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Learning + Development

The Learning and Development area’s primary goal is to offer the University of Mississippi’s staff and faculty an opportunity for continual growth. Our seminars cover an array of topics to improve your professional skills and personal development.

Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
– Denis Waitley

Upcoming Sessions

Workshop Schedule
DateCourseRegistration
05/31 Appreciation at Work: Originally based on the popular book The 5 Love Languages, these concepts have been adapted to the work setting. This workshop will help you learn to better communicate authentic appreciation to others in the workplace.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 102, Jennifer Payne
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06/01 Stretch and Flex Break: Stretch and Flex breaks provide an opportunity for employees to engage in some light stretching exercises focusing both on upper body and hands/wrists. Since these breaks are meant to be informal, no specialized training is needed. Come stretch and learn more about how to bring these breaks to your workspace!
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 102, Jennifer Payne
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06/02 Hands-On Cooking Class: Led by Mariana Anaya Jurss, RebelWell's Registered Dietitian, this hand-on cooking class will guide participants through preparing a healthy meal. This class will take place in the Quintin and Ginger Whitwell Family Wellness Classroom and Demonstration Kitchen in the South Campus Recreation Center (Limited to 24 participants).
11:00 - 12:00, South Campus Recreation Center, Mariana Anaya Jurss
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06/14 Benefits Overview: At the University of Mississippi, we value our employees and recognize you as our organization's greatest asset. UM offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability, life and retirement/savings coverage. Additionally, employees qualify for fringe benefits related to onsite wellness facilities, leave accrual, tuition benefits, etc.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 102, Pamela Kay Johnson
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06/22 Identifying and Mitigating Bias in Performance Management: This presentation will provide a brief overview of common types of bias or "cognitive error" researchers have found in the context of hiring and performance evaluations and will suggest several practical ways to address and minimize them.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 102, Kirsten A Dellinger
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06/29 Taking the Wheel: Managing Stress, Burnout, and Resiliency: This workshop will focus on ways to avoid burnout by taking control of your stress, thoughts, and overall well-being. We will discuss strategies to encourage resiliency by finding meaning and support in the workplace.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 102, Katie Dunnagan Harrison
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07/07 Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Work-Life Blend: This workshop will give you helpful tips on how to balance/blend work-life responsibilities more efficiently.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 111, Jennifer Payne
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07/13 LEAD: Lead Your Team (July 13 and 14, 2022): Lead Your Team is a two-day program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:15 - 3:30, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium A, Jennifer Payne
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07/19 Fostering an Inclusive Work Environment: This workshop invites participants to learn about the issues that impact understanding, respecting, and valuing others in our various teams. We will explore the relationship between expectations, organizational culture, and individual experiences in order to identify and address barriers to inclusion in teams. Participants will learn how to seek understanding and collaborate across difference for greater productivity and efficiency.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 111, Norris Allen Edney
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07/28 Career Growth and Development: What's Your Next Step?: This workshop is designed to help attendees think about their current career path and identify opportunities for professional career growth. It will explore goal setting, developing an individual development plan, improving skills/experience, initiating career advancement conversations, and other actionable steps for career development.
2:00 - 3:00, Garland 111, Jennifer Payne
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10/12 LEAD: Lead Your Team (Oct. 12 and 13, 2022): Lead Your Team is a two-day program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:30 - 3:30, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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01/11 LEAD: Lead Your Team (Jan. 11 and 12, 2023): Lead Your Team is a two-day program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:30 - 3:30, TBD, Jennifer Payne
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04/12 LEAD: Lead Your Team (April 12 and 13, 2023): Lead Your Team is a two-day program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:30 - 3:30, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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07/12 LEAD: Lead Your Team (July 12 and 13, 2023): Lead Your Team is a two-day program designed to develop the skills necessary to appropriately supervise at the University of Mississippi. This is a core course required within four months of assuming a supervisory or management position. Learn how to supervise professionally and accordingly within the University's policies and within state and federal laws. Contemporary leadership principles will be introduced. Attendance will be acknowledged during the participant's performance review process. Tardiness and absenteeism are discouraged. According to the SHRM 2019 culture report, The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture: How Culture Impacts the Workforce - and the bottom line: 76% of employees say their manager sets the culture of their workplace 39% say their manager doesn?t know how to lead a team 40% say their manager fails to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics Are you equipped for the responsibility of supervising and managing?
8:30 - 3:30, Jackson Avenue Center Auditorium C, Jennifer Payne
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The LEAD Series

Learn more about our LEAD Series that offers courses of interest to individuals, supervisors, and directors. More.

Making the Commitment

These sessions are provided for your personal and professional development, but keep in mind that when you register you are making a commitment to attend. If you are not sure that you can attend, wait to register until you have checked your calendar for conflicts. Once you have registered, be sure to add the training workshop to your calendar and save the registration confirmation email for easy withdrawal access.

Contact Jennifer Payne for assistance.