Leadership Development Program

Photo of the 2016 class for the Employee Leadership Development program

Student Services Representative, Manager of Financial Services, faculty member, Purchasing Department Buyer, Dean's Office Secretary, Technology Coordinator, Senior Admissions Recruiter, and Computer Technician. What do the people in these positions have in common? They are all graduates of the Ferris Employee Leadership Development Program. 

At Ferris State University we believe in developing leaders across our campuses at every level. That’s why the Staff Center for Training and Development offers a program that aligns with the University’s mission and strategic plan to develop leaders. Graduates of the program will gain stronger connections with fellow participants and the University community.

Using the University’s core values as a guide, this program offers employees the chance to develop their leadership skills, increasing their understanding of functions and operations of the University.   

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Promote a better understanding of the operations of the University.
  • Enhance ability to manage change, collaborate, and build partnerships and teams.
  • Encourages the pursuit of self-development as a tool for goal achievement.
  • Develop leaders at all levels.

Extended Learning Opportunities

Participants will engage with the content and with leaders throughout the University through the following opportunities.

Poster Session

The individual poster project encourages participants to reflect on what they learned and how it has influenced their thinking. The individual poster is a final project aligned to the program’s expected outcomes. It allows participants the opportunity to reflect on the program, create goals based on what they learned in the program and share their learning with other employees across the University.

This project is a visible and verbal representation for participants’ supervisors to hear about the learning gained as a direct result of the supervisors’ support and encouragement of employee development opportunities. It is a chance for supervisors to recognize the efforts of each participant and celebrate the participants’ growth in leadership skills. In addition, it gives participants the opportunity to practice learned leadership skills through reflection, creation, presentation, and performance feedback.

Leadership Mixer

This session provides an opportunity for program participants to ask questions of University leaders about their leadership development journey in an effort to help the participants as they pursue their leadership goals. It also allows participants an opportunity to engage during a luncheon with vice presidents that will not have an opportunity to present during the program.

Book Review

Participants will choose a leadership book to read during the nine-month program and write a one-page review to share with their cohort. Each person will sign up to present their review at one of the future meetings after December.

Participants selected to participate in the program will be expected to attend all the scheduled events. Information about the events is provided below. Select the session title to see more details about each session.

Session Details

  • Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm

    Location: Alumni 121

    Facilitator: Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development

    During this session, you will have the opportunity to network with the other participants in the program; learn more about the program operations and expectations for the coming year.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Recall the expectations of the leadership program
    • Identify program participants
    • Answer questions others may have about the program 
  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: FSU Ropes Course

    Facilitators:

    Jayna Wekenman, Adventure Coordinator

    Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development

    During this session, you will learn how to work more effectively with teams, how to succeed in larger, more complex assignments and strategies for meeting strategic objectives.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Influence without authority
    • Build relationships and networks
    • Expand your comfort zones
  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Alumni 121

    Facilitators:

    Dr. Jeanine Ward-Roof, Vice President for Student Affairs

    Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development

    During this session, you will have the opportunity to explore your personal leadership style, gain knowledge about the topic of professional congruence, and learn strategies to grow as a leader in both your personal and professional life.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Explore and analyze institutional culture and define personal and professional congruence within that culture
    • Identify the importance of behaving and communicating in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, and honesty with accurate representation of self, others, and University
    • Develop and commit to a personal and professional code of ethics and philosophy
    • Know the importance of working collaboratively with others by building cross-campus and division partnerships
    • Recognize campus politics and how they influence the environment
  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: TBD

    Facilitators:

    Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development


    During this session you will be building on what you have learned about your personal philosophy, the culture of the University, and your personal leadership style. 

