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Welcome to Professional Development at DU!

We are incredibly excited about all the plans and programs we have in store for you during this coming year. Click on each of the programs below for additional information.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPEAKER SERIES

The People Development team proudly presents the Professional Development Speaker Series. This is a quarterly speaker series with nationally renowned speakers focusing on relevant and timely topics for the staff and faculty at DU. Each of these events will be from 3-4:30pm and include a short dessert/reception. Registration through PioneerWeb is required.

Wednesday, October 26th

Connecting to Your Craft: How Serving Heart-First Moves Metrics.

In this presentation, Todd Williams, former senior learning & development manager of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and currently director of culture for Centura Health, will share the key principles to providing exceptional customer service, including how to connect passion to your work and your personal lives in a way that brings balance and excellence to everything you do. 

Wednesday, February 15th

Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success with Aimee Cohen.

Today's professional woman battles social norms, corporate barriers, and mass media stereotypes...but her own self-sabotaging behaviors may present her greatest obstacles. Join the journey of self-discovery to identify the most common self-sabotaging behaviors that hold women back, and to learn practical strategies to defeat them. You'll hear real-life examples, simple success solutions, and Aimee's own guilty confessions. It's time to pull on those "big-girl panties", gain the confidence you need to get ahead, and inspire other women to Woman UP!

Wednesday, May 10th

Exercising Your Right to Laugh with Sam Adams.

Sam Adams is an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker, television personality and nationally renowned comedian. In this presentation, Sam will share his personal story of facing unsurmountable challenges throughout his life and how he was able to transcend through it all with passion, purpose and a sense of humor. Get ready to laugh!

Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway said of Sam: "Through the ups and downs of an NFL career, I developed great trust, respect and appreciation for Sam. Blending an uncanny ability to mix humor with keen insight and knowledge, Sam is a one-of-a-kind storyteller."

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Leadership aculty with an emphasis on developing the leader from within. This six-month program consists of powerful educational and inspirational sessions (a half-day commitment every three weeks) comprised of learning modules, discussions, and practical applications of leadership principles with an emphasis on self-awareness. These sessions include pre-work and post-work, presentations, dynamic speakers, as well as group and individual projects. This program will run from January to June and includes a group project. Please note that the January kick-off program is an overnight. This program is open to all benefited employees with a minimum of one (1) year of employment at the university; two (2) years preferred. Participation is limited to 12-15 employees.

LA Cohort-1

Download the PDF here for 2017 program information.

Read what members from Cohort-1 had to say about the program. Click here .

To apply, click here . For further questions on the 2017 Leadership Academy (Cohort-2), contact Greg Giesen, manager of People Development at greg.giesen@du.du or 303-871-3307.

COLORADO 14ers PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

To download the most updated version of the program (7/16) on a PDF, click here!

Purpose: The Colorado 14ers People Development Program provides a centralized, campus-wide container for professional and personal development classes, workshops, programs, and experiences to the University of Denver faculty and staff. Using the beautiful Colorado mountains as the backdrop, this program highlights the many diverse professional development offerings through a series of pathways, which each pathway having its own focus, curriculum, and criteria. Together, these pathways help create a comprehensive learning environment where faculty and staff can grow and develop together.

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This program:

  • Helps centralize many of the wide variety of campus offerings in professional development that currently coexist on campus.
  • Provides incentives and recognition to staff and faculty (and departments) for participating and completing individual pathways.
  • Cross-promotes all the professional development efforts occurring on campus under the umbrella of one program.
  • Synergizes many components of the university's strategic plan together.
  • Introduce a wide variety of learning modalities to accommodate our busy and diverse population.
  • Focuses on growing and developing the "whole" person.
  • Brings faculty and staff together as students within the same classroom.
  • Serves as a resource to create and implement performance goals.
  • Provides a wide variety of educational, professional development, and personal growth opportunities for faculty and staff who are self-motivated and looking for ways to improve.

