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Professional Development for Staff

Professional Development

Professional development is a wide-ranging term that applies to activities and opportunities that help one grow in terms of performance, satisfaction, and status within the workplace. We believe that personal and professional growth and fulfillment of one’s potential are integral to each other.

Professional development can involve job enrichment and expanding one’s current position through adding new responsibilities or taking on new projects; lateral movement into different area of the organization; and/or vertical movement to positions of higher status and greater responsibility.

Opportunities for Staff

Emory provides a growing number of opportunities that staff can undertake to reach their full potential professionally and personally. Given our academic environment, professional development activities can take the form of staff attending classes, lectures, conferences, and other academic and cultural events that are part of the university calendar; participating in a number of service opportunities at the College and University levels; and undertaking training and mentoring opportunities aimed at staff.

Staff are encouraged to actively pursue professional development and to achieve their full potential personally and professionally. Staff professional development is an important dimension of Emory’s Affirmative Action program.

New and existing employees may avail themselves of training opportunities. Lead staff are expected to ensure that each new employee receives training in the tools, policies and procedures relevant to their position and assigned duties. Existing employees may be recommended by supervisors for training during the performance evaluation process (or at any other time) as a means to addressing a skill gap, in response to expanded job duties and new roles, or as a means of professional and personal enrichment.

Training & Mentoring Opportunities

Emory offers training programs and career counseling for employees through different avenues.

Learning and Organizational Development has announced three Certificate programs: Administrative Professionals Program, Aspiring Leaders at Emory, and Essentials of Leadership at Emory.

Emory Continuing Education coordinates a number of courses including certificate programs, professional development, and online computer training.

Emory College HR occasionally undertakes training activities designed specifically for the needs of the College, for example, customized performance management training.

We are currently working on the development of an Emory College specific mentoring program for new employees which will involve new hire training.

Mentor Emory advances the individual and community through learning from others and giving back. Towards this endeavor, they:

  • Assist the University in retaining talent
  • Foster the professional growth of its mentors and mentees
  • Provide enhanced communication and connectivity
  • Instill a sense of belonging amongst its participants

The College Staff Consortium maintains a list of staff mentors who are available to provide information and act as resource persons in specific areas. Staff are invited to contact the CSC at to volunteer to be added to the list of mentors.

Service Opportunities

There are several opportunities for staff to become involved in and contribute to the university and the College.

This program is suspended during Covid-19 pandemic.

The Engaged Citizenship initiative enables College staff to be of service to the Atlanta community. College employees can devote up to 8 hours per year of college-funded effort to improving the lives of community members in chronic or episodic need.

Staff can volunteer to serve on staff committees constituted from time-to-time by College HR to discuss and decide on staff-related policies, strategic initiatives, training programs, and other professional and personal development opportunities.

Please contact your HR Associate to express your interest in serving when the opportunity arises.

In the past, the College convened a number of staff committees including:

  • Department Core Responsibilities Committee
  • Lead Staff Mentoring Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Rewards and Recognition Committee
  • Supervisors’ Discussion Group
  • Wellness Committee

The discussions of these Committees have been extremely fruitful and contributed to decisions on key staff-related policies and initiatives such as implementation of the Emory College Annual Service Awards.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

The College Staff Consortium (CSC) was created to provide three primary functions: to pursue concerns of interest to College staff and make recommendations to the Dean of Emory College, to sponsor programs of interest to College staff, and to provide a sense of camaraderie among College staff. To become involved contact them at

Staff are also encouraged to become involved in university-wide organizations including such as Employee Council. Please note that membership to these organizations is solicited from the Dean of the College by the organization’s representative when a vacancy becomes available. College HR plans to maintain on file a list of staff interested in being nominated. To become involved in any of these university-wide organizations, please contact College HR and indicate your interest.