2019 Summer Professional Development Classes

  • General Information

    Campus Training Programs

    The programs listed below are open to all VSU employees, some courses are also available for University System of Georgia Institution Employees. classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. If a class is full, please call Employee Development at 229.259.5105 to be put on a waiting list. Waiting lists registrants are notified of vacancies and placed into the classes. If you but are unable to attend, please cancel within 24 hours of the class. Classes are subject to cancellation if registration is low. Employees should verify with their supervisors that they can attend a class during work hours.

    Class Attendance

    In order to receive credit for a class, participants must attend 90% of the scheduled class time. Students may miss scheduled class activities only in the event of illness, emergencies, or business-related reasons. The course instructor or facilitator should be notified of planned absences or tardiness. For excused absences during multi-day courses contact the instructor to discuss options available to receive full credit.

    Customized Programs

    We provide customized training for departments upon request. Our office will work closely with the requesting department to identify the training needs, develop the course materials, deliver the course, and assess the effectiveness of the program. For additional information about services, program, and resources, contact Rebecca Murphy at 229.259.5105 or at rbowes@valdosta.edu.

    Training Transcripts

    Official records of attendance are maintained for training sessions offered or coordinated by our office. Employees or their supervisors needing a transcript for promotion or transfer purposes, or for discussion during the performance evaluation process, may request one by calling 229.259.5105. Please allow 5 working days to process the request.

    New Employee Orientation

    We provide orientation for full-time benefited staff and administrative employees the second Thursday of every month in the University Center. Veteran employees are always welcome to attend and find out about the latest changes on campus.

    New Employee Orientation Will:

    • Welcome Employees to the University & Acknowledge Employees’ Value
    • Help Employees Connect with Their New Workplace By Learning the Vision, Mission, & Goals of the University
    • Educate Employees About University Services Provided By Various Departments On Campus & the People Who Work in Those Departments
  • Leadership and Management Classes

    Leading a Diverse Work Force

    During this course you will explore how as a leader you can empower people through understanding, valuing and capitalizing on all the strengths of each individual to enhance teamwork and increase effectiveness as a department and organization. Diversity is what builds teams — a collection of individual experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that can view problems and challenges from a wide-variety of lenses.
    Pre-requisite: Participants should have attended a general diversity workshop within the last three years.
     Learning Objectives:
    •   Attain a deeper knowledge of what diversity is, and how and why its management is relevant to the good performance of individuals, groups and organizations
    •   Identify as a leader your own personal impact for enhancing and promoting inclusion in the workplace
    •   Apply strategies to foster a positive work environment
    Audience: This course is designed for faculty and staff serving in a leadership role on campus. It is also a core class in the supervisory certificate program. 

    University Center Cypress Room:
    May 22, 2019 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Shani Wilfred 

    How to Hire the Right Person

    Recruiting and selecting the right person for the right job is a critical aspect of employee retention. The cost of replacing a wrong hiring decision can cost as much as twice the person’s salary. This session will cover the vital guidelines for creating and conducting an effective and legally defensible selection interview, so that the next time you hire someone; you will increase the likelihood of finding a successful new employee.

      Learning Objectives:

    • Identify essential job functions and determine which of these are best assessed through interview questions or some other selection process
    • Increase the predictability power by using behavioral questioning
    • Determine appropriate questions to predict “best fit”
    • Identify effective methods to evaluate candidates following the interview
    • Learn how to dissect resumes and applications
    • Methods to use to get the most out of references
    • Learn how to get candidates to tell you more

    University Center Cypress Room:
    June 5, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Rebecca Murphy 

    Guiding Your Staff Through Change

    Change is one of the biggest stress inducers in the workplace. Because change is inevitable, it is beneficial for supervisors to be able to help their employees recognize, prepare, navigate, and implement change in ways that are beneficial for the individual and the institution.  A team ready for change is a team ready for successful action.
     Learning Objectives:
    • Recognize the signs that change is going to occur
    • Prepare your employees how to respond to change
    • Identify the different ways people cope with change
    • Utilize clear communication about the “hows” and “whys” of change
    • Align policies, procedures, and rewards to support change