Why the 14ers? We wanted to add a splice of Colorado to this program and tie-in the theme throughout for added incentive.

How it works: In order to highlight the variety of professional development opportunities for staff and faculty on campus, we've identified specific classes (both on-campus and online), workshops, programs, and even experiences campus-wide and inserted them into a series of pathways, with each pathway being named for one of the Colorado 14ers mountain peaks. Each of these pathways falls under a general heading (i.e., leadership, wellness, inclusive excellence, etc.) and has unique learning objectives specifically tied to that topic area. Should a staff or faculty member decide to complete the requirements of a particular pathway, they'll receive a certificate of completion which will include a watermark photo of that 14er on the certificate. In addition, actual mountaineering prizes and gift certificates will be awarded.

Please note that the purpose of this program is to provide a wide array of professional development opportunities for staff and faculty. Completing pathway certificates of completion is not a requirement for participation. Additional information about each of the offerings in this program can be found by clicking the Professional Development tab on the People Development website.

Timeframe: The program debuts in February of 2016. The requirements for each pathway will stay fairly consistent for the duration of this program and include additional offerings as new and innovative topics become available.

Verification: Each pathway has a designated guide. Participants completing the requirements of a pathway are responsible for tracking their own progress and maintaining communication with the guide of that particular pathway. When a staff or faculty member completes a pathway, they must submit a Pathway Completion Form to the guide of that pathway for approval. Also be sure to look under the heading Requirements for Completion within each pathway for any additional requirements.

The Pathways and their respective mountains and coordinators:
1. Campus Safety Pathway (Pikes Peak)-Morgan Sellers
2. Departmental Pathway (Mt. Lincoln)-Greg Giesen
3. Inclusive Excellence Pathway (Sunlight Peak)-Thomas Walker
4. Leadership Pathway (Mt. Elbert)-Greg Giesen
5. Lynda.com Pathway (Mt. Massive)-Greg Giesen
6. Personal Growth Pathway (Mt. Bierstadt)-Greg Giesen
7. Professional Development Pathway (Mt. Evans)-Greg Giesen
8. Supervisory Skills-1 Pathway (Grays Peak)-Shannon Seales
9. Supervisory Skills-2 Pathway (Torreys Peak)-Shannon Seales
10. Sustainability Pathway (Quandary Peak)-Chad King
11. Team Development Pathway (Mt. Princeton)-Greg Giesen
12. Wellness Pathway (Longs Peak)-Julie Casper

Congratulations to the following staff/faculty for completing one or more of the Colorado 14ers Pathways:
  • Melinda Edgerton--Lynda.com Pathway
  • Pat Kavanagh--Lynda.com Pathway
  • Stephanie Greenberg--Professional Development Pathway
  • Max Manoles--Campus Safety Pathway
  • Brianne Rau--Professional Development Pathway
  • Melinda Egerton--Professional Development Pathway
  • Mira Morton-Luna--Lynda.com Pathway
  • Brianne Rau--Lynda.com Pathway
  • Zachary Ganger--Lynda.com Pathway
  • Jessica Martella--Lynda.com Pathway

Below is a recent Fridays@Noon show where Greg Giesen explains the Colorado 14ers People Development Program:

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Who can participate in this program?
    This program is for all staff and faculty at DU.
  2. How did this program come about?
    Professional development is an important aspect of our Engaging Community outcomes as well as contributing to Impact 2025 Strategic Initiatives. The University is approaching professional development for our employees in a way in which it has not been looked at before. This is such an important aspect to developing an engaged, productive, and supportive environment in which we can all thrive. Many of us have experienced our own professional development opportunities in our career and we know how fruitful that experience can be.

