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Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
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Practical Applications of Supervisory Skills (PASS) – Engaging Yourself is designed for relatively new supervisors or to be a thorough review of skills supervisors can practice daily. This certificate program focuses on exploring what you, as an individual, bring to the supervision dynamic. By knowing yourself, you can create better functioning teams and gain motivational tools to lead and inspire. Each week, you will complete learning performance tasks to transfer lessons from the classroom to your job to improve performance and cement learning.

As the series title indicates, the PASS – Engaging Yourself learning experience emphasizes practical application and includes group activities, case studies, presentations, group discussions, and online learning opportunities. Our presenter team is comprised of a diverse array of professionals to best meet the needs of all UI campus supervisors. Join us to build the PASS community!

Check back for the Fall 2024 application link!

Series Requirements

To fulfill the Practical Applications of Supervisory Skills (PASS) – Engaging Yourself certificate program, participants must complete all learning performance tasks before the Series Wrap-Up & Reflections session.

Core Curriculum

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Instructors: Spencer Stumpf & Abigail Schaver

To support and cultivate a University culture centered around inclusion, leadership, and transparency, we will introduce a strategy to address equitable and inclusive evaluation of staff. In this course, you will learn how to write and document SMART goals that support your career trajectory and align with the University’s and your unit's strategic goals.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Instructor: Scott White

What makes great leaders great? What separates a good from a great leader? It’s often how much they know coupled with their level of empathy and understanding that can differentiate a mediocre from good, as well as, from good to great. How do we get to good and how do we get to great? It takes practice and being aware of what you contribute as an individual to and for the team. In this course, we’ll talk through some of the history of emotional intelligence, why it could and should be important to you, and explore the core tenets of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

How do each of these components align with your supervisory and leadership expertise? Let’s dive in and explore the answer beginning with this course. This course will then become a building block to other courses within the PASS series as we draw emotional intelligence connections to each course and topic.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Instructor: Heidi Zahner-Younts

Get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and team harmony using the DISC Behavioral Assessment Tool. Decode the mysteries of your work style, as well as better understand the work styles of your colleagues. We'll dive into the four behavioral styles: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness in a way that feels more like a dynamic conversation between friends than a workshop. Through engaging activities and by sharing real-world scenarios, you'll learn about your own behavioral tendencies and discover how to use this tool to become a more effective communicator, conflict negotiator, and leader.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Instructor: Sean Hesler

If communication is the key to team efforts, then feedback must be the lock that supervisors are working to unlock. In this course participants will actively explore and practice giving and, sometimes the forgotten piece, receiving feedback. It is through effective feedback that supervisors enhance performance, strengthen relationships, supercharge teamwork, and expand active listening skills.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 | 8:30 - 11:30 am

Instructors: Tracey Pritchard & Steven Edwards

We all have aspects of ourselves that are different, it’s what makes us “us.” Supervisors can create or inherit teams that have or lack diversity, equity, or inclusion. How can we embrace our differences and build a dynamic diverse team? Using our self-awareness, we can identify our strengths as it pertains to DEI. In this course we practice strategies to work across difference, engage in discussions in what we can do to attain and retain the principles to sustain a diverse team, and learn about campus resources that aid efforts in diversity and inclusion.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Instructor: Glenda Smith

This course is designed to address the impact of respectful behaviors in the workplace. In alliance with UI CORE Values, the course explains what is considered disrespectful behavior in the workplace, in addition to assisting you with identifying and becoming more aware of your own and others' behaviors. Techniques and strategies for successfully addressing disrespectful workplace behavior will be an activity within this course.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Instructor: Spencer Stumpf

Meetings upon meetings makes it difficult to get the work done. How is a supervisor supposed to juggle all the expectations of themselves, their team, and their piece of the larger division? There usually is no blueprint for time management success when hired into a supervisory role, but here we dive into ways to get the right work done at the right time, setting clear priorities, when and how to handle the massive amounts of email, and being efficient for purposeful delegation.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Instructors: Diana Kremzar & Erin Litton

Bouncing back from a real or perceived negative event is how great leaders are made…or not. How do you take lessons, some of them hard lessons, and turn them into positives? In this course, we explore tools to use that will assist you in overcoming challenges, seek out a balanced perspective, and gain or retain footing for long-term success.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Instructor: Spencer Stumpf

Please Note: The Spring 2024 PASS-Engaging Yourself courses will all be offered via Zoom.