    University Center Cypress Room:
    June 19, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Rebecca Murphy 

    Leading a Diverse Work Force 2.0

    For those leaders who attended a recent 'Leading a Diverse Workforce' training, this is an opportunity to discuss successes and challenges implementing lessons learned with colleagues who have also made a commitment to improving campus climate by working toward inclusion and equality of all members of our diverse teams. The format for this meeting will be casual. Attendees should feel free to bring a lunch. The trainers will provide a brief review of the topics presented in the initial training."

    University Center Rose Room:
    June 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    Instructor: Shani Wilfred

    Mental Health in the Workplace-What Managers Need to Know

    This training assists managers with a better understanding of common mental health issues, their effects on the workplace and how managers may sensitively respond to an employee who may be experiencing a mental health issue. The training also addresses how the EAP can assist both managers and their employees concerning mental health issues that may impact the workplace.

    University Center Cypress Room:
    June 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Patricia Cosey 

    Employee Empowerment & Developing Others

    Employee empowerment provides a great deal of advantages in the workplace and, when proper leadership is provided, increases organizational effectiveness and individual productivity. This training will provide clarity to the differences between employee empowerment vs. delegation of tasks. Participants will learn different theoretical approaches to employee empowerment from socio-structural, psychological, and critical perspectives. Participants will also engage in discussion and activities that help illustrate these concepts.

    The STEAM Center, RM. 1019:
    July 09, 2019 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper

    Managing Student Employees 

    Do you find that you have difficulty connecting with your student employees? Or maybe you just want to learn how to handle difficult situations more effectively. this workshop is designed to help supervisors/managers meet this challenge by providing information on:

    • Tips on motivating and understanding student  employees
    • Building work commitments with students
    • Becoming a coach and mentor
    • Effective delegation techniques
    • Managing performance problems

    University Center Rose Room:
    June 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper

  • Communication and Personal Effectiveness Classes

    Crucial Accountability 

    Inspired by the New York Times Bestseller “Crucial Accountability”, this training aims to help individuals understand the importance of taking responsibility while learning to navigate through conflict in the workplace. Crucial Accountability provides practical tools and skills to manage difficult conversations and gives perspective on the emotional dynamics that may be involved. It guides you through various disputes and challenges you to respond from a place of understanding while focusing on problem solving. Conflict are inevitable in the workplace and in life but by practicing crucial accountability, individuals and organizations can work together in a way that will promote growth.

    University Center Cypress Room:
    May 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Patricia Cosey

    Workplace Etiquette and Civility 

    This training is a primer on workplace etiquette and civility. It reviews basic guidelines to follow in communicating with others, how to handle disagreements in the workplace and what is appropriate behavior while participating in professional meetings. Participants also learn how to address sensitive issues that come up in any workplace such as office gossip, personal hygiene, work attire, and misuse of social media.

    University Center Rose Room:
    June 04, 2019 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

    Instructor: Patricia Cosey

    Organization and Time Management  

    This course will teach you to control the vicious cycle of time-pressure and stress, allowing you to make the most effective use of your time, energy and skills. You will learn time management tools that are best suited to your personality and job. You will discover how to empower others by using the key principles of time management. You will gain techniques to regain control by actively managing interruptions.


    This workshop will teach you the principles of organization and how they apply to every aspect of your life. You'll learn simple ways to change how you work that will help you get things done. You'll be able to:

    • Shape your work day and set priorities
    • Eliminate clutter one pile at a time
    • Distinguish between things to keep and things to trash
    • Create a system for files on your desk and your computer
    • Set up systems for handling paper that will keep your desk clear
    • Unclutter your mind trying to remember with simple ways to track projects, coordinate meetings, and keep everyone else on target
    • Manage mail, e-mail, and voicemail overload
    • Identify time wasters
    • Prioritize work, handle interruptions, say no, and reduce procrastination
    • Develop your complete system of organization using the skills you learn in the training.  

