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Learning@DePaul: Professional Development Courses

These courses support learning in multiple areas, including customer service; diversity and inclusion; human resource management and fiscal administration; interpersonal communication; leadership and management; ongoing professional development and training; and personal development. 

To register, select your course through the Learning & Development Portal in Campus Connect.​​​​

Courses

Vincentian Mission and Spirituality

A Day with Vincent: Catholic Spirituality and Vincentian Mission (CV001A)
Format: Off-Campus
Retreat Length: Full Day
This retreat is open to all faculty and staff who are interested in a better understanding of the Catholic-Christian roots of the Vincentian mission. This retreat provides time for personal reflection and prayer, conversation with colleagues and deep learning about the Vincentian spirit and mission.

A Day with Vincent: Interfaith Spiritual Retreat (AN001A)
Format: Off-Campus
Retreat Length: Full Day
This retreat provides time for personal reflection, conversation and deep learning on the Vincentian spirit and mission. Faculty and staff of all faiths and backgrounds – and none – are welcome.

A Day with Vincent: Vincentian Community (VI001A)
Format: Off-Campus Retreat
Length: Full Day

Gather with other DePaul community members to give your time and energy to a Chicago community partner in need. Participants will leave the day of service with a deepened understanding of the Vincentian spirit and mission.

Sponsor:
University Ministry
2250 North Sheffield Ave, Suite 311
(773) 325-7902​

Leadership and Management

Managers who wish to further develop their abilities to lead themselves and others in organizational results will benefit from these advanced courses that sharpen participants’ ability to lead and to respond to complex challenges and situations. Participants increase selfawareness and strengthen core leadership competencies of developing others, implementing change, coaching and diversity competence.

5 Secrets to Surviving Workplace Conflict (DC002A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Learning how to manage conflict is key to thriving in the new millennium where collaboration is highly valued. In this highly interactive workshop you’ll learn how to approach conflict with confidence.

Do Good Great: Purpose Driven Strategy (DS001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Learn the importance of doing good great through this fast-paced and interactive workshop. Tips for creating purpose driven strategy and a toolkit for building high-performing strategy are introduced.

Generational Views on Leadership Styles and Approaches (LS001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Developing a high performing multi-generational workforce begins with understanding the composition of each generational group along with the values and expectations they bring. Participants examine various leadership styles and approaches for skill sets designed for the multi-generational workforce.

Hire Hard, Manage Easy: Selecting for Mission and Fit (HH001M)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Learn tips on how to spend more time and energy on what you really need to do to meet your mission by selecting the right person for the job.

Leading Effective Teams Part 1 (ET001M)
Format: Classroom
Length: 3.5 hours
In this highly interactive workshop, participants analyze their behavioral style using the DISC assessment and learn team approaches that improve communication and collaboration.

Leading Effective Teams Part 2 (ET002M)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1.5 hours
Become a great leader by learning the skills to overcome the dysfunctions of a team so you can achieve collaboration and results.

Managing Tough Team Conflicts (MT001M)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours

What if there existed a tool that could help you see the complexity and manage the tension surrounding your team conflicts? That tool is Polarity Management (TM) developed by Barry Johnson. We will use this tool to explore the toughest team challenges facing non-profit leaders today.

Sponsor Contact:
Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project
14 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1600
(312) 362-5519 ​

Management Training

Organizational Development and Workplace Learning offers managers a series of foundational courses aimed to strengthen skills and practices in hiring, employee engagement, communication, supervision and performance management. New and experienced managers learn about DePaul’s policies and procedures and explore the legal, procedural and behavioral practices of human resource management. A certificate is awarded upon the completion of five core course online skill lab sessions, three in-class sessions of your choice, and one elective course.

See the Management Training page for more details

Introduction to Performance Appraisals (AP001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours

This interactive skill lab prepares managers and employees for year-end reviews. Participants will obtain skills necessary for completing the Performance Appraisal Form and learn how to conduct positive and productive performance appraisal discussions. The e-learning module must be completed before attending the skill lab. The Making the Most of Annual Performance Appraisals e-learning is a prerequisite for this course.

