Supervisory Development Course

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The Supervisory Development Course was developed exclusively for faculty and staff who oversee the work of others. These online, self-paced training modules include:

  • webinars
  • videos
  • quick-guide resources
  • quizzes and more

Total time commitment per module: Approximately two hours.

Seven Learning Modules

The seven core modules at the heart of the Supervisory Development Course provide real-life scenarios based on situations at the University of Minnesota. Webinars and resources are regularly updated based on participant feedback and changes in leadership research.


feedback & coaching

Find out how to formulate effective feedback and plan a productive coaching discussion.

Managing and Evaluating Performance

Learn about the best practices in performance management, including goal setting, check ins, and performance evaluation.

Managing Conflict

Build the skills necessary to determine the source of conflict and understand when and how to get involved.

Leading Teams

Discover the purpose and functions of a team and how to improve a team’s performance, decision-making abilities, and conflict resolution.

Employee Engagement

Understand what employee engagement is and the employee engagement cycle.

Onboarding New Employees

Learn how to create an onboarding plan built on elements that establish and foster long-term employee engagement.

Selection and Hiring

Learn best practices in the selection and hiring process including, careful analysis of the position needs, conducting effective interviews, and confidently making a final hiring decision.

SDC Podcasts

Become a better supervisor on the go. Strengthen your supervisory skills by listening to the SDC Podcasts.

Leadership Insights Newsletter

Leadership Insights is a monthly newsletter aimed at helping you to be the best leader you can be and therefore increase your team's engagement, productivity, and overall wellbeing. Each month we'll come to you with tips for developing your skills as someone who oversees the work of others, resources to help take your leadership to the next level, and expert advice.