Illinois Supervisory Skills Program

The Illinois Supervisory Skills Program provides a common set of critical skills for campus supervisors.  This program, designed with broad campus input, is intended to cover topics that are important for new and recent supervisors to be successful within the university community.  As one of the most diverse universities, supervisors must develop cultural competence and an appreciation for the value of diverse voices. The program offers an opportunity 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. 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 program’s development and launch is assisted by the service of Illinois Human Resources’ Training and Employee Development Advisory Committee (TEDAC).  Learn more about TEDAC here

Now accepting applications for Spring 2022: APPLY NOW
Program Overview

The program offers a blended learning design to keep learners engaged. The program’s five core sessions will be offered in-person at the I-Hotel, each led by a different program facilitator in addition to a virtual orientation and closing wrap-up session.  Assignments related to each session’s topics will be given to enhance further learning. Participants will be appointed accountability partners to discuss assignments, share ideas, and offer networking opportunities with other supervisors across different campus units. Expected time commitment would be 8 – 10 hours per month.

Course Description

IMPACT
  • 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.


INCLUSION

  • Discover your personal managing styles’ strengths and challenges to enhance your communication skills.
  • Increase your confidence to model inclusivity and facilitate dialogue when unexpected
    issues arise.
  • Foster teamwork and engagement by involving people in decision making.

INSPIRATION

  • Discover your personal managing styles’ strengths and challenges to enhance your communication skills.
  • Understand the foundations and purpose of coaching to incorporate the principles of continuous performance improvement.
  • Explore how to support employee development through engaged feedback in planning short- and long-term professional development goals.
Eligibility

Applicants must. . .

  • Be a current academic or a civil service employee with at least an 75%-time appointment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Have a minimum of one (1) year of service as an academic or civil service employee at the university. Eligible applicants should have completed the one (1) year requirement by the application deadline of November 15, 2021.
  • 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

Eligible employees must complete the online application and be available to attend all the program dates. Application includes:

  • 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?
  • Obtaining supervisor approval to apply and attend on program dates.
  • Fully completing application information, including employment information, years of supervisory experience, and number of people currently supervising by application deadline.

Applications are due by Monday, November 15, 2021. 

Program Dates:
  • Kickoff and Program Orientation
    Thursday, January 20, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (virtual)

  • Session 1 – Core Functions of Supervision
    Thursday, February 3, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (I-Hotel)

  • Session 2 – Leading in a Diverse Workplace
    Thursday, February 24, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (I-Hotel)

  • Session 3 – Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving
    Thursday, March 24, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (I-Hotel)

  • Session 4 – Managing Performance
    Thursday, April 14, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (I-Hotel)

  • Session 5 – Coaching Skills for Supervisors
    Thursday, May 5, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (I-Hotel)

  • Closing Wrap-Up – Reflections and Action Planning
    Thursday, May 12, 2022; 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (virtual)
Program Cost

The participant's department will pay a one-time $250 fee to participate in the program. The Chancellor’s Office will cover the remaining costs of the program. 

Participant 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 no later than January 5, 2022. 

Program Committees

Sponsor: James W. Gallaher Jr., Ph.D., Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources
Program Coordination: Katherine Adams, Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources
Program Facilitators:
James W. Gallaher Jr., Ph.D., Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources
Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Nichole Hemming, Labor and Employee Relations, Illinois Human Resources
Morris Mosley, Faculty/Staff Assistance Services, Illinois Human Resources
LaTonya Wilkins, Gies College of Business
Katherine Adams, Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources

Selection Committee:
James W. Gallaher Jr., Ph.D., Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources
Katherine Adams, Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources
Sue Key, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Sarah McCarty, Grainger College of Engineering
Kathy Buss, Grainger College of Engineering
Judi Geistlinger, Faculty and Staff Technology Training Team (FAST3), Technology Services
Seth Yoder, Business Solutions and Support, OBFS
Tamitha McKinnis, Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources

Training and Employee Development Advisory Committee:
James W. Gallaher Jr., Ph.D., Strategic Initiatives, Illinois Human Resources
Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Brian Brauer, Fire Service Institute, Chair of Council of Academic Professionals (2019 - 2020)
David Boehm, Facilities and Services
Joe Bohn, Human Resources, College of ACES
Kathy Buss, Grainger College of Engineering
David Byers, Organizational Effectiveness, Business Solutions and Support, OBFS
Michael Foellmer, School of Labor and Employment Relations, President of Illinois Administrative Professionals (2018 – 2019)
Judi Geistlinger, Faculty and Staff Technology Training Team (FAST3), Technology Services
Nichole Hemming, Assistant Director Labor and Employee Relations, NCSA
Bridget Hillier, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Staff Advisory Council
Sue Key, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Susan Breakenridge, University Library
Sarah McCarty, Grainger College of Engineering
Jessica Mette, Illinois Human Resources
Russell Reynolds, Facilities and Services
Eric Smith, Facilities and Services
Staci Wagers, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Doni Walker, Human Resources, Facilities and Services
LaTonya Wilkins, Gies College of Business
Lori Willoughby, Grainger College of Engineering
Kostas Yfantis, Teaching and Learning with Technology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Seth Yoder, Business Solutions and Support, OBFS