Employee Learning & Organizational Effectiveness

Supervisor Development

Supervisor Development

Our Supervisor Development programs are designed to enhance the leadership skills, managerial capabilities, and overall effectiveness of individuals in supervisory or managerial roles within their positions at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. These programs focus on providing training, resources, and support to help supervisors excel in their roles and contribute to the success of their teams.

HR Series for Supervisors and Managers

Program Overview

The Human Resources Series for Supervisors and Managers (HR Series) is a multi-topic series focused on the basic information required to understand Illinois Human Resources (IHR) policies and guiding principles. Providing crucial information to create a positive workforce and productive work environment, this series of seminars is vital to successful supervision and management.

Each seminar is 3 hours, offered either virtually or in person. Individuals are not required to pursue the certificate in order to attend.

HR Series Seminar Description

Customized Training & Consulting

Learning Objectives

The HR Series helps supervisors and managers:

  • Reduce conflict on the job Increase clarity of goals and objectives
  • Address common human resources issues
  • Know how and where to get help
  • Give employees effective, timely, performance-based feedback
  • Solve problems quickly
  • Create a positive workforce and productive work environment

Completion Certificate and Badges

The HR Series Completion Certificate is completed when a participant attends all of the core curriculum seminars and 4 of the elective seminars within 6 HR Series terms (including the current term) of the first seminar taken. The HR Series Completion Certificate is being adopted as a professional standard for supervisors and managers by units across campus.

Completion Certificate Policy

Target Audience

  • All newly hired supervisors and managers
  • All recently promoted supervisors and managers
  • Managers and administrators who need an understanding of university HR policies and principles


Registration for the HR Series is available to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign employees free of charge. To register for these seminars, use the registration links located in the “HR Series” items on the HR Series calendar. We will open seminars for registration on the second Tuesday of each month. Pre-registration is required for all seminars.

Illinois Supervisory Skills Program

Program Overview

The Illinois Supervisory Skills Program provides new and recent supervisors opportunities to develop self-awareness of management styles and personal biases, to practice strategies for resolving conflict, and to build confidence in leading others through performance feedback and coaching techniques. Selected participants will learn and challenge each other throughout the semester as they engage with a cohort of peers from other units, motivating each other to create healthy, productive work environments.

This semester-long program offers a blended learning design. Selected applicants complete this five-session series as a cohort. Expected time commitment is 8 – 10 hours per month.

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Supervisor Development

Learning Objectives

  • Discover your personal managing styles’ strengths and challenges to enhance your communication skills.
  • Recognize your power to create a positive environment where everyone is respected, appreciated, and individual differences are valued.
  • Improve accountability by employing problem solving strategies to manage conflict.
  • Develop practical skills vital in implementing effective performance feedback.
  • Understand the foundations and purpose of coaching to incorporate the principles of continuous performance improvement.


Applicants must…

  • Be a current academic or a civil service employee with at least a 75%-time appointment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Eligible applicants should have completed the one (1) year requirement by the application deadline.
  • Currently oversee status employee(s) or student employee(s) in a supervisory capacity or similar role.
  • Have prior approval from a supervisor and/or department head.
  • Be available to attend all the scheduled program dates.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning, be open to dialogue and discussion, and be willing to challenge themselves through reflection and thought.

Application Process

  • Obtain supervisor approval to apply and attend on program dates.
  • Review the Illinois Supervisor Competency Model and write a personal essay (500 words or less). Identify a competency you would like to improve upon for professional development. Share a leadership lesson you have learned as a supervisor or from a supervisor as it relates to the skills you hope to gain by completing this program. How do you plan to use these enhanced skills to support the university community?
  • Fully complete online application, including employment information, years of supervisory experience, and number of people currently supervising by the application deadline.
  • Applications are due by the date indicated on the application form.

Participation Selection

The Illinois Supervisory Skills Program selection committee selects up to 30 participants from all eligible submissions and makes a recommendation to the Program Sponsor for final class participation. This program will be offered once each semester. Selected candidates will be notified via email.

Completion Certificate and Badges

A Certificate of Completion for the program will be earned at the end of the semester after participants have attended all five core program sessions. Make up policy: if, due to unforeseen circumstances, a participant misses one session, they will be given two opportunities to make up the missed session within one year to earn a certificate of completion.

The Future of Work at Illinois: Managing Hybrid and Remote Teams

Program Overview

As the University of Illinois leans into the future of work at Illinois and more departments embrace workplace flexibility and hybrid and remote schedules, it is essential for managers to understand policies and best practices that will align teams for success at Illinois. Supervisors will learn how to establish boundaries, increase engagement, and anticipate challenges as they connect with other managers on campus to share lessons learned.

This program is delivered through a blended learning format that includes two live webinars and four modules of asynchronous (self-paced) content. The time commitment for this course is 10 hours over a four-week period.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand policies related to telecommuting guidelines and hybrid work agreements specific to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus
  • Examine virtual team meeting norms that encourage participation and practices to avoid
  • Recognize the effectiveness of team performance by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Recognize behaviors that encourage trust and relationship building

Target Audience

Current campus supervisors and managers.

Completion Certificate and Badges

A certificate of completion will be given upon the successful completion of the course assignments and course evaluation.


Registration for Managing Hybrid and Remote Teams is available to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign employees free of charge. Pre-registration is required.
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Additional Resources

LinkedIn Learning Survey Course: Managing Hybrid & Remote Teams

In the two-hour, self-paced LinkedIn Learning version of this course (no certificate awarded), participants will learn about hybrid team effectiveness, structuring communication, and aligning the team for success by cultivating connections and building trust. Hear from university leaders as they respond to thought-provoking questions around workplace flexibility from Senior Associate Chancellor for Human Resources Shari Mickey-Boggs.

LinkedIn Learning Collection for Managers of Remote and Hybrid Teams

Explore a collection of training resources from LinkedIn Learning for managers of remote and hybrid teams. Topics include “Virtual and Hybrid Meeting Essentials,” “Leading Productive One-on-One Meetings,” “How Managers Can Prevent Team Burnout,” “Support Accessibility in a Hybrid Workplace,” and much more!

Illinois on Coursera

Illinois on Coursera gives Illinois students, staff, and faculty free access to more than 170 non-credit online courses and Specializations. Created by Illinois faculty, Illinois’ Coursera courses provide opportunities to advance your career, explore your interests, or expand your skill set. With Illinois on Coursera you can take any course you want, whenever you want, the way you want. Complete the course and receive an Illinois/Coursera course completion certificate to post on resumes and LinkedIn ©.

Professional Staff Leadership Academy

The University of Illinois System’s Professional Staff Leadership Academy (PSLA, formerly known as the Academic Professional Leadership Program) utilizes superior leadership principles and applications to develop key professionals. Through relationships built across the University of Illinois System, the program uses the knowledge of University staff, executives, academic theory and practical applications to foster an environment where leaders can emerge. To learn more, go to the Professional Staff Leadership Academy webpage.