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 2019 Fall Professional Development Catalog

Leading from our Strengths

November 6, 2019, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Belknap Campus, Human Resources (1980 Arthur Street)*

November 12, 2019, 9:00 - 11:00 am, HSC Campus, CTR Building 101

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.)

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How do I recover when I make a mistake

November 15, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street)*

Nobody does diversity and inclusion perfectly and, in fact, making mistakes is one of the ways we all learn. Still, we fear making a hurtful error and offending someone. Sarah Nunez of the Cultural Center will guide an exploration of how we recover and more importantly, how we restore relationships and community.  Register to attend

Assertiveness Training

November 20, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Human Resources Building (1980 Arthur Street)*

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. Register to attend

Safe Zone Training

December 5, 2019, noon - 2:00 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.  Register Now 

*During the hours of our workshops, parking is limited.  Available parking is permitted for Belknap employees with blue passes and up.  If you are a HSC employee, parking is permitted for green and up.

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