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OCPA is committed to providing professional development opportunities for higher education professionals across Ohio. The Professional Development Institutes are a series of workshops sponsored by OCPA designed to provide professional development opportunities throughout the year for members of OCPA.

Upcoming Professional Development Institutes

Election Day Considerations: What is our obligation to our students, the institution, and the law?  
 Date: Friday, October, 26th, Noon to 1pm Location: Online via Zoom 
 Cost : Free to all OCPA Members 

In the current political climate, it can be hard to know how to provide programs and services that will be supportive of students across the political spectrum.  The issues are important to our students but also important to us as professionals so it can be difficult to balance our personal passion, self-care, support for all students, and potential PR issues for the institution.  In this virtual PDI we will talk about these different considerations and strategies to do the best balance these concerns.

This PDI is sponsored by the 4-year Private Member-At-Large position and the content will focus mainly on how these issues affect private institutions in the state.  But participation is not limited to OCPA members at 4-year private institutions. All are welcome to participate in this timely discussion. Registration information will be available online. Specific questions can be directed to Sam Filkins at

Register now for Free!

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, October 24th.

Questions can be emailed to Sam Filkins at


 The Job Search: A Virtual PDI For Graduate Students 
Date: Wednesday, November, 14th, 11:30am to 1pm  Location: Online via Zoom
  Cost: Free to all OCPA Members

  Join professionals from around the state of Ohio as they share tips and tricks on how to make yourself stand out above the rest during your job search. This PDI will be a virtual panel format with time for questions of the panelists. Have a question you would like to ask? Send it to Lacey Filkins, OCPA's Professional Development Chair at by November 12th.

Register now for Free!

Registration Deadline is Monday, November 12th.


Questions? Please contact Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Institutes Chair.