Special Topics

This category includes a variety of courses designed to review specific and trending topics and training needs within the university.


An important part of recruitment for faculty and staff positions is dispositioning the candidate pool during the initial review process. This class will demonstrate how to disposition candidates, and functionality in the system for ease in the process.

  1. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian and Al Switzler, is a course that teaches how to create alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high stakes, emotional or risky topics, at all levels of our organization.  This activity – focused session gives participants a sample of the full 16 hr. course.  Along with seeing the crucial conversations model in its entirety, this activity-focused session gives participants the opportunity to learn what creates a crucial conversation and practice 2 of the 16 skills described throughout the full course.


The full book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High is available to RIT staff, faculty and students on E Learning Zone.

  1. Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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Each year private foundations give away $50 BILLION in grants. The Office of Foundation Relations has helped RIT secure $30 million in grants over the last five years. Come to any one of these sessions to find out how they can help you obtain funding for your work.


  1. Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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This course is specifically designed for people that have not had an opportunity to create a resume in the past or have limited experience in creating a resume.  It will share a basic understanding of resume writing and the guidelines associated with composing a resume.

  1. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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In these sessions, you will receive tips to identify, control and prevent ergonomic risk factors at home and at work.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Ergonomics?
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Risk Factors
  • Ergonomics everyday
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This session reviews the basic navigation and functionality of E-Learning Zone as well as how to utilize the Center for Professional Development for your professional development interests and needs.

  1. Monday, November 10, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Taking time to clean out your paper files is about as exciting as when your mother told you to clean your room. Who has time for that when there are so many projects hanging over your head? Yet, chances are your file cabinets are so full they are about to explode and you’ve restored to stacking and stuffing your paper. On top of that, do you really know what is in all of those files? Take the first step to reclaiming your filing cabinets and learn about how to conduct a successful File Clean Out Day.

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