Upcoming Development Sessions

Please mark the following dates on your calendars! Faculty should be excused from clinic and pager duty during the sessions. Please email Dr. Moran at moran001@umn.edu with your ideas and comments so that the program can be developed to be as useful and as meaningful as possible. 

Assistant & Associate Professor Meetings

Assistant & Associate Professor Meetings

All Assistant & Associate Professor meetings are from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Lunch is provided. 

Fall Dates (all events in Wilf Family Center)

  • 9/17 (LEAD cohort only)
  • 10/1
  • 11/11 (LEAD cohort only)
  • 12/2

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sessions

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sessions

All Peer-to-Peer sessions start at 12:00pm. Lunch is provided.

How to be An Ally 2.0 - Moving from “I Wish I’d Said That” to “I’m Glad I Said That”
Catherine Bendel
  • Tuesday, November 12
  • Tuesday, December 10
Completed your “Implicit Bias” training and now wondering how to actually turn that knowledge into action?  Wondering how to really be an Ally? Join us for an informal discussion about how to put equity, diversity and inclusion principles into your everyday work.
Got Data? How to Find and Leverage Existing Databases
Erin Marcotte
  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Thursday, October 10
Making use of existing data and specimens is a fast and effective way for both new and established investigators to answer important research questions, gain experience in a new research area, and potentially have a publishable finding within a short time frame. In this session we will review strategies to identify and leverage existing data sources.
Point and Click - Hands on PowerPoint Skills Session
Mike Pitt
  • Wednesday, September 18
  • Wednesday, November 13
When one is able to rest in having strong, clear, visually engaging slides, much of the angst inherent to public speaking goes away. We are able to stop making it a public reading - where we (and the audience) read our talk from the slides - and focus on the story we have to tell. We’ve had P2P sessions in the past on slide and poster design, public speaking skills, and how to get yourself invites for grand rounds, but in this session, we willget our computers out and actually practice some of the essential skills for building visually engaging presentations including  finding pictures, choosing color palates, seamlessly reusing slides without losing formatting, embedding video and sound, and how to master the progressive build of slides rather than the data dump so often seen. Bring your computer to this hands on session. 

RSVP to One or More of These Sessions and Receive a Calendar Invite

If you would like to facilitate a P2P Session on a topic of your choosing, or you can recommend someone who should, please email Mike Pitt (mbpitt@umn.edu).   

Drop in Writing Groups

Drop in Writing Groups

Several faculty who have been part of our peer writing group pilot suggested that having a drop in space on each side of campus would be helpful, as finding a quiet place to write and blocking off the time on the calendar has proven invaluable. 

Accordingly, we have reserved a room on each bank for drop in writing groups, where we can block off some time to show up periodically and work on getting projects to the next level. 

We have reserved (here is a link to all dates and times) for these drop in writing groups

East Bank (717 Delaware, 370B)
Every other Monday Morning (9-noon) starting October 1
Every other Thursday Afternoon (1-4) starting October 4

West Bank (MB 624 East Building)
Every other Friday from 10-noon


If you'd like a calendar invite so the drop in times are on your calendar (no commitment necessary), please email which day/location you'd prefer to pedsfacdev@umn.edu. For those of us who have been doing peer writing groups, having the time on your calendar certainly helps. 

If we see this resource is being used, we'll start to order coffee/snacks for the sessions. 

Finally, if you'd like to join a dedicated peer writing group where you meet periodically with the same people to move projects along, please indicate so on this survey and we'll work on matchmaking.

For more information