IN BRIEF: SITT, Ombuds and Executive Leadership



  • Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology
  • Ombuds workshops on “Conflict Competence”
  • Discount offered for Executive Leadership Program
  • UC’s annual compensation report released

SITT: ‘Flexible Teaching’

The team at Academic Technology Services invites all UC Davis instructors to the 2021 Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology, or SITT, Thursday-Friday, Sept. 9-10. The theme is “Bouncing Back: Flexible Teaching in a Year of Recovery.”

Following last year’s incredible response, this year’s SITT will again take place entirely online with a mix of prerecorded presentations, faculty interviews and live events.

Topics will center on adapting lessons learned during the pandemic for teaching in the future, including using surveys to collect student feedback, incorporating innovative assessments using tools like Canvas and Gradescope, facilitating effective group work, and empowering students through collaboration. The program also includes adopting anti-racist teaching practices.

To attend the live events, complete this registration form. There is no cost to join. Additional details will be posted on the SITT website and sent to registrants closer to the date of the event.

UC Davis is committed to making its programs accessible to people with disabilities. If you need accommodation to participate in this event, contact Margaret Merrill by Friday (Aug. 27).

Ombuds workshops

The Ombuds Office announced it will present virtual workshops on conflict competence for staff and faculty, with programs starting this week and continuing through December:

  • Conflict Competence in Uncertain Times (for staff and faculty) — 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.
  • Conflict Competence: Creative Problem Solving in the Workplace (for staff and faculty) — noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.
  • Conflict Competence for Managers and Supervisors (for staff and faculty) — Two half-day sessions, both from 8:30 a.m. to noon, on consecutive Thursdays: Sept. 23 and 30.
  • Conflict Competence: Constructive Feedback for Positive Change (for faculty) — 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.
  • Conflict Competence for Staff (for staff and faculty) — 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 27. This course has significant overlap with Conflict Competence for Managers and Supervisors but focuses on interpersonal conflict dynamics with colleagues and supervisors. 
  • Conflict Competence: Listening to be Heard (for staff and faculty) — 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. This course was previously titled “Talk to Me, I’m All Ears: Listening to be Heard” and covers the same topics.
  • Conflict Competence: Civility and Respectful Communication (for faculty) — 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.
  • Conflict Competence: Constructive Feedback for Positive Change (for staff and faculty) — 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

See the Ombuds Office calendar for full descriptions and registration links.

Executive Leadership Program

Chancellor Gary S. May is returning as a speaker in the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program, a 12-week online program designed to help participants grow their skills and capacity as leaders.

The program begins Thursday, Sept. 9, and UC Davis faculty and staff receive a $500 discount on the $5,500 tuition fee. The application deadline for faculty and staff is Sept. 2.

The curriculum addresses some of the key topics and challenges facing leaders today, including: inclusive leadership and diversity; leading change; remote leadership; and leading innovation.

Other speakers will include: Lisa Maulhardt (who holds a Master of Arts degree in writing from UC Davis), chief marketing officer at SY Partners and former Apple executive; Vicki Cook, head of talent at Gap Inc.; Armando Quintero, director, California State Parks and Recreation; Laurie Cameron, mindfulness leader, author; Stephen Lockhart, chief medical officer, Sutter Health; and Margarita Jimenez-Silva, associate professor and director of teacher education, UC Davis, and an inaugural recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

In addition to the timely and highly relevant curriculum, the program features 360-degree feedback, executive coaching, networking opportunities and guidance in developing an organizational transformation plan. Watch a video featuring insights and feedback from recent alumni.

More information and the application are available online. Enrollment coach Kristy Craig is available for 30-minute consultations; choose a date and time here.

Compensation report

UC last week released its report on compensation paid to the university’s faculty and staff the previous calendar year, making the data available to the public, including the media.

The disclosure is in accordance with UC’s commitment to transparency and public accountability, and consistent with similar practices at many public institutions.

The 2020 payroll data, along with a summary analysis, is available online here.

Because UC is a public institution, employee compensation is considered a public record under the California Public Records Act and is reflected in the staff personnel policy in Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM 80(C):

“Information which is public information and which should be released upon request includes name, date of hire, current position title, current salary, organizational unit assignment, date of separation, office address and office telephone number, current job description, full-time or part-time, and appointment type.”

Academic personnel policy, Academic Personnel Manual (APM) 160-20(b)(4), also states that any “non-personal” information “is public information and is available upon request to any person or entity without limitation.” It defines “non-personal” academic personnel information as including name, date of hire or separation, current position title, and current rate of pay.

Questions about access to the payroll data may be directed to

Media Resources

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