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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 the Director of Human Resource Development, Ben Smith (844-4145 or

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.

The Plan

The plan is time-phased with recommendations for courses within the first six months of supervision, the first year, and then optional leadership development courses.  Descriptions of all the numbered courses are available in the Training and Development Guide found at

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

“Understanding Compensation and Classification”:  go to to view this explanation of our system for classifying positions and paying for the work done.

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

Phase III – Leadership Development Opportunities

Engage in these leadership development, supervisory soft skills as time allows and as they fit your individual needs:
A. Supervision and Leadership
MG401, How to Be a Supervisor
MG502, How to Supervise
LD450, Teamwork and Leadership Profiles:  The Myers Briggs Type Inventory
LD500, The Emotionally Intelligent Leader (The Emotional Intelligence Inventory EQi)
LD550, Improving Leadership Performance, The Psychology of Supervisory Activities and Leadership Skills (Coaching Report for Leaders)
LD100, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program
LD150, 7 Habits for Managers
LD250, FOCUS:  Achieving Your Highest Priorities
LD300, The CHOICE Seminar
LD600, The Leadership Challenge Workshop
LD700, Leadership:  Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results
B. Communication
HR560, Interpersonal Communication Skills
HR600, Communicating with Difficult People
HR920, Effective Listening
MG510, Meeting Skills
C. Teamwork
ER345, Conflict Management at Work
MG101, The Management of Change
MG201, Delegation:  Creating the Climate for Teamwork
MG301, The Secrets of Effective Teams
MG310, Cooperative Negotiation Strategy
MG380, Motivation
MG550, MEET for Respect in the Workplace

Registering for classes

All the courses, except those designated as “online,” can be located in and registered for in the online training management system Fast-Train which can be found at https:// .  The online courses can be accessed by contacting Mary Elizabeth Fukai ( or 844-7391). 

Last Updated: August 18, 2015