Professional Development


We seek to empower employees to reach their full potential. We believe in a holistic approach to developing employees by proactively managing performance through collaborative goal setting, coaching, and ongoing training. Our practices emphasize continuous improvement and growth, balanced with a commitment to accountability and alignment with institutional values.


Professional development is designed to help employees develop their knowledge, skills and abilities so that they might become better qualified to perform the duties of their present jobs and advance to more responsible positions. Better utilization of talents, abilities and potential of employees can improve productivity, effectiveness and efficiency of services provided by the University.

Professional Development Opportunities

Visit our Professional Development Training Guide for a list of workshops currently being offered.

Academic Impressions Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

The Division of Academic Affairs partners with Academic Impressions to provide App State employees with professional development resources designed by and for faculty and staff working in higher education. Access to these resources will enable our employees to better serve our students and advance the educational mission of App State. You can learn more about these professional development offerings and register for specific courses on App State’s Academic Impressions homepage.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways is designed to prepare employees to advance their career. This program will help employees learn more about themselves and their career options, empower employees with the knowledge and skills to make effective career decisions, and provide employees with tools and resources to help them put their plan in motion.

Faculty Professional Development

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Student Success or CETLSS (pronounced see_tulls) is the university's comprehensive center dedicated to growing excellence in teaching and learning, leadership, and supporting faculty professional development and student success. Visit this link to learn more about Faculty Professional Development.

LinkedIn Learning

We’re excited to offer LinkedIn Learning to all faculty and staff at Appalachian at no additional cost. LinkedIn Learning provides access to thousands of high quality professional development courses and videos that cover the latest software, creative, and business skills to help you acquire new skills and advance your career. Click this link to learn how you can activate your LinkedIn Learning account today!

Click this link to join the LinkedIn Learning Course Club!

Leadership Training

Effective January 1, 2024, all new supervisors are strongly encouraged to complete Core Training
for Supervisors within their first year of employment in their leadership position. New
leaders will develop a base understanding of leadership fundamentals and university
policies. This program is also open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about
leadership at Appalachian State University. 

Mountaineer Mentoring: Peer Mentoring Circles for Staff

Staff Training and Development

ComPsych Webinar "No Such Thing as a Perfect Parent" June 20, 2024, 9:00 am



ComPsych Webinar "Leading with Authenticity" 

ComPsych Webinar "Self-Care Tips for Managers" 

ComPsych Webinar "Paying off Debt while Building Wealth"

ComPsych Webinar "The Importance of Participating in Your Employer's Retirement Plan" 

ComPsych Webinar "Coping with Compassion Stress"

ComPsych Webinar "10 Strategies for Improving Your Finances"

ComPsych Webinar "Mental Health Awareness for Leaders" 

ComPsych Webinar "Preventing Employee Burnout"

To view our schedule of current offerings, visit our Professional Development Training Guide.


Compassion Fatigue Workshop: Hosted by Counseling for Faculty and Staff and the AppState Work-Life Council

Visit Workshops to browse trainings and events currently offered.

Tuition Waiver and Tuition Reimbursement

The Tuition Waiver and Tuition Reimbursement programs support App State's commitment to employee performance, engagement, and retention by providing a tool for professional development and career growth.  It also supports strategic organizational development of competencies and behaviors needed to achieve the University's mission, vision, and values. Visit our website to learn more about Tuition Waivers and Reimbursement.