Talk It Up!

Time to Talk It Up!

We at UMKC are committed to each other’s learning, growth and success. With the beginning of our academic year it’s time for us as supervisors and employees to make a conscious shift towards having productive two way conversations around individual development through our Talk It Up! Conversations.

As schedules and workloads allow, please set aside time to have these important conversations. We have put together some tips for having remote Talk It Up! meetings, to support our current work environment and social distancing practices.  Check them out here.


Talk It Up! Conversation

                     Supervisor          <—–>                     Employee

Supervisor and employees meet to give and receive developmental feedback in a positive, constructive and mutually supportive manner.


Supervisor insights are particularly important to developing our employees.  Individuals need to work with their supervisor to make sure they are getting the feedback they need related to their professional strengths, development and career goals.

Visit the Talk it Up webpage for more information, including sample agendas, helpful tips, and more.

It’s all about connection & collaboration between Supervisor & Employee. So why wait …….schedule your Talk it Up now!

UMKC Supervisory Development Series

UMKC Supervisory Development Series

The UMKC Supervisory Development Series begins June 23. All summer sessions are on Tuesday in the afternoon on Zoom. Fall dates will be in the morning on Wednesdays. Most courses will be available over the summer and the full schedule will resume in the fall. Sessions are available for enrollment on myLearn.

The online portion of the program is available continuously on myLearn.

If you have started the program, now is a great time to pick up courses you still need to finish. Courses do not need to be completed in order and many finish the program over two terms.

Click here for the summer and fall sessions schedule.

Enroll in the instructor led and online programs on myLearn at UMKC Supervisory Development Series. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Susi Mickey at


This year’s performance appraisal process is set to open on April 1! The performance appraisal process will operate similarly to years past, providing the same rating scale and success factors, all taking place through the brand new ePerformance online platform within PeopleSoft. You will receive more information from UM System, including training materials and how-to guides, when the process opens.

For more information about ePerformance, please contact the UMKC HR Service Center at 816-235-1621. Individuals may also contact the System HR Service Center at 573-882-2146.

Staff Professional Enrichment Fund – Application Deadline

Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee
Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee, donors

The Staff Professional Enrichment Fund supports qualified staff by reinforcing their competencies and strengthening their talents and abilities. This fund can be used to help cover registration fees and travel costs for professional development opportunities, such as conferences, conventions, summits, seminars and professional development materials/tools. Funding is available for individuals or a group of staff. Visit Staff Professional Enrichment and Emergency Relief Funds (SPEER) for additional information.

The next application deadline is March 31, 2020. The application requires several signatures, so it you may find it helpful to start your application as soon as possible.

A committee will review applications and determine awards on a quarterly basis. You may submit your application earlier than the deadline. All applications are reviewed at the close date. Please submit to Human Resources at or Susi Mickey at

UMKC Supervisory Development Series

The start of a new year can be a great time to invest in your own professional development! The UMKC Supervisory Development Series will begin with Supervisory Foundations on February 6, 2020. All spring dates are Thursday in the afternoon at the Administrative Center. This certificate program includes 10 in person courses and 8 online myLearn topics. Program facilitators use a UMKC prospective to guide you through a wide range of supervisory-related topics. This is a great opportunity to build up your supervisor’s toolkit and network with other supervisors.

Instructor Led Course Schedule at a Glance (All sessions are at the Administrative Center at 5115 Oak Street)

Enrollment is through myLearn at UMKC Supervisory Development Series.

Courses do not need to be completed in the order listed above. If you have started the program, your progress is on your Learning Transcript page in myLearn.

Contact Susi Mickey at if you have questions or need assistance with enrollment. There are additional resources on the UMKC Human Resources site at Supervisor Resources and the Talk It Up! page.