University Staff Development Programs

Our mission is to enhance the current and future organizational effectiveness of the university by assessing, prioritizing, recommending and promoting staff development.  We support the professional and personal development programs that invest in the University’s most valuable resource, its people.


  • Cultivate the University’s workforce and the organizational culture through professional development programs;
  • Assist employees who choose to seek career opportunities or advancement in developing their interpersonal, supervisory, and managerial skills:
  • Improve the quality of work life and job satisfaction for employees;
  • Increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity in the workplace.

Guiding Principles

  • Contribute to the University's Strategic Plan, specifically Strategic Priority #2, which states, “Believing in the importance of faculty and staff, and their role in student success, we will continue to invest in faculty and staff development."
  • Conceptualize, design and present training programs that will motivate, challenge, strengthen and enlighten staff and to align professional skills with organizational needs.
  • Promote teamwork.  The University relies on the cooperative efforts of everyone, which requires employees to work together, solve problems, share successes, and create new visions.
  • Improve key interpersonal skills including communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Enhance workforce/organizational flexibility.  Promote and support change and assist individual and departments as they adapt to change.
  • Support and encourage participation in CSU systemwide training and conferences.
  • Support open communication, involvement, empowerment, and recognition of excellence.


Desktop Training Available

Desktop Training is available for faculty and staff from IT Support Services (ITSS).



Strengths Finder 2.0

The University Staff Development Program (USDP) is excited to sponsor a two-part series on Strengths Finder 2.0!  Strengths Finder 2.0 (Rath, 2007) is the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller that provides a new vocabulary to understand your natural talents and find out how those skills interplay with others.

Organize and Thrive: Taming Your Office and Your Desktop

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” How can such a simple concept be so surprisingly hard to implement and sustain?  This light-hearted, interactive workshop will help you clean up your clutter, tame your desktop and focus your efforts on living an organized lifestyle. Participants will explore the latest technology and best practices for being more strategic and intentional about organization. Workshop date and time: January 14, 2015 1:00-2:00PM