    University Center Cypress Room:
    June 11, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper

    Building Resiliency 

    How easily do you bounce back from difficulties? Does it seem like others rebound more quickly? Resiliency is your ability to adapt, and the good news is resiliency can be increased and improved so you are better able to manage life’s challenges. In this training, you will assess your current level of resiliency and learn strategies for building your resiliency.

    University Center Rose Room:
    June 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Patricia Cosey


  • University Procedures & Applications

    New Employee Orientation

    We provide orientation for full-time benefited staff and administrative employees the second Thursday of every month. Veteran employees are always welcome to attend and find out about the latest changes on campus.

    A tour of the campus is included. Please wear comfortable clothing & shoes.

    Date Options:

    University Center Rose Room:

    June 13, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
    July 11, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
    August 15, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM

    Instructor: Carmen James


  • Safety Classes

    Defensive Driving

    The "AAA Driver Improvement Course" is designed to help you fine-tune your safe-driving skills. Fortunately, there are guidelines to help you assess conditions more accurately, predict actions of other drivers and make decisions with a more realistic concept of consequences. You'll learn how to manage risks by controlling visibility, time and space.
    This program is taught by certified instructors and is six hours in length. You will receive a certificate from AAA once you have attended the course and passed the written test. The program is free to all VSU employees. Customized classes are available for departments.
    Who should attend: This course is required for employees who drive vehicles for University events or job duties. It is however open to all VSU employees. As an added benefit, you may be eligible for a 10% discount on your personal automobile insurance. Check with your agent.
    Date Options: 

    June 10, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    August 01, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 AM

    Instructor: Michael Fontaine 

  • Service Excellence

    Partners for Campus Excellence

    This training provides an opportunity to discuss service excellence from a higher education standpoint. Our facilitators use a variety of group dialogue, activities and role play with online components required in Skillport to allow participants to discuss the following topics:

    • Building a Campus Service Culture through Personal Accountability, Empowerment, and Teamwork
    • Improving Face to Face and Telephone Interactions
    • Meeting Service Challenges When it is Our Mistake, The Customer’s Mistake, or a System Created Mistake
    Partners for Campus Excellence (PFCE) is a campus-wide training initiative focusing on student and employee retention, positive communication, and teamwork. It emphasizes the customer service standards and attributes important to the University System of Georgia and reinforces the customer service goals of our state.
    Who should attend?
    If you hold a staff or administrative position and have never attended the Partners for Campus Excellence training, then this session is for you.  New hires should complete this training within their first year of employment.

    University Center Cypress Room:
    July 18, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Ashley Cooper

  • Technology (including BlazeVIEW) and Other Computer Skills

    Introduction to SmartEvals/SOI

    A workshop to introduce instructors to VSU’s new platform to collect Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI). Learn to setup your own end-of-course questions, retrieve QR codes, send reminder emails, and more.

    Date Options: 

    Odum Library, Room 2633:

    June 04, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:

    June 20, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
    July 11, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    July 22, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Instructor: Michael Black 

    Audacity Basics

    Audacity is an open-source, multi-track audio editor and recorder. You'll learn how to record, edit, mix, and export your audio project.

    Odum Library, New Media Center Classroom 1370:

    June 20, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin

    Adobe Photoshop Basics

    Photoshop is by far the most well-known program of the Adobe Suite. Although this program is so well known, there is often a huge barrier placed up by many who fear it. Let’s break that barrier and learn the overall workspace and importance of layers. With this foundation down, we will work towards a few of the many fun and engaging tools of how Photoshop has gone beyond its intended purpose of photo editing.
    Points that will be covered:

    1. Navigating the workspace
    2. Learning about the Mystery of Layers
    3. Simple Photoshop edits to enhance your image
    4. Basic shapes and text manipulations

    Date Options: 

    Odum Library, New Media Center Room 1370:

    July 18, 2019 11:00 AM - 10:10 PM
    August 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Instructor: Jeremy Hardin