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Staff Training & Enrichment Program

STEP (Staff Training and Enrichment Program) is an initiative established under the provost's office to provide academic staff with training and career development opportunities in support of their vital contribution to Butler University.


Support Butler's commitment to the highest quality of liberal and professional education by providing academic staff with meaningful learning opportunities that will enhance job skills, communication, collaboration, performance, and personal excellence.


A workplace culture that values and respects academic staff by providing learning and development opportunities and promoting innovation through communication and collaboration, thereby identifying Butler University as an employer of choice.

STEP Committee Members

  • Daniel Aguilar, Coordinator of On-Campus Employment, Internship and Career Services
  • McKenzie Beverage, Sustainability Coordinator, Center for Urban Ecology
  • Rebecca DeGrazia, Academic Affairs Assistant
  • Beth Hospodarsky, Technical Specialist, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Sonya Moore, Transfer Credit Evaluator, Registration and Records
  • Susan Morton, Academic Program Coordinator, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Mike Thomas, Career Development Consultant, Lacy School of Business

2017-18 Programming


This page is updated regularly. Please visit us again soon as additional programs are added.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Rebecca DeGrazia at or at 317-940-8558. Please allow two weeks’ advance notice in order to allow adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice, it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks’ notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.


End of Year Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
Tuesday, May 15, 2:00-4:00

Arrive when you can, stay as long as you like. In addition to ice cream novelties, a build your own trail mix bar, fresh popcorn, and other snacks will be available. This year's event will also feature games, door prize drawings, and other fun opportunities. A collection bin for the office supply waste drive will also be available. Reusable items will be donated to Teachers Treasures, and non-functioning items will be recycled via TerraCycle's Zero Waste program. All Butler staff are welcome. No RSVP required.

Campus Tour for Staff
Meet in Robertson Atrium
Thursday, May 3, 3:00 start time

Ever wondered what was said on the tours you see walking, rain or shine, around BU's campus? Come join STEP for a campus tour hosted by the Office of Admissions. We'll explore BU, from Hinkle to the Residence Halls, so come, with your walking shoes, prepared to explore the campus like a prospective student. RSVP to requested.


Faculty and Staff Lunch and Learn: Sustainability at Butler, and Beyond!
Atherton 111
Thursday, April 26
Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30  
Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Want to learn more about recycling at Butler and in Indianapolis? Join us for an Earth Month lunch and learn presentation where we will discuss how and where to recycle on Butler’s campus, as well as how recycling works in our city – and beyond! Presented by McKenzie Beverage (Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator) and Emily Jackson (Indiana Recycling Coalition).  This session is full. Email to have your name added to the waitlist.


Google Drive Hands-on Workshop
Presented by Roy Weese, Information Technology
Jordan Hall 041
Wednesday, April 11, 1:30-3:00

This session will help attendees gain an understanding of how to create, share, and collaborate using Google Drive and Google Apps for Education. End the cycle of emailing documents and spreadsheets, and begin the process of working together on these items in real time. Seating is limited. RSVP to required.


Master Mail Merge Using Microsoft Word/Excel 2016
Presented by Julie Hoffmann, Information Technology
Jordan Hall 041
Wednesday, March 28, 1:30-3:00

This workshop will assist you in mastering all aspects of using the mail merge function in Microsoft Word, including how to optimally arrange data in Excel spreadsheets. We will cover mail merge in depth, including when to use mail merge, a live demonstration and an overview of common pitfalls, followed by hands-on learning and real-world practice. While the primary focus of the session is mastery of mail merge, we will also cover some Word 2016 tips and tricks (time permitting). Registrants are encouraged to bring along actual Word/Excel files they need to merge or have had trouble merging in the past and will have the opportunity to submit questions/other topics of interest prior to the session. Seating is limited. RSVP to required.


Hoonuit Lunch and Learn
Presented by Jeana Rogers, Center for Academic Technology
Atherton 111
Thursday, March 8, Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30  Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Hoonuit, pronounced "Who knew it," is the feeling you get when you learn something new. All current Butler faculty, staff, and students have access to over 10,000 online tutorials. Join us as we discover some of the Hoonuit online tutorials for professional development, student success, teaching strategies, and more! This session is full. Email to have your name added to the waitlist.


Leadership Development 
Presented by Eileen Taylor, College of Communication
Atherton 326
Tuesday, March 6, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30   Presentation: 12:30-1:30

It's never too early or too late for leadership development.  Desiring, emerging, or in a current leadership position?  Join us for workshop activities to learn how to develop yourself, others, and the organization.
This session is full. Email to have your name added tot he waitlist.


