Staff Professional Development Academy
NIU aspires to develop a workplace culture that provides opportunities for growth and collaboration, supports individual/team success and prioritizes professional development. NIU is also committed to building shared leadership at organizational, team and individual levels.
The Staff Professional Development Academy is a year-long, cohort style program that both promotes professional development and creates a network of leaders across campus. We aim to have diverse cohorts with representation across campus and encourage staff at all levels to apply.
Goals and Structure
If selected to participate, you’ll:
- Learn about NIU’s goals, operations and governance, as well as the current higher education landscape
- Have opportunities to build leadership skills, such as consensus building, conflict resolution, self-awareness and creating shared goals
- Be matched with a mentor
You’ll attend in-person meetings once per month during the fall and spring semesters. You’ll also attend monthly meetings with your mentor.
If you’re a permanent, 12-month, SPS or civil service employee, you’re eligible to apply (except SPS with rank or tenure). Supervisors can also nominate employees to be invited to apply.
You should have:
- A minimum of three cumulative years of service at NIU by the application deadline
- The support of your supervisor and/or department head
How to Apply
A call for applications is sent out by the Office of the President each spring. The application includes:
- Current résumé
- Letter of interest (up to 500 words) indicating your interest in and expectations for the program, as well as your career goals
- Evaluation form completed by your immediate supervisor
To apply for the 2023-2024 cohort, please complete the application form. Supervisors may also nominate employees they think would benefit from the program. Please note the deadline to apply is Monday, May 1, 2023.
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