Professional Development

What is Learning and Organizational Development? 

Learning and organizational development is an ongoing process that shapes the future of our university and provides individual employees and teams with the knowledge, skills, and empowerment to further their career. Our programs align with the University’s strategic initiatives, organizational labor resource needs, and employee performance goals. We strive to reach every employee and impact every team with relevant, professional development. 

Online Professional Development Opportunities

In order to meet the rapidly changing needs of our staff as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are regularly increasing our online professional development opportunities. Please check this page frequently for updates. work-from-homeIn addition to live virtual events, employees have access to a curated list of online professional development modules. Our Elevate Your Learning online course includes topics such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Leadership
  • Customer service, and more!

These modules are available on-demand through the University’s AsULearn system in which employees can self-enroll. Certificates will be provided upon successful completion of the course.

To learn more and enroll in the online course, click here.

Elevate Your Learning Monthly Update

Each month, we will be offering a resource that will provide relevant and timely professional development opportunities. This month's topics include employee sefl-appraisals, EEODF training, and upcoming workshops. Click on the image below for additional details.



New Supervisor Training - EEODF

Launching Spring 2020

As a supervisor at Appalachian State University, you play a critical role in creating and maintaining a safe, equitable, and inclusive work environment for our employees. Part of this role involves upholding Equal Employment Opportunity laws and our University’s commitment to inclusion. In order to ensure that you have the tools you need to fulfill this role, we will be implementing the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals (EEODF) training created by the NC Office of State Human Resources (OSHR). EEODF is a mandatory training for all managers and supervisors with North Carolina state agencies and UNC system institutions per G.S. 126-16.1. EEODF training provides a thorough background in EEO law as well as thought-provoking situations to help supervisors assess whether they are creating a work environment where all are enabled to make their greatest contributions. OSHR has recently updated the training to a blended format. We will begin offering the instructor-led sessions on campus in March so that supervisors are not required to travel off campus to participate. 

For more details, click here to visit our EEODF website.