Professional Development

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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.

Virtual Professional Development Opportunities

HR’s Office for Employee Development and Success is here to support your commitment to ongoing learning and growth, even while you are working remotely. Sharpening your professional skills does not have to wait for your return to campus, so we have compiled some quality online learning resources (mostly free of charge) that you can access now. Check back often for updates and new ideas. We will continue adding new resources to the list as we identify them and welcome any suggestions you think our employees would find helpful. Contact us at staffdev@louisville.edu.


Learning Cafes

HR’s Employee Development and Success office is launching a new series called Learning Cafes, online sessions focused on continuing your professional and personal growth while working at home. Each one features a topic of interest, guidance from a seasoned moderator, an engaging activity or reading, and time for discussion and sharing to renew your connection to the UofL family.


Coaching Circles

The Employee Development and Success Office has launched several coaching circles for faculty and staff to convene around a topic of interest.

What is a Coaching Circle?

Coaching circles are organized groups of university faculty and staff who come together around a common topic.  Unlike a typical workshop, a learning circle is focused on support and real-world conversation about challenges university faculty/staff are facing.  In a coaching circle, the members actively guide the direction of the discussion and learning.

 Why join a 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). https://louisville.edu/about
  • A focus on a specific topic for deeper exploration of how to address them effectively.
  • Time for 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.

Cardinal Kids Summer Reading Club

Recognizing that children, partners, pets and other loved ones are our new co-workers in this time of working remotely, the Employee Development and Success Office is launching a new series for employees and those with whom they are sharing their remote work spaces.  In each session, a university leader will read their favorite children’s book and might include their loved ones who want to join along.  You can follow along on your computer screen as we share an e-version of the book or even pull out your hard copy if you have one.  The focus is on building our “community of care” and expanding it to include those we love (especially young ones, but also the young at heart) and have brought into our work lives by quarantining at home.


Professional Development Sessions


Workshop Video Library


 

August

 

Leading from our Strengths, 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 purchase the StrengthsFinder 2.0 guide and an access code for your assessment.)

Facilitated by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

August 13th from 2:00pm-4:00pm


Conducting Effective Performance Evaluations, register here

We all want to be part of a high-performing, engaged workplace and a thoughtful performance evaluation process is one of the best tools for making it happen. Performance evaluations 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 evaluations, this workshop will provide tips and resources for making the most of the process and prepare for the submission deadline. All employees are welcome.

Facilitated by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

August 26th from 10:00am-12:00pm

September

Providing Effective Feedback

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

September 10th from 1pm-3pm 


Managing Up: Leveraging Success by Empowering Supervisors, register here

Maintaining a positive relationship with your supervisor is essential for career success and organizational effectiveness.  “Managing Up” refers to doing whatever you can to make your supervisor's job easier. In essence, it is managing your manager and can assist in your professional development. But what does that look like? In this presentation, participants will learn the ins and out on effectively managing up and strategies to implement in the workplace. 

Facilitated by Kristia Worthy, Director of Talent Development, Athletics

September 15th from 9am-10:30am


 Dealing with Difficult People, register here

Are your employees being impacted by challenging individuals in the workplace? This training gives attendees concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people by providing specific strategies to influence others toward a positive result. Participants explore how their own responses help or hinder the situation and will walk away with several applicable tactics that will make a difference in their work and personal lives.

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

September 29th from 10am-12pm

October

Effective Communication Strategies, register here

Today, messages come at us in so many different formats that it is no wonder there are communication breakdowns and roadblocks in the workplace. The ability to communicate in a professional manner can further employees' careers and relationships in their personal lives. Attendees of this workshop learn how to communicate effectively with management and peers in a way that opens up new dialogues and pathways for human connection.

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

October 8th from 1pm-3pm


Conducting Effective Performance Evaluations, register here

We all want to be part of a high-performing, engaged workplace and a thoughtful performance evaluation process is one of the best tools for making it happen. Performance evaluations 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 evaluations, this workshop will provide tips and resources for making the most of the process and prepare for the submission deadline. All employees are welcome.

Facilitated by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

October 13th from 10:00am-12:00pm


Applying Leadership Basics

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

October 19th from 10am-12pm

 

November

Leading from our Strengths, 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 purchase the StrengthsFinder 2.0 guide and an access code for your assessment.)

Facilitated by Brian Buford, Director of Employee Development & Success

November 4th from 10:00am-12:00pm


Welcoming New Employees with a Strategic Onboarding Plan

The old adage is true:  First impressions matter.  And in the case of new employees, what happens in the first few days on the job can make all the difference in the world.  In fact, research suggests our onboarding efforts affect retention, engagement, and overall job performance. Join Kathy Gosser to discuss easy-to-implement strategies to welcome new team members and ensure they are set up for success.

Facilitated by Dr. Kathy Gosser, Executive-In-Residence & Director of Franchise Management Program

November 10th from 1:00pm-2:00pm


Creating Inclusive Environments through Team Building, 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.

Facilitated by Kristia Worthy, Director of Talent Development, Athletics

November 11th from 9:00am-10:30am


Managing Holiday Stress, register here

While holidays can be a joyous time for many, it can also create stress and depression for some individuals. Discover ways to eliminate the pressure that festivities can cause and the frame of mind that has the tendency to alienate those of us experiencing sadness. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore their beliefs, feelings and attitudes about the upcoming holidays as well as tools for handling the season with peace, grace and confidence. 

Facilitated by Susan McKellep, The Human Development Company

November 17th from 10-12

 

 


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

Staff Fellowships, CLOSED

What is a staff fellowship? In this context, they are short-term learning opportunities that place you in a setting where you can learn new skills or explore other careers at the university. In the 2020 pilot, a staff fellowship will consist of matching you with a university department or program, creating a plan that includes specific activities to be completed, and identifying an advisor to guide and support your experience. A fellowship will generally consist of 10 to 20 days that could be done all at once or incrementally, depending on the nature of the work to be done onsite and your responsibilities in your home department.

  • The ideal participant is a UofL staff member who wants to grow professionally and learn about another facet of the university.

    While there are many benefits to participating, the completion of a fellowship does not include the promise of a new position or a salary increase. Rather, it provides participants with new skills that can be leveraged in a job search and reflected on a resume, and exposure to a network of colleagues and experts who can be advocates.

    Eligibility
    -Any UofL staff member, exempt or nonexempt, with at least two years of service;
    -The participant must show consistent performance appraisal review ratings of “Meets expectations” or higher;
    -Demonstrated enthusiasm for continued career growth and support of the university’s vision.

    To complete your application, you must submit this form and the following:
    -Letter of Interest to  
    -Letter of Support from your supervisor to  


Mentoring for Success Program

Applications are currently closed, they will reopen January 2021.

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 >>