Supervision Series

About the Program

The Supervision Series is a two-level developmental program designed to provide anyone with supervisory responsibility at Penn State – all position levels - with the skills and information they need to successfully guide the work of others. Both levels of the series focus on Penn State competencies and values, incorporate proven strategies for success in this crucial role, and provide participants with an opportunity to share best practices and network with others. This program includes a blend of structured seminars, webinars, self-guided learning and peer consulting to meet a range of learning styles.

In the Level 1 series, we focus on the development of the individual. We focus on the foundational skills and information an individual at Penn State must have to successfully navigate the role of a supervisor.

In the Level 2 series we expand our conversations to explore ways in which the supervisor extends their influence to drive workplace effectiveness and culture. 

Sessions are led by subject matter experts internal and external to Penn State. 

Program Schedules

The seminar topics and session schedules for the spring 2020 offerings of both levels are listed here. Please note that there are two sections of level 1 so it is important that you select the section that works best for you.

Level 1 – Survival Skills for Supervisors

** PLEASE NOTE** Registration for the Fall 2020 program is being offered to those who have registered for the interest list. We offer registration to those on the list in date order. Notices are sent via email as seats become available. On the following link you will find an Instruction guide on how to register for the interest list.

Level 1 Fall 2020 Schedule (Section 1 and Section 2)

Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, all the sessions will be delivered via Zoom

Item Presenter/s Date & Time
Session 1: Introduction to the Supervision series level 1.

This session will cover expectations for the program, review
interaction tools to be used in Zoom and individuals
will become familiar with cohort members by participation in an online activity.
Mary Ann Harvey

Section 1:  

Thurs., Sept., 10 - 9:00am-10:30am  

Section 2: 

Tues., Sept., 15 - 9:00am-10:30am  

Session 2: The Role of the supervisor and Setting Boundaries.

In this session will  define the role of a supervisor generally and
at Penn State before moving on to address how to effectively
transition from peer to supervisor by setting boundaries.
Brendan Bagley

Section 1:  

Thurs., Sept., 10 - 1:00pm-4:00pm

Section 2:  

Tues., Sept., 15 - 1:00pm-4:00pm

Session 3: Tracom SocialStylestm Assessment Debrief.

In this session we explore the Tracom SocialStylestm
assessment model and unpack what the results of your
assessment say about you and how you communicate with others.   
Mary Kay Williams

Section 1:  

Mon., Sept., 21 - 9:00am-11:30am

Section 2:

Wed., Sept., 23 - 9:00am-11:30am

Session 4: Leveraging SocialStylestm for
Effective Communication.


In this session we will build on what we learned
in the SocialStylestm
debrief session and learn how this information impacts
how we communicate with others.
Mary Kay Williams

Section 1:  

Thurs., Sept., 24 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Section 2:  

Tues., Sept., 29 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Session 5: Leveraging the Thomas-Kilmann
Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI®)to Effectively Manage Conflict


In this session we will investigate how the results of the
TKI® assessment help you to manage conflict in the
workplace an in life.  

Mary Kay Williams

Section 1:  

Wed., Sept., 30 - 1:30pm-4:30pm

Section 2:  

Mon., Oct., 5 - 1:30pm-4:30pm

Session 6: Ethics for New Supervisors.

In this session we will explore the role that Ethics play
in an organization, for you as a supervisor and your team.

Kevin Cheesebrough

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 1 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 6 - 1:30pm-4:30pm

Session 7: Reducing Workplace Conflict: Promoting a
Climate of Respect and Inclusion-for supervisors. 


This program is designed to address the many ways
in which workplace climates either promote organizational
success or contribute to decreases in both morale
and productivity. Attention is given to the challenges of facilitating
belonging within a diverse workplace. Participants are expected to
individually assess how their own actions and attitudes impact this process,
while working with others to develop strategies
aimed at improving the climate in diverse workplaces.
In this session we will explore your understanding of civility
an incivility, learn to recognize how specific behaviors serve
as barriers to organizational goals, learn about reflective
techniques to manage potential conflicts and consider ways to
best communicate civility.

Shakoor Ward

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 8 - 9:30am-11:00am

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 13 - 9:30am-11:00am

Session 8: The Art of Delegation.

In this session we will look at strategies to help you delegate
tasks and responsibilities to your team that will allow
them to develop individually, lighten your work load
and provide opportunities for team development.

