Sheila Whitaker, AVC of Organizational Development
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE
Organizational Development has embarked on a Needs Assessment, meeting with key stakeholders across campus to solicit feedback on professional development opportunities for staff. The assessment will culminate with an employee Training and Development Needs Survey, expected to be issued in early February, designed to engage all staff in identifying the needs for development. Initial feedback has been comprehensive with requests for an array of programs, including: a supervisory development program, service excellence in higher education, and conflict resolution/difficult conversations. The supervisor development needs are comprised of performance management, civility in the workplace, communication, among others.
Organizational Development is collaborating with key resources, having responsibilities in providing training, in Human Resources, CITS, Student Affairs, Ombudperson, Professional & Continuing Education, Union Leadership, the EEO and the Director of Health and Safety. Other stakeholders are also providing input including Enrollment as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. This cross-functional team willl be instrumental in developing new programs. These programs include improving the existing offerings, creating a communication plan to encourage increased participation, and developing a central repository which will be used for schedules, program descriptions and web-portal signups.