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Supervision is a Difference-Maker

The landscape has changed on college campuses, with a critical need being the recruitment and retention of employees-- and the key is the role of the supervisor. Research has found as much as a 70% increase in team engagement thanks to effective supervision.

Effective supervision occurs at every level of the organization: from individuals supervising teams, to individuals supervising multiple departments, to vice presidents supervising divisions. No matter what your level within the organization, supervision requires the following:

  • Providing a foundation of purpose, values and vision that the team, department, and division utilizes in their day-to-day operations.
  • Establishing expectations and providing feedback to accomplish team, department, and division goals.
  • Understanding the importance of and challenges with conflict.
  • Building a connection with others grounded in trust, empathy, and the desire to help the employees grow.

Our goal is to assist higher education in creating the ultimate employee experience through enhanced supervision.

Our Supervision training and resources are designed to meet learners where they are.

Choose from cohort-based learning programs or self-paced options that target specific needs.

Supervision Certificate Program

Included in Membership

Weekly learning delivered directly to you—in bite-sized lessons.

Great for Teams or Individuals

Time Commitment:
Average of 2.5 Hours a Week for 4 weeks

Earn an Academic Impressions Digital Badge

Consume our supervisor curriculum over the course of 4 weeks. Each week you’ll have an average of 2.5 hours of work that can be completed on-demand. The course will be capped off with a live session.

  • Get a weekly email with on-demand videos and activities that can be completed on your lunch break over the course of the week.
  • Attend two live sessions to apply your learning and engage in dialogue with peers from around the country. These sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for those who can’t attend live.
  • Earn a certificate of completion.

Register now! Our next cohort begins on June 3, 2024.

Certificate Program Curriculum

Week #1: Setting up the Supervisory Relationship – The course begins with a session on how to better understand your supervisory style, articulate it to your direct reports as a means of setting up the relationship, and how you might adapt that style in line with your reports’ needs and what the situation calls for.

Week #2: Performance Management | LIVE SESSION – This week’s emphasis on performance management consists of two trainings: 1) diagnosing employee performance issues, and 2) offering and receiving meaningful feedback. You’ll then have a chance to apply what you learned and dialogue with peers in an end-of-week live session.

Week #3: Managing Conflict – In this week’s course, you’ll learn about conflict styles, different types of conflict, how you can establish a team culture that views conflict as positive and productive, and how to continue pushing that culture shift ahead even when team conflicts arise.

Week #4: Growing, Motivating, and Retaining Your Staff | LIVE SESSION – In this final week, we’ll touch on a variety of tools and techniques you can use to ensure your staff feel seen and valued and keep them growing and thriving.

Self-Paced Options

Included in Membership

Take the on-demand courses below anytime, anywhere. Check back regularly to view new trainings and resources.

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Reflections on Inclusive Supervision as an Assistant Dean of Students

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Building Bridges: Understanding and Supporting Faculty, Staff, and Students Across Generations

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Success Managing a Hybrid Workforce


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Supervising Intergenerational Teams: A Training for Higher Education Leaders

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Fostering Psychological Safety in Your Team

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A Five-Step Model for Supervision: Cultivating and Retaining Your Staff

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Get These Trainings and More with Membership

What is Membership with Academic Impressions?

Membership with Academic Impressions is the most comprehensive online professional development subscription specifically designed for staff and faculty in higher education. Our resources support leaders, staff, and faculty at all levels with trainings on leadership development, personal development, and job-specific skills.

Join hundreds of member institutions and use this year to make professional development a regular occurrence instead of a once-a-year annual meeting.

What Does Membership Include?

Access to a continuously expanding library of live online trainings, designed to be practical, discussion-based, and highly experiential

Unlimited anytime, anywhere access to on-demand trainings and resources that you can engage with on your own time from the convenience of your workspace

New trainings every week, designed to respond to the latest needs of the higher ed community

$250 discount on multi-week cohort-based bootcamps and in-person conferences

Customize the Topics for Your Division or Institution

Discounted with Membership

Maximize team learning and team cohesion by customizing our supervision development curriculum to meet your specific needs and objectives.

Great for Teams - Tailored to meet needs of campus

Can be in person, virtual, or blended

Training can stand alone or be used to supplement existing programs

Academic Impressions works with dozens of institutions to customize training based on the unique needs of each campus. We take a flexible approach in how we design each workshop.

We can provide one or two-day workshops to kick-off and capstone an annual cohort-based program, including providing multiple assessments and personalized coaching.

We can supplement existing programs or provide a full end-to-end solution for an institution’s supervision program. In these cases, we assist with everything from identifying participants (criteria, process, etc.), managing all participant communication, designing and customizing every aspect of the program, bringing in assessments and coaching, assessing the program’s effectiveness, and more.

Regardless of the option, we work closely with campus partners to customize the program based on the unique goals and context of the institution and the participants.

Additional supervision topics available that can be added to a custom workshop include:

  • The Essential Element of Trust
  • The Inevitability of Change
  • Effective Team Culture
  • Psychological Safety
  • Integrity: Character of Great Leadership
  • Strengths Based Teams
  • Kraybill Conflict Assessment


Discounted with Membership

Coaching can help you gain clarity in your career, increase your level of self-awareness, hone your skill set, and reach your full potential within the context of the industry. Our team of coaches can help higher ed leaders at all levels excel and accelerate their career development.

Individual or group coaching can supplement any supervision program.

What Sets Us Apart

Through the thousands of leadership trainings we facilitate we have developed an in-depth understanding of the nuances of the industry, such as shared governance, consensus mentality, the slow pace of change, the unique role of faculty, and many others

To ensure the most productive relationship, you get to choose the coach who best fits your needs, knowing they have been carefully selected to offer insights into the key concerns of higher education today

You will be exposed to our network of carefully vetted coaches who each have extensive experience in a diverse range of universities and colleges

Learn how our executive coaching compares to other programs



Meghan Paladino
Director of Institutional Partnerships,
Academic Impressions