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Courses & Workshops

Take a single course or complete a series—most are free or low-cost. Choose from self-paced or scheduled options.

Comprehensive training for staff and faculty in supervisory roles.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Self-paced, 5 hours in class

Go to Supervisor Training@Iowa

Workshop series for staff, faculty, and graduate students committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Also offered as a 6-week cohort program—see below.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Self-paced


Course series for staff and faculty who hire, onboard, and develop student employees. Offered in partnership with the Pomerantz Career Center and STEP.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Self-paced, 9 hours in class

Go to Supervising Today's Students

Nationally acclaimed workshops from certified presenters offered at a discount to Iowa participants. Session topics, dates, and times vary throughout the year.

Cost: Starting at $50

Go to Leadership Development Workshops

Audio podcasts, online workshops, and other formats addressing everything leadership.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Self-paced

Go to Leadership Anytime

Opportunities to learn and affirm your readiness to take on leadership stretch assignments and expanded roles.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Self-paced

Go to Leadership Path Certificates

Cohort Programs

Join a group of peers in programs that run a few weeks to a few months. Cohort programs are a great way to make connections—self-nominations are encouraged.

Six-week cohort program for staff, faculty, and graduate students committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Also offered as a course series—see above.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Summer


Two workshop series for new supervisors:

Engaging Yourself focuses on understanding individual strengths.
Cost: No charge
Schedule: Fall, 22.5 hours in class over 10 weeks

Engaging Your Team focuses on boosting team performance.
Cost: No charge
Schedule: Spring, 22.5 hours in class over 10 weeks

Go to PASS

Emerging leadership program for women offered in partnership with Women Lead Change. Applications due in spring for April/May selection. Cohort meets monthly from June to December.

Cost: $2,500 (first $1,000 paid by Organizational Effectiveness)
Schedule: Summer-Fall


Comprehensive leadership program for staff and faculty. Combines assessments, coaching, workshops, and other activities. Nominations from college/division leaders due in late December. Core program runs May to August.

Cost: $485
Schedule: Summer, 14-18 hours in class plus 4 hours coaching over 4 months


Intensive program for mid- to senior-level staff and faculty with strategic and operational leadership responsibilities. Applications due in spring for May/June selection. Cohort participates in immersion, coaching, and other activities from October to April.

Cost: $2,000
Schedule: Fall-Spring, about 10 hours per month over 7 months

Go to Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Education

Intensive program for mid-to-senior level staff and faculty with UI Health Care leadership responsibilities. Applications due in March/April. Program typically runs from late August to early May.

Cost: Sponsored by UI Health Care
Schedule: Fall-Spring

Go to Executive Leadership Academy-Health Care

Coaching & Mentoring

Explore your leadership goals, path, and practices, and get personalized support.

Discover your most powerful natural abilities with the CliftonStrengths talent assessment. Maximize your personalized strengths for career and leadership development. Includes online assessment, report, and individual coaching.

Cost: Starting at $20
Schedule: By appointment

Go to Career & Communication Coaching

Advice from certified coaches on leadership development or specific challenges. Assistance with next steps, resources, mentors, and more.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: By appointment

Go to Brief Coaching & Referral

Recommendations for identifying, initiating, and sustaining mentorship opportunities.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: Self-paced

Go to Mentoring

Other Opportunities

Explore information and reference resources, other self-guided learning tools, and Iowa academic programs.

Online supplement to Supervisor Training@Iowa (see courses and series above) with videos, policy and resource links, and more.

Cost: No charge

Go to Supervisors' Toolbox

Resources for annual performance evaluations—your own or your teams—and for making performance management a year-round process.

Cost: No charge

Go to Performance Management

Wide variety of online training modules spanning business, creative, and technology topics. Look for leadership and management options under the “Business” category.

Cost: No charge for Iowa staff, faculty, and students
Schedule: Self-paced

Go to LinkedIn Learning

Professional-level academic certificate awarded by the Tippie College of Business. Credits can also be applied toward a Tippie MBA.

Cost: Current tuition rates

Go to Leadership Certificate

Confidential, one-on-one consulting on career goals and planning.

Cost: No charge
Schedule: By appointment

Go to Career Development Advising Services

Local, regional, and state events featuring speakers, authors, and networking opportunities.

Cost: Varies by event
Schedule: Typically 1-2 days throughout the year

Go to Leadership Conferences

Mary Jo Small Staff Fellowship Awards offer staff financial support to cover fees associated with professional development.

Apply for a Mary Jo Small Fellowship

Which Program is Right for Me?

The best leadership development plans combine on-the-job experience, coaching and mentoring, and formal training. Learn how to design your own plan and how to choose between UI leadership programs for staff and faculty.

Create Your Leadership Plan