Professional Development

Professional development opportunities are offered by groups within and outside of the university. In some cases, participation is initiated by the individual and in other cases it is recommended and/or required by the supervisor. Professional development includes both formal and informal activities that enhance staff knowledge, skills, and abilities related to their current position and personal career goals.

Examples of formal professional development activities include academic courses, certifications, conferences, coursework, and professional organization memberships. Informal professional development activities include coaching, mentoring, consultation, workshops, forums, lectures, lunch series, conference calls, podcasts, readings, etc.

Staff Development Opportunities

There are a variety of professional development opportunities available through the division and university. Links to some of these opportunities are provided below:

Professional Development Participation

Staff participated in professional development activities more than 560 times during the academic year.* Activities offered by the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee were listed approximately 40 times. The most common activities were provided through webinars/online modules (176), training/presentations/workshops (131), and conferences/institutes (91). The topics listed most often were health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, operations and community engagement.

Number of Times Staff Attended Professional Development Related to:
Health and Wellness
128
Diversity and Inclusion
122
Operations
75
Community Engagement
60
Career Exploration
39
Involvement and Leadership
35
Academic Engagement
30
Athletics
29
Higher Education
25
Other
16

*Some staff attended the same activities. Activities are counted once per staff member.

Future Professional Development Plans

Staff were also asked about their professional development plans. A total of 284 professional development goals were provided. Eighty-three percent of staff had at least one goal, 16% percent had at least two goals, and 1% listed three goals. Common areas of interest included training, becoming more involved and collaborating more on campus, and pursuing leadership opportunities, promotions and additional responsibilities. Staff submitted 109 goals for future training. The most cited areas were operations and planning, technology, diversity and inclusion, and health and wellness.

Staff Professional Development Goals
Training
33%
Campus collaboration and involvement
17%
Leadership/promotion/increased responsibilities
13%
Certifications
9%
Conferences
8%
Degree coursework
7%
Professional organization membership
4%
Present/publish
4%
Personal development in other areas
4%
Research
2%

Staff Interests in Additional Training
Operations and planning
26%
Technology
20%
Diversity and inclusion
18%
Health and wellness
14%
Other
6%
Campus connections
5%
Career development
4%
Community engagement
3%
Higher education, student affairs
2%


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