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Professional Development

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Emory Campus Life Professional Development

Statement of Purpose

Emory Campus Life promotes and celebrates the personal professional development of all our professional staff. ECL Professional Development provides education, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities for staff in order to recruit, develop and retain the best people for implementing Campus Life’s mission.

 Professional Development is a key strategy ECL uses to

  • ensure Campus Life professionals continue to strengthen their practice throughout their careers
  • improve ECL’s quality of service to the Emory community
  • retain the best staff
  • increase staff engagement and productivity
  • build trust and collegiality  
  • lower the costs associated with turnover and low performance
  • build Emory’s reputation as a destination university for students and employees. 


  • Professional development is a combination of education and training, mentoring and networking, and on-the-job experience.
  • Everyone needs professional development.
  • Everyone benefits from learning about issues and trends in higher education.
  • Professional development relies on motivated employees, supportive colleagues, and caring supervisors.
  • We learn to do something by doing it.
  • We must all be skilled in understanding, mentoring, coaching, and championing each other.
  • Failing is professional development if we take responsibility for it, analyze it, get feedback on it, reflect upon it, and implement what we learned from it. 
  • We are at our best when we have purpose, are learning and growing, and are in an environment that challenges and supports us.