Foundations for Wesleyan Supervisors

Supervisors are invited to participate in the Foundations for Wesleyan Supervisors Certificate Program. 

The Foundations Program will provide supervisors with information and tools needed to become a more effective supervisor at Wesleyan. 

Participants must attend all required sessions to obtain certification. Sessions can be taken over multiple years, however, it is recommended to complete the program in 1-2 years.

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  • Introduction to Being a Supervisor

    This session will bring Wesleyan supervisors together to discuss the challenges and rewards of being a supervisor. We’ll also explore strategies to help us enhance our skills. Read More

    Session capacity: 15 - 40

    Facilitator: Lisa Brommer

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time.
  • Supervisor Roundtable

    This is an opportunity for supervisors to come together to discuss issues that are occurring in their work world today! We’ll learn from each other and identify ways to address common concerns for supervisors.

    Join us July 14 or 15 for a special roundtable.  Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, will join us to talk about ways to engage with our teams on the important topics of race and equity. Supevisors play a critical role in these conversations and Alison will provide concrete strategies to help us feel more comfortable and prepared.  

    Join us July 13 or 17 for a special roundtable with Rick Culliton and Dr. Tom McLarney. They will answer questions related to return to campus planning.

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    Session capacity: max. 20 (for the July sessions)

    Facilitator: Lisa Brommer, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Not Required

    Session dates:

    • Monday, July 13, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm with Rick Culliton and Dr. Tom McLarney via Zoom
    • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with Alison Williams via Zoom
    • Wednesday, July 15 2020 from 9:00 am to 10:00am with Alison Williams via Zoom
    • Friday, July 17, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with Rick Culliton and Dr. Tom McLarney via Zoom
  • Talent Acquisition and the Salary Conversation

    People are the most important driver of every organization’s success.  Attracting, hiring and retaining talent requires spending quality time in the planning stages.  By the end of the first half of this session, hiring managers will understand Talent Acquisition at Wesleyan and their role in the process.  

    Salary conversations are often the most dreaded yet most important conversation of the hiring process.  By the end of the second half of the session, we will empower hiring managers to have ease in having these conversations whether it be the initial conversation or negotiating the final offer. Read More

    Session capacity: 5 - 25

    Facilitator: Anjali Tamhankar

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • September 16, 2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm via Zoom 
  • Best Practices for Leave Management

    The complexity and sensitivity of leave and absence management can be a supervisory challenge.  This session discusses the different types of employee leaves, outlines the roles and responsibilities of employees, supervisors and Human Resources and provides best practices for supervisors to support their staff and ensure work continuity. Read More

    Session capacity: 5 - 30

    Facilitator: Benefits

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • September 23, 2020  10:00am - 11:30am via Zoom
  • The Power of Words

    Every day we hear people talk about the need for better communications. However, we are not often willing to take the time to work at it. The way we communicate has a big impact on our professional (and personal) lives.  If words can serve to shape how others view and respond to our leadership, the question is…are we making use of the power that words can bring? Does our language promote a workplace culture of respect? Join us as we open the conversation about the role of language in the creation of an environment where employees can be successful. Read More

    Facilitators: Debbie Colucci & Teshia Levy-Grant

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session capacity: 10 - 30

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time. 
  • Evaluation Fairness: A Fair Evaluation Workshop

    During this workshop, supervisors will learn how to:

    • Generate dialogue about fair and effective employee evaluation
    • Increase attentiveness to existing procedures
    • Encourage improvements (for both sides) and discussion
    • Avoid litigation
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    Session capacity: 10 - 30

    Facilitator: David Winakor

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time. 
  • Emotional Intelligence

    Studies conducted across hundreds of organizations have demonstrated a correlation between emotional intelligence (EI) and effective performance.

    In today's fast-paced and ever-changing work environment, superior intellectual, technical and analytical ability is not enough. In fact, EI has been shown to be twice as important as other drivers of job performance such as IQ and technical skills. The good news is that EI can be learned and improved over time.

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    In this workshop, participants will strengthen skills that are part of being emotionally intelligent. Activities and exercises allow for practical application of these skills.

    In this session, particpants will learn to:

    • Define emotional intelligence and distinguish between EI and IQ
    • Identify the 4 dimensions of EI 
    • Learn ways to improve in the 4 dimensions of EI
    • Recognize traits of leaders with high and low EI 
    • Learn 21 EI competencies

    Session capacity: 15 - 25

    Facilitator: Laura Mayer, Learning Dynamics Consultant

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time.
  • An Overview of Union Employment at Wesleyan

    During this session, we will provide a general overview of the different unions on campus. Specifically, we will focus on:

    • Defining common union related terms
    • Understanding the similarities and differences between administrative staff and union employees.
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    Session capacity: 5 - 40

    Facilitator: Lisa Brommer

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Not Required

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time.
  • Why a Well Written Position Description is Important

    Position descriptions serve many different audiences and purposes. By the end of this session, hiring managers will understand why a well written position description matters and how to write one effectively. Read More

    Session capacity: 5 - 25

    Facilitator: Anjali Tamhankar

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • October 21, 2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm via Zoom
  • Change Mastery

    Change is perhaps the only constant nowadays in many organizations.  Yet change is often difficult for people, causing high levels of confusion, frustration, and stress.  “Change Mastery” helps employees understand what specifically is changing, realize that their reactions to change are normal, and explore ways that they can master change by focusing on areas they can influence and control. Read More

    This workshop will specifically show 1) how to accelerate the adoption rate from old to new operating models, 2) increase personal ownership of responses to change, and 3) align employee engagement with organizational direction during change initiatives.  The workshop also includes customized case studies that align with the organization’s culture.

    Session capacity: 10 - 20

    Facilitator: Laura Mayer, Learning Dynamics Consultant

    Target Audience: All Employees, Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session date:

    • None available at this time.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Your Staff

    Coaching and mentoring employees can be one of the most challenging and gratifying parts of being a supervisor.  This session focuses on techniques to motivate your supervisees and improve employee engagement by leveraging your own strengths. Read More

    Session capacity: 5 - 40

    Facilitator: Lisa Brommer

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time. 
  • Evaluating Candidates, Interviewing and Reference Checks

    How do you evaluate who to short list to interview? How do you interview to get the best information and who are the people that should meet with the candidate? Do references really add value?

    By the end of this session, hiring managers will learn the skills needs for successfully evaluating, interviewing and reference checking. Read More

    Session capacity: 5 - 25

    Facilitator: Anjali Tamhankar

    Target Audience: Supervisors

    Certificate: Required

    Session dates:

    • None available at this time.