Leadership Academy

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Description

The UMass Amherst Leadership Academy expands the effectiveness of supervisors, managers and leaders to strengthen their capacity to build a community of choice by aligning the University’s values and mission with a successful practice of managing people, building relationships and driving results.

UMass Amherst Values:

  • Excellence
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness
  • Openness
  • Integrity and Stewardship
  • Innovation
  • Impact

The Leadership Academy is comprised of 3 multi-modal learning programs that support current supervisors and managers at various levels providing information and skill development. 

The Leadership Academy is open to UMass Amherst employees only; not for supervisors of only undergrad or graduate student employees. WLD has resources specific to supervising student workers.

Note:  The instruction format will be in-class sessions unless otherwise noted.  

If you are a non-UMass employee and are interested in obtaining supervisor development training, please contact Workplace Learning & Development for additional information at 413-545-1787 or wld@admin.umass.edu

Eligibility and Completion Requirements

The Leadership Academy programs are open to UMass Amherst employees only; not for supervisors of only undergrad or graduate student employees. WLD has resources specific to supervising student workers.

Note:  The instruction format will be in-class sessions unless otherwise noted.  

Focus:  Understanding the complexities of supervising at the University, strengthening foundational skills, core competencies and key behaviors needed to be an effective supervisor. 
Curriculum includes:

  • uncovering one’s management style
  • creating positive team culture
  • managing a hybrid workforce
  • coaching as supervision
  • managing performance
  • and other topics and activities

Eligibility:  The Foundations of Supervision program is for emerging supervisors at UMass Amherst, as well as those new to supervising in the University environment. Eligible individuals must:

  • currently be in a role of a direct supervisor at UMass Amherst* and
  • have 2 years or less of supervising experience at UMass or
  • have supervisory experience and are new to supervision in the university environment.

*A direct supervisor is the person to which an employee directly reports and who supervises the employee's work on a regular basis.

Class participant capacity: 30

Completion requirements to obtain a Certificate of Completion:

  • 4 live sessions 
  • 7 online Moodle courses (approximately 20-40 min. each)
  • 1 one-hour coaching session with a WLD coach
  • 2 hours of self-directed course assignments (includes: video lessons, readings, worksheets, self-reflection activities, final project)


Focus:  Exploring the complexity of supervision at the University, allowing supervisors to build upon their current skill level to become more effective in their roles.

Eligibility:  Individuals with more than 2 years of supervisory experience and are currently in a supervisory or management role at UMass Amherst. 

Class participant capacity: 26

Completion requirements to obtain a Certificate of Completion:

  • 4 live sessions 
  • 6 online Moodle courses (approximately 20-40 min. each)
  • 1 one-hour group coaching session  
  • 2 hours of self-directed course assignments (includes: video lessons, readings, worksheets, self-reflection activities, final project)

  
Focus:  Understanding of leadership dynamics, and providing tools and methods to create clear forward thinking strategies.

Eligibility:  Emerging and experienced leaders.

Completion Requirements:

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Schedule

Note:  The instruction format will be in-class sessions unless otherwise noted.  

Foundations of Supervision

Foundations of Supervision

Session Dates and Times 

         

Cohort 8 Dates

  Spring 2023

 

Cohort 9 Dates

Summer 2023   

Day 1    9:00 am to 4:00 pm      February 7, 2023         TBD
Day 2    9:00 am to 4:00 pm      February 14, 2023      TBD
Day 3    9:00 am to 4:00 pm      February 28, 2023      TBD
Day 4    9:00 am to 1:30 pm        March 21, 2023     TBD

Essentials of Management

Essentials of Management
Session Times 

 

  Cohort 6 Dates    
     Spring 2023

   Cohort 7 Dates     
           2023/24

9am - 11:30 am         TBD       TBD
9am - 11:30 am         TBD       TBD
9am - 10:00 am         TBD       TBD
9am - 11:30 am         TBD       TBD
9am - 11:30 am         TBD        TBD

Application Process and Deadlines

  • Discuss your interest in attending the program with your manager. Consider ways your participation in the program can improve your performance and engagement as well as for your team.
  • Submit your program specific application at any time but before the cohort deadlines listed below.  
  • Monitor your email for further information to confirm your enrollment and next steps. 

Foundations of Supervision

 Foundations of Supervision  Cohort  8      Cohort 9    
Application Opens  Nov 15, 2022   TBD
Application Deadline  Jan  24, 2023  TBD

Essentials of Management

 Essentials of Management  Cohort 6  Cohort 7
Application Opens  TBD  TBD
Application Deadline  TBD  TBD

Strategic Leadership
This program is currently in development. 

 

Submit your application

Please complete the online application for the Foundations of Supervision Cohort 8 ( Spring 2023) here

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