Established in 2013, Professional Development & Training (PD&T) is housed in Human Resources and offers a range of programs and services designed to meet a wide variety of MSU professional and classified employee development needs.  PD&T provides services to all four MSU campuses.  We welcome your ideas and input.

MSU Human Resources PD&T’s strategic purpose is “to grow our people,” by building the skills and capacity of MSU employees.  By providing ongoing personal and professional development opportunities, we strive to increase MSU employee effectiveness and each employee’s ability to excel and contribute to the overall MSU mission.

Virtual Course Offerings


WEBINAR REPLAYS   How to Lead Through the COVID-19 Crisis and its Aftermath. 

VitalSmarts has curated a training library of crucial skills and encouraged us to share their information—skills that help people not only overcome difficult situations but emerge with stronger relationships and results. 

  •  Five Webinar replay sessions presented by VitalSmarts. Recorded Webinars focus on helping you, your people and your organization minimize risk, increase safety, and adapt and be effective in this crucial and unprecedented time. View one or all of them to gain some useful insights. 

Online Instructional Modules

LinkedIn Learning - Offers a suite of training videos from specific software packages to up-and-coming technology trends, to documentaries following creative professionals in a variety of disciplines. The training library is searchable by subject, software, or author.

SkillSets Online - SkillSets is an online learning platform that maintains a library of technical and non-technical web based courses. University Information Technology (UIT) has access to 90 SkillSets library cards and is providing the opportunity for campus employees to access their training library. SkillSets provides 3 different products that can all be accessed using the same Log-In credentials.

Course Offerings | Includes Webinars

  • Supervisor Training Program: The Supervisor Training program is comprised of 4 sessions totaling 14-hours of training.  This course is designed to help people transition from an individual contributor role to a supervisory role.
  • Crucial ConversationsCrucial Conversations is a 16-hour copyrighted course (developed by VitalSmarts) that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialog around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics – at all levels of the university. 

  • Diversity & Inclusion Development Certificate: The Diversity & Inclusion Development program provides training to students, staff, and faculty to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity and inclusion to better serve in their role at MSU.  The program is tiered in structure and flexible in that it allows participants to enroll in course offerings of interest either individually or in pursuit of the certification program.  Requirements for those wishing to earn any of the Diversity & Inclusion Level certificates are outlined in this webpage link.  Presently, Level 1 Foundations of Diversity & Inclusion and Level 2 Dimensions of Cultural Identity certificates are offered.  Level 3 Cultural Fluency Skills is in development.

  • Management Development Certificate: This is a 50-hour certificate that builds the skills of managers and supervisors and those aspiring to these positions.  Sessions include Leading Change, Managing Conflict, Coaching for Performance, and more. 
  • A Monthly PD&T Series is offered with varying topics.  We welcome your suggestions for topics and presenters.  Register for these 2-hour sessions via MSU Registration.  Examples include Project Management, Designing and Delivering Impactful Trainings, Today’s College Students, Managing Conflict, Real Colors, and more. 
  • Service Excellence Workshops:  Professional Development and Training coordinates the Service Excellence workshops along with the Random Acts of Excellence recognition program; while providing leadership to the Service Excellence Team. 
  • RETIRED -  Financial Development Certificate: Stay tuned for financial workshop offerings coming this fall.
  • What a Dean Needs To Know: Deans receive timely information to help them be successful leaders in their academic units.  “What does a Dean need to know about…”  Topics include Title IX, Sexual Harassment,ADA, Performance Management, Conflict Styles, and more.
  • Leadership Development training experiences through Leadership MSU.  In partnership with LMSU, PD&T provides experiential training and content to enhance the LMSU experience.
  • Communication Development Certificate: Year-long commitment develops public speaking, listening, and leadership skills by participating in one-hour weekly Toastmasters club meetings.  Club dues are $51 semi-annually plus a one-time $20 new member fee for materials.  Meetings are Tuesday at noon in SUB 168


WEBINAR REPLAYS    Wellness Series

These workshops will explore the anxiety and overwhelm that we’re all experiencing as the semester begins in the landscape of COVID -19 and other societal stresses.  Our world is constantly changing and the way we adapt to this change can help support our wellness. 


Mental and Physical Wellbeing  - May 2020

After working through the unexpected COVID-19 Pandemic and dealing with all the concerns, stress, and constant change it has brought about; are you ready to begin the gradual return to normal operations?

Customized Offerings (Organizational Development):

By request, PD&T provides customized training to units on the four MSU campuses.  Offerings have ranged from facilitating strategic planning sessions, meeting facilitation, team building, conflict resolution among teams, and personality inventories (DiSC, Real Colors).  For more information, click on the above link for the list of developed workshops.

Service Excellence Initiative:

Service Excellence aims to align the quality of our service environment to the excellent education we offer.  We're aspiring to provide a great experience outside the classroom so students and faculty can focus on being successful inside the classroom. 

Teleworking During COVID-19

Have you found yourself in the situation where you are teleworking? Are you now leading teams that are working remotely? Contained in this information you will find guidance for supervisors, employees and departments designed to help set up temporary remote work arrangements quickly and successfully.

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