Goal Setting and Maintenance (GO001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1.5 hours

This skill lab equips participants with tools necessary to translate organizational goals, departmental goals, and job responsibilities into personal SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Timely) goals. Participants will practice writing goals and explore ways to monitor and document progress. The Getting off to the Right Start e-learning is a prerequisite for this course.

Ongoing Coaching and Feedback (GB001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours

Successful Performance Management is an ongoing process in which the Performance Appraisal Form is a “living” document. Managers and employees will gain skills necessary for sharing feedback, documenting progress and focusing on improved performance. The Getting Better Every Day e-learning is a prerequisite for this course.

Interviewing and Hiring at DePaul (IH001M)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours

Managers learn the interviewing and hiring process as it relates to hiring laws and compliance with federal, state, local and university policies. Skill development focuses on behavioral interviewing techniques.

Employee Relations: Practices and Principles (ER001M)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours

This course explores employee and manager engagement, policy and practice, effective management, employee resources and progressive discipline.

Sponsor:
Human Resources: Organizational Development and Workplace Learning
14 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1300
(312) 362-8342​

Diversity, Equity and Gender in the Workplace

Offered by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, the BUILD Diversity Certificate program reflects DePaul University’s commitment to create a learning culture that values diversity and inclusion. The certification program helps participants develop cultural competencies, offers the tools necessary for linking diversity to organizational and work performance and connects the university’s Vincentian mission of dignity and respect for all individuals to our core operating principles. After completion of this program, participants will have the skill-set necessary to apply diversity competencies in action. This program may be completed within 18 months, and offers both required and elective courses.

LEVEL 1:
The Level 1 Diversity Certificate is awarded upon the completion of five required courses, two elective courses, and a 7-10 page reflection paper. Details about the paper are provided in the Diversity in Action workshop.

Required Courses

  • Principles of Diversity
  • Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
  • Legal Foundation of Diversity
  • Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Workforce
  • Diversity in Action

LEVEL 2:
The Level 2 Diversity Certificate is awarded upon the completion of five required courses and four elective courses. Participants are required to complete a BUILD capstone project of their choice with the guidance of an advisor, and complete a three page reflection paper. Details about the paper are provided in the BUILD Capstone course.

Required Courses

  • Principles of Diversity
  • Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
  • Legal Foundation of Diversity
  • Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Workforce
  • BUILD Capstone

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Four Generations in the Workplace
  • From the Classroom to the Workplace: Accommodating Students/Employees with Disabilities
  • Micro-Aggressions and Their Impact in the Workplace
  • Religious Diversity in the Workplace
  • Safe Zone Allies Training
  • Culture/Politics of Mixed Race
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Women and Work: Shriver Report
  • Diversity, Technology and the Workplace
  • Veterans at DePaul University
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Undocumented Students at DePaul
Level 1 and Level 2 Required Course Descriptions
Principles of Diversity (EPO001)
Format: Online
Length: 1 hour
This online module presents an overview of the BUILD program, as well as an introduction to the principles of diversity. The BUILD certificate helps individuals engage and build their diversity competencies, while understanding the theory and practice of diversity in the workplace. An assessment accompanies this online module.

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality (CROO1A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Learners will work to develop an individual and collective understanding of a system of inequity and develop capacities to analyze racial injustice.

Legal Foundations of Diversity (LF001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Become familiar with relevant federal, state, and local employment laws, an employee's obligations and rights under the various employment laws, and DePaul's Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy.

Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Workforce (RROO1A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Learn to conduct a proactive search using inclusive interviewing techniques, the importance of understanding cultural differences in the selection process and how to mentor teams to tap into creativity and problem solving.

