Professional Development

Your career at Madison College is important.  The difference between where you are now and where you want to be is a shared responsibility between the employer and the employee.  

Creating an effective professional development plan is key in determining what the steps are to achieve your professional dreams.  Discussing this with your manager or supervisor will ensure a collaborative process.

What does Madison College provide its employees to advance their careers? 

  • Employee Scholars Program
    • Access Madison College credit classes
    • For personal and professional development
  • Tuition repayment can be organized through your department
  • Convocation
    • To understand new changes and culture shifts in our organization
    • Brief and general professional development
  • Orientation & First Fridays
  • Supervisory Training (for administrative employees)
  • Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute

  • Workshops (Free) - Register via CETL
    • Learning Academy - An intensive week-long professional development experience
    • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
      Increase effectiveness and discover a new sense of direction, restore balance to your life, and learn to accomplish your most important long-term goals by focusing on proven principles of effectiveness. During the workshop you will experience interactive exercises, case studies, poignant video segments and learn from the experiences of other participants. The comprehensive workshop manual serves as a good resource long after you complete the course.
    • Fearless Facilitation
      This workshop focuses on facilitation skills such as preparing for the class, engaging the audience, managing discussions, pacing the presentation, and creating clear outcomes for any course. Facilitator tips and planning checklists are recommended; examples of strong facilitation are examined.
    • #58 Leadership and Supervision – WTCS #58 Certification Requirement
      This course prepares practicing or aspiring leaders and supervisors of instructional staff in the WTCS to provide effective leadership of the planning, design, implementation, evaluation and marketing of learning opportunities and other related services. Emphasis on contributions to a learning college and team environment. Participants evaluate models and share best practices in their leadership role and overall responsibility of coordination of the delivery of quality learner-centered products and services. Participants will differentiate the roles of leader and manager and grow to appreciate followers and their professional and personal growth. Strategies for the optimization of human and financial resources and compliance with laws, policies and procedures will also be addressed. Successful completion of WTCS Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) may substitute for this course.

Specific to Faculty (all classes are open to all employees):

  • Full Time Professional Development Funding
  • Part Time Professional Development Funding
  • Classes (Free) - Register via CETL
    • Accelerated Teaching Methods (also meets faculty certification #52)
      This course prepares educators to create a teaching and learning environment that utilizes accelerated teaching and training techniques, promotes active learning, and supports learners with a variety of learning preferences and needs, while fostering continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
    • Ethics in Teaching
      This workshop will introduce Madison College instructors to Ethics in Teaching, highlighting the need for Ethics in Teaching. The workshop will emphasize and explicate the following necessary pre-conditions for understanding the role that ethics plays in teaching: development of an ethical teacher, conduct of a teacher as in inter-professional conduct, conduct with students, and the characteristics of an ethical teacher.
    • Faculty Mentoring Workshop
      Veteran teachers stepping forward to mentor beginning colleagues need time, mindful preparation, and ongoing support to develop new skills and understandings that will enable them to become effective mentors of teachers new to the profession or to the college. Supporting new teachers is important work. Our expectations for mentors in this program are significant, extending well beyond orienting new faculty. This workshop will address new faculty needs, mentor roles, effective mentor-mentee relationships, and the Madison College New Faculty Mentoring Program objectives, expectations, and guidelines.
    • Heart of Teaching
      This seminar will be offered for teachers who want to explore the teacher part of themselves in the educational process. Often we discuss the “what” (content) and the “how” (pedagogy) of teaching. Here we will focus on the “who” teaches and “why” we teach, though, of course, the “what” and “how” will follow from these discussions. Activities include discussions, readings, videos, journaling, sharing practices, pursuing special interests. Meets once a month at participants’ homes starting in October.
    • On Course Student Success Strategies
      After the workshop, you’ll return to your classroom with dozens of learner-centered strategies for helping your students succeed in college and in life. These strategies represent the best ideas from innovators in higher education, psychology, business, sports, and personal effectiveness. You’ll also learn how to use the Seven Domains of Influence available to educators for providing true learner-centered educational experiences. On Course strategies appeal to a variety of learning styles, and they motivate students to take greater responsibility for their education and their lives. Not surprisingly, the strategies you’ll learn in this workshop have been shown to have a positive impact on student academic success and retention. If you want innovative strategies for empowering students (and yourself!) to achieve greater success--academic, personal, and professional--this is the workshop for you!