The Talent and Organization Development team creates programs, initiatives and opportunities that inspire and nurture employees to be more for themselves and the university through:

  • Sustainable learning and development solutions,
  • Quality performance management processes and resources, and
  • Catered programs to meet organizational development needs.
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Employee Spotlight

"The objectives of the courses were clear and I really appreciated that different learning styles were accommodated…I honestly recommend the training series to every supervisor on campus!"
Fredda Owens
Clemson University Libraries
"I have enjoyed this series tremendously. This training provides actionable items that all managers are required to know and use. The plus to all of the training is meeting the support staff of HR. They each have areas they support and it is so helpful to have them shed light on what issues they deal with and how to approach solutions."
Laura McGinnis
Clemson Computing and Information and Technology (CCIT)
"Thank you for providing us with additional tools for our supervisory belt. I’ve made several changes to my methods based upon what I learned through these sessions. But, as much as I learned in the trainings, for me it’s more about the relationships made and the experiences shared. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn and for expanding my Clemson experience."
Rick Kelley
Clemson University Youth Learning Institute
"Participation in the Supervisor Training series offered by the Clemson University Office of Human Resources should be required of all employees operating in a supervisory capacity in any division or department of the University. Insights garnered through participation in the series have inevitably made me a better manager of the people and circumstances that I engage with daily on behalf of Clemson Cooperative Extension."
Blake Lanford
Clemson University Cooperative Extension
"The supervisor training series has been a valuable resource for me as I transition into a supervisory role. When a new training session date approaches I am always excited knowing that I will be gaining valuable knowledge in a new area. The facilitators and presenters are knowledgeable and do a great job keeping the sessions interesting and informative."
Cyndi Ragusa
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Business Office
"The Supervisor Training series is a thoughtful collection of topics that provides a broader understanding of the principles of management. Not only is the training beneficial for learning, the networking opportunity and role-playing scenarios are both excellent ways to connect with peers across campus to learn new techniques for resolving age old challenges!"
Jacquelyn Ansley
Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT)
"Every supervisor should attend these training sessions…The focus is on providing tools, ideas and resources that you can leverage immediately to be a more effective supervisor.  These sessions are also a great opportunity to meet and interact with other supervisors across the University, and to share with and mentor each other on how to navigate and resolve the problems all of us face in our quest to be, and to develop, top talent."
Ralph Goodberlet
CCIT IDeA (Infrastructure Development & Architecture)

Employee Development

The talent and organizational development team is dedicated to helping employees develop both personally and professionally. Our team delivers a range of solutions, from instructor-led development courses to self-paced eLearning and individualized development plans, that positively impact organizational effectiveness in relation to productivity, job satisfaction, and personal fulfillment.

To learn more about Clemson’s individual development offerings, please click the link below.

Employee Development


Employee Development

Supervisor Development

The talent and organizational development team is committed to assisting Clemson University supervisors in exceling in their supervisory roles. Our team offers a variety of supervisory development opportunities to support supervisors in selecting, developing and managing the university's workforce.

Supervisor Development
Supervisor Development

New Supervisor Resources

Here are quick links to information that will help you get started in your new journey as a supervisor at Clemson University.

Supervisor Training Series

  • Each semester, the Office of Human Resources hosts an instructor-led training series designed specifically for the University’s supervisors. These sessions will provide University supervisors with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviors that will allow them to excel in their current roles.
  • Participation is encouraged throughout the State, therefore video-conferencing technologies are available for all sessions
  • Eligibility: Registered participants must not have received written disciplinary or performance improvement actions through Human Resources within the past year as of May 31, 2018.
  • Click here to check out more details and register for classes.

Supervisor Development

Supervisor Development

Online Learning Opportunities

Performance Management

Clemson University full-time equivalent staff participate in the annual staff performance management process. During this process, managers work with employees to set yearly goals, clarify expectations, express development opportunities and feedback regarding the performance year.