BUILD Capstone (CA001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2.5 hours
The capstone project offers participants the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of personal or professional interest and addresses the problem or issue through focused study and applied research. The facilitator will guide the participants in identifying their issue or problem and help develop a clear and detailed project proposal, which will result in receiving the BUILD certificate.

Level 2 Elective Course Descriptions
Four Generations in the Workplace (FG001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
In this interactive session, participants review characteristics that contribute to generational stereotypes, examine potential "hot button" sources of conflicts between generations and explore ways of improving collaboration.

From the Classroom to the Workplace: Accomodating Students with Disabilities (DE001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1.5 hours
This seminar presents key information about students with disabilities and how classroom accomodations and strategies are transferable to the workplace for employee and employer success.

Microaggressions and Their Impact in the Workplace (MI001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Explore familiar daily verbal or behavioral inequities, whether intentional or unintentional, that display hostile, derogatory, or negative communication slights and insults towards individuals within a diverse workplace.

Religious Diversity in the Workplace (RD001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2.5 hours
Through lecture and exercises, participants reflect on their own identities and gain tools and strategies for respectful engagement of religious/spiritual diversity.

Safe Zone Allies Training (SZ001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 3 hours
Learn basic terminology, LGBTQ history, coming out and ally development to support the SafeZone program and the LGBTQ community at DePaul.

Culture/Politics of Mixed Race (MR001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2.5 hours
This course will explore the history of the mixed race movement in the U.S. along with changes in social attitudes and policies. Participants will examine the representation shift in popular culture seen in fiction, film, advertising and social media as it impacts political discourses.

Sexual Harrassment Prevention (HP001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Through lecture and case studies, participants will learn what sexual harassment is, the danger signs and how to respond to harassment issues and gender discrimination.

Women and Work: Shiver Report (WW001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
This course will look at examples from “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” which focuses on what working women need now to be successful in today’s economy. Learners will discuss where women are powerful, but also powerless.

Diversity, Technology, and the Workplace (DT001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Using case studies, role-playing, and interactive exercises, participants will learn the importance of understanding cultural diversity and the effects of technology in the 21st century workplace.

Veterans and DePaul University (VE001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
This course will describe the current support structure for student veterans at DePaul and share some insights about the student veteran experience. The goal is to help participants better understand the resources available to students who are returning from military service and matriculating at DePaul.

Gender Identity and Expression (GI001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2.5 hours
This interactive workshop will delve into the topic of gender identity and expression, including basic terminology, several models of transgender identity development, differences between sexuality and gender identity, and dismantling transphobia.

Undocumented Students at DePaul (US001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
This training session incorporates case studies that help increase knowledge of undocumented students, state and federal law, DePaul University’s position, Deferred Action for Undocumented Students (DACA) and available resources. Appropriate ways to provide assistance are discussed.

Sponsor:
Office of Instituational Diversity and Equity
14 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 800
(312) 362-6872

Click here for more details.

Values-Centered Leadership

The Values-Centered Leadership Certificate is an online 10-week, non-credit course in leadership development offered by Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project within the School of Public Service.

Participants, along with a supportive online learning community, explore universal values, principles and practices to improve leadership. Individuals examine strengths and areas for growth, explore new models of communication and develop a plan to put learning into action personally and professionally. Those who successfully engage in all elements of the course receive a certificate of participation.

Sponsor:​
Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project
14 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1600 
(312) 362-5519

Click here for more details.​

Records Organization and Management

Records U: Official DePaul Records Coordinator Certificate

The Department of Records Management offers this certificate to employees who want to efficiently manage their department’s records and effectively comply with DePaul’s Records Management Policy. Official DePaul Records Coordinators receive invitations to annual Records Coordinator Appreciation Breakfast, are the first to know about Fun File Days and benefit from networking with colleagues who also tackle their departments’ records and information needs. Employees who complete at least four courses across each topic area earn a certificate:

