Development Programs for Olivet's Leaders
Olivet University is committed to continuous learning and excellence by providing and promoting access to a wide range of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in training programs, conferences, short courses, and workshops held on or off campus that relate to the service rendered to the University by the participant.
A professional development team will assist in carrying out multilayered program.
President & Vice President:
Information Systems Director:
Academic Dean & School Program Directors:
Long term professional development plans include continuing the University’s tuition assistance program toward academic advancement among staff. Click here to see the full policy for Tuition Discount Program.
Experienced staff and faculty are assigned to develop training sessions where they’ll share knowledge and experience to new or aspiring employees.
Olivet’s Internal Workshops also looks into major developmental areas focusing on the staff, faculty, and employees’ needs for professional growth. Activities and focuses within the workshop series may include:
Other educational institutions offer professional and workforce development opportunities that may be useful.
Evaluation surveys will be conducted annually to receive feedback and ideas for future training. Departments will also be surveyed annually on their needs and priorities for development. After seeing analyzed results, the Olivet Staff Development Team will seek consultation from other university leadership to plan activities for the next academic year.
Olivet University staff has the opportunity to participate in conferences, short courses, or workshops. Participation in these events are governed by the following guidelines:
University staff may participate in conferences, short courses, or workshops, which are not work related if such participation will contribute to their overall educational and professional development. Such programs may be offered on or off campus. The following participation conditions apply:
All University employees who have been employed in that position for a minimum of 6 months, are eligible to participate in the professional development program.
1. Applications for Participation
Eligible employees may apply for participation in the Staff Development Program by contacting the Olivet Staff Development Center.
2. Evaluation and Selection of Participants
Applications for participation in the program will be reviewed and evaluated by the Selection Committee. Applications will be rated based upon the established criteria, ranked in order of qualification, and submitted President for approval. Approved applicants will be notified of their selection by the committee.
The following criteria will be used in the evaluation of applications:
Impact of proposed education or training to employee's job
Cost of proposed education or training
Ability of employing department to fund proposed education or training
Impact of absence from work on Administration of University
Prior participation in the program
Funding of the program will be determined annually by the President contingent upon the availability of funds.
A copy of the approved development plan is placed in the employee's personnel file.
A staff or faculty member who holds a professional license and must participate in training and/or educational programs to maintain such license may participate in accordance with the requirements of local, state, and/or federal law. A licensee may participate during regular working hours without using paid leave when the employing department requests the employee to participate in the educational or training program for University employment related purposes.
Faculty or staff must use paid leave to attend educational programs for professional licensing requirements when the above conditions are not met. Participation in any educational or training program for licensing purposes must be in accordance with the general requirements of this section.