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Management Training Academy

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UNLV Management Training Academy

UNLV Management Training Academy (MTA) is a foundational training series designed to provide clear, standardized expectations and development opportunities for all university personnel who manage non-student employees. The eight-week program includes live seminars, interactive time with colleagues, panel discussions, and online seminars taught by UNLV faculty and community professionals

“Trainers in the MTA are not only subject-matter experts but also dynamic speakers. They employ instructive activities and share real-life examples to keep us engaged and help us strengthen our management skills.”

Tondra De, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Employees who spend time at work learning are 23% more ready to take on additional responsibilities, and 21% more likely to feel confident and happy.

— Source: LinkedIn

Competencies and Courses

UNLV recognizes that effective management directly impacts work quality, productivity, morale, and engagement and is therefore interconnected with the success of the university. MTA contributes to building adaptable leaders who leverage their strengths and address their challenges by focusing on four measurable competencies:

1. Active communication and listening

2. Holding yourself and others accountable

3. Resolving conflict

4. Conducting performance management

Each course will touch upon one or more of these core competencies.

Roles and Responsibilities of Management

Join your colleagues for a dynamic training on the four primary functions of a manager, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. High engagement activities provide impactful experiences that will motivate you to implement new behaviors and better understand your responsibilities to UNLV and your employees.

Trainer: Tim Furlong

Feedback and Appreciative Listening

Feedback & Appreciative Listening

A study by Zenger-Folkman revealed that while managers often rate themselves highly regarding their ability to deliver effective feedback, employees are not receiving as much feedback as they would like. As a manager, giving both positive and negative feedback is an essential part of helping employees perform at their best, but managers often lack the confidence to deliver feedback on a consistent basis. In this experiential workshop, managers will learn and practice using Ziksana’s EAR model to structure and deliver feedback in a way that leads to faster, clearer learning. In addition, the value of listening in feedback conversations will be discussed and practiced through a skill-based model of Appreciative Listening.

Trainers: Laura Fleig, Facilitator of Play at Ziksana Consulting & Kelby Kupersmid, Executive Coach and Facilitator at Ziksana Consulting

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a skill that allows us to read the style of individuals and adjust our communication accordingly. This course will focus on the five core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation and empathy. Participants will learn to develop and implement these competencies to enhance their relationships in work and life by increasing their understanding of social and emotional behaviors, and learning how to adapt and manage their responses to particular situations.

Trainer: Dr. John Fennig, Executive Level Manager and Consultant

Trainer: Rhovine Small, MS, Senior Consultant at DRI Consulting

Trainer: Dr. Daniel Birichi, Consultant at DRI Consulting

Trainer: Ashley Stephens, Facilitator at DRI Consulting

Cultural Intelligence

UNLV is committed to cultivating environments and experiences that continually promote performance for a multi-generational, multiracial, multibackground workforce, as evidenced by UNLV’s Top Tier 2.0 Area of Promoting Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Those who demonstrate a high level of cultural intelligence are most effective at realizing this goal. This course will help participants deepen their understanding of how diversity, inclusion, and social justice help them foster an equitable environment. They will help participants to develop an intercultural mindset and acquire the skills to shift cultural perspective and adapt, or bridge, behavior to cultural commonality and difference in leadership, team, and decision-making situations.

Facilitators are 

  • Dr. Makesha Spence, Principal Consultant at DRI Consulting and Managing Partner, DRIC Jamaica,

Dr. Makesha Spence is Principal Consultant at DRI Consulting and Managing Partner, DRIC Jamaica. She holds a PhD in Psychology and master's degree in Adult Education. As a former University President and faculty member, Dr. Spence is familiar with many of the realities faced by University stakeholders at all levels. She also has over 20 years’ experience in instructional design and training. Dr. Spence has designed and facilitated multiple sessions in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Humility, Unconscious Bias, and Diversity.

  • Dr. John Fennig,  Executive Level Manager and Consultant

Dr. Fennig offers 30 plus years of experience as an executive level manager and consultant. And 30 years advising faculty and staff at over a dozen universities as coach, work team facilitator, trouble shooter, and reorganization expert. He has special skills and interests working with the gifted/talented and high potential leaders of medium and large public and private organizations, family-owned companies, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Clients of Dr. Fennig have learned and applied strategies in service to the dual goals of being cognitively and emotionally “smart”. Effective in their jobs at all levels
of leadership, and for what each real-world leadership situation calls for.

