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OLPD is excited to announce the new Enhanced Supervision Program (ESP) starting April 2021 for all supervisors of faculty and staff! We’ve heard your feedback and based on that what you’ve expressed, we’ve created ESP, a series of programs designed to support you and develop your supervisory skills and expertise.





Overview of the Enhanced Supervision Program (ESP) series:

Goal: To celebrate, encourage, and support all supervisors in order to build a healthy, inclusive, skilled, and effective workforce. The series will offer adaptable trainings for all supervisors of employees, while at the same time enhancing and standardizing supervisory training.

Format: A variety of learning modes of delivery will be utilized including face-to-face, virtual, blended learning, coaching, etc.

Leadership Competences: The program is designed to enhance the following 7 leadership competencies.

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  2. Global Perspective & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  3. Learning Capacity & Initiative
  4. Organizational Acumen
  5. Self-Awareness & Relationships
  6. Technical Knowledge
  7. Employee Development

Topics Offered: Twelve topics will be offered multiple times across multiple years.

  1. How People Learn and Work
  2. Valuing and Including: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Supervisors
  3. Valuing and Including: Supervising Generations in the Workplace
  4. Valuing and Including: Intercultural Competency for Supervisors
  5. Effectively Navigating the Elon Matrix
  6. Best HR Practices in Hiring Policies and Procedures
  7. Writing Effective Performance Reviews
  8. Setting Goals and Reviewing Results
  9. Giving and Receiving Feedback as a Supervisor
  10. Building an Effective Team or Department
  11. Managing Conflict and Performance Challenges
  12. Managing Change from Your Seat as a Supervisor

After completing all twelve topics above, employees choose two additional sessions each year to advance their supervisory skills (in consultation with OLPD and/or their own supervisors) from a range of Supervisor Learning sessions, discussions with senior leaders, conferences, and coaching sessions.

Timeline and Expectations:

The expectation is that 75% of campus supervisors will participate this coming year and Senior Staff and Deans will be engaged to assist in this participation. All supervisors will attend supervisor training annually and will ensure their staff members are participating in professional development each year. Supervisors will list yearly accomplishments on the Staff Performance Appraisal to demonstrate their annual participation in supervisory development programs, as well as to demonstrate their employee’s annual participation in professional development (internal and external). All programs will be evaluated by participants.

Past Programs:

To view recordings of past programs please email Kelli Russell who will provide you with a video link to the recording as well as the feedback form. Once the feedback form is completed, your attendance for that session will be recorded.

May 2022: Workplace Ethics with Benita Jones Of Council

April 2022: Managing Departmental Budgets with Kelly McKinney and Amy Chandler (4/11/2022 in person-No recording available)

March 2022: Giving and Receiving Feedback with Dr. KJ Shapiro

January 2022: Managing an Effective Appraisal Process with T.J. Bowie (1/5/2022 in person-No recording available)

Managing an Effective Appraisal Process with T.J. Bowie – 1/27/2022

December 2021: HR Policies and Procedures for Supervisors with Molly Zlock

October 2021: How People Learn & Work with Dr. Amy Overman

September 2021: Budgeting for Supervisors with Gerald Whittington

July 2021: Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions as Supervisors with Carla Fullwood

June 2021: Leading Across the Generations with Linda Smith

May 2021: Valuing and Including: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Supervisors with Carla Fullwood and Laké Laosebikan-Buggs

April 2021: Navigating the Elon Matrix with Dr. Steven House