Supervising@IOWA is designed for relatively new supervisors or as a comprehensive overview for more experienced supervisors. This certificate program provides supervisors with professional development that focuses on the everyday practices that create a productive and respectful work environment. Participants will learn practical skills and knowledge that enable them to increase their effectiveness in managing their team's everyday performance with special focus on achieving results, service excellence and collaborating with others.

The Supervising@IOWA learning experience emphasizes practical application and includes case studies, group activities, online learning opportunities, group discussions, and presentations. Our core and elective presenter team is comprised of a diverse array of UI professionals to best meet the needs of all of our campus supervisors. Join us and become a part of the community of Supervising@IOWA graduates!

Program Requirements

The Supervising@IOWA program requirements are intended to support the development of the key competencies and components critical to success for those who supervise at the University of Iowa.

To complete the certificate program, participants are required to complete the:


To enroll in the Supervising@IOWA certificate program, please complete the online application when available.

Prior to submitting the Supervising@IOWA certificate program application, applicants are encouraged to meet with their supervisor to discuss the series requirements and how the Supervising@IOWA certificate program aligns with their development plans.


Online Course

Participants must complete the New UI Supervisors: Starting Successfully course prior to Part 1: The Fundamentals of Being an Effective UI Supervisor. Enroll in this online course in Employee Self Service | My Training | Enroll in Courses | Available Online ICON Courses.

Personal Style Assessment

Participants must complete their Personal Styles Assessment prior to Part 2: Understanding and Applying Work Styles as a Supervisor. The assessment and directions will be provided in an email. Participants must print and bring their results to that class.

Core Program

Participants must complete all instructor-led core courses including six online quizzes.

Instructor-Led Core Courses

Part 1: The Fundamentals of Being an Effective UI Supervisor
September 18, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Part 2: Understanding and Applying Work Styles as a Supervisor
October 2, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11 am

Part 3: Managing Talent - The Engaged Employee
October 16, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11 am

Part 4: Managing Talent - Coaching for Improved Performance
October 30, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11 am

Part 5: Managing Talent - Developing and Leading A Diverse Team
November 6, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11 am

Part 6: Building Strong Relationships - Upward, Peer & With Those You Serve
November 20, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11 am

Online Quizzes

The core program will feature six online quizzes that correspond with each of the instructor led-courses. It is recommended that participants complete each quiz within seven days of completing a course. The quizzes are used to allow participants the opportunity to reflect after each course and to assist them in developing a greater understanding of the material. Participants will be provided instruction on how to access the quizzes during Part 1.


Participants must complete four of the Supervising@IOWA elective courses within two years of beginning the program. Elective courses offer more detail to additional topics that are relevant to successfully supervising in a diverse university environment. Elective courses will be held at various times throughout the year.

Instructor-Led Elective Courses

Enroll in the instructor-led elective courses in Employee Self Service | My Training | Enroll in Courses | Available Sessions and Series - as they become available. Available sessions default to alphabetical order and all elective courses connected to this series will be listed as S@IA: course title.

ICON Elective Course

Creating a Welcoming Workplace (ICON) - Enroll in this ICON course in Employee Self Service | My Training | Enroll in Courses | Available Online ICON Courses.