Supervisor Training

In an effort to provide clear, standardized expectations and development opportunities, the Office of Human Resources will host a 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.

New Supervisor Training Requirements

From the date of hire or promotion, each new supervisor of staff will have 30 days to complete two short, self-paced online training modules and one year to complete seven instructor-led courses. We will offer multiple sessions per course to allow participants greater opportunity and flexibility. The Tiger Training System will automatically enroll each new supervisor and provide links for session sign-up and ongoing reminders.


Supervisors of one or more direct reports are encouraged to register for the sessions. Registered participants must not have received written disciplinary or performance improvement actions through Human Resources within the past 12 months.

Participation is Encouraged Throughout the State

Training is offered in-person on campus in the Administrative Services Building, Training Room.  If you are off-campus and wish to participate in a training, video-conferencing technologies are available for all sessions.

Attention: Enroll early! Sessions are capped at 20 supervisors.


Registration can be completed below by clicking on the link for each date in the ‘Training Sessions and Schedule Session’.  You will be prompted to provide your university credentials to log in to the university’s Tiger Training system.

Upcoming Supervisor Training Schedule

Buddy to Boss

Have you recently transitioned from a peer to the supervisor of your team? Buddy to Boss is an interactive, in-person training for individuals navigating the transition from peer to supervisor. This training will increase your ability to confidently lead your team through the transition by equipping you with effective tools, skills, and strategies that address common transition challenges.

Fall 2022 Session

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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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.

Fall 2022 Session

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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Championing the Staff Performance Management Process

Included in required supervisor training series

This course discusses the performance management process including coaching, feedback, goal setting and communication.

Fall 2022 Sessions

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thursday, October 27, 2022

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Difficult Conversations

Included in required supervisor training series

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

Fall 2022 Sessions

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022

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Effective Interviewing

This course is for supervisors only. This class 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.

Fall 2022 Sessions

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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Employment Law and Policy

Included in required supervisor training series

Supervisors have a unique and complex role in managing staff's daily work and ensuring compliance with all laws and policies. This course instructs supervisors on their key roles and responsibilities in upholding all employment laws and University policies. Throughout the course, you will learn of the resources and support available to you in making important employment decisions.

Fall 2022 Sessions

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022

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Encouraging and Growing Civility in the Workplace

Included in required supervisor training series

One Clemson: Equitable Treatment and Civility in the Workplace is a professional development program that provides a comprehensive approach to fair employment practices designed to help supervisors learn to deal constructively with workplace issues and relationships on the job. It provides an interactive, skills-based approach to learning that will help to ensure that decision-making is done in a legal, fair, and reflective manner based on the University’s policies and procedures. The program also emphasizes the responsibility each member must create the healthy workplace environment necessary to reach organizational goals.

Fall 2022 Sessions

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Thursday, November 3, 2022

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Implicit Bias at Work

Included in required supervisor training series

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

Fall 2022 Sessions

Friday, September 16, 2022

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Managing Performance Concerns and Misconduct

Included in required supervisor training series

This course outlines the supervisor’s role in the discipline and performance management processes. This interactive course provides a detailed explanation of what actionable steps may be taken by a supervisor to address issues that arise when employees fall short of expected conduct and/or performance.

Fall 2022 Sessions

Friday, September 9, 2022

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Thursday, November 17, 2022

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Standards of Ethical Conduct

Included in required supervisor training series

As members of the Clemson University community, all faculty, staff, students, administration, members of the Board of Trustees, and affiliates are responsible for sustaining the highest ethical standards and complying with all applicable legal obligations in our decisions and actions. As a supervisor, you must adhere to these standards and are responsible for informing and coaching your staff on ethical decisions and actions during the course of their work. This course will review the ethical standards and their application in the workplace.

Fall 2022 Sessions

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Friday, October 14, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022

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Session Shout-Outs

Not sure if these sessions are right for you? See what supervisors had to say about the series:

Supervisor Training Series Feedback

“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)

“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)