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Professional Development and Advancement

Professional Development Awards Program

ACCC Computer Training Workshops

Through a subscription managed by ACCC, UIC employees can also take free online trainings at Lynda – topics include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook; Adobe Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver, Photoshop; Blackboard, and more!  The video based tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.

Computer training workshops online training tutorials for UIC students, faculty and staff including the entire library of the online training tutorials. They can also receive ACCC in-person training.


OBFS Training Center

The Office of Business and Financial Services provides information on types and availability of courses, workshops, materials, and other resources offered to campus units to meet their needs for training, knowledge and understanding of the OBFS systems, policies, and processes.

Link to classes and webinars


Research @ UIC

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) offers a variety of workshops and educational opportunities related to the conduct of research at UIC including IRB, animal care, rDNA and/or infectious agents or toxins and controlled substance use in research.

Office of Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Working at UIC 101 is online 24/7 training that provides important information which may help many employees address day-to-day responsibilities more effectively.

Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education works with academic units in the university to serve external audiences through specially created credit and noncredit courses. Fees for courses are based on the number of credit hours. For information, call 996-8025, or visit:

Extended Campus

Extended Campus is committed to the promotion, growth, and support of instructional outreach that furthers the University’s mission of teaching, research, public service, and economic development. Extended Campus strives to advance the campus-level goals of instructional outreach through collaboration with UIC’s colleges, departments, units, and centers. For more information please visit the website at:

University Library

The University Library is open to all employees without restriction. Your I-Card gives you borrowing privileges for library materials. Library hours are posted in each library and may be obtained by telephoning 996-0304. For more information on the UIC Library, visit the Web site at:

Decision Support

Join the DS specialists in Finance, Student, and HR each month to work through your reporting needs. In these walk-in sessions you can practice what you’ve learned and receive individualized help in building reports to meet your business needs.

Office for Access and Equity (OAE)

Interactive workshops for all employees of the University.

UI Policy on Conflicts of Commitment & Interest

The involvement of academic staff members in external entities, for reasonable periods of time and for personal remuneration, is desirable and encouraged when the activities enhances the professional skills of staff members or constitute a public service and so are of benefit to the university. The time allowable for these activities, as well as for other income producing activities (i.e., those not related to the enhancement of professional skills), will vary among individuals, from discipline to discipline, from one type of activity to another, and will be affected by each unit’s specific needs to meet administrative, teaching, research, service, and governance functions.

A common convention in higher education, observed at the University of Illinois, is that the devotion of the equivalent of an average of one day per seven-day week for full-time academic staff (40 days for an academic year appointment and 52 days for a calendar year appointment) for such engagements is not usually a conflict of commitment. A “day” is defined as any accumulation of eight hours, regardless of time of day or day of week, including nights and weekends, during the contract period. In the case of part-time academic staff, UEOs should consider their part-time status when deciding whether to approve external activities.

This guideline does not represent an automatic entitlement. Prior written approval of non-university income producing activities, whether less than or exceeding the one day per week guideline, must be obtained from the UEO. The devotion of any time to external activities, even to university–benefiting external activities, must not diminish the academic staff member’s commitment or service to the university. When such engagements are approved, academic staff members must arrange the outside obligations, financial interests, and activities so they do not impede or conflict with university duties and responsibilities.