A new series of workshops will be offered to Plattsburgh State employees on campus this spring in order to help develop and train supervisors. This is part of a partnership between the PSUC administration and United University Professions, the union that represents more than 35,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 SUNY campuses.
The Leadership Academy is being funded through a UUP grant of joint-labor management funds and similar contributions from different groups.
“This idea emerged in response to the campus need for a system for professional development to meet the ongoing challenges faced by supervisors,” said Sue Welch, PSUC assistant vice president for human resource services.
Several topics were identified as needs on campus, including interpersonal skills, dealing with difficult employees, managing and resolving conflict, mentoring, motivating employees, constructive criticism, leading change and leadership skills discussion based on a 360-degree evaluation.
The college is planning to conduct approximately five to eight training sessions per year in the future, with alterations based on the evaluation of the spring pilot program.
Currently, there are 135 UUP members who are supervisors and 19 management confidential employees who supervise UUP employees.
Workshop details are currently being finalized. Sessions will be held midday on Fridays, include lunch, and will run from March 27 through May 8.
Mary Ann Stark of the SUNY Leadership Institute trained PSUC employee volunteers over winter break.
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