Campus News

January 19, 2011

Expand skills with learning opportunities

Learning something new every day is an easy New Year’s resolution to keep with a robust lineup of professional and personal enrichment classes offered to Emory employees this spring.

From certificate programs in leadership development, to a five-week primer on animal intelligence, employees can work within their schedules and still take advantage of top-notch instructors through Emory’s Center for Lifelong Learning and Emory Learning Services.

“In this economic environment, it is important for employees to develop their skills to leverage their existing strengths,” says Learning Services Director Wanda Hayes. 

Emory Learning Services

Emory Learning Services, a department of Human Resources, offers professional certificate programs, building broad skills with a defined course sequence, along with learning tracks, which allow employees to pick and choose course topics that are most pertinent to them.

This spring, employees are enrolled in several training options that focus on improving service delivery, strengthening interpersonal skills and managing people and processes.

Among them:

» Supervisor Development Program. Designed for supervisors with less than two years of experience, this program offers comprehensive instruction in making the transition from peer to supervisor, resolving conflicts and managing diversity.

» The Business of Higher Education. This series offers courses that are designed to expose employees to the organizational structure, governance and contemporary issues in higher education, while teaching about Emory’s history.

» Appreciative Inquiry. This new practicum encourages employees to be creative and innovative in approaching organizational change by focusing on what is working in their departments and then trying to replicate those models to benefit the overall University.

Registration is ongoing for learning track courses. The next registration period begins in the fall for certificate programs in spring 2012.

Employees can be nominated by their departments or self-nominate, but applications must be approved by a department supervisor.

ECLL’s faculty-taught QUEST

Emory Center for Lifelong Learning (ECLL) offers more than 150 courses a year to intellectually curious staff, alumni and community members, including budding novelists, financial planners, web designers and yogis.

Faculty-led QUEST courses are designed and taught by renowned Emory faculty, who engage participants for evening sessions over five weeks. Individual courses cost $350 and participants can enroll as late as the first day of class, space permitting.

Spring 2011 topics include:

» Relationships for a Lifetime, taught by Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology Stephen Nowicki. This course explores the increasingly complex task of relating to others from birth through adulthood.

» Psychopharmacology for the Curious, taught by Psychology Professor Darryl Neill. From understanding news reports about psychoactive drugs to dealing with a family member who is abusing drugs, participants will gain insight into basic neuropharmacology, addiction and how drugs are used to treat anxiety and depression.

ECLL’s Evening at Emory

For those interested in making a longer commitment, Evening at Emory offers more than a dozen certificate programs, from digital photography to landscape design, along with courses in language instruction, standardized test preparation, computing and career development. Prices vary and Emory employees, students and alumni are eligible for a discount.

For more information or to register for courses, visit or

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