  • Topic 1: Introduction
    • Introduction to Records Management
      Format: Classroom (RM001A), Online (ERM001)
      Length: 1.5 hours, Self-paced
      Participants learn university policies regarding which records need to be kept and for how long, how to use the Records Retention Schedule and implementing records management procedures in  the office. 
    • A 60-Minute Records Boot Camp (RB001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 1 hour
      This course will introduce participants to the Records Management policy, and translate the Records Retention Schedule. Participants will also learn when to shred/delete items, how to effectively manage electronic records and what to do if the shared drive is a mess.
  • Topic 2: Organization
    • Filing Best Practices
      Format: Classroom (FB001A), Online (EFB001)
      Length: 1 hour, Self-paced
      Understand the lifecycle of a record and the different ways to organize records. Get suggestions for labeling files and learn to separate active files from those that are no longer being used.
    • File Plan Development
      Format: Classroom (FP001A), Online (EFP001)
      Length: 1 hour, Self-paced
      Participants will explore the benefits of having a file plan and start the process of creating their own file plan.
  • Topic 3: Electronic Records
    • Scanning 101
      Format: Classroom (CS001A), Online (ESC001)
      Length: 1.5 hours, Self-paced
      Learn the fundamentals of converting  paper documents into digital imaging through scanning. 
    • Tackling Your Shared Drive
      Format: Classroom (SD001A), Online (ESD001)
      Length: 1.5 hours, Self-paced
      This workshop equips participants with strategies for sorting through existing folders and creating a new, sustainable structure for effective department use. 
  • Topic 4: Records Disposal
    • I’m Done with It. Now What? Disposing of Old Records
      Format: Classroom (DO001A), Online (EDO001)
      Length: 1 hour, Self-paced
      Learn the benefits of third-party storage and shredding, how to set up an account to facilitate storage and shredding and gain exposure to the mission and services of the University Archives.
    • Archiving 101 (CS001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 1 hour
      This course is an introduction to DePaul’s University Archives and highlights the historical resources in its collections, as well as services for the DePaul community.

Sponsor Contact:
Department of Records Management
55 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 850
(312) 362-7940

Click here for more details.

Supervision and Personnel for Managers of Student Employees

Supervision in Student Employee Management Certificate

Offered jointly by the Office of Student Employment and Organizational Development and Workplace Learning, this certificate prepares individuals to effectively manage student employees. Participants complete courses in best practices for all DePaul managers, as well as learn specific procedures related to student hiring, performance appraisal and progressive discipline. A certificate is awarded for completing the following core courses and three additional electives:

  • Required Core Classes (All 4 courses):
    • Hiring Student Employees (SH001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      Learn the full-cycle recruitment, selection and hiring process for student employees.  Participants will gain helpful tips for developing job descriptions and utilizing the Campus Job Board. Supervisors will also gain insight on selecting quality candidates and interviewing best practices for student employees. Lastly, the Student Employment Team will discuss how to maneuver through the hiring process and to effectively manage the employee’s onboarding experience.
    • Managing Student Employees (MS001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      This training session is designed to help student employee managers understand the importance of high-impact learning. Participants will review techniques for effectively mentoring and managing student employees in addition to learning best practices in on-boarding and training.
    • Progressive Discipline and Student Employees (PD001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      Student employee supervisors learn how to handle difficult workplace situations and termination procedures for student employees. 
    • Appraising Student Employees (AS001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      Supervisors of student employees learn an appraisal process that offers constructive feedback and setting goals for the future while continuing to monitor progress and maintaining an open dialogue.
  • Electives (Select 3 additional courses):
    • Employee Relations Practices and Principles (ER001M)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      This course explores employee and manager engagement, policy and practice, effective management, employee resources and progressive discipline.
    • Interviewing and Hiring Best Practices (IH001M)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      Managers learn the interviewing and hiring process as it relates to hiring laws and compliance with federal, state, local and university policies. Skill development focuses on behavioral interviewing techniques.
    • Ongoing Coaching and Feedback (GB001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 2 hours
      Successful performance management is an ongoing process in which the Performance Appraisal Form is a “living” document. Managers and employees will gain skills necessary for sharing feedback, documenting progress and focusing on improved performance. The Getting Better Every Day e-learning is a prerequisite for this course.
    • Goal Setting and Maintenance (GO001A)
      Format: Classroom
      Length: 1.5 hours
      This skill lab equips participants with tools necessary to translate organizational goals, departmental goals, and job responsibilities into personal SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Timely) goals. Participants will practice writing goals and explore ways to monitor and document progress. The Getting off to the Right Start e-learning is a prerequisite for this course.

