Supervisory Foundations


The first several months as a new supervisor or an experienced supervisor transitioning to a new organization can be the most critical. The Supervisory Foundations program is intended to provide the core essentials for anyone who is responsible for the work of one or several employees within a department. This two-session, half-day program will include topics such as:

  • Employment Law
  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Performance Management
  • Handling Difficult Conversations

Participants will complete a management profile and individual development plan to assist in their continued development as supervisors. Discussions will also take place using case studies, group experiences, and additional exercises.

Supervisory Roundtable Conversations


In addition to classroom-based and online training, supervisors can learn as much, if not more, from their peers from other departments and divisions. This new learning format invites all supervisors to monthly breakfast discussions on important topics and issues based on the needs and interests of those serving in management roles. This design also provides opportunities for supervisors to build valuable relationships with colleagues across campus. Sessions will include:

  • Busy or Productive: Effective Time Management Strategies
  • Challenges in Higher Education
  • Building Your Campus Network
  • What’s Your Team’s Emotional Intelligence?
  • Fundamentals of Strategic Planning
  • Persuading with Data
  • Book discussions (based on popular titles in leadership and management)

Management Development Program


The Management Development Program (MDP) is an in-depth, year-long certification program designed for all supervisory levels. Employees who participate in the MDP program will acquire a greater understanding of management knowledge, skills, and abilities to enable them to be successful in their current role while enabling future success. Facilitators for the program will include faculty and administrators as well as local professionals with expertise in certain disciplines and knowledge of the higher education environment.

The general program format will be hands-on using case studies and simulations to discuss real challenges that supervisors face in higher education every day. Participation in the program presents an exciting opportunity to develop the leadership potential of Dickinson College for the future. The program will be comprised of seven modules, each a hands-on, instructional workshop focused on relevant topics in the higher education environment. Topics that will be offered within the certification program will include:

  • Senior Leader Panel Discussion
  • Situational leadership
  • Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • Conflict Skills for Supervisors
  • Creating an Inclusive Work Environment
  • Setting Strategic Priorities
  • The Financing of Higher Education


To be considered for participation in the 2014-2015 Management Development Program, please complete and return the MDP application to Steve Riccio in Human Resource Services by Friday, August 8, 2014.

Higher Education Leadership Institute of Central Pennsylvania


This multi-institutional initiative is designed to help prepare administrative leaders from Bucknell University, Dickinson College, and Gettysburg College in addressing the complex challenges facing higher education. This cohort-based program will be both collaborative and experiential allowing participants to forge valuable relationships with colleagues while also focusing on the importance of individual development. The cohort’s involvement in self-reflection, coaching, scenario-based exercises, and goal setting will allow for direct application of these experiences within their respective campuses.
As a result of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Capitalize on personal leadership strengths to produce further contributions to the institution
  • Identify opportunities for further growth both individually and within their respective departments
  • Set the example for others by aligning their actions with a set of shared values and a common vision
  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust in both an inter and intra-departmental context
  • Navigate through conflict that can limit professional and organizational growth
  • Apply the knowledge learned to current personal and institutional challenges