Professional Development Programs and Other Services

The role of the Center for Staff Learning & Professional Development is to serve as a conduit of knowledge, information and services. The Center facilitates learning and assists staff in maximizing job performance through various programs. In addition to the numerous trainings available at, specific program trainings can be created upon request for departments to address learning and development needs. Learn about specific tools and resources the CLPD has created to help you through this time of change.

Not Just for Managers

Don’t be fooled by the name. Managing Through Change is for all staff. The program’s purpose is to help participants:

  • Learn about the natural phases we all go through in times of change
  • Identify how we personally relate to change
  • Create an action plan to more readily navigate change

The CLPD is pleased to provide an online version of Managing Through Change to your department or team.  Learn more about how to bring Managing Through Change to your group.

We also have a number of books on change available for loan via our Resource Library. Recent additions include It Starts with One and Our Iceberg Is Melting.

Borrow a book to read on your own, sign up for a Read, Discuss and Develop Book discussion, or consider hosting a book discussion in your department.  For more information on hosting a book discussion, contact us at

Take Charge

Do you need some direction in identifying and planning your professional development? Take charge by taking stock of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT).   Learn how to conduct a Personal SWOT Analysis and use the template provided to begin mapping out where you are and where you would like to go professionally.

Create a Plan

While a Personal SWOT Analysis helps you identify where you are now and where you would like to go, an Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides you with step-by-step directions for getting there. Discover how to create your IDP and use the attached template to create your plan.

Explore and Execute

Now that you have completed your SWOT and IDP, it’s time to explore your professional development possibilities. Each year, numerous departments across campus offer a wide variety of learning and development sessions via our campus-wide registration system. Completing a Personal SWOT Analysis and creating an IDP will help you know which courses to take.  For your convenience, an RSS feed has been added to the online registration system so that you can receive updates to your desktop when new courses are added.  Learn more about Rich Summary Sites (RSS) and then subscribe to the RSS feed located on the staff page of our registration site.  Our Low Cost/No Cost presentation will provide you with an overview of in-house training along with some out of classroom learning options.

As indicated in the previous presentation, there are a number of out-of-classroom ways to gain experience and knowledge via books, blogs, committees, and stretch assignments. Below are some links we’ve identified for you to explore.  Of course, you will want to brainstorm options based on your specific professional development needs. 

Putting It All Together

Once you have achieved the goals you set in your IDP, you will want to create an effective resume.  Your resume, combined with a well-written cover letter, will help you get the interview.  Your Human Resources Generalists are available to provide you with feedback and information about your resume and cover letter as well as tips on interviewing.  Please contact the HR Generalist who is assigned to your particular area. There are also a number of resources available on the web.  Below are a few that we have identified: