The Overview session takes approximately 30 minutes, and each of the other three sessions requires about 1.5 hours to complete, so we recommend allotting about 5 hours. In-person training is scheduled so that you can complete the training in one week or even one afternoon.
In addition, you have the option to test out of three of the four required sessions. This option involves taking an online assessment to test your knowledge of a session’s content and it takes about 10 minutes.
The Supervisor Training@Iowa project is the first phase of a larger campaign to develop talent and leadership on campus. Once training for all current and new supervisors is complete, UHR will consider developing leadership competency curriculum and other enhancements to leadership and supervisory training.
UHR will work with these requests on a case by case basis. If you are interested in this option, please contact your Senior HR Leader. You can also submit a request for a departmental training by selecting the ‘Request Departmental Training’ button located on the Supervisor Training@Iowa website.
Yes. The Supervisor Training@Iowa project aims to establish a common knowledge set for all administrative supervisors, and that information will be part of onboarding for new hires who meet the requirements.
Many people assume supervisory positions with little, if any, formal preparation. The Supervisory Training project aims to provide consistent foundation for everyone who supervises staff or faculty at the University of Iowa.
Supervisor training is one of the human resources enhancements most often requested by staff leaders, HR professionals, and staff members themselves. Working at Iowa survey results routinely highlight opportunities to improve supervisory skills and feedback, and a recent external review called for more consistent application of employment-related policies across campus.
Any administrative staff and faculty in a regular appointment who supervise UI faculty or staff may be required to complete the new training. Affected supervisors will be notified of their requirement and reminded prior to the deadline. An estimated 3,000 supervisors will be eligible.
Training modules will be offered via in-person classes and online.
Training modules will focus on creating an equitable and inclusive team culture; engaging employees to maximize performance; enhancing performance coaching, management, and documentation; and ensuring consistent hiring, onboarding, compensation practices
Current supervisors should complete training by June 2022. In-person classes, online modules, and self-tests will be available starting in January 2020.
Completion will be tracked in the university’s Compliances and Qualifications system available through Employee Self Service. Supervisors can meet the requirement by completing the new curriculum, applying previous supervisory training, or demonstrating their knowledge on tests that cover curriculum topics.
Previous training tracked in the university’s My Training system can satisfy the new requirement. Training developers will map the new curriculum to existing programs and automatically credit anyone who’s completed equivalent courses.
You also can apply previous non-university training by completing self-tests to assess supervisory knowledge.
Supervisor training sessions are approved for some continuing education credit programs. See the continuing education credit page for details.