Brendan Bagley

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 8 - 1:30pm-3:00pm

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 13 - 1:30pm-3:00pm

Session 9: Performance Management Fundamentals.

This session will provide an overview of Performance
Management best practices and walk you through the
Penn State annual performance review process to help you
and your direct reports maximize this program.

Christy Helms & Jennifer Clouser

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 15 - 9:30am-11:00am

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 20 - 9:30am-11:00am

Session 10: Compensation & Classification.

In this session members of the  Compensation & Classification
unit will define the competencies program,  explain how the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)  playa role in defining exempt vs.
non-exempt positions, define how compensation is determined,
review the role of the Job Responsibilities Worksheet (JRW).
They will walk you through the process for initiating a job review
for an employee and define the supervisors role in the process.
There will also be time for Q & A in the session.

Matt Kremke & Michelle Varrassa

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 15 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 20 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Session 11: Safety in the workplace.

In this session led by a member of the Environmental
Health & Safety (EHS) unit we will cover supervisory
safety responsibilities, hazard identification, accident
investigation, and new COVID-19 protocols as outlined
in the Return to Work task force website.

Mark Linsenbigler

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 22 - 9:00am-11:00am

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 27 - 9:00am-11:00am

Session12: Talent Acquisition/Workday Recruiting.

In this session you will become acquainted with the
creation of a job requisition and the management of
candidates within Workday Recruiting.  You will also
catch a glimpse into the application experience of a candidate.

Alison Witt

Section 1:  

Thurs., Oct., 22 - 1:00pm-3:00pm

Section 2:  

Tues., Oct., 27 - 1:00pm-3:00pm

Session 13: Onboarding your New Employee.

This session will explain the onboarding process
required to ensure your new employee is eligible to
begin work on their start date. Additionally, it will
discuss concepts and provide ideas for activities to
create a welcoming experience and support their
successful transition to Penn State.
Andy Ashcroft & Christy Helms

Section 1:  

Tues., Nov., 3 - 9:00am-11:00am

Section 2:  

Thurs., Nov., 5 - 9:00am-11:00am

Session 14: Absence Management.

In this session you will learn about what Absence Management
unit does and the role a supervisor plays in communicating
with the unit/employee, as well as time off entries during absences.
We will define the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the
many types of leave that employees are eligible for, as well as
Workers’ Compensation and disability benefits.
There will be time for Q & A  during the session.
Betsy Yoder

Section 1:  

Tues., Nov., 3 - 11:00am-12:00pm

Section 2:  

Thurs., Nov., 5 - 11:00am-12:00pm

Session 15: SIMBA Project Update.

In this session leaders from the Penn State
Change Management unit and SIMBA project
will provide an overview of the project's current state.
Steph Flanagan & Sue Cromwell

Section 1:  

Tues., Nov., 10 - 9:00am-9:30am

Section 2:  

Thurs., Nov., 12 - 9:00am-9:30am

Session 16: Labor & Employee Relations

In this session we will review the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FSLA) as well as  several key
Penn State policies related to the fair treatment
of all employees. The role of the supervisor and guidelines
to follow will be highlighted.  There will be time
for Q & A during this session.
Please note: for those participants who manage
staff under the collective bargaining agreement
a separate session will be scheduled to review the
terms of the agreement and allow for your questions to be addressed. 

Jennifer White

Section 1:  

Tues., Nov., 10 - 9:45am-11:45am

Section 2:  

Thurs., Nov., 12 - 9:45am-11:45am

Session 17: Overcoming Supervisory Challenges & 
Program wrap-up

 

This session will focus on understanding the challenges
often faced by supervisors at Penn State. Strategies for
mitigating these challenges will be shared and applied
in practice during the session.
The content of the program is driven by group-level
themes derived from participants' program surveys.

In this session we will reflect on the knowledge and skills
acquired in the program and create an outline for an action
plan to help you utilize this information in your role at Penn State.
We will also ask you to share your key take-aways with the group.

Jodi Himelright & Mary Ann Harvey 

Section 1: 

Tues., Nov., 17 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Section 2:  

Thurs., Nov 19 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Level 2 – Success Skills for Supervisors

** PLEASE NOTE** Registration for the Fall 2020 program is being offered to those who have registered for the interest list. We offer registration to those on the list in date order. Notices are sent via email as seats become available. On the following link you will find an Instruction guide on how to register for the interest list.

