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As a supervisor at UGA, you need skills to succeed at leading people and managing a variety of job responsibilities. The Supervisory Excellence Program is designed to deliver valuable fundamentals specific to managing at the University of Georgia. Delivering information through instruction, discussion, and experience, supervisors will learn basic employment guidelines and continue enhancing many other workplace skills.



Core objectives of the program:

  • Support the mission of the University of Georgia’s commitment to excellence by learning and enhancing supervisory skills
  • Build campus wide relationships and gain a better understanding of University operations outside your unit
  • Competencies presented can be immediately put into practice to improve personal leadership and the workplace environment of your staff          

**Important update 07.05.17**

We're enhancing the current Supervisory Excellence Program (SEP) to better address the emerging needs of supervisors and aspiring supervisors.

Summer 2017 (July – September):
  • Current Supervisory Excellence Program will continue with electives only offered as part of our current quarterly schedule.

Coming fall 2017:
  • Redesigned Supervisory Excellence Program and certificate requirements
  • New courses and programming for current and aspiring supervisors will be available on October 2, 2017   

Summer 2017 Supervisory Excellence Program offerings:

Creating the Best Environment for New Employees: Onboarding Beyond the Paperwork
Kelly Cona, HR Specialist, Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Greg Kirby, Associate Director Tate Student Center & Director of Campus Reservations, Events & Technical Services
Why is onboarding important? A strong orientation program will accelerate initial productivity level of new talent, increase retention of new employees in the first year,  enhance critical engagement level proven to increase business results, increase initial job satisfaction and loyalty,  accelerates the sense of belonging and gives new hires the importance of their roles in the big picture and entire scope of the organization. Come learn about successful models on campus and explore ways to build a strong orientation program for your unit.    
August 18, 9:00 – noon

From Vision to Implementation: Strategic Planning  
Don Walter, Director, UGA Transportation Services
In addition to the larger strategic plans, supervisors have the opportunity to impact organizational and departmental culture by thorough planning, improved processes, and staff workflow. Become equipped to create a purposeful vision and strategic plan for your department. Learn tools from a campus expert to implement your strategic plan and be able to make course corrections as change occurs.  
August 23, 9:00 - 11:00

Managing and Engaging a Student Workforce
Janice Davis Barham, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center
Do you supervise student workers? If so, your responsibility goes beyond task training and should include developmental opportunities to enhance the student’s professional experience. Managing student employees for the job at hand while creating an experiential learning environment can be challenging. This interactive session will cover developing student workers’ skills, setting clear expectations, understanding generational communication styles, and how to share constructive feedback.
September 20, 9:00am - 12 noon

Professional Development Circle: Strategic Supervisors (3 Sessions)
A Professional Development Circle (PDC) is a small, organized group of professionals bounded by a common interest in a topic and a commitment to learning and developing together. The same group of supervisors meets over several sessions to explore a specific professional topic in-depth. This PDC will focus on exploring the complex role of a supervisor at UGA and how to cultivate a strategic mindset. Get full details about this PDC, including prerequisites and the time commitment involved in attending.

Contact us

For all questions regarding the Supervisory Excellence Program, contact Training and Development at 706-542-7062 or email with the subject line:
Supervisory Excellence Program <Your Name>.

You may also contact Vickie Coker or 706-542-7437.

Revised 07.03.17