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Career Resources for Faculty and Staff
As a staff and faculty member, you are an integral part of making Grand Valley State University one of the most successful colleges in the Midwest. We are known for our great talent—YOU—and want to help you continually develop your skills, strengths and experiences in a way that encourages growth and opportunity.
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Faculty Development and Diversity
Grand Valley State University is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. This resource entitles all faculty, staff, post doc and graduate students access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.
To access this resource, follow these steps to create an account:
- Go to www.facultydiversity.org/join
- Under "Select Your Institution," choose "Grand Valley State University"
- Select "Activate my Membership"
- Complete the registration form using your GVSU email address
- Check your GVSU email account to find a confirmation/welcome email; click "Activate Account" in the email
For tutorials on how to use your account, view these Member Tutorials. Additionally, watch an orientation video on making the most of your Faculty Diversity Membership or view the slideshow for a membership overview.
As a faculty and staff member, you have access to Encompass, a third part employee assistance program (EAP). Encompass offers soft skills courses, articles, webinars and podcasts to assist you in advancing your career.
To access Encompass, follow these steps to create an account:
- Visit MyLifeExpert.com and click the green “Sign up” button at the top
- Enter your company code: gvsuni
- Enter your email (does not have to be GVSU affiliated) and a username
- Once submitted, you’ll receive an email with your Access Code to activate your account
- This is a one time set up; from now on, you will use your own personal login which allows you to save resources, assessments, and certificates if you choose
Professional Development at GVSU & Supportive Career Resources
A healthy, successful and sustainable career requires continual learning. The professional development initiatives that you engage in should also be documented and recognized in your annual review and on your career marketing materials. Below are several links to help you get started, including the Professional Development Opportunities at GVSU and resources for supervisors. Additionally, please explore the numerous resources, tips and links updated regularly, and designated specifically to help you grow in your GVSU career and thrive in a virtual workplace.
Professional Document Review
Are you ‘resume ready’? Whether you’re presenting at an upcoming conference, pitching a promotion proposal to your supervisor, or considering a career change, your CV or resume should be ready and up-to-date.
It’s important to keep your career portfolio up-to-date. This doesn’t mean you’re looking for a new job; rather, it means you're a smart and savvy professional. This is an exercise you should do at the very least once a year. Refreshing and updating your career documents is also a great confidence boosting exercise and serves as an accomplishments reminder during your ePDP and faculty review.
Additional Resume, Cover Letter and CV Samples and Tips:
Follow the tips below to develop a plan to present your best, confident self at your next interview and master your follow-up approach.
Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice (CoP) are platforms to connect around a shared interest and issues relating to professional, career and leadership growth or training and development.
Young Professionals in Higher Education
This group is designed to support and connect those who share the goal of developing a successful and satisfying career in higher education. Throughout the academic year, free social engagements, leadership breakfasts and educational programs are offered to encourage learning, development and networking with other young professionals within the collegiate community. Whether you're a faculty or staff member, or a student hoping to pursue a career in higher education, YPHE extends an open invitation to participate in programming that will help you make the most of your career. All ages and institutional affiliations are welcome. Follow Young Professionals In Higher Education for more information.
Lean In Circle
Grand Valley Lean In Circle meets monthly and is open to all faculty and staff and community members. Based on the book by Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In Circles are small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together and discuss topics related to career success. Attendees show up authentically and promote dialogue about issues and opportunities related to helping all women reach their full potential. Meetings are held at either the Pew or Allendale campuses. For more information, please contact Tina Lee or Robin Burris.
The mission of Positive Organizations (PO), a GVSU Community of Practice is to offer unique and enriching opportunities that inspire and support employees in their quest to thrive at Grand Valley State University. The group is open to all GVSU employees and offers opportunities to explore, share and develop ideas and best practices that produce a work environment where individuals thrive and the organization exceeds expectations. For more information, please contact Kelley Monterusso.
Registration for upcoming events is available via Sprout.