University of Iowa

6d. Professional growth and career development

  1. Where can I find information about professional development opportunities for my staff?
  2. What kind of fee assistance is available for professional development?
  3. Where can I find information about professional development for myself?
  4. How can I support my P&S staff member's career growth?

1.  Where can I find information about professional development opportunities for my staff?

UI Learning & Development provides a wide array of offerings covering topics of interest related to health, safety and wellness, leadership and management, personal development and workplace effectiveness.  Of particular interest may be the “Building Our Global Community” series listed on the series page.

Staff Language and Culture Services provides support for English language learners, and fosters a diverse workforce by expanding opportunities across varied languages and cultures.

2.  What kind of fee assistance is available for professional development?

The Tuition Assistance program and UI Health Care Tuition Reimbursement Assistance Program allow eligible faculty and staff to apply for financial assistance to help defray the cost of tuition (excluding other fees) for one college credit course (up to four semester hours) per semester.

Distance and Online Education offers a limited number of scholarships for degree-seeking students.

The Mary Jo Small Staff Fellowship Award Program allows University of Iowa staff members to attend international, national, or regional conferences and workshops that will aid them in their work.

UI Learning & Development has identified funds for special professional development awards during the spring and fall semesters.  All staff members in regular appointments, 50% time or greater, are sent an email notification twice a year.

3.  Where can I find information about professional development for myself?

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4.  How can I support my P&S staff member's career growth?

Refer to the Career Development Planning site to help you understand more about the intersection of organizational needs and individuals interests. To explore information related to career development opportunities, you can use the Job Classification View Tool, available in Self Service > Administration > HR Inquiry.  The tool allows you to review the Key Areas of Responsibility and Competencies for a job classification and compare them to other classifications within the job family, providing an easy way to view differences in responsibilities and abilities between them.  This helps determine what has or might change about an individual's job.