The goal of performance management is to help employees and Clemson maximize performance potential — and to engage managers in the success and growth of every employee. Our team partners with Staff and Faculty Relations to help managers and employees understand performance management and expectations of the process here at the university.

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Organizational Development

The Talent and Organizational Development team offers a full range of classes, workshops, program development and consulting services. Our goal is to help your team maximize their potential while navigating growth and change through the use of strategic organizational development methodology and practices.

These services include:

  • Retreat/Meeting Facilitation
  • Teambuilding and Team Development
  • 360 Feedback
  • Personality Type Assessments
  • HR-related Workshops
  • Team Performance Coaching
Separation Incentive Programs
  • Employee/Customer Surveys
  • Competency Mapping
  • Succession Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Design
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Team Training

Talent and Organizational Development offers a variety of customizable courses for you and your team. Courses are available as webinars or as in-person, instructor-led sessions. To request a training consultation, please complete and submit our Training Request Form. Pricing and scheduling availability will be determined upon our receipt of the form. Please submit the training request 3-4 weeks in advance of your desired training date.

Soft Skill Trainings

  • Managing a multi-generational workforce
  • StrengthsFinder
  • Handling Difficult Conversations
  • Motivating and Developing your Team
  • Professionalism and Communication
  • Time Management
  • Building an Effective Team
  • Interviewing Tips

Technical Trainings

  • Performance Planning
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Monitoring Performance and Providing Feedback
  • Email and Phone Customer Service Tips
  • Strategic Goal Planning
  • Writing Position Descriptions
  • Managing Performance Concerns
  • Discipline and Misconduct

For more training offerings, please visit the Tiger Training Learning Library.

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Upcoming Supervisor Training Schedule

Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations

This course will aid supervisors in understanding the importance of conflict resolution as well as how to plan for and to have difficult conversations.

Session I - Date: Friday, January 11, 2019

Session II - Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Session III - Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Motivating and Developing

Motivating & Developing Employees

This course provides supervisors with communication, coaching and mentoring skills to motivate employees and provide information on how to use positive techniques to enhance employee development and performance.

Session I - Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Session II - Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Session III: Date Tuesday, April 9, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Discipline and Misconduct

Discipline & Misconduct

This course outlines the supervisor’s role in the discipline process, including a detailed explanation of the steps taken to address issues that arise when employees fall short of expected conduct.

Session I - Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Session II - Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Session III - Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Effective Team

Building an Effective Team

This course will provide supervisors with more information on skills, tools and techniques to be an effective team leader and member through communication, collaboration and performance.

Session I - Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Session II - Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Session III - Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Performance Management

Performance Management

This course will provide an overview of the ongoing performance management process at Clemson University and the important role supervisors contribute to this process.

Session I - Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Session II - Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Session III - Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Effective Interviewing

Effective Interviewing

This course discusses proper interviewing techniques including interview questions types, details on what you can and cannot ask prospective candidates, and provides tips and resources available to supervisors and hiring managers.

Session I - Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Session II - Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Writing Effective Position Descriptions

Writing Effective Position Descriptions

This course will provide supervisors with information on how to create and write position descriptions that effectively market and accurately describe each position.

Session I - Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Session II - Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Session III - Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias at Work

This course will aid supervisors in understanding implicit bias and provide ten practical strategies to create a work environment that fosters inclusion.

Session I - Date: Monday, February 4, 2019

Session II - Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Session III - Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

All sessions are conducted from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building Training Room.

Michelle Cato

Michelle Cato

Phone: 864.656.3360
Ashley Strickland

Ashley Strickland

Phone: 864.656.2726
Lara Thrift

Lara Thrift

Phone: 864.656.2713
Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart

Phone: 864.656.0102
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Inspiring growth, developing talent and cultivating change for individual and organizational excellence within Clemson’s workforce. When you’re ready to take the leap, give us a call.

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