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Professional Development

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Learning Programs & Certificates

Princeton University supports lifelong learning and provides employees with a variety of opportunities to grow and develop skills. Attend department sponsored classes, participate in a certificate program, or receive financial educational assistance to help realize your personal and professional goals.

New Manager Orientation

New Manager Orientation was designed for newly hired or promoted managers who have responsibilities for managing a staff, program, function, and/or budget. Newly hired and promoted managers receive an invitation to the program, which is held in the fall and spring. This program reinforces the expectations the University has for managing and leading while sharing information that assists newly hired and promoted managers navigate Princeton. Through various department presentations, group activities, and informal networking, managers get a “big picture” view of the organization and detailed information about resources available to support their work and department goals.  

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Princeton Deconstructed

Princeton Deconstructed is a series of sessions designed to help staff members at all levels become familiar with key University operations, mission, and goals as well as have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders.

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Management Development Certificate Program

The Management Development Certificate Program (MDCP) provides learners with a structured, holistic learning experience that targets the key skills and competencies needed to manage effectively. 

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Excelling at Princeton Program

Excelling at Princeton is a skill-enhancement program with four course options:

  • Computers in the Workplace
  • Effective Communication (oral and written)
  • English as a Second Language I and II
  • Becoming a New Supervisor (for new supervisors only)
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Inclusion & Diversity Certificate Program

The Inclusion and Diversity Certificate Program (I&DCP) is a comprehensive 18-month program that invites staff to engage in meaningful, challenging, and relevant learning opportunities that focus on the enhancement and development of self-awareness, empathy, and relationship-building across identities and experiences.

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Princeton Writes

Princeton Writes is committed to helping employees and students communicate with greater confidence, effectiveness, and ease through workshops, tutorials, self-improvement groups, symposia, and other activities centered on the written and spoken word.

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Staff Educational Assistance Plan
Tiger & Spot Awards

Tiger and Spot Awards recognize one-time exceptional achievements or contributions to the University mission above and beyond one’s normal job responsibilities. They are not intended to recognize efforts that happen annually or periodically throughout the year on a recurring basis.

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Donald Griffin '23 Management Award

The Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award offers an annual opportunity for professional development for managers and administrators whose experience and current responsibilities indicate potential for leadership or the expansion of leadership skills and continuing contribution to the University. Two $2,500 grants are awarded annually to an employee in administrative grades one through five and administrative grades six through ten to enable the individuals to participate in professional activities that can result in new insights and perspectives, renewed motivation, or enhanced skills which can be applied to their current responsibilities.

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President's Achievement Award

The President’s Achievement Award recognizes outstanding staff members for their exceptional dedication, outstanding contributions, and exemplary service. 

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Service Recognition Program

HR honors employees who attain service milestones beginning at 10 years and in succeeding 5-year increments. All honorees receive an etched certificate and commemorative pin. Honorees with 25 or more years of service may select a special gift. Annually, the Service Recognition Luncheon Committee works to plan a memorable event, hosted by the vice president for Human Resources with remarks by the University president. The event includes specially produced videos, presentation of the President’s Achievement Award and Griffin ’23 Management Award, and musical entertainment. 

2019 Service Recognition Luncheon