    As a result, the People Development team in Human Resources has been working hard at creating a wide variety of learning opportunities for our employees, including this program.
  3. The program is very comprehensive. Where do I start?
    There are multiple ways to answer this question. Below are some initial suggestions:
    • Start with a coaching session with either Greg, Ken, or Shannon from the People Development team. We'll walk through the program with you and help you put a plan together.
    • Talk with your immediate supervisor to identify some areas he/she would like you to develop in and start with those classes/programs.
    • Pick classes/programs that address personal interests of yours and go from there. Try out some Lynda.com classes too. Just get your feet wet for now.
    • Identify the skills you would like to develop that will provide opportunities for growth and advancement.
  4. Where can I get more information on all of these classes and programs, including how to register?
    There is a Master Class List in the Colorado 14ers section of the People Development website that has descriptions of each class, dates/times, and registration information. Also check the 3-month calendar on the People Development website for many of the classes. Each will have a link for registration. You can also go to the specific website of the department putting on the event. Please note that most (but not all) of the registration for these classes and programs will be through PioneerWeb. You can also contact Greg Giesen (greg.giesen@du.edu) for any additional information.
  5. Can non-managers take supervisory classes?
    Not only can non-managers take supervisory classes, we encourage it. After all, we want to provide as many avenues as possible to help staff and faculty grow and develop.
  6. Do we have to go for the pathway certificates or can we simply take random classes?
    The certification component for each of these pathways is optional. If your motivation is to focus and complete a particular pathway, then we'd like to recognize you with a certificate of completion. If your motivation is simply to take classes of interest across the board, then by all means do that!
  7. How can I encourage my staff to take advantage of this program?
    It will be important to not only encourage your staff to participate but to allow them the time to take the classes and programs. Both are equally important. Consider cascading a professional development goal for your entire staff using the performance management system as well. This would provide some added incentive if needed.
  8. How can I encourage my supervisor to let me participate in this program?
    We hope that all supervisors would support any of their employees who want to learn and improve themselves through this program. With that said, the more you can link a particular class, workshop, or program you want to take with a skill that you'd like to learn or improve at work, the more likely your supervisor will see that as a win-win; a win for you and a win for the department.

    Another option is to identify your growth areas at work with your supervisor and then put a plan together, using the Colorado 14ers program, to address those skills. We suggest using the performance management system to incorporate your professional development plan into goals.
  9. How will you verify that I completed the requirements for a particular pathway and what kind of cool stuff do I get for completing it?
    Because this program offers such a variety of classes, workshops, conferences and activities from all over campus and beyond, we've decided to put the responsibility on you, the learner, to keep track of all your various involvements throughout the 14ers program. For those of you going for a certification of completion in a particular pathway, we ask that you fill out a pathway completion form once you have met the minimum requirements. The link to that form can by found on the People Development website. The form will ask you to list all of the classes/programs/activities that you completed and answer a few questions on each about what you learned and how you might incorporate the learning, etc. Some pathways may require additional information as well.

    Contact the respective pathway guide upon completing the form to see what else you might need. Once all required information is submitted, the pathway guide will verify that you've successfully completed the requirements.

    Regarding all the cool stuff you'll get for completing a pathway, you'll get a certificate of completion from the People Development team along with some mountaineering swag as well.
  10. If you plan on adding classes, etc., to individual pathways, will the minimum requirements go up for these as well?
    We will add classes, new programs, and activities to each pathway as the Colorado 14ers program evolves but we will keep the same requirement criteria for the certification of completion. And...if you'd like to teach or propose a class, please let us know.
  11. I took one of the classes in a pathway last year. Can I still get credit for it in your program?
    Of course. Each pathway guide will be happy to discuss previous classes/programs that you've taken that might apply towards the certification of completion requirement. Because each pathway is different, we'll let you and the particular pathway guide come to an agreement together.
  12. Can anyone take the Campus Safety classes or are they for just Campus Safety people?
    All pathway classes/programs are for all staff and faculty at DU.
  13. Is Lynda.com new and where are these recommended playlists?
    Lynda.com is new for DU. We encourage you to try it out at http://go.du.edu/lynda. The specific Lynda.com playlists we've identified throughout the Colorado 14ers program can be found by clicking the Professional Development link on the People Development website. We can also send you the link to our Lynda.com playlist(s) by email. Contact the People Development team for that list.
  14. Are all these classes and programs free for staff and faculty?
    Although most of the classes and programs are free for staff and faculty, some do require a modest fee or tuition-reimbursement. That information if notated on the specific class or program.
  15. Where can I get additional information?
    Contact the particular pathway guide if you have questions regarding a pathway. Contact Greg Giesen greg.giesen@du.edu if you have a general question.
Lynda.com Playlists

