Supervising@IOWA

Supervising@IOWA Application
Application Deadline: September 18, 2015

Overview

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:

Enrollment

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.

Pre-Program

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 | and enter WNUSSS in the "Search" box.

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

The Fundamentals of Being an Effective UI Supervisor

October 2, 2015 | 9:00 am - 12 noon

This course is intended to welcome, excite and provide series participants with foundational leadership resources. It is our people that create our excellence in education, research and creative work, outreach, and health care. Our role as supervisors is to manage talent in a way that creates a respectful and productive environment. We hope you join us as we kick-off the Supervising @IOWA series with a fun, interactive class that focuses on the best practices of UI supervision.

Understanding and Applying Work Styles as a Supervisor

October 9, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Working with people has always been a supervisor’s key responsibility. Recent trends indicate this job has grown harder, as supervisors are encouraged to increase productivity through influence rather than authority. How can this course help? By gaining a greater understanding of yourself and those you work with through the People-Styles Behavioral Inventory. Within the framework of your style, learn practical strategies for relating effectively with others, thereby increasing engagement and productivity of your workgroup.

Managing Talent - The Engaged Employee 

October 16, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

There is growing interest in employee engagement, and with good reason. Engaged employees are more productive, more positive and more motivated about the work that they do. Unfortunately, 21% of employees today identify themselves as highly disengaged, a three-fold increase since 2007. (The Corporate Executive Board, Employee Engagement Study, 2010). In this session, we will explore what drives and influences employee engagement, and discuss the things leaders can do to create an environment where engagement can flourish.

Managing Talent - Developing and Leading A Diverse Team

October 23, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Managing Talent- Developing and Leading A Diverse Team is a course designed to assist managers and supervisors in developing key leadership diversity skills designed to mobilize diverse groups of team members around a shared vision. The course will cover inclusive best practices and what a truly inclusive organization looks like. We will also identify common pitfalls to inclusion, and strategies to reduce bias in the workplace. Finally we will explore how diverse groups transform into teams and how a leader can foster that transformation.

Managing Talent - Coaching for Improved Performance

October 30, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

There is growing interest in employee engagement, and with good reason. Engaged employees are more productive, more positive and more motivated about the work that they do. Unfortunately, 21% of employees today identify themselves as highly disengaged, a three-fold increase since 2007. (The Corporate Executive Board, Employee Engagement Study, 2010). In this session, we will explore what drives and influences employee engagement, and discuss the things leaders can do to create an environment where engagement can flourish.

Building Strong Relationships - Upward, Peer & With Those You Serve

November 6, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Building strong relationships is a necessary component for supervisors to get things done. This course focuses on several components of relationship building, including networking (knowing yourself, meeting people, and sharing ideas), building influence (how to increase your levels of influence and use it in a positive way), and how to manage upwards (understand how your boss operates and make your boss aware of how you operate).

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.

Post-Program

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 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.

Introduction to Conflict Management for Supervisors

Supervisors deal with conflict every day. This course highlights the positive effects conflict can have in a work environment and prepares supervisors to manage these conflicts directly and effectively. Topics include characteristics of conflict, conflict management styles, communication skills, and different options for resolving conflicts.

The Driving Forces of Change Management

Want to be in the driver’s seat when initiating change? This course will offer you the basics of change management, so your new initiatives don't get lost in the dust. Just like every road trip needs a good map, so do agents of change. In this class, participants will identify the predictable patterns of change and strategies for effectively leading your team through change initiatives. Participants will also discuss possible barriers that can derail your change efforts and techniques to overcome them. While this class won’t eliminate all the bumps that come with change, it will allow you to help make the transition as smooth as possible for your team.

Managing in a Union Environment

Basic management principles apply regardless of the type of work environment you supervise in. However, management practices need to be reviewed in light of the various union contracts at The University of Iowa. We will review these principles and address the following concerns supervisors raise including: the grievance process, documentation and easy ways to imbed data collection into your supervisory practices, questions about tape recording, when a steward may be present and reasonable amounts of time for work release in preparation for filing a grievance.

Helping the Troubled Employee: What Every UI Supervisor Should Know

From time to time, supervisors may have concerns for a staff member. Maybe they are struggling with a personal problem or maybe there is a decline in their work performance. Recognizing the signs and learning what you as a supervisor can do to assist are essential to productivity and morale. Learn about what you can do to help a troubled employee and where to go for needed resources.

Disability and Leave Management: Supporting Employees with Disabilities and Understanding Leave Management for Supervisors

Increase your effectiveness in supporting employees with disabilities; learn when you should be talking and how to talk with employees about health conditions; gain leave management strategies including strategies to increase attendance and options to benefit your employees and your department.

Difficult Conversations for Supervisors

Supervisors often need to have difficult conversations with employees to address concerns about performance, behavior, attendance, and other sensitive issues. This workshop is designed to help supervisors develop the skills to have more productive conversations about challenging topics.

Road to Resilience: Strategies to Increase Energy and Resilience in the Workplace

Today more than ever, resilience is a skill that is needed in the workplace. Employees and Supervisors are experiencing on-going change, taking on new responsibilities, learning new skills, and handling more in general.  Resilience is the ability of people to respond appropriately to challenges and stress, and then move forward.  Highly resilient people cope well with adversity and learn valuable lessons from challenging experiences. This class offers skills to increase resilience so we’re more satisfied and productive - on or off the job.

ICON Elective Course

Creating a Welcoming Workplace (ICON) - Enroll in this ICON course in Employee Self Service | My Training | Enroll in Courses and enter Creating a Welcoming Workplace or W00CWW in the Search box.