gender diversity. Our PD is available to students, faculty, and support staff. In addition, we serve organizations off campus as well. Our lectures include experiential learning, and participant engagement through activities. We kindly ask for one month's notice when booking a session. Sessions typically run 90 minutes in duration, though, depending on your organization’s needs, durations may vary. 

For inquiries regarding professional development please reach Education Coordinator Evan Westfal (he/him) at ewestfal@ualberta.ca

A number of workshop topics are available as follows: 

  • Becoming Conscious Allies: an introduction to sexual and gender diversity and inclusion

  • Trans Athletics and Inclusion

  • Queer Music History 

  • Inclusive Practices for Teachers: a focus on primary and secondary education

  • 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in the ESL/EAL classroom.

Our Where the Rivers Meet program offers Professional Development on Indigeneity and 2SLGBTQ+ issues to community groups, leaders, and schools.

For bookings and other inquiries you can email Gabe Castiloux (They/Them) at wtrm@ualberta.ca

Some workshop topics available are as follows:

  • Anti-Oppression

  • Two Spirit Identities 

  • Indigenous Issues and Decolonization

  • Alternatives to Police Intervention

For more information on our Professional Development workshops, visit our website.

Libraries

If you are looking for any training or workshop offered by the Libraries at the U of A for using specific databases, reference instruction, citation management, and more then visit their workshops calendar

For any particular questions regarding using the library services for purposes of professional development, please contact Kim Bates at kabates@ualberta.ca. 

Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic)

Leadership Development through the Office of the Provost offers regular bi-monthly sessions for Chairs, Vice Deans, and Deans. Additionally, we offer workshops for faculty and administrators on a variety of topics that foster leadership capacity at the university. 

Learn more
Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights

The Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights offers the following workshops and presentations to members of the University community. In addition to these opportunities you can request customized workshops and presentations relating to the following:

  • Human Rights, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Inclusive Classrooms

  • Inclusive Work Environments

  • Accommodations

  • Preventing and Addressing Discrimination

  • Harassment and Bullying 

Learn more

Peter Lougheed Leadership College

As part of their mandate to offer leadership development at the University of Alberta, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College offers lectures and workshops that allow faculty and staff to engage with inspirational, influential and innovative visiting scholars and practitioners of leadership. Regular series including the Lougheed College Lectures and the Diversity in Diplomacy speaker series will be complemented with events on relevant leadership topics and strategies, offering experiential learning and networking help you take action on what you learn. Visit their website to view upcoming events and recordings of past lectures.

You can contact them at: 

Phone: 780-248-1305

Email: pllc@ualberta.ca 

Office: 114, Peter Lougheed Hall

Website: uab.ca/pllc
Postdoctoral Office

How can you build up your skills during your postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta? There are many resources on campus that can help you increase your career readiness, keep wellness in your life, empower you to promote your research and develop your teaching skills. 

Learn more about resources available to you as a postdoctoral fellow at the U of A here.

Join this Facebook group to learn about events, resources, and news items that relate to postdocs and professional development.

Research Services Office

The Research Services Office (RSO) has taken a leadership role in providing learning opportunities for researchers and administrators at the University of Alberta. These workshops and seminars were created in direct response to expressed needs by the research community for more knowledge and skills in the administration of research funding.

Learn more
Sexual Assault Centre

The U of A Sexual Assault Centre offers sexual violence prevention and response education and resources to faculty and staff on campus. This ranges from workshops and consultations that assist faculties and departments in understanding and ensuring compliance with the U of A's Sexual Violence Policy, to interactive sessions that prepare faculty and staff to respond to disclosures of sexual violence in a trauma-informed and survivor-centred way.

Find a list of upcoming workshops as well as request to book a workshop here

Contact them at: 

Email: sexualassaultcentre@ualberta.ca 

Phone: 780-492-9771

Website: uab.ca/SACentre

Location: 2-705 Students' Union Building

Technology Training Centre

Since 1997, the Technology Training Centre (TTC) has been training university employees, faculty, and students in computer and software training. The centre offers standard desktop application training ranging from Microsoft Office to the Adobe Creative Suite along with offering customized one-on-one or group training. All courses at the Technology Training Centre are eligible for Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF). To get started today simply visit their website or call 780-492-1397. Find a list of all training at uab.ca/training

University Records Office
In collaboration with the Information & Privacy Office, University of Alberta Archives and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, we offer training in PARIS (Privacy, Archives, Records and Information Security), which is an integrated approach by the University of Alberta for managing University information and records. Records and information management is meant to be deliberate and pragmatic. Learn more about PARIS here.