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** The Spring 2020 program was postponed before it started due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are working to reschedule and revise the program and will update this page with more information as soon as we can.

The program was full for the spring, and we will be giving those who were registered priority registration when it is rescheduled.  If you are interested in the program please place yourself on 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 Spring 2020 Schedule (Section 1 and Section 2)

Note: Program was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

Item Location Date & Time
Wokshop 1:
  • Program Intro
  • Role of Supervisor
  • Setting Boundaries

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Section 1:  

Thurs., March 19 - 9:00am - 4:30pm  

Section 2: 

Thurs. March 26 - 9:00am - 4:30pm  

Workshop 2:
  • Effective Communication
  • Conflict Management

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Section 1:  

Tues., March 31 - 9:00am -4:00pm

Section 2:  

Wed. April 1 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 3:
  • Safety
  • Compensation & Classification
  • Cultural Competency

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Section 1:  

Wed., April 8 - 9:00am -4:30pm

Section 2:

Thurs., April 9 - 9:00am-4:30pm

Workshop 4:
  • Ethics
  • Talent Acquisition & Onboarding (workday process)

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Section 1:  

Wed., April 22 - 9:00am -4:00pm

Section 2:  

Thurs., April 23 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 5:

  • Absence Management
  • ADA
  • Employee Relations
  • Onboarding (into unit)
  • Performance Management

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Section 1:  

Thurs., April 30 - 9:00am -4:30pm

Section 2:  

Wed., May 6 - 9:00am -4:30pm

Workshop 6:
  • Overcoming Supervisory Challenges
  • Program Wrap-up

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Section 1: 

Thurs., May 7 - 9:00am-12:30pm

Section 2:  

Wed., May 13 - 9:00am-12:30pm

Level 2 – Success Skills for Supervisors

**Please note** Registration for the spring program is being offered to those who have registered for the interest list. Use the following link to place yourself on the  Interest list for Level 2We 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 spring 2020 Schedule

Note: Scedule is subject to change

Item Location Date & Time
Workshop 1:
  • Program Introduction
  • Strengths 2.0
  • Developing Staff

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Tuesday, March 3 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 2:

  • Leadership
  • The Art of Delegation

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Monday, March 16 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 3:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Coaching

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Monday, March 30 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 4:

  • Aligning Priorities
  • Team Building
  • Team Dynamics

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Thursday, April 16 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 5:

  • Cultural Competency
  • Project Management

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Wednesday, April 29 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 6:
  • Ethics
  • Leading a Culture of High-level Performance

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Monday, May 4 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop 7:
  • Strengths 2.0 Debrief
  • Program Wrap-up

331 Bldg Innovation Park, Room 125A/B

Thursday May 14 - 9:00am-12:30am

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].