Founders Day Lunch and Learn
Collaborative Learning Space, Irwin Library
Thursday, February 8, noon-1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Over the last 6 years, the Founder’s Day committee has awarded 30 grants to faculty members to enhance one of their courses by infusing the theme and founding principles into assignments and projects in their syllabi.  Each year all faculty are invited to submit proposals, and five faculty are selected from submissions to receive stipends.  Please join us on February 8th at 12:00 pm in the Irwin Collaborative Space to hear how past and present grant winners have adapted their courses to teach students about our founding values. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to required.

Founder’s Day Overview:
One hundred and sixty-three years ago, Butler University was founded on the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion. Those characteristics are still vital today as we seek to recapture and reclaim the values of Ovid Butler with a celebration of Founder’s Day (February 7).  Campus began celebrating Founder’s Day again in 2012, and each year a new theme has emerged to guide a range of events.  This year’s theme is “Place & Identity”, with most events taking place from February 3 – February 11.  The Founder’s Day website will be updated soon with the full schedule:

Lunch and learn event co-sponsored by the Faculty Development and STEP programs.


Jordan College of the Arts - Facilities and Costume Shop Tour
Tuesday, January 30, 1:30 start time

Join us for a tour of the theatre, dance, and music departments in Lilly Hall. Explore the spaces where our talented Butler students learn and rehearse, visit the costume shops that hold the props of current and past productions, and get the backstage experience as JCA prepares for its many spring productions. RSVP to required.


Butler Greenhouse Tour
Presented by Phil Villani, Biological Sciences
Meet in Atherton 201
Thursday, January 25, 12:00-1:30 (lunch and tour)

The Butler University Greenhouse is home to a collection of plants used for teaching demonstrations to show the ways in which adaptations have allowed plants to colonize the globe. Additionally, the collection has many economically important plants from coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon, to ebony, castor bean, and vanilla. Staff are invited to join us for this special tour opportunity. Due to space limitations, subgroups will rotate between lunch in AU201, and the greenhouse tour. Lunch tickets to The Market Place provided. RSVP to required.


Cyber-Security Fundamentals
Presented by Eric Schmidt, Information Technology
Ford Salon, Robertson Hall
Tuesday, December 5, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30  Presentation: 12:30-1:30

How should you protect yourself and your information while online? Is it safe to shop or bank online? What protections does Butler have for my online activities? Eric Schmidt, Butler’s Chief Information Security Officer, will discuss these and other issues at this timely lunch and learn opportunity. All faculty and staff are invited, but space is limited.  RSVP to is required.


Student Spirituality Lunch and Learn  
Presented by Chad Bauman, Religion, with collaboration from the Center for Faith and Vocation
Thursday, November 30, 12:00-1:00 (lunch provided), AU111

Would you like to know more about the religious lives of our students, and how their religion (or lack thereof) might affect what they want from us as teachers, advisors, and mentors? If so, please join us for this presentation, where we will discuss recent trends in religion, drawing upon both national data and more specific research on Butler's students. All faculty and staff are invited, but space is limited. RSVP to required. 


Strategies to Keep Calm and Succeed
Presented by staff from Counseling and Consultation Services
Atherton 111
Wednesday, November 15, Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30  Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by stress that you had a difficult time functioning? Are you harder on yourself than you are on others? Please join us for this session led by Counseling and Consultation Services for a discussion around the importance of self-care and strategies for improving self-compassion. Space is limited. RSVP to required. 


Safe Space Training (both faculty and staff invited)
Presented by Counseling and Consultation Services staff
Ford Salon, Robertson Hall
Friday, November 10, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30  Presentation: 12:30-3:30 

CCS offers Safe Space training as a part of our outreach and educational programming on campus. The program invites faculty, staff, and students to become active and effective allies to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. The goal of the Safe Space program is to provide a more hospitable environment for LGBTQ individuals by establishing an identifiable network of allies who can provide support, information, and serve as allies to LGBTQ individuals within the Butler community.
Safe Space Goals:
- To create campus spaces where LGBTQ persons feel safe, supported, and valued as members of our University or campus community
- To provide information about resources and appropriate referrals for members of the campus community seeking additional support and information in this area
- To expand the network of allies on campus
- To build awareness of the issues affecting LGBTQ persons

 Space is limited. RSVP to required. 


Public Safety at Butler
Presented by John Conley, Chief of Public Safety, BUPD
Atherton 302
Wednesday, November 1, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30   Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Join us for a presentation by BUPD's Chief of Public Safety, John Conley, regarding public safety at Butler. This session will provide information on what to do in an emergency situation, active shooter preparedness, general safety tips, and more. Space is limited. RSVP to required.