Sponsor Contact:
Office of Student Employment
1 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 9400
(312) 362-5599

See the manager training information page in the student employment website for more details.

Purchasing and Vendor Relations

For employees who purchase goods or services as part of their job responsibilities, and/or oversee departmental purchasing and budgets, these courses provide necessary skills for ethical and financial stewardship that fully complies with relevant university policies and guidelines.

Contracts in Procurement (CO001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1 hour
Learn about contracts and the contract review policy including special risk categories, clauses to look for during a business review, using standard contract templates, consultant vs. employee situations and freight terms.

Ethics in Purchasing (EI001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1 hour
Learn about making ethical purchasing decisions including the ethical use of university funds. Purchasing gifts, ProCard expenses and the ethical issues of non-compliant purchases are discussed.

ProCard Reviewer Tips (PR001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1 hour
Become a great ProCard approver by building skills in documentation, receipt and commenting best practices, using correct account codes, identifying potential fraud and understanding system reports.

Purchasing 101 (PU001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1 hour
Learn the basics of purchasing goods and services, purchasing policies and authority and receive an overview of vendor selection, payment thresholds, preferred vendors, contracts, bidding and requisition. This is also a hands-on guide to the PeopleSoft system including creating and submitting requisitions, managing restrictions, looking up purchase orders, forms and back-up documentation.

Selecting the Right Vendor (VS001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1 hour
Learn tips for selecting and evaluating vendors for purchasing including utilizing preferred vendors, obtaining quotes, bidding of goods and services and vendor screening.

Sustainable Purchasing (GR001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1 hour
This course is an introduction to green purchasing concepts and guidelines to help faculty and staff make more sustainable purchasing decisions.

Sponsor Contact:
Procurement Services
55 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 802
(312) 362-7510​

Resource Management

These courses provide employees who have budgetary management duties with the tools and resources they need to manage University finances responsibly and in compliance with all relevant university policies and procedures. The courses cover both technical and procedural training on budget management processes.

Budget Manager I: Financial Reports (FR001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 1.5 hours
Budget managers explore their financial responsibilities, learn how to locate and use various departmental reports and the forms available to assist them.

Budget Manager II: Invoice Approval/ Payment (IP001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: .5 hours
Budget Managers develop a working knowledge of PeopleSoft as it pertains to invoice approval and payment inquiry with focus on payment policies and procedures.

Budget Planning Systems (EBP001)
Format: Online
Length: Self-paced
Budget Managers learn to assign budget planning delegations, navigate the budget planning system and update user configuration.

Gift Processing 101 (EGP001)
Format: Online
Length: Self-paced
Explore the University Gift Processing Policy and the role of Advancement Gift Processing; learn procedures for forwarding campaign gifts, non-cash gifts and the Fundraising Events Policy.

Sponsor Contact:
Financial Affairs 55 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1900
(312) 362-6321​

Individual Development Planning and Career Management

Individual development and planning courses focus on understanding how interests, skills, styles, values and abilities inform goal-setting, performance and professional career development.

Get Your Dream Job: I Did! (CP001A)
Format: Classroom
Length: 2 hours
Learn how to navigate today’s competitive job market and make the right impression with intermediaries and hiring managers through a frank and possibly eye-opening discussion.

Sponsor Contact:
Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project
14 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1600
(312) 362-5519​