  • Ashley Stephens, DRI Consulting Facilitator 

Ashley Stephens is pursuing a Ph.D. in General Psychology, with a focus on Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University. She has a Master of Social Work from East Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has primarily worked in the government sector but is currently providing services in healthcare. Ashley's experience and passion to expand her knowledge provides opportunities to grow in the areas of organizational development, team building, executive development, and training. She looks forward to assisting clients with their goals for growth as well.

  • Dr. Daniel Birichi, Consultant at DRI Consulting

Dr. Daniel Birichi is a Consultant at DRI Consulting. He holds a PhD in Psychology and is a licensed psychologist. He also holds a master’s degree in counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His work within a higher education setting, focus on strengths-based interventions, and experience providing supervision/training are assets as a consultant. His expertise spans working with individuals, groups, and organizations. He is excited about providing coaching, assessment, and organizational-level services.

Overview of Discrimination and Harassment Concerns

Overview of Discrimination and Harassment Concerns

Brainstorm responses to a number of sample scenarios that will help you better understand what to do when someone you supervise or know expresses concerns about discrimination or harassment. You will walk away from this session with a clear list of strategies that contribute to a healthier work environment and campus climate.

Trainer: Michelle Sposito, director, equal employment & Title IX, UNLV

Motivation in the Workplace

Motivation in the Workplace

What motivates us at work? How does this affect employee engagement? How does employee engagement impact success? The answers may surprise you! Engage in a lively discussion to discover your personal strengths and learn how to use them to motivate your team. You will leave the session with a list of 2-3 self-identified behaviors to help you create a positive, encouraging work environment.


Corrective Action and Discipline

Corrective Action and Progressive Discipline.

Providing corrective action and discipline to direct reports can be confusing and sometimes scary. Come and learn about the purpose, the responsibilities, and the processes for implementing corrective action and discipline from employee relations experts. Let us help you take the guesswork out of these tricky situations. 

Facilitator: Jared Christensen, Director of Employee Relations, HR, UNLV

Panel Discussion

Workplace Issues: Panel and Participant Questions

Do you still have questions whose answers will strengthen your management style? Join us and your colleagues to pose questions to a panel of MTA trainers to clarify content and further discuss topics presented during MTA sessions.

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To manage participant volume, registration will take a phased approach. Employees who supervise non-student employees will receive an email letting them know when registration opens for their assigned cohort and how to sign up.

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UNLV Learning and Development Alliance

The development of MTA was a collaborative, cross-campus initiative lead by Erin Collier, UNLV director of organizational development and the UNLV Learning and Development Alliance (Alliance), an advisory body that provides support, strategic advice, and dynamic perspectives. Alliance members attend quarterly meetings and participated in a beta MTA cohort. Please see below for a list of Alliance members:

  • Abbas Badani, Marketing & Brand Integration
  • Erin Collier, Organizational Development, HR
  • Tondra De, Executive VP & Provost, Faculty Senate
  • Heidi Erpelding-Welch, Continuing Education, Educational Outreach
  • Juanita Fain, Ph.D., Student Affairs
  • Ruben Garcia, School of Law
  • Mark Guadagnoli, Ph.D., School of Medicine
  • Kyle Kaalberg, Ph.D., Strategy and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President
  • Mike Lawrence, Administration, Business Affairs
  • Jennifer McCarthy, Space Management, Executive VP & Provost
  • Vivek Sah, Ph.D., Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, Lee Business School
  • Kelly Scherado, Employee Relations, Absence Management, Staff Development, HR
  • David Schwartz, Ph.D., Faculty Affairs, Executive VP & Provost
  • Craig Topple, Document Management Specialist, Document Imaging & Storage Services
  • John Tuman, Ph.D., Liberal Arts
  • Rama Venkat, Ph.D., College of Engineering
  • Marion Wiseman, Talent Acquisition and Development, Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Additional Resources

MTA Friday Virtual Discussion Groups

During remote operations, university managers and supervisors are invited to participate in bi-weekly virtual discussions about different workplace topics. The discussions combine pre-session assignments, brief presentations by subject matter experts, and breakout sessions in which participants share collective wisdom. Below are key takeaways from these discussions.