Organizational Leadership
Presented by Eileen Taylor, College of Communication
Atherton 326
Monday, October 30, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30   Presentation: 12:30-1:30

The essence of organizational leadership may be effective communication at every level of any organization. The ability to transform groups of people into teams that work together toward the vision/mission of the organization may be critical to its success. The ability to understand what internally motivates individual workers may help inspire them to accept change that advances the vision/mission of the organization. The ability to lead from a communication perspective may strengthen individual leadership competencies while demonstrating value of workers' contributions for overall organizational success. Please join us for this presentation by Eileen Taylor, to learn how leadership comes in many forms, and how to apply this in your role at Butler, and beyond. Space is limited. RSVP to required.


Learn About Butler (LAB) Session: Office of Advancement
Atherton 111
Thursday, October 19, Lunch (Market Place tickets provided): 12:00-12:30  Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Who is Advancement, and what do they do? Please join Betsy Weatherly to learn more about the Office of Advancement, and Butler's comprehensive fundraising campaign which will be the largest in Butler's history. Space is limited. RSVP to required. 


Perfectly Professional PowerPoints
Presented by Wade Guisewhite and Julie Hoffmann, Information Technology
Thursday, September 28, Jordan Hall 220, 11 a.m.-12:30  

This workshop will assist you in creating “perfect” PowerPoints which are sharp, clean, professional, and appropriately brand-oriented. We will begin with a brief overview of the major functions within Microsoft PowerPoint with live demonstration, followed by hands-on classroom learning. Training will include slide templates, formatting, animation, and timing. Registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the session. Space is limited. RSVP to required.


Center for Urban Ecology - Program Overview and CUE Farm Tour
Meet in Gallahue 068
Thursday, August 31, 3:00-4:00 
Join us for a tour of the Center for Urban Ecology! Learn about how students, faculty, and staff are making an impact through the CUE, and with the help of community partners. As a guest of the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the CUE's most impactful programs, the CUE farm, to learn about how the farm enhances the urban food system, enriches student education, and how you can get involved. For guests interested in purchasing fresh local produce, the farm stand will be open immediately following the tour (cash or check only). Space is limited. RSVP to required.


Discovering Purpose through Reflection Workshop
Presented by Daniel Meyers and Marguerite Stanciu, Center for Faith and Vocation
Jordan Hall 236
Thursday, August 3, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30   Presentation: 12:30-1:30

Each of us already has inherent wisdom to help guide us in our decision making.  Please join us for a workshop to uncover and to clarify our sense of meaning and purpose through a reflective process.
Limited seats available. RSVP to is required. 


Active Listening Workshop
Presented by Donald Braid, Director, Center for Citizenship and Community
Jordan Hall 236

Tuesday, July 11, Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30   Presentation: 12:30-1:30
In this age of smart phones and social media, it is easy to approach listening as no more than extracting information from what we hear. In this interactive workshop, we will explore listening as a process for appreciating and learning from commonalities and differences as we connect with others through curiosity and empathy.
Limited seats available. RSVP to is required. 

STEP Academic Staff Professional Development Grants

Program: This program supports Butler University Academic Staff in professional development activities or training related to their work at Butler. Only one award will be funded per individual each fiscal year. Grants may also provide or add to funding for travel costs to national or international meetings to present or gain professional experience.

Examples of activities that would be supported through this funding opportunity:

  • Conference or workshop attendance
  • Course registration
  • Webinar or online course registration
  • Training for a new skill or program
  • Travel related to professional development
  • Purchase of equipment or supplies to support professional development goals
  • Books, supplies, specialty, or other materials
  • Association membership if applicable

This list is not inclusive - other ideas may be accepted.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded, provided costs meet aforementioned guidelines. If the application requests funding related to activity or training required to meet the applicant's normal job duties, all efforts should be made to first receive departmental funding before applying for STEP funding. STEP can help provide bridge funding in those instances. If no departmental funding is available, written justification must be provided by the applicant's supervisor. STEP will continue to evaluate applications through the fiscal year as funding remains available.

Your application must consist of a program statement including:

  1. The nature of the program and the need for support
  2. ​Its relevance to your work at Butler or benefit to your department
  3. ​The objectives, significance, how the work will be conducted, and a time schedule for completion

Please use the form available at the STEP website to fill out a detailed budget, and also include documentation of any workshop or conference costs. The proposal form should be signed by the applicant, head of department/program, or dean of the college. Proposals that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned without evaluation. Use the form that is currently on the website.

Deadline: Proposals are due on the first of each month. Signed, scanned applications should be sent to Decisions on applications will be communicated within 30 days

Questions: Awardees should work directly with Rebecca DeGrazia regarding questions on business office or expense related concerns.  

Report: A brief report (no more than one page) reflecting on or describing the outcome of the project using these funds is due to STEP no more than 60 days following the end of the project. Failure to submit this report may jeopardize future funding.


Click here to download the STEP grant application