Employee Development

UD offers an array of programs and resources to support employees in learning new skills and advancing their careers. 

Customized Training

Our feedback indicates that training tailored to meet specific unit or department needs can add more value. For customized training, send email to employeetraining@udel.edu for more details.

With help from numerous focus groups, the Employee Development team is creating new programs. New courses in development are noted.

Foundations of Excellence Core Courses

Who should participate:

All UD employees

What to expect:

  • Valuing Diversity and Differences for Positive Results *Required
  • NEW: Essential Communication Skills
  • NEW: Navigating UD Business (online)
  • Safe and Healthy Campus (online)
  • Setting Effective Goals (online)
  • NEW: UD Financial Fundamentals, Part 1: Financial Overview (online)
  • Data Security Training (online) *Required

Administrative Excellence - Human Resources Focus

Who should participate:

Any employee involved in HR related activities

What to expect:

You'll experience...

  • Introduction to HR Web Forms (JED)
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Leave Policy Overview
  • Managing Workplace Conflict

Developing the Leader in You

Who should participate:

Any employee interested in preparing to transition to a supervisory, managerial or team leader role

What to expect:

You'll experience a mix of instructor-led and online learning courses with access to an array of resources.

  • Your Leadership Journey
  • Delegating
  • Making Meetings Work
  • Communicating with Impact

To earn a certificate, you must complete all courses within six months.

UD Financials

Who should participate:

UD Employees with financial responsibilities

To begin your certificate program, visit ConnectingU.


The following courses are required to receive the certificate of completion:

  • UD Financial Fundamentals (online)
    • Part 1: Financial Overview
    • Part 2: UD Financials System
    • Part 3: Financial Transactions and Sources
    • Part 4: Financial Reporting and Resources
  • Introduction to Journal Voucher Web Form (online)
  • UDataGlance Workshop
  • Summarizing UDataGlance Data with Excel Pivot Tables
    • Part 1: Financial Summary Data
    • Part 2: Statement View Data

Management Essentials

Who should participate:

Employees who are in a management or supervisory role or who lead teams

To begin your certificate program, visit ConnectingU.


The following courses are required to receive the certificate of completion:      

  • Valuing Diversity and Differences for Positive Results
  • Coaching and Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Setting Goals and Evaluating Performance
  • Leave Policies Overview for Managers (online)
  • Hiring for Success (online)
  • Campus Safety and Wellbeing (online)
  • Search Committee Training (online)
  • FLSA Overview (online)

You will find a wide variety of instructor-led and online courses as well as job aids and other information when you log into ConnectingU. Topics include:

  • Professional Effectiveness
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Financial & Business Activity
  • Faculty Development
  • Management & Leadership
  • Environmental Safety
  • Research
  • HR Policies & Procedures
  • Technology
  • Benefits & Work-Life Balance

Training is required for employees based on the responsibilities or role.

All Employees


Search Committees




I-9 Form Processors


Information Technologies

In partnership with Human Resources’ Compensation team, we provide organizational development expertise to improve business and organizational outcomes. This team partners with UD leaders to develop and implement solutions to improve the effectiveness of individuals, teams and the University.  As experienced organizational and development practitioners, the team is committed to providing excellent service in the areas of:

  • Consultation: Initial assessment of environment and employee needs to recommend customized solutions that could include action planning, team and professional development interventions, and process evaluation.
  • Training and Development: Learning experiences to acquire knowledge and skills. These activities include professional development, leadership development, supervisory training and online learning available in ConnectingU.
  • Facilitation: Process to guide participants in the generation and analysis of ideas, proposed solutions and actions through effective facilitation of meetings, retreats and team interventions.

Our Services

  • Consult with individuals and units to determine learning needs
  • Oversee the employee learning portal, ConnectingU
  • Develop in-person and online courses
Neff, Jean Director, Employee Development 831-8813
  Brown, Jennifer Administrative Assistant II 831-2414
  Lepine, Ellen Training and Development Specialist 831-0269
  Smith, Linda Sr. Training and Development Specialist 831-8853

Email your questions to employeetraining@udel.edu or call Human Resources at 302‑831‑2414.