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)!

Beginning in Spring 2023, you can pre-register for all events and attend virtual events in Workday Learning.  If you are not familiar with Workday Learning, you can find instructions here or through this Knowledge Base Article

2023-24 Seminar Series Events





Understanding the University's Budget Model

Rachel Boenigk, Senior Manager Budget and Finance; Division of Student Affiars

Throughout higher education, we see a multitude of strategies used for resource management. One such strategy that is applied across universities is the Responsibility Centered Management model (RCM). Universities utilize the RCM to fund and allocate expenses to subdivisions based on their revenue. This presentation will provide a basic explanation of the university’s budget model, compare it to other budget models

June 11, 20242:00 - 3:00 PM


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Developing Your Leadership Skills

Chad Olson, Director Office of Student Financial Aid

What’s the difference between a leader and a manager? Which do you strive to be? In this interactive session, participants will discuss the differences between a manager and a leader. After identifying 10 skills of leaders, the participants will assess their own leadership skill set. You’ll also leave with some tips on how to improve your leadership skills.

May 14, 20242:00-3:00 PM


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ISU P&S Classification and Compensation Structure in Action

Dwaine Heppler, Associate Vice President of UHR Delivery

As a complimentary session to the session on the P&S Classification and Compensation structure, this session will focus on how these structures are used day to day at ISU. Join us to dive into how the classification and compensation structures are used to classify employees and inform pay decisions across the university.

Apr. 9, 20242:00-3:00 PM

 3580 Memorial Union

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Exploring Applications and Ethics of Generative AI in Educational and Professional Settings

Abram Anders, Interim Associate Director of the Student Innovation Center & Associate Professor of English

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT provide intriguing opportunities to enhance learning and productivity. Yet they also raise complex ethical questions. This presentation will explore emerging use cases and issues regarding AI generation technologies.

Mar. 19, 20242:00-3:00 PM


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ISU P&S Classification and Compensation Structure

Emma Mallarino Houghton, Director of Compensation and Talent Acquisition

This session is intended to be a broad overview of the P&S Classification and Compensation structure used at ISU. The session will cover how the P&S Classification and Compensation structures are organized, managed, and updated. This will include discussion of our classification titles, job levels, and how jobs are organized into the compensation structure. We will also go over our market-based philosophy and how that is used to build our compensation structure.

Feb 13, 20242:00-3:00 PM


Don't Let Surprises Spoil Your Retirement

Barb Wollan, Human Sciences Extension Specialist

Retirement finances involve lots of moving parts, and some unknowns. None-the-less, there are some aspects of retirement finances that should not catch us by surprise. This session will help you be prepared.

This will be recorded for future viewing.

Jan 9, 20242:00-3:00 PM

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Beyond the Basics: Intermediate Excel Tips & Tricks

Lucas Oerter, Associate Director Athletic Compliance

Scrolling endlessly to find data? Want a competitive edge? Intermediate Excel knowledge is the step beyond simply inputting data into a spreadsheet. That means knowing how to format properly, use VLookup formulas, and create pivot tables.  Participants will gain knowledge to produce reliable and easily accessible results from your data.

Dec 12, 20232:00-3:00 PM

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Connecting to Your Passions and Vision

Kelly Pistilli, Academic Advisor College of Business

What drives you? How do you use your passion in your career? How are your values incorporated into your daily work habits? In this interactive session we will explore hands on activities that allow you to delve into a series of thoughtful questions that can help you to identify your passions, values, and intentions. Attendees will work through exercises, questions, and learn how they could incorporate these tools into their lives, both personally and professionally.

Nov. 14, 20232:00-3:00 PM

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Question. Persuade. Refer

Barb Wollan, Human Sciences Extension Specialist

Say "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

This session will be offered in person AND virtually concurrently.  Each will require a separate registration in Workday (see details in Location column).  Each session is limited to 40 participants each so enrollment is necessary via Workday Learning.  

Oct 10, 20232:00-3:00 PM

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(1) Generation Rx -Take Action

(2) Mobile Crisis Response

Constructive Conversations in Difficult Situations

Laura Smythe, University Ombuds

All of us have people with whom we interact and work who just don't make sense to us.  They do something, or they say something, or they don't do something that we wish they would do and we feel frustrated, appalled and/or hurt.  Sometimes, we just need to discuss something that makes us uncomfortable.  In this conversation, we will discuss some approaches to handling these challenging dynamics.

Sept 12, 20232:00-3:00 PM

In Person -

Cardinal Room,
Memorial Union

On-Demand Previous Sessions

August is a busy time of month on campus as we welcome a new cohort of Cyclones!  In August we would encourage you to take a break from onboarding new students for yourself and your professional development.

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Engaging Youth & Families Living in Poverty in Educational Experiences

Jennie Hargrove, 4-H Positive Youth Development Specialist

Understanding the barriers faced by families along with recognizing some myths about those living in poverty will allow professionals to develop a thoughtful plan for providing inclusive experiences. In this session, participants will learn strategies for educational experiences that are accessible for youth and families regardless of their ability to pay and to create welcoming environments. Resources will be presented to strengthen work in providing welcoming environments for all, regardless of financial resources. Attendees will develop a basic understanding of the intersectionality of poverty with other social, racial, ethnic, environmental, cultural, etc. experiences, and how that can create further challenges of engaging with potential program participants.

Join us virtually on Tuesday, July 11 from 10-11 a.m.

July 11, 202310:00-11:00 AMView slides in Workday Learning

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