  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: FLITE 438

    Facilitators:

    Mike Grandy, Assistant Vice President for Finance

    Sally DePew, Director of Budgetary Planning & Analysis

    Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development

    During this session, you will learn about the University budget and finances and your fiduciary responsibilities as a leader. Understand what a budget is and how it is developed, controlled, and reported. Additionally, you will learn about the requirements for the poster project.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Know how finances work at the University.
    • Identify the fiduciary responsibility of a leader.
    • Know the poster project requirements.
  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: Timme Center for Student Services room 302

    Facilitators:

    Dr. Paul Blake, Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dr. David Eisler, President of Ferris State University

    Shelly Pearcy, Vice President for University Advancement & Marketing

    Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development

    During this session, you will have an opportunity to engage with leadership and learn about the future of higher education, the public image of the University and the academic planning process.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Recall the key aspects of the mission and vision of the Ferris State University
    • Engage with university leaders
    • Identify ways you can help support the mission
  • Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Location: Meet in Alumni 121, 410 Oak Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Facilitators:

    Dr. Leslie Bellavance, President of Kendall College of Art & Design and Vice President of FSU

    Dr. Steve Reifert, Dean, Extended & International Operations

    Dr. Thomas Dowling, Assistant Dean / Department Head, College of Pharmacy

    Kristopher Jones, Director of Talent Acquisition, Kendall College of Art & Design

     

    During this session, you will have an opportunity to see first-hand how Ferris State University serves and supports student learning on- and off-campus, as well as online, and meet some of the people who help make it possible. There will be a tour of the FSU-Grand Rapids location, College of Pharmacy’s Grand Rapids location, and Kendall College of Art and Design. Lunch will be at the Heritage Restaurant fine dining restaurant on the Grand Rapids Community College campus.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Explain how Ferris supports students on and off campus as well as online
    • Recognize the importance of FSU’s extended operations for students
    • Identify ways you can lead from where you are and support student retention and success
  • Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location: TBD

    Facilitators:

    Dr. David Pilgrim, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion

    Michael Wade, Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Services

    Matthew Chaney, Director of Multicultural Student Services

    Kaylee Moreno, Executive Director of the Center for [email protected] Studies

    During this session, you will gain a better understanding of the University's Diversity and Inclusion Plan and learn how to create a more inclusive workplace environment.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Define Diversity and Inclusion
    • List several ongoing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that support the University's Diversity and Inclusion Plan
    • Identify ways you can support the plan
    • Apply skills to address micro-aggressions
  • Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Location: University Center 203

    Facilitator: Jody Gardei, Manager of Staff Training & Development

     

    This session provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions of a panel of University leaders about their leadership development journey. Participants will also have an opportunity to inquire about ways in which they can lead from where they are within the University.   

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Describe at least three qualities of effective leaders
    • Identify strategies for growing as a leader
    • Identify how you can lead from where you are at the University
  • Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Location: University Center 202A

    Speaker: Dr. David Eisler, President of Ferris State University

    This final presentation and graduation is a way to allow for reflection on goals and desires and add clarity to learning. Paying attention to personal intention helps create the envisioned reality, a reality that includes the participant as a University leader.

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate increased understanding of the operations of the University
    • Reflect on capability to manage change, collaborate, and build partnerships and teams
    • Envision the continued pursuit of self-development and goal achievement
    • Define personal existence as a Ferris State University leader regardless of position
    • Celebrate accomplishments of the program participants

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Application Due Date: May 17, 2019, by 5:00 pm

Applications may be submitted via the online application or emailed to [email protected]

Application Review Process

The application review committee will meet and select 20 individuals to participate in the program by May 31, 2019.

Applicants and their supervisors will be notified if they were selected or not via email no later than June 7, 2019.

Selection Rubric

The application review process uses a selection rubric. The rubric aligns the program’s expected outcomes in order to ensure a selection process that is standards-based, promotes inclusion and diversity, and limits selection bias. This creates a means to justify the selection of the specified number of participants (20), as well as a tool to reflect on the graduation success or failure of participants based on selection criteria.

Supervisor Communications

Supervisors will be contacted during the application review process. They will receive regular communications and guidance on conversations they should be having with their staff participating in the program. Supervisor involvement in the program is key to a successful and effective program.