All Upcoming Programs

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion, Schenley Park

Postdocs and their families are invited to network and socialize at this UPPDA picnic event. A variety of free activities for the whole family including caricature drawings, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, games, etc.

A free shuttle from campus will be making a continuous loop beginning at 4:45 p.m. Last return trip will be 8 p.m.

Stops will include:

  • Corner of Darragh Street and Victoria Street
  • Scaife Hall entrance across from Petersen Events Center
  • O’Hara Street in front of Benedum Hall
  • O’Hara Street and Bigelow Blvd. across from Chevron Bldg. and behind Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Bldg.
  • Bigelow Blvd. and Tennyson Avenue
  • Corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Blvd.
  • Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion in Schenley Park

Click here for map of shuttle stops.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
The University Club, Ballroom B
Jon Kowalski, PhD
McKinsey & Company

This interactive workshop, presented by the Office of Academic Career Development–Health Sciences and theUniversity of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association, is designed to bolster the professional development of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing practical input for discovering emerging opportunities in today’s job market. The featured guest speaker, Jon Kowalski, PhD, of McKinsey & Company, will be joined by professionals from science-related fields who will facilitate roundtable discussions about career prospects in a variety of settings.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Scaife Hall-1105ABC
Andrew J. Lepisto
Executive Medical Science Liaison, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center-Ballroom
Jennifer Woodward, PhD

You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you can! During this interactive session, participants will identify the benefits of negotiating for both professional and personal success; learn the “dos” and “don’ts” of negotiating; and develop a tool-kit of tips and strategies for negotiating successfully. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice negotiating to learn how to effectively communicate with their boss, colleagues, and staff. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S100 BST
Michelle L. Kienholz
Jeremy M. Berg, PhD

Join authors, Michelle L. Kienholz and Jeremy M. Berg, to get insider guidance on planning and preparing grant applications for the NIH. This session will highlight writing NIH grant proposals, navigating the NIH corporate terrain, and what to do after the review process. Participants are encouraged to prepare questions regarding their personal grant experience and interacting with the NIH.


Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
1105 Scaife
Joel Brady, PhD
Teaching and Learning Consultant
Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education
University of Pittsburgh
Zsuzsa Horvath, PhD
Director of Faculty Development, Instructor
Office of Faculty Affairs, School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Joel Brady, PhD. is an instructional designer and faculty teaching consultant at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE). He earned his PhD in the Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion at the University of Pittsburgh (2012), a Graduate Certificate in East European Studies (2012), a Masters in Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005), and a SLOAN-C certification in online teaching (2014). At CIDDE, he conducts individual teaching consultations and offers pedagogy workshops, such as “Multimedia Teaching and Learning” and “Teaching with Prezi.” In addition to teaching Pitt’s University Teaching Practicum, a pedagogy seminar for graduate student instructors, he has taught a number of courses in Pitt’s Departments of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, and History, including “Religions of the West,” “East European Civilization,” and “Vampire: Blood and Empire.” His research focuses upon migrant transnationalism and religious conversion in Eastern Europe and the Americas, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Zsuzsa Horvath, PhD. serves as the Director of Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs and is an instructor in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Dental Public Health. She earned her PhD in German at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a focus on education and teacher training. She has developed courses in the methodology of teaching, conducted teacher training, and provided services and resources promoting faculty development. Within the School of Dental Medicine, her responsibilities include designing and implementing faculty development and mentoring programs, offering workshops and courses to faculty in pedagogy and clinical teaching, providing orientation for new faculty, offering instructional design consultation for faculty, creating monthly teaching tip podcasts, as well as creating and editing the Faculty Affairs Newsletter. Presently, she serves as course director of the first year theme course series in the pre-doctoral dental program and offers elective courses in teaching methods, clinical teaching, and dental education.  In addition, she serves as chair of the Dental School’s Faculty Development Committee and was recently elected as the chair of the University Senate’s Educational Policies Committee. In her most recent endeavor, Dr. Horvath is spearheading an initiative to identify and train students as future faculty through the development of a two year academic career track program in the pre-doctoral curriculum and is currently collaborating with other dental schools to take this initiative to the national level.




Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
Carol DeArment, Ed D
Kevin R. Craig

Do you remember your favorite instructor? Chances are that person made learning an interactive and thought-provoking experience. Learn strategies that will take your lesson plans to the next level; incorporate innovative technology to illustrate your objectives and facilitate discussion within the classroom. This workshop is designed to equip you with the basic skills needed to create an engaging and successful learning environment. 


Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8:30am - 10:30am
S120 BST
Bruce A. Freeman, PhD
Peter A. Friedman, PhD

Securing research funding in the present economic climate requires more than producing good science – you must communicate transformative objectives within the context of a highly competitive research proposal. This workshop takes the mystery out of grant preparation and provides a pathway for success. 


Friday, December 5, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
S100 Starzl BST
Steven K. Wendell, PhD, PC

Make your connections work for you! This workshop will explore best practices for developing and expanding your network and how you can utilize your contacts to enhance your career experience. Learn how you can be a “Connector” to facilitate networking between your colleagues and friends, and how this can help your own career development.