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.

Talk It Up Sessions




We heard you, and your input informed UMKC’s new strategic plan. The plan states that our foundational commitment is to our people, and we have committed to creating a developmental culture and a learning community. As we begin the work of transforming our culture, we are happy to announce the roll-out of a new program for our campus community – Talk It Up!

This spring, we launched Talk It Up! for all supervisors with staff direct reports. Beginning June 11, we will have a schedule of sessions for all UMKC employees. The goal of this program is to foster a collaborative, team environment. The program introduces tools to explore goalsetting, ideas to make one-on-one meetings more productive, and support a process for quarterly feedback and development conversations between staff and their supervisors.


Talk It Up! is an interactive workshop where you will learn how to share feedback and engage in developmental and coaching conversations. Constant and open communication is a foundational skill in any relationship and a collaboration skill for creating a learning-centered environment for all. We will practice the GROW model for developing goals and practice communication skills using the STATE model. Talk It Up! is a judgement-free zone to learn, collaborate, and develop.


  • Describe the GROW model.
  • Discuss importance of having two-way, people centered dialog.
  • Apply the GROW model to your own development.
  • Explore ideas for coaching self and others for success.
  • Practice the STATE model to improve feedback and development conversations.

Enrollment is on myLearn at Talk It Up!

Contact the UMKC HR Service Center at 235-1621 or Susi Mickey at mickeysu@umkc.edu for assistance.

UMKC Career Management Resources

The University recognizes the distinct advantage of talented employees seeking job and career advancement within UMKC. Hiring internal employees allows UMKC to retain, recognize, and reward talent within the organization. Creating internal opportunities for career advancement also enhances staff morale and productivity, maximizes efficiencies, and saves time and money.

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