How can you maximize your potential as a supervisor at CSU? Experience teaches us that focusing on self discovery, relationship building, systems thinking, and coaching helps us to become successful leaders who inspire their teams.
To improve the quality of supervision and engagement, Talent Development has created the Supervisor Development Program. The Supervisor Development Program at CSU is designed to provide faculty and staff with the tools they need to be effective and inspired in their respective roles at the university.
To ensure a positive environment among all employees, the Supervisor Development Program (SDP) is a requirement for all faculty and staff who supervise non-student employees. The program offers a variety of developmental courses to be completed within a three year time frame. For the Program Overview, see this .pdf entitled Supervisor Development Program Checklist Information Sheet.
“I love the programs that are offered. They help me develop professionally and encourage me to stretch beyond my job description. I am better able to convey concerns and contribute more effectively to CSU.”
-SDP Training Participant
How it works
This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to supervision. The Supervisor Development Program is made up of classes that will provide you with valuable knowledge about the key themes of the program, university policies, and creating inclusive environments. The program is self-directed, so you decide when to take each course!
1. Required Courses
Take the four foundation classes & two classes from the core or elective category
- Mindset for Supervisors
- Rules of the Road (Offered by HR & OEO)
- Inclusive Excellence Part One (Offered by VPD)
- Inclusive Excellence Part Two (Offered by VPD)
- One Core/Elective Class
- One Core/Elective Class
Foundation classes are held monthly every semester. In order to comply with the requirements of the Supervisor Development Program, it is suggested that coursework is completed within a three year time frame.
2. Courses for Certification
If you want a more comprehensive training and a certification in Supervisory Development, you will complete the following:
- Four Foundation Classes
- Four Core Classes
- Four Elective Classes
Both Core and Elective classes are held each semester, though topics and class offerings may vary. Courses for the certification process have no timeline and can be completed based on an individual’s personal goals.
“I have already applied several of the skills provided in this training. In just two days it has already made a difference in the huge project I am working on currently.”
“I thoroughly appreciated the various activities and the multiple ways in which we addressed different ideas – on our own, through group discussion, and through written activities.”
–Mindset for Supervisors participants
You can complete the program at your own pace however, to comply with the Supervisor Development Program requirement, it is suggested that you completed the program within three years. If you have already fulfilled university requirements for the Supervisor Development Program and wish to continue with the certification process, feel free to complete the coursework as you see fit. It is possible to complete the entire program in less than a year if you so desire.
The program is designed for employees currently in a supervisor role, but those who aspire for a supervisor or team lead role can also participate in the program.
The time commitment for each month is determined by each participant. The four Foundation classes combined are 13 hours. Each one is offered monthly, so participants can take each class at their own pace.
You’ll need four Core classes and four Elective classes to receive the certification. Those classes will vary from about 2-4 hours in length depending on the classes you select. A variety of classes are held each month.
Everyone should start with the Foundation classes. It’s best to begin with Mindset for Supervisors which is an overview of how to use your strengths and your team’s strengths to enhance the workplace.
While you are taking the Foundation classes, you can also take the Core and Elective classes to enhance your education.
Register for any class at the My Learning website.