Professional Development

The University of Louisville is committed to providing tools and information that lead to measurable performance improvement, increased job satisfaction, personal development, and positive morale for faculty and staff.  Every semester, Human Resources offers professional development programs that are free to any employee.  See the descriptions below and click "REGISTER" to sign-up and attend.  E-mail staffdev@louisville.edu with any questions.

Professional Development Sessions

View the 2020 Spring Professional Development Catalog

Emotional Intelligence-What is it and How to Get it

Presented by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

February 19, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), CLOSED

February 26, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street), CLOSED

Emotional Intelligence:  Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. The most successful workers are those with high Emotional Intelligence or EQ.  Can we develop, increase and incorporate EQ in our professional behavior?  The answer is “yes”!  Come to get trained in this essential trait and learn the strategies to implement this knowledge back in your own workplace.

Creating Inclusive Environments through Team Building

Presented by Kristia Worthy, Director of Talent Development for the Athletic Administration

February 20, 2020, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), Register here

February 20, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #123 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

There are many factors that contribute to the effectiveness of an organization, unit, or team. Actively investing in opportunities that build trust, mitigate conflict, and encourage communication and collaboration positively impacts employee engagement and performance. During this workshop, participants will explore various team building activities that promote inclusion in the workplace and the influence that it has on making UofL a great place to work.

Providing Excellent Service to the Cardinal Family

Presented by the Business Operations unit

Health Sciences Campus Two-Part Series

  • February 19, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here
  • February 26, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #123 (505 South Hancock Street),  Register here
Belknap Campus Session
  • February 25, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources (1980 Arthur Street), Register here


No matter who we are, we all have the opportunity to deliver excellent service to others, whether they are students, visitors, or our colleagues.    Who should attend this session?  Anyone who serves others directly, including managers whose units include a service component. Wherever you work on campus, the hands-on session will teach you skills you can easily apply. Led by certified facilitators from the Business Operations unit, this session is a must for taking your service to the next level.  As the Cardinal Principles state, “Each of us will identify for ourselves the way in which we make a difference.”  This is a great kick-start.

Leading from our Strengths

Presented by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

February 27, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources (1980 Arthur Street) CLOSED

March 4, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street)  Register here

It makes sense that we are at our best when we spend our workday doing things that call upon our natural strengths. If it fills our bucket, we are going to feel more engaged and connected doing it, and our work is going to feel like an extension of our life rather than just a job. In this self-reflective workshop, you will take the StrengthsFinder self-assessment and learn how to maximize your strengths (and for supervisors, the strengths of your team) for a greater sense of fulfillment at work. 


Prerequisite: Take the Strengths assessment before class and bring your results with you. Go here to get the StrengthsFinder 2.0 guide and an access code for your assessment.)


Making Great Hires: Interview Techniques and Best Practices for Hiring Managers

Presented by Christina Reed, Human Resources Business Partner

March 3, 2020, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Belknap Campus, Human Resources, (1980 Arthur Street), Register here

March 5, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #123 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

Designed for hiring managers and those who assist in the hiring process (such as administrative support and UBMs), this session will focus on the tools needed to make a great hire, including legal/illegal questions, preparing and conducting interviews, and tips and tricks to select exceptional talent.  Learn what the best managers do to find the perfect fit for their teams and all the ways the Human Resources Department can support you along the way.


Communicating Across Generations

Presented by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

March 4, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

March 18, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), Register here

This is the first time in history that four generations are in the workforce at the same time.  Communicating with each group, especially at work, can be a major challenge for workers of all ages.  How can you increase your awareness of the communication styles of each generation?  What are the sources of intergenerational conflicts and techniques for managing them? How does age diversity benefit the university?  Find out the answers to these and more questions at this communication training.

Qualities of an Effective Supervisor Training

Presented by The Human Development Company

March 24, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street) Register Now

March 26, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street) Register Now

Becoming a supervisor can be an exciting and intimidating proposition. Our training brings best practices and a better understanding of the qualities one needs to be an effective supervisor. Appropriate for new and more seasoned supervisors, this workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore their strengths and opportunities for development around decision making, professionalism, conflict resolution strategies and communication styles. 

Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

Presented by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

April 8, 2020, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street) Register here

April 9, 2020, 9:00 am - 11:00 am  Health Science Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street) Register here

We all want to be part of a high-performing, engaged workplace and a thoughtful performance appraisal process is one of the best tools for making it happen. Performance appraisals create an opportunity to set meaningful goals, discuss employee development, celebrate success, and provide constructive feedback for the year ahead. With a new instrument and schedule for appraisals, this workshop will provide tips and resources for making the most of the process and prepare for this year’s October 31 submission deadline. All employees are welcome.

Electronic Communication (E-Communication)-Let’s Do It Right

Presented by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

April 1, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), Register here

April 8, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus,  Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

At the very least we all use email and text.  Most likely we watch videos on YouTube and create PowerPoints for classes or conferences.  We teach online, FaceTime, Skype and use many other video conferencing apps to communicate.  We FaceTime, put pictures up on Instagram, Message and the list goes on. But there are limitations and conflicts that arise when e-communicating, especially when emailing and texting.  What can we do to minimize misunderstandings when using e-communications?  When should we use email and texts?  How do we be inclusive and communicative without being invasive?  Come to this training and find out the answers to these and many more questions about communicating in the electronic age.

Assertiveness Training

Presented by The Human Development Company

April 15, 2020 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street) Register here

April 16, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, K-wing Building Room #2037 (555 South Floyd Street)  Register here

Some employees may experience difficulty speaking up for themselves. Knowing the difference between being assertive and aggressive can impact the way a message is perceived. This workshop provides participants with the tools to assert their positions and needs more effectively. Additionally, they will learn how to utilize appropriate communication skills to maintain boundaries, access necessary resources and negotiate with confidence. 

