Purpose: To provide professional development to emerging and experienced managers and supervisors at Montana State University.

Workshops will be offered throughout the academic year.  The sessions will be offered once each academic year.

Management Development-I Certificate

To earn a Montana State University certificate in Management Development-I, nine courses plus a required Safety & Risk Management session (total 50 hours of training) are required. Employees will have 36 months to complete the required courses and a certificate in Management Development-I will be issued.

Employees may take the courses in any order and may also sign up for individual courses and choose not to work towards a certificate.








3-day Breakthrough Leadership Training

** Register through Liz Bradley 

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

24 hours

8:30 AM –

5 PM




MSU Boot Camp: Institutional Leadership


December 5, 2017

3.5 hours

8:00 AM– 11:30 AM



EEO, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Public Employees and Employee Relations

November 7, 2017

3.5 hours

8:00 AM– 11:30 AM



Coaching for Performance


February 6, 2018

3.5 hours

8:00 AM– 11:30 AM



Managing Conflict


January 2, 2018

3.5 hours

8:00 AM– 11:30 AM



Leading Change


October 17, 2017

3.5 hours

8:00 AM– 11:30 AM



Personality Inventories


March 6, 2018

3.5 hours

8:00 AM– 11:30 AM



Motivating and Engaging a Diverse Work Force

May 8, 2018

1.5 hours

8:00 AM–

9:30 AM



Public Relations & Media


May 8, 2018

2 hours

9:30 AM– 11:30 AM



Supervisor Safety Orientation:

Required training for supervisors


Offered Quarterly

January, April, July, October

2 hours

Offered Quarterly





50 hours



Management Development-I Course Descriptions

Course No. Course Title & Description
MD101 3-day Facilitative Leadership Training

This is a 3-day, 24 hour, leadership training. Participants will learn the seven practices of Facilitative Leadership including: Share an inspiring vision; Focus on results, process and relationship; Seek maximum appropriate involvement; Design pathways to action; Facilitate agreement; Coach for performance; and Celebrate accomplishment. Participants are expected to be present for the complete 3-day workshop.
Maximum enrollment is 18.

Other intensive leadership/supervisor trainings including FAST (Facilities) may be substituted for MD101.

MD201 MSU Boot Camp: Institutional Leadership
  • Key concepts of administration and leadership
  • MSU History, What are Land Grant Institutions
  • MSU Organizational Chart
  • MSU Strategic Plan
  • Learning (Academic)
  • Discovery (Research)
  • Engagement (Extension, plus)
  • Administration & Finance at MSU
  • MSU Resources available to managers
  • The MSU "alphabet"
MD301 EEO, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Public Employees and Employee Relations 
  • EEO information: Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Reporting requirements
  • Public Information and Employees: What is public and what is confidential, FERPA, HIPAA, includes a brief employment law overview
  • Labor and Employee Relations: Union contracts, Bargaining, and Status of non-union employees
MD401 Coaching for Performance
  • Basic coaching skills for performance, leading by example
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Effective evaluation processes
  • Encouraging employee development
  • Corrective Action: progressive discipline in Montana, terminating an employee, wrongful discharge, grievances
MD501 Managing Conflict
  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Difficult conversations
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Conflict scenarios
MD601 Leading Change
  • Stages of change
  • What a leader can do to assist people moving through stages of change
  • Leading change – the seven levers
  • Conditions for successful change
  • Communication during change

Personality Inventories

  • Gain self-insight and improve interactions in the workplace among teams
  • Understand differences, improve communications and manage employees with varying styles
  • Develop a deeper understanding of self and behaviors and appreciate others by making constructive use of differences
  • Learn to approach problems in different ways which can be healthy and productive for the individual, the employee team, and for the University
MD801 Motivating and Engaging a Diverse Work Force
  • Building a positive work culture/respectful workplace
  • Dimensions of diversity in the workplace: awareness and understanding
  • Developing teams
MD901 Public Relations & Media
  • Working with the media
  • MSU Communications policies and managers
SRM0003 Supervisor Safety Orientation: Required training for supervisors

This course targets what supervisors must know regarding safety hazards, assessments, and safety requirements on MSU Campuses per SRM/MSU/State/Federal policies and regulations.

  • Know where to locate applicable policies and procedures
  • Know what requirements exist for supervisors in relation to training and safety duties
  • Know which trainings are required of your employees
  • Know how to report and investigate an accident
  • Know your emergency action plan and how to communicate this to your employees
  • Assess hazards in your area and identify appropriate PPE for your employees to use to be safe
  • Know how to create a chemical inventory and submit it appropriately
  • Dispose of various waste types appropriately
  • Understand the basics of Workers' Compensation and related programs


Please register via the following link: HR Training Registration

For more information, please contact Liz Bradley elizabeth.bradley4@montana.edu