UToledo Professional Staff Association

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee serves as an advocate for PSA members in all aspects of professional development.  The Committee supports PSA members' professional growth and career achievement by recommending policies and changes regarding professional development to University administration through the Professional Staff Council and Human Resources. Subjects within the Committee's purview include employee orientation, performance appraisal, compensation, training, leadership development, and career paths. The Committee may also act on any other topic related to PSA members' professional development.



March 2021

Stress Relief for Caregivers (Monthly Webinar With IMPACT)

Presented by: Gail Pendergrast
Taking care of others can take a major toll on your life, your mood, and your mental and physical health. Participants will learn to focus on what they can control in their own lives, so they can better manage the strain of their heavy responsibilities. This session will provide a series of simple steps to reduce your stress and avoid burn-out, including relaxation techniques, healthy sleeping habits, healthy coping skills, and building a system of support. Participants will also learn about online resources and the importance of avoiding social isolation for mental and physical health. 
Use this link to access the monthly webinar in March. (once there, click the "webinar" button at the top of the page)

Supplemental Benefits

Presented by: Beth Wiley, Manager Total Rewards 
Please join us in discovering some of the lesser known benefits available to you as a UToledo employee.  This presentation will explore some of benefits you may not know are available or that you may have forgotten about! 
Thursday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.

Register here


Living Debt Free (Monthly Webinar With IMPACT)

Presented by: Christine Luken
Is your wallet full of credit cards, but low on cash? Are most of your paychecks already spoken for in the way of debt payments by the time payday rolls around? Many people are burdened with the debt they are struggling to pay every month - car payments, student loans, medical bills, credit cards payments, and so on. This webinar is an interactive session that teaches how to break the chain of debt, so participants can start building wealth and enjoying life. We will walk you through the process step by step, so you can begin the journey to living debt free. 
Use this link to access the monthly webinar in April. (once there, click the "webinar" button at the top of the page)

Everyday Team Building

Presented by: Steve Davis 
Teambuilding is not a one-time exercise. Cohesion is not something teams either have or don't have. Teams are built and re-built by the attitudes and actions leaders and members show up with every day. In this presentation, we'll walk through the habits that leaders and members can implement to build healthy, effective teams.
Wednesday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.

Register here


Healthy Connections (Monthly Webinar With IMPACT)

Presented by: Zoë Kobrin
Studies have shown that individuals who feel a sense of connection to others and to their communities are likely to live longer and enjoy happier, healthier lives than those who do not. Though we're more "connected" than ever these days through technology, the amount of real, quality interactions is dwindling. We're living farther apart from family and friends and spending more time in front of screens-even when we're surrounded by others, we're often in our own world. This session will review some simple steps for enhancing a sense of connection, even for those of us with the busiest of schedules. We'll learn how some very small, sustainable changes can make a huge impact on both physical and emotional well-being. 
Use this link to access the monthly webinar in May. (once there, click the "webinar" button at the top of the page)

Professional Development Assistance Award

Due to COVID-19, all budget transfers are suspended and no new applications for the 2020-2021 year are being accepted at this time. We hope to restore this mini-grant opportunity in the near future.

Qualified full-time PSA members* are eligible to receive up to $100 towards their professional development experience. Total funds available for Professional Development Assistance Awards will be determined by the PSC Professional Development Committee and funding is granted on a first come, first served basis.

The PSA Professional Development Assistance Award can reimburse the following expenses:

  • Airfare
  • Car mileage
  • Parking fees
  • Lodging
  • Conference registration fees

Past Professional Development Workshops

February 2021

Microsoft Teams Training

Presented by: Davlon Miller
Are you interested in improving communication within your department and others around campus? Join us for an introductory training session on how to use Microsoft Teams. Teams have replaced Skype for Business as the preferred inner campus communication tool; however, Teams can do so much more. This session will cover: basic usage of the platform, how to communicate with faculty and staff, schedule and facilitate meetings, and more.

View recorded session

Calm Down: Meditation And Relaxation Guide (Monthly Webinar With IMPACT)

Presented by: Dr. Delvina Miremadi-Baldino

Beyond I.Q. To E.Q.

Presented by: Pat Schultz


Learn More About Teams

With the change away from Skype for Business to Teams, we would like to provide you with timely information to be efficient in utilizing this tool to the maximum extent. Microsoft is consistently updating the Teams, therefore please use the training videos to view the most up to date information.



Successful Teleworking: How To Remain Productive And Connected As An Office Of One

Presented by: Adam Feiner

November 2020

Mental Information And Resource Training 

Presented by: James Townsend

Join us to discuss the most prevalent mental health issues we see in students as well as physical and behavioral signs/symptoms that can be applied to faculty/staff as well. We will touch on crisis, what a crisis is, and how to respond to a crisis. This session will also provide scenarios to discuss and responses to those scenarios.

Session take-aways:

PowerPoint (PDF)


Leading Through Our Viral Trail With Style

Offered in partnership with the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning

Presented by Dr. Clint Longenecker

Special introductory remarks will be provided by Dr. Gregory Postel, Interim President of The University of Toledo.

 As a leader, it is easy these days to feel out of alignment, stressed, and even discouraged. If you feel this way, know that you are not alone. To help you deal with these challenges and to remind you that we are all in this together, we are offering a 75-minute workshop for campus leaders to offer encouragement and some specific tools that can be used to help you use this viral trial for an opportunity to fine-tune your leadership skills.

Session take-aways:

Tough times video (YouTube)

Handout (PDF)

PowerPoint (PDF)

2020-2021 MEMBERS

Stacy Jenkins

Stacy Jenkins - Chair

DeMya Wimberly

Demya Wimberly - Co-Chair

  • Christina Bentlage
  • Jessica Faber
  • Julie Radwanski

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Last Updated: 3/3/21