Professional and Scientific Council Seminar Series

The Professional and Scientific Council hosts presentations, seminars, and workshops on topics of relevance to P&S employees through our Council Seminar Series. The Seminar Series events are led by our Professional Development Committee (, and announcements for upcoming events are made via the Council Newsletter. All P&S employees and guests are welcome to attend. Please join us and bring questions for the speaker(s)!

Special note: To protect the health of attendees and presenters, this fall’s Seminar Series events will be hosted online. If you are unable to join us for the livestreamed presentation, the recorded session will be posted in Learn@ISU approximately one week later.

2019-20 Seminar Series Events





Roundtable Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts on Campus*

Representatives from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission

This one-hour session will bring together representatives from campus and state organizations to discuss topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). During the roundtable discussion, Professional and Scientific employees will engage in dialogue with the panelists, as well as share their personal thoughts, questions, insights, and experiences with engaging in DEI work on campus. 

The objective of this roundtable discussion is to provide Professional and Scientific employees with an opportunity to examine their own biases, to promote a campus that better represents the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to use those principles to develop meaningful strategies to effect change in our community.

Panelists include Adrienne Lyles, Office of Equal Opportunity; Diana Sloan, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Carol Heaverlo and Ross Wilburn, Extention and Outreach; and Elizabeth Johnson, Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

We ask that you pre-register for the event using this form.

*This session will be held virtually.

Oct. 13, 20202-3 p.m.Livestreamed

Up Ahead, The Scenic Route: How to Engage Staff to Foster Positive Learning*

Angela Braggs and Shawn Peterson, Instructional Development Specialists, Child Welfare Research and Training Project

Have you been "voluntold" to train a new hire or train your team on a new process, skill, or piece of technology? This can be scary if training is not your area of expertise or what you normally do as part of your job. Are you in a supervisory position and must lead meetings or other team events and activities? Creating engagement can be a daunting task.

During this presentation, Instructional Development Specialists Angela Braggs and Shawn Peterson will give you ready-to-use tips and best practices for taking your next training or meeting off the boring highway of bullet points and onto the scenic route of captivating staff experiences--with special attention given to virtual events. Creating an environment that motivates staff to actively participate is key to a successful team, department, or organization. Learn how to foster purpose, collaboration, and buy-in with your staff during these situations through this interactive session.

*This session will be held virtually.

Sept. 8, 20202-3 p.m.Livestreamed

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