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.

Mentoring for Success Program

Applications are open January 13th-January 24th, 2020!

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 >>

Professional Development Sessions

View the 2019 Fall Professional Development Catalog

Civility Training-Why Civility is So Important in the Workplace

Presented by Dr. Diane Tobin, University Ombuds

February 5, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street), Register here

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

When we work in a place that is not civil, it takes a toll on all of us.  Not just physically and psychologically, but also financially.  So what can we do about this?  What are the behaviors that create civil and uncivil behavior?  How does taking a self-assessment help us?  What can we do to create a more civil workplace at U. of L.?  All these questions and more will be answered, discussed and role played to help give strategies to make the university one of the best places to work.

Dealing with Difficult People Training

Presented by The Human Development Company

February 11, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm,  Belknap Campus, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street) Register to attend

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

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.   

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), Register here

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

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 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.

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) Register here

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.)

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

Safe Zone Training

Presented by Katy Garrison, Assistant Director of the LGBT Center

January 30, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence (Cardinal Stadium) Karp Auditorium (Take the elevator to the 4th floor)

As part of a university community that has been recognized nationally for its spirit of inclusion, it's more important than ever to understand what it means to be LGBTQ+.  For some, just gaining a basic understanding is the starting point.  For others, learning to be an active advocate to LGBTQ+ members of our campus is a step they are ready to take. Regardless of where you are, this session will provide information, break down stereotypes, and open up dialogue.  You don’t have to be an expert in sexuality or gender identity/expression to attend, just someone who is interested in helping all members of the campus community succeed. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available near the Norton Terrace at the south end of Cardinal Stadium. Space is limited.  SESSION FULL

Implicit Bias

Presented by Marian Vasser, Executive Director of Education and Inclusive Excellence

Difficult Dialogue

Presented by Marian Vasser, Executive Director of Education and Inclusive Excellence

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)

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

Creating a more Inclusive Climate through Microresistance

Presented by Dr. Cynthia Ganote, Assistant Professor in Sociology

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.

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  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.