Developmental Plan for a New University Supervisor

This is the recommended developmental plan for any administrator who will supervise Administrative-Professional (exempt) or University Staff (non-exempt) employees; more tailored plans can be developed by contacting Mary Elizabeth Fukai at (334) 844-7391 or Penny Houston at 844-1693, or email

Who Should Use This Plan?

For the purposes of the development activities listed here, a Supervisor of Administrative Professional (AP) and University Staff (US) employees is designated, authorized, and accountable to act for the University and use independent judgment and be directly involved in decisions to interview, hire, promote or terminate an employee; initiate/approve personnel action forms; approve work schedules, leave/absences, and travel; assign and review work for quality and compliance; develop performance standards and periodically review individual performance and prepare reports; initiate disciplinary action; provide technical/administrative assistance and counsel; identify training and development needs and provide or arrange to meet them; and provide personal counsel and hear complaints.

Phase I – Immediate Need

Be engaged in or take these courses within the first six months of becoming a supervisor:

  • PM100, The Supervisor’s Introduction to Performance Management
  • PM120, Establishing and Explaining Performance Expectations
  • HL400, Drugs, Alcohol, and the Workplace:  Information for Employees (online)
  • HL410, Drugs, Alcohol, and the Workplace:  Training for Supervisors (online)
  • MR500, Managing the Risks Associated with Occupational Fraud
  • “The Human Resource Legal Series”:
    • LG100, Introduction
    • LG120, Legally Effective Interviews
    • LG140, Preventing and Managing Absenteeism
    • LG160, Employee Discipline and Poor Conduct
    • LG180, Preventing Sexual Harassment
    • LG200, The Fair Labor Standards Act
    • LG220, Privacy Rules and HIPAA
    • LG240, The Family Medical Leave Act
    • LG260, Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • LG280, Returning an Employee to Acceptable Job Performance

Phase II – Managing University Resources

Begin to take these courses within the first year as a supervisor:

  • HL420, Sharpening Reasonable Suspicion Skills
  • MG120, Professional Ethics
  • MG180, How to Interview
  • MG280, The Search Committee Process
  • MG502, The Manager’s/Supervisor’s Workshop
  • MG530, Diversity in the Workplace
  • MG540, Understanding the Impact of Four Generations in the Workplace
  • MR100, Protecting the University
  • MR120, Sound Fiscal Planning and Management
  • MR140, AA/EEO for Managers and Supervisors
  • MR200, Media Relations for Academic Professionals
  • MR250, Employees of Concern
  • MR300, Recognizing and Helping Students in Distress

Registering for Classes

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Last updated: 01/31/2017