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 umkchr@umkc.edu or Susi Mickey at mickeysu@umkc.edu.

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 mickeysu@umkc.edu 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.

Fall 2019 UMKC Supervisory Development Series

The Fall UMKC Supervisory Development Series sessions begin on August 28. All sessions are on Wednesday mornings on the Volker campus. The September 25, Litigation Landmines and Time and Labor are at the Miller Nichols Library in room 325. All other dates are in the Administrative Center Conference Center space. All sessions are open for enrollment!

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

Fall Sessions Dates 

Supervisory Foundations                  August 28, 2019                       9:00am – 11:00am

Embrace Diversity                              September 11, 2019                 9:00am – 11:00am

Policy Overview                                  September 18, 2019                 9:00am – 10:00am

FMLA                                                 September 18, 2019                  10:15am – 11:00am

Litigation Landmines                         September 25, 2019                  9:00am – 10:00am

Time and Labor                                  September 25, 2019                 10:15am – 11:15am

Importance of Feedback                       October 2, 2019                      9:00am – 11:00am

Legal & Effective Discipline                 October 9, 2019                      9:00am – 11:00am

Interviewing & Selection                      October 16, 2019                     9:00am – 11:00am

The Science of Unconscious Bias        October 23, 2019                    9:00am – 11:00am

Enrollment for the instructor led courses is on myLearn. The online part of the program is also on myLearn.

Enroll on myLearn at UMKC Supervisory Development Series

KCPDC—Local Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

UMKC is a member of the Kansas City Professional Development Council (KCPDC). Our membership provides UMKC faculty and staff access to special topics workshops, two certificate programs, and two conference opportunities at no cost to your department. Advanced registration through the UMKC Office of Human Resources is required. Click here for the Program Guide and Calendar.

KCPDC is a consortium of 10 area colleges and universities that pool funds to provide a variety of programs. Organization and program information is at www.kcpdc.org.

  • Professional Development Conference
  • Supervisor Development Program (certificate program)
  • Special Topic Workshops (standalone workshops on a variety of topics)
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning Conference
  • Faculty Development Program- Faculty Academy (certificate program)

The Faculty Development Program includes a new, single-day format for the core program, Foundations of Teaching Excellence, an Advanced Elements of Teaching Excellence workshop, and the annual Enhancing Teaching and Learning Conference in the spring. UMKC will host the spring Foundations of Teaching Excellence spring date, February 8, 2020.

The Supervisor Development Program certificate includes six core courses and KCPDC ‘electives.’ This is a great opportunity to learn and network with higher education colleagues. The first course in the series is Critical Skills for Supervisors on Sept. 10, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Johnson County Community College.

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Registration is through the UMKC Office of Human Resources on myLearn. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Susi Mickey at mickeysu@umkc.edu. For additional information, visit www.kcpdc.org.