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 be successful leaders that create successful teams.
To improve the quality of supervision and engagement, the office of Training and Organizational 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 the Supervisor Development Program Checklist Information Sheet. You can also track your status on an SDP Checklist; please see more information below.
“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