Learning Opportunities

The Learning and Development team takes a holistic approach to learning, engaging the employee as an individual, as a professional, as a leader, and as a part of the greater organization.

Individual Development

The Learning and Development team emphasizes individual development as the core of all learning and the starting point for all development, and therefore offers a number of opportunities focused on interests and identities, personal discovery, and self-care.

The Learning and Development team also champions employee integration via a robust New Employee Orientation program that outlines USD’s history, mission, and values -- and how each employee’s unique gifts help the University accomplish its goals.

Professional Development

The Learning and Development team provides professional development opportunities to all employees at USD via a variety of skill-building workshops offered throughout the year. These opportunities allow our employees to learn and grow with their ever-changing work situations and enhance their individual and team productivity.

Workshop examples include:

Leadership Development

The Learning and Development team enhances management and leadership capacity at USD by offering various training programs that will prepare leaders at every level to communicate, engage, motivate, and lead effectively. All sessions are intentionally linked to support USD’s mission, values, and goals, and they focus on the wide range of responsibilities of a leader.

Table of leadership development options.

Program

Designed for…

Focused on…

Format + Frequency

Eligibility Requirements

Executive Assistant Leadership Development Series

Executive Assistant and Administrative Assistants.

Providing training that will enhance specialized talents and build new skills.

Monthly stand-alone sessions (from 1-2 hours each) in various formats, such as training workshops, panel discussions, networking events, and “fireside chats.”

Reserved for employees in executive assistant or administrative assistant roles.

Supervisor Toolkit Series

Supervisors who want to build their technical skills.

Teaching the technical processes and procedures that supervisors need to know to be successful.

Four monthly stand-alone workshops (from 1-2.5 hours each); offered once each Fall and Spring.

Although designed for supervisors, any employee may attend.

LEAD at USD Program

Established leaders such as managers, directors, and faculty.

Exploring and developing the interpersonal skills that are necessary for leading and working with others.

Six monthly half-day sessions, running from January to June. Program is cohort-based and all sessions are mandatory.

Participants must submit an application and be selected by a committee. Requirements include being employed at USD for at least one year in a non-temporary position as well as meritorious performance.

Collaborative Leadership for Change Program

Assistant/associate vice presidents, directors, assistant/associate deans, department chairs, and faculty.

 

Providing experiential learning and convening dialogue to build leadership capacity beyond technical skills.

Eight monthly half-day sessions, running from September to May. Program is cohort-based and all sessions are mandatory.

Participants must be nominated by their VP, submit an application, and be selected by a committee. Requirements include being employed at USD for at least two years in a non-temporary position, meritorious performance, and demonstrated leadership in current position.

President’s Coaching Program

Deans, vice presidents, assistant vice presidents, assistant deans.

Providing one-on-one coaching services to the highest level of leaders on campus.

A six- to eight-month coaching engagement consisting of 12 one-hour sessions.

Participants are selected by Dr. Harris.

Organizational Development

The Learning and Development team supports team growth and productivity by facilitating customized retreats, training workshops, and organizational development consulting to departments around campus. Please contact the Learning and Development team at hrlearning@sandiego.edu for more information.