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)!

2021-22 Seminar Series Events





Moving on from Pronouns: Building Skills for Gender Equity and Inclusion at Iowa State University

Andra Castle, Assistant Director of the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity at ISU

The Professional and Scientific Council invites you join Andra Castle (Assistant Director of the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity at Iowa State University) on November 9th from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss building skills for gender equity and inclusion at Iowa State University.

In this presentation, Andra (they/them/theirs) will talk about gender in the workplace and how to develop our understanding of gender to create and sustain gender inclusivity. They will discuss in detail third person pronouns, how to navigate pronoun changes, and what pronouns teach us about gender. Finally, Andra will give action steps and reflection questions to help guide our understanding of gender equity.

The Seminar Series will continue with this meeting to be held in a hybrid format. You may join us in person in the Pioneer Room (Room 3560) of the Memorial Union. If you wish to attend virtually via WebEx, please use one of the following options:

  1. By URL. Click on the following event link:
  2. By WebEx Application. Enter the event number and password in WebEx:
    Event number: 2621 800 6512
    Event password: 8RxhV7CM4JN (87948726 from phones)
  3. By Phone. Dialing the event phone number and entering the access code:
    +1-312-535-8110 United States Toll (Chicago)
    Access code: 262 180 06512

Please join us however you are able to be part of this discussion on gender equity and inclusion! This seminar will also be posted on Learn@ISU at a later date.

November 9, 20212-3 p.m.

Room 3560 (Pioneer Room), Memorial Union

The session will be livestreamed via WebEx.

A recorded session will be posted in Learn@ISU after the live session.

WorkFlex: First Steps

Ed Holland, UHR Director of Benefits & WorkLife

The Professional and Scientific Council invites you to its Professional Development Seminar Series event on October 19th from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss Iowa State University's WorkFlex program. In this event, Ed Holland (Director of Benefits and WorkLife) will address these general WorkFlex topics:

  • Rollout of the program
  • Timeline
  • What the program can mean for you
  • Requesting a flexible work schedule or location

Help guide the conversation by completing an online survey ranking your WorkFlex questions. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and will help Ed in prioritizing areas of greatest concern. Survey must be completed by noon, Monday, October 18

This will be a virtual event through WebEx. This seminar will also be posted on Learn@ISU at a later date.

October 19, 20212-3 p.m.Learn@ISU FY22-02

Taking Care: Including Mindfulness in Your Day

Karen Couves, Centers for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
Sue Tew Warming, ISU WellBeing

We are all facing new challenges and working to overcome current challenges. Join Karen Couves (CELT) and Sue Tew Warming (ISU WellBeing) on September 7th from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union to explore the benefits of mindfulness. This interactive session will include practical ways to include mindfulness in your daily life and participants can expect to leave with resources to assist when challenges are presented.

September 7, 20212-3 p.m.

Learn@ISU FY22-01

Learning and Relearning to Handle Conflict

Returning to work or having colleagues rejoin you in the work environment following over a year of separation has left many of us feeling a little strange as well as slightly unfamiliar with how to communicate and engage with our colleagues. The following Council Seminar Series Events were compiled by the Professional Development Committee as these events focus on valuable strategies for constructively dealing with conflict at work.

This month, take the opportunity to view or review one of the following Council Seminar Series Events available for viewing at any time in Learn@ISU:

Strategies for Addressing Interdepartmental Challenges
Chuck Doran, ISU Ombuds Team Member
Course ID: PSCOUN-SSE-2021-01-ON

Communicating with Your Supervisor: Developing a Healthy Work Environment
Deanna Clingan-Fischer, ISU Ombuds Officer
Course ID: PSCOUN-SSE-2019-06-ON

Turning Conflict Inside Out
Elaine Newell, ISU Ombuds Officer
Course ID: PSCOUN-SSE-2015-10-ON

Top 10 Ways to Handle Conflict
Elaine Newell, ISU Ombuds Officer
Course ID: PSCOUN-SSE-2014-10-ON

August 2021Whenever works for you!Released through Learn@ISU

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