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Kansas City Professional Development Council

Human Resources sponsors the UMKC membership to Kansas City Professional Development Council (KCPDC). As a member institution, KCPDC will fund all event registrations for any full- and part-time UMKC employee. KCPDC’s mission is to plan and implement professional development programs for the faculty and staff of its member institutions. For more information, including full course descriptions, dates, times, and location, visit the KCPDC website. Registration is required for attendance at any of the KCPDC events.

Please contact Susi Mickey in the Human Resources office at for more information or if you would like to attend a program or event.

Programs at a Glance

Supervisory Development Program (SDP)

This program is designed for supervisors, those aspiring to be supervisors or anyone interested in learning more about supervision. The Supervisory Development Program (SDP) provides participants with the proven fundamental skills necessary to become an effective and successful supervisor. Those who complete the seven core classes plus an additional elective session will receive a certificate from KCPDC. The SDP elective requirement can be satisfied by attending one of the ‘Special Topics’ sessions or the annual Professional Development Conference.

Core Sessions Include: 

  • Role & Function of a Supervisor

  • Your Personal Style

  • Legal Aspects of Supervision

  • Motivating Employees

  • Performance Management

  • Decision Making & Problem Solving

  • Talent Acquisition



Faculty Development Program (FDP)

This program is designed to provide faculty with the tools and resources for becoming more effective in the classroom. Full-time and adjunct faculty who choose to complete the five core classes and an additional two elective offerings will receive a certificate. FDP elective requirements can be satisfied by attending two of the ‘Special Topics’ sessions or the annual Enhancing Teaching & Learning Conference..

Advanced registration is required for all KCPDC events. Registration is FREE to employees of member institutions. Please contact your campus representative for registration.

  •  Instructional Strategies for Active Learning

  • Assessing Program and Course Learning Outcomes

  • Creating the Learning Environment for Engagement

  • Teaching with Technology

  • Case Studies in Academic Leadership


Special Topics

The Special Topics Series is an annually planned group of seminars. Topics are chosen collectively by KCPDC board members based on identified development needs from each member institution. Employees participating in the seminars can learn new skills, build relationships and share ideas with colleagues from other institutions, having some fun in the process. Effective July 1, 2011, Special Topics sessions may be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Supervisory and Faculty Development Certificate Programs. Below is a list of 2015-16 Special Topic courses.


Previous sessions have included: 

  • Blended and Flipped Learning

  • Beyond Power Point: Innovative ways to Share Information

  • Creating an Engaging Work Environment

  • Developing Your Strengths

  • Fundamentals for New Grant Seekers

  • Building a Better YOU: Self-Care Strategies to Transform your Life

  • An Introduction to Mastering Crucial Conversations

  • Interacting with Multiple Generations in the Workplace

  • Good Supervision starts with Effective Leadership


Enhancing Teaching & Learning Conference—Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Annual ETL Conference provides an opportunity for educators from member institutions to share their successes in the classroom. Through concurrent 50-minute sessions, presenters are encouraged to be creative in an attempt to appeal to a broad audience.

  • Registration is free for individuals from KCPDC Member Institutions

  • Keynote Session: The Human Touch & the Effective Instructor – This session will focus on how instructors can use humor and encouragement to connect with students in a safe and productive way.

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Inbody, President of Neosho County Community College

If you have questions, please contact your local KCPDC representative.


Professional Development Conference—Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Annual PDC targets supervisory, technical and support employees in higher education. This full-day event features a keynote speaker followed by multiple concurrent break-out sessions which are designed to meet a broad range of participant interests and needs.


Registration is required for all KCPDC events. Please contact Susi Mickey at for more information or if you would like to register for any of these programs.




Training and Development Contact

Susi Mickey

Senior Human Resources Specialist

Related Links

Kansas City Professional Development Council (KCPDC)