Learning and Development

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121 University Services Building, Suite 51
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

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Overview and Benefits

Practical Applications of Supervisory Skills (PASS) – Engaging Yourself is designed for relatively new supervisors or to be a thorough review of skills supervisors can use in daily practice. This certificate program provides supervisors with professional development that focuses on exploring what we, as individuals, bring to the supervision dynamic. Knowing ourselves builds bridges that we can use to create better functioning teams and arms us with motivational tools to lead and inspire. Participants will have clear takeaways from each class and can apply what is taught providing the opportunity to improve results and service excellence while building collaborative relationships with others.

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 off the success of the Supervising@Iowa series and build the PASS community! For additional developmental opportunities, check out the sister PASS series, PASS – Engaging Your Team.

Please Note: The Spring 2023 PASS-Engaging Yourself courses will all be offered via Zoom.

Series Requirements

To fulfill the Practical Applications of Supervisory Skills (PASS) – Engaging Yourself certificate program, participants must complete 7 of the 8 courses. 

Core Curriculum

February 21, 2023 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am

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.

March 7, 2023 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Are you a glass half full or half empty person? Do you feel compelled to look at what could be done better before you think about what is done right? As individuals, most people dwell on what they could be doing better and not emphasizing the things that they are doing well. Using the CliftonStrengths assessment to give us insights into what we do well gives each of us the opportunity to alter our focus and to make our general strengths work for us as individuals and as supervisors.

Knowing what works well for you makes you more apt to and know how to make connections with those that are both similar and different from you. This course will also become a building block to other courses within PASS as we explore how to best use your strengths (and later your team strengths) to fulfill personal and professional goals.

March 21, 2023 | 8:30 - 11:30 am

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.

March 28, 2023 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

We’ve all had instances where we’ve been frustrated by how a co-worker goes about when and how they complete their work. How do we relate to someone who does things that drive us crazy? In this course we explore those work differences and how we can better communicate our own wants and needs, relate to what perspectives others bring to the table, and as the title states, apply the appropriate work style to get the work done.

April 4, 2023 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

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.

April 11, 2023 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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.

April 18, 2023 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

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.

April 25, 2023 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

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.