Training / Educational Programs

The list below includes trainings currently scheduled on our campus.  Please check back for updates and new sessions as they are added to the schedule.  To preview these trainings and other programs from the Office of Human Resources, explore the 2020 OHR Events Calendar, a resource to help you quickly find dates and programs of interest.

For Supervisors/Chairs

Supervisors and department chairs may request customized training for their staff or their department/division by contacting Stephen Butler at 542-2521 or Departments have requested training to enhance a staff retreat, to address specific workplace dynamics, or to help launch a team embarking on an important project. Please visit the Organizational Development webpage to learn more about these customized programs.


Workplace Wellness Sessions

More wellness and fitness sessions will be offered over the upcoming months.

Please check back for updated listings and explore the Wellness, Fitness and Lifetime Sports webpage from the Athletics Department for details and to register.

Workplace Fundamentals

Workplace Fundamentals is a collection of professional development trainings and classes intended for staff and faculty at Amherst College.  The focus of these trainings is to build and enhance skills.  We are starting to plan for the next English Competency Course, a multi-week class designed to help participants with their speaking, listening and writing skills.  We want to remind supervisors and staff that this class will be available again starting in September.  Anyone interested in participating in this program should contact Stephen Butler at extension 2521 /

IT Trainings and LinkedIn Learning

The IT Department offers trainings throughout the year for staff and faculty.  For an updated list of IT trainings and to register online, please check the IT Training and Events Calendar. To see the schedule of Digital Accessibility Workshops for the fall, please visit the Accessible Information Tecnology Events page.

Sessions offered this fall include:

  • Create and Edit Content for the Amherst College Website
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Excel - Intermediate Level
  • Using Goggle Calendar
  • Using Goggle Apps

All staff and faculty have access to LinkedIn Learning, an online resource for training with thousands of courses on technical and professional skills led by content matter experts. LinkedIn Learning courses can provide both basic instruction to learn about a new topic or skill, and detailed instruction to master a specific skill or task. The college can provide an individual license to any employee who would like to use LinkedIn Learning for professional development. If you would like to request a license, submit a request to IT.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

To view other sessions and programs offered by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, please visit the Staff Trainings and Calendar page.

Title IX Trainings

Title IX trainings for staff and faculty will be offered throughout 2019-2020. Please visit the Title IX Training Registration page to sign up for upcoming sessions.

Please contact the Title IX Office if you want to schedule training for your department or work team.

HR Cafe Collection New Location

Additional Resources - HR Cafe Collection

The HR Cafe Collection includes books that expand on the concepts covered in OHR Trainings. The Collection is located around the corner to the left of the cafe on the first floor of the library.

BYOL Leadership Conversations for Supervisors

Many research studies indicate that a direct supervisor's role has a significant impact on a staff member's sense of satisfaction and success at work. Many supervisors question how to balance the need to perform their own work and effectively supervise their direct reports.

This monthly discussion series focuses on topics and questions aimed at helping supervisors and chairs in their supervisory roles. Each session might involve:

  • a mini-discussion including content on a relevant topic
  • a question or topic raised by supervisors wanting additional information or clarity
  • some pre-reading or review of an article to be discussed during the session

The intent will be to share information and expertise, to network and to create an interactive opportunity for supervisors and chairs to engage with each other.

Future topics may include:

  • examining how to balance and focus your attention on your priorities as a supervisor: achieving results, building and developing a team, and building and developing individuals
  • exploring how your leadership style impacts your effectiveness as a supervisor
  • discussing and creating best practices for conducting effective performance evaluation dialogues
  • developing ideas and strategies to foster engagement with your staff
  • thinking about how to use the information from the upcoming Staff Survey to develop a plan for your department
  • exploring how to prepare for the changes that will accompany the shift to Workday

Arrive early and bring your lunch from Valentine or come just for the conversation. Join us for these informal conversations and meet more of your colleagues across campus.

These sessions are designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Upcoming topics and dates include:

Date Topic Time Location
Thursday, February 13
Balancing Leadership Priorities
12:30-1:30 PM Terrace Room B, Valentine
Thursday, March 19
The Impact of Your Leadership Style
12:30-1:30 PM Terrace Room B, Valentine
Thursday, April 2
Best Practices for Performance Evaluation Dialogues
12:30-1:30 PM Terrace Room b, Valentine
Thursday, May 7 Ideas to Foster Engagement
12:30-1:30 PM Terrace Room B, Valentine


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