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Revamped for 2016! Employee Orientation & Welcome is offered bi-weekly on Mondays and runs from 9am-4:30pm.  The program has been revised to highlight a number of pertinent university policies and resources and to share tips on navigating our large campus community. The Division of Information Technology, University Police, and the Department of Environment Safety, Sustainability and Risk are just a few of the units that are present.

A bus tour of the campus is provided by the Department of Transportation Services during which we offer a break for lunch at the Stamp Student Union to ensure that our new staff experience the energy of the lively student center at the heart of campus. Please register at

NEW this year! Supervisor’s Orientation & Essentials is being offered over six sections (3 hours per course) and covers the primary skills needed to be an effective supervisor at UMD and beyond. It is an intro to the LDI programs as it is a fee free “crash course” that gives supervisors the core tools to lead their teams.

Topics include setting performance expectations, planning and goal setting by priorities, encouraging an inclusive workplace, defining and meeting customer expectations, creating a safe environment, understanding employment laws and policies, effective delegation, communication basics and conducting results-oriented meetings.

The sections are:

  • The Role of a Supervisor
  • Getting Things Done
  • In-depth, Performance Review & Development (PRD)
  • Staff Relations as a Resource
  • Encouraging an Inclusive Workplace
  • An Overview of Workplace Safety

Supervisor’s Essentials is open to staff/faculty at any level of supervisory experience as well as to aspiring supervisors.

Leadership Development Initiatives (LDI)

Track I—Foundations of Leadership

The Foundations of Leadership is a six-course program that dives deeper into developing the tools needed to become a highly skilled and valuable supervisor. This experiential learning and interactive program offers participants the hands-on practice and knowledge to develop employees, build trust, and improve performance. University supervisors or aspiring supervisors can benefit greatly from LDI: Track I and are encouraged to attend. To earn a certificate of completion, participants need to complete all six courses. Courses can be taken individually.  But, it is highly recommended that participants take all six courses in sequential order, as the relationships that are developed with colleagues while attending LDI are an integral part of the learning experience. Over 150 UMD staff members have completed the full program in the last year.

Track II – Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership is a dynamic, highly participative two-day cohort program for leaders who are truly committed to personal and organizational change.

Participants Learn How To:

  • Take ownership and responsibility as leaders
  • Lead employees through times of change and uncertainty
  • Create high-trust relationships at every level of the organization
  • Foster a culture that honors, values, and respects diversity
  • Coach, develop, and inspire employees to continually improve their performance
  • Develop strategic goals and plans for his/her area of responsibility

This program is designed for supervisors with five or more years of experience who are strongly interested in enhancing and/or improving his or her leadership knowledge and skills. It is also open to supervisors with less than five years of experience provided they have completed the LDI Foundations of Leadership program.  To earn a certificate of completion participants need to complete the two-day course in its entirety.

Last updated: February 2, 2016

Last updated: February 2, 2016