Professional Development Workshops for Supervisors

Crucial Conversations

June 5 – July 31

Does your department suffer from taboo topics, deference, disagreement, conflict, analysis paralysis, information hoarding, office politics, or alienation? Is your department battling slow productivity or low morale? Are you a supervisor who struggles with having difficult conversations with employees?
Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck…


Supervision 101

June 6

This session, for supervisors, covers the basic ground rules for transitioning into a new supervisor role. Topics discussed include basic workplace etiquette, dual roles of the supervisor, building trust and engaging staff, emotional intelligence overview, addressing conflict in the workplace, and employee development.


Emotional Intelligence for Supervisors

June 24

This session will introduce the components of Emotional Intelligence, explore the personal and professional benefits of Emotional Intelligence, provide clarity for understanding the connection between Emotional Intelligence and effective supervision, identify the advantages that Emotional Intelligence can provide in the workplace, and provide strategies for supervisors to increase their own Emotional Intelligence.


Introduction to Project Management

July 16

This session will cover an introduction/overview of Project Management, project teams, budgets and schedules and reporting and project closeout.


Effective Interviewing for Supervisors

Fall 2019 date: TBD

This session will cover best practices on how to make the most of your interviews. Participants will learn to recognize legal and policy issues related to interviewing, identify which type of interview is best for the situation and position, plan and develop an interview strategy, develop effective interview questions, conduct interviews, and select the most qualified individual for the position.


New Supervisor Orientation

Fall 2019 dates: TBD

As a new supervisor to the University or newly promoted supervisor of benefits-eligible staff, this New Supervisor Orientation program will provide you with information on the University and various resources available to help you navigate within your role.


Preventing Sexual Harassment for Supervisors

Fall 2019 date: TBD

This session is designed to engage participants in discussion around Title IX and Sexual Harassment laws and a supervisor’s role as a responsible person.  This session follows completion of the online module “Harassment & Discrimination Prevention”. Led by Alyssa Campbell, Esq., Director of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion.


Diversity and Inclusion Next Steps – Skill Expansion

Led by Al Vivian, President and CEO of Basic Diversity, this engaging workshop will focus on prompting an enriching and deeper discussion to impact the university beyond the higher-level bias awareness training that has already been offered across campus.


Presentation and Speaking Skills

Are you looking to increase your presentation or speaking skills, or to build and/or enhance your leadership skills?  If so, then consider joining the local Toastmasters group.  More than 300,000 individuals participate in Toastmasters worldwide – it is an affordable, encouraging, and self-paced program that works, whether you are nervous about speaking in public or whether you are confident and looking to increase your skills.  See for yourself by visiting any of the Orange Orators Toastmasters group meetings – no appointment or obligation required.