Diversity Series

Latinx Cultural Perspectives, Realities, & Resources for Student and Community Engagement

Presented by Sarah Nunez, Associate Director of the Cultural Center

February 25, 2020 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Belknap Campus, Shumaker Research Building Room #139 Register here

Participants in this session will explore the diverse national and cultural backgrounds of Latinx students in Kentucky, discuss experiences impacting education, and create opportunities to develop strategies for improving services for Latinx students/parents and the community. Participants will be provided with resources and this will be an interactive session including Oral Histories from the University of Louisville’s Latinx Oral History Project. 

Cultural Humility

Presented by Ashleigh Hazley, Assistant Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute

March 17, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #123 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

March 17, 2020, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Shumaker Research Building Room #139, Register here

As we continue to strive for equity, equality, and inclusion, it is important to navigate spaces with a degree of Cultural Humility. What that means is that you are able to enact insightful reflection on your own cultural background while remaining actively open-minded, respectful, and appreciative to the cultural background of others. Participants in this workshop will have the time to reflect on their backgrounds while hearing about the backgrounds of others. Together we will explore how to use the practice of Cultural Humility to transform work environment into ones that are more inclusive and celebratory of all the differences that we bring to the table.


Creating a more Inclusive Climate through Microresistance

Presented by Dr. Cynthia Ganote, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement, College of Arts & Sciences

March 25, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

March 26, 2020 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), Register here

Whether an observer of, the target of, or the unintentional perpetrator of microaggressions, we often don’t know how to respond to them in the moment. This session will offer participants an understanding of microaggressions and their impacts on students and colleagues, along with microresistance strategies to use when they occur. The goal of the workshop is for participants to feel more comfortable responding to microaggressions with microresistance. Employing microresistance to counter microaggressions can not only contribute to individual well-being, but also serve as one part of a systemic approach to transforming oppression on our campuses.

Engaging in Difficult Dialogue

Presented by Marian Vasser, Executive Director of Diversity & Equity

April 14, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), Register here 

April 21, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Health Sciences Campus, Clinical Translational Research Building Room #124 (505 South Hancock Street), Register here

Talking about race, gender, sexuality, and other identities can be challenging, but we get better at it with practice.  In fact, not talking about it can sometimes cause more harm and leave us all feeling disconnected from one another.  As the university makes diversity, equity and inclusion the foundation of everything we do, now is the time to start building your skills to have successful conversations about identity and learn some techniques you can use when you need them.  This session is for anyone who wants to send a message of inclusion to students, colleagues, and others and will include opportunities for hands-on practice in a safe learning environment. 



 


Other opportunities to engage in making UofL a Great Place to Work

Staff Fellowships

  • Will be launching in March, stay tuned for more details!

Supervisor Coaching Circles, CLOSED

HR’s Employee Development and Success Office is offering new opportunities this semester to explore leadership and supervision through supervisor coaching circles.Coaching circles are small, organized groups of university supervisors committed to learning together about effective supervision and leadership in monthly meetings. Unlike a typical workshop, coaching circles are focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges supervisors are facing. In a coaching circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning. 

  • Why join a supervisor coaching circle? The benefits include:
    • A network of supportive peers you can call upon for support, encouragement, and input (a community of care as the Cardinal Principles describe). 
    • A focus on real supervisory concerns you are facing and deeper exploration of how to address them effectively.
    • A coaching model that includes listening, asking good questions, and reflecting that helps every member discover their own answers and celebrates the expertise that each person brings to the conversation.
    (We will strategically work to place individuals in groups with supervisors outside of their unit/department.)

Dare to Lead Book Club, CLOSED

HR’s Employee Development and Success Office is offering new opportunities this semester to explore leadership and supervision through facilitated book discussion groups. We are teaming up this semester with the UL Alumni Association to read the best-selling book Dare to Lead. Author Brene Brown describes Dare to Lead as “The ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.”

Each participant will be responsible for acquiring the Dare to Lead book and complete the assigned reading prior to the session.

As part of the Alumni Association’s book club, employees can sign up to participate in the online community that includes discussions and resource sharing. Sign up here to join or learn more.
Employees who participate in the book club can also join an in-person discussion group to talk about the book and how it applies to their role at the University of Louisville. We will host four monthly conversations per group (concurrently with supervisor coaching circles) based on the four skill sets discussed in the book. In fact, those who sign up for one of the in-person discussion groups will be eligible to win a gift basket of items from the Alumni Association!

All discussion groups will be facilitated by a convener and will aim to be informal, interactive, and informative. Space is limited so sign up now for the time that works best for you. You must commit to attending all four meetings to be accepted into a group. At the end of the four sessions, participants can decide to continue or conclude.

 

Mentoring for Success Program

Applications are currently closed, they will reopen January 2021.

Apply to be a Mentee 

Apply to be a Mentor 

Who can participate?

Mentors:

Potential mentors can be any UofL faculty, staff member, or retirees who have been an employee of the university for at least two years. Depending on their role, potential mentors may need to seek manager approval prior to participation. 

Mentees:

Potential mentees can be any UofL faculty or staff member who has been an employee of the university for at least one year. We also strongly encourage employees who hold marginalized identities (women, people of color, LGBTQ, etc.) to apply in support of the university’s focus on “celebrating diversity, fostering equity, and striving for inclusion.”  Regardless of role, mentees will need to seek permission from their managers prior to participation. Please talk with your manager and reach out to  if there are any questions about your eligibility. We will do our best to match all applicants, but selection is not guaranteed.

University of Louisville is relaunching the mentoring program, Mentoring for Success, in 2020. Learn more >>