Upcoming Talent and Professional Development Opportunities

The Human Resources and Payroll Talent Development Team invites you to be an active participant in your professional and career development by completing one or more Talent Development events planned for September and beyond.

2020 Performance Campus Forum

This fall, WCU will launch a new and improved Performance Management Program for all SHRA employees. Western Carolina University will be joining all other UNC campuses in transitioning to a standardized system under the leadership of UNC General Administration.

All staff and faculty are invited to attend a Campus Forum designed as an overview of the new 2020 Performance program launching October 1 for the 2016-2017 performance cycle. Participants will learn how and why the new program is being implemented and how performance will be evaluated for SHRA employees going forward.

Highlights of the Performance Management Program include:

– A future-focused program to foster strategic thinking, planning, and achievement

– A contemporary design that includes both individual and institutional goals

– A synchronized process to clearly align and connect employees with WCU’s Strategic Plan

– Regular performance and talent conversations to promote engagement and retention of the best and brightest

For dates, times and to register for one of the two offered 2020 Performance Campus Forums, please see the Talent Development web page.


In September, take advantage of one or more of the following programs:

Campus Forum:

  • 2020 Performance

Job and Personal Effectiveness:

  • How to Receive Criticism and Make It Work for You
  • Banner Finance Basics

Supervision and Management:

  • Performance Management Program and Policy (for supervisors)
  • Performance Management Technical and Systems Training



New Employee Onboarding and Benefits Orientation

For dates, times and to register for any of these events, please see the Talent Development web page. Also be sure to view the WCU Events Calendar. By selecting “HR Training,” you’ll see events by date. You may click on the event title to access additional information and to access a link to the registration page.

Later This Fall:

The Talent Development Team is excited to offer two highly-regarded development programs that help participants perform at their very best both personally and professionally. Offered free of charge, these programs represent a significant investment by the university in your professional development:

Crucial Conversations (multi-day development program designed to promote breakthroughs in communication and understanding with team members)

The 5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity (multi-day development program supported by years of science and experience that promotes productivity and a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment)

For dates, times and to register for any of these events, please see the Talent Development web page.

Other programs offered this fall include:

  • Stress: A Way of Life or a Fact of Life
  • Managing Holiday Stress
  • Diversity and Cultural Competency in the Workplace
  • Time, Attendance and Leave Programs
  • Equal employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals
  • Effective Hiring and Interviewing
  • Classification and Compensation

 For dates, times and to register for any of these events, please see the Talent Development web page.

Be sure to check with our partners in professional development for helpful programming available to faculty and staff:

Information Technology Training (Link) 

Information Technology offers a variety of workshop options for WCU faculty, staff, and students. Core technology workshops include the Microsoft Office Suite; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Blackboard- the university’s learning management system. We also offer workshops on how to use the electronic classrooms as well as the demonstration classrooms.


Coulter Faculty Commons (Link)

The Coulter Faculty Commons offers a variety of workshops, office hours and training opportunities to assist faculty with their teaching and learning both with and without the use of technology. Offering include “How To” sessions for specific topics, departmental meetings upon request for specific needs and one-on-one sessions to help individuals with their particular needs.


As the teaching, learning and technology needs of Western mature and grow, our training team strives to meet the new challenges of our expanding technological environment.

— Submitted by Cory Causby

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