Level 2 Fall 2020 Schedule

Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, all the sessions will be delivered via Zoom

Item Presenter/s Date & Time

Workshop 1:

  • Program Introduction
  • Expectations for the program
  • Become familiar with Zoom functions
Mary Ann Harvey

Tuesday Sept., 22 - 9:00am-10:30am

Workshop 2:

  • Introduction to CliftonStrengths
Chris Heinz

Wednesday, Sept., 30 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Workshop 3:

  • Leading by Developing People
Cheryl Johnson

Wednesday, Oct., 7 - 9:30am-11:00am

Workshop 4 - Part A:

  • Emotional Intelligence
Jodi Himelright

Wednesday, Oct, 14 - 9:00am-11:00am

Workshop 4 - Part B:

  • Coaching for Supervisors
Kevin Cheesebrough

Wednesday, Oct, 14 - 1:00pm-4:00pm

Workshop 5:

  • Leadership for Supervisors
Maurie Kelly

Wednesday, Oct., 21 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Workshop 6:

  • Workforce Planning Concepts
Christy Helms & Jennifer Clouser

Monday, Oct., 26 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Workshop 7 - Part A:

  • SIMBA Project Update
Steph Flanagan & Sue Cromwell

Wednesday, Oct., 28 - 9:30am-10:00am

Workshop 7 - Part B:

  • Aligning Priorities
Jeremy Bean

Wednesday, Oct., 28 - 1:00pm-4:00pm

Workshop 8:

  • Reducing Workplace Conflict-For Supervisors
Shakoor Ward

Tuesday, Nov., 3 - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Workshop 9:

  • Team Building & Team Dynamics
Mary Kay Williams

Wednesday, Nov., 4 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Workshop 10:

  • Ethics in the Workplace
Kevin Cheesebrough

Monday, Nov., 9 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Workshop 11:

  • CliftonStrengths Based Management
  • Program Wrap-up
Chris Heinz & Mary Ann Harvey

Wednesday, Nov., 18 - 9:00am-12:30pm

Requirements

Supervision Series Requirements
  Level 1 Level 2
Do I Need to be in a supervisor position to attend? No. Participants may be emerging, new or experienced supervisors. Yes. Participants will be in a supervisor role.
Do I have to have a minimum number of years in my position? No. Level 1 is designed for new supervisors at Penn State. You may enroll as soon as you step into your new position. Yes. Ideally, participants will have been in their supervisor role for 1 year.
Am I required to attend all sessions? Yes. In order to receive your certificate of completion, you must attend all of the seminars and webinars.  In the event of schedule conflicts make up opportunities will be provided. Yes. In order to receive your certificate of completion, you must attend all of the seminars and webinars.  In the event of schedule conflicts make up opportunities will be provided.
What is the time commitment? 40-45 hours of classroom time and 3-5 hours of pre-work assignments. 40-45 hours of classroom time and 3-5 hours of pre-work assignments.
Do I Need to be in a supervisor position to attend? No. Participants may be emerging, new or experienced supervisors Yes. Participants will be in a supervisor role
If i'm new to Penn State but have supervisory experience external to Penn State, should I consider this program? Yes. Many of the programs provide information related to Penn State specific processes and expectations. Yes. You should start with level 1. 
Is this program limited to specific job profiles or levels? No. Supervision is a unique skill set. Anyone with responsibility supervising others is encouraged to attend the program, regardless of title. No. Supervision is a unique skill set. Anyone with responsibility supervising others is encouraged to attend the program, regardless of title.
Does my supervisor need to be involved? You should talk to your supervisor to ensure that participation in this program aligns with your career and professional development objectives. There is a significant time commitment, so coordinating time out of the office is important. Additionally, we expect that you will discuss your learning experience during and after the program to support the transfer of knowledge to your workplace. You should talk to your supervisor to ensure that participation in this program aligns with your career and professional development objectives. There is a significant time commitment, so coordinating time out of the office is important. Additionally, we expect that you will discuss your learning experience during and after the program to support the transfer of knowledge to your workplace.

Registration Process

Registration for the spring 2020 series is currently being offered to those on the interest list.  To place yourself on the interest list please click on the program link below.

Interest list for Level 1

Interest list for Level 2

There is no fee for Penn State employees to attend these programs.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact [email protected].