The following playlists are part of the offerings for the Colorado 14ers People Development Program. We've also added additional playlists for your consideration like Change Management. Click on the link to see the Lynda.com classes to choose from or ask the Pathway Guide to send the link to you via email. 

DU: Leadership Playlist-1: http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/172dcd32d92a403a87b06a0a075e2254?org=du.edu

DU: Leadership Playlist-2: http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/3a525e76e4d94293b818ade6ba6609db?org=du.edu

DU: Professional Development Playlist
http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/6030ea98a8264b83be514c661c05605d?org=du.edu

DU: Personal Development Playlist
http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/18eba0f5174b425da322b66c94179a0f?org=du.edu

DU: Team Development Playlist
http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/9f687efe76734a0089f4c667f040e1b2?org=du.edu

DU: Diversity Playlist
http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/d601cb80505d4746928a17bc1f5d9c3b?org=du.edu

DU: Supervisory-1 Playlist
http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/56a8b2f67a8e4c688b01e97a980a8cc6?org=du.edu

DU: Supervisory-2 Playlist
http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/7a9002a15bec4f8bacbe511ac04b0f53?org=du.edu

DU: Change Management Playlist  http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/60efd2396b73407cae1d923b6fff2587?org=du.edu 

DU: Presentation Skills Playlist http://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/ba3dd0126852475898ced8a30c93f91e?org=du.edu 

Pathway Completion Form

Individual Pathway Completion Instructions
For every required and optional class/program/experience completed, please provide the following information (in the boxes below). If you only had 8 options to complete, you only complete 8 boxes, etc.:

  1. The name/date of the class/program/experience
  2. What you learned from it (short paragraph)
  3. How you might apply the learning to your work or your life (short paragraph), and
  4. If you climbed the particular 14er or walked the flat version of the 14er, send the jpg photo to your pathway guide for verification.

After submitting this completion form/survey, contact the designated pathway guide for next steps.

Departmental Pathway Completion Instructions
For every optional class/program/experience completed by 75% or more of your department/staff/team, please provide the following information (one per box below):

  1. The name/date of the class/program/experience
  2. The names of your department/staff/team members who participated
  3. A statement on how the event benefited your department/staff/team, and
  4. If 75% of your department climbed the particular 14er together or walked the flat version of the 14er together, send the group photo to Greg Giesen (greg.giesen@du.edu)

After submitting this completion form/survey, contact Greg Giesen for next steps.

Registration Information

Registration for the majority of classes and workshops in the Colorado 14ers will be through PioneerWeb (click Employee, go to Training and click the appropriate category--usually Professional & Career Development or Management & Supervisory--then click through the options until you see the class). Dates/times/location for each entry can be found on PioneerWeb or the training calendar. The Master Class List describes all the classes, programs and activities (see below). Also know that we advertise upcoming classes through the DU Digest. Lastly, if the location shows TBD, that means we are still waiting on confirmation.

Customized In-Service Classes

We have a series of short topics (i.e., conflict, communication, teams, leadership, change, personal growth, etc.) that we'd be more than happy to provide monthly, quarterly, or annually to your team or department as an in-service. These topics can be between an hour to two-hours. It's a great way to provide ongoing professional development and to partner with the people development team. Contact Greg Giesen at x13307 or greg.giesen@du.edu.