Professional Manager’s Certificate Program

National Society for Leadership and Success

Methodist University recognizes the benefits of developing and sustaining highly skilled, professional managers and leaders.  In keeping with the spirit of the University’s mission, the Professional Manager’s Certificate Program aims to provide learning opportunities for all members of the Methodist community regardless of professional level.  Each one-hour seminar is designed to offer a general overview of the topic presented.  Completion of the program will afford faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to obtain exposure to a wide array of management and supervision topics.


Certificate Requirements

Complete a registration form; attend each of the four required seminars; attend four additional elective seminars; and complete the required seminars within two academic years.

Seminars are open to non-registered individuals, but will be filled first with registered participants. Seminars are provided at no cost. Participation is limited to currently employed faculty and staff and currently enrolled full-time students.

Seminars are taught by faculty and staff at Methodist University and are held weekdays during the academic year from 4-5 p.m.  Required seminars are taught every semester; whereas, elective seminars are scheduled at varying times.


Required Seminars

Fundamentals of Leadership (Dr. Drew Ziegler)
January 14, 2020
Learn how to unite staff around a vision, build strategy for achieving the vision, attract and develop talented employees, remain focused on goals, re-imagine how to improve operations, and continue to develop oneself professionally.

Improving Your Conflict Competence (Wendy Vonnegut, J.D. and Michael Wayland)
February 24, 2020
Learn the dynamics that create workplace conflict, understand how to appropriately respond to conflict, and discover practical steps to manage emotions and engage others constructively to reduce and eliminate conflict among employees.

The Courageous Follower (Dr. Lori Brookman, Dave Eavenson, Rick Lowe, and Rev. Kelli Taylor)
March 24, 2020
Learn how to create balanced and trustful relationships with the leaders to whom you report, understand when to be proactive in different situations, identify the skills needed to step in and assume responsibility, recognize when it is appropriate to challenge leadership while upholding the priorities of the organization.

Human Resources Policies and Procedures (Debra Yeatts)
April 6, 2020
Learn general recruitment and hiring procedures; recognize when employees’ work performance warrants corrective action; learn how to determine if termination of an employee is appropriate; identify forms of workplace harassment and discrimination and determine when to respond; learn to recognize when a decision is affected by major federal employment laws.


Elective Seminars

Budgeting Basics for Managers (Dr. Mary Kirchner)
January 22, 2020
Is it preferable to have a positive or a negative balance in a budget? Would it surprise you to find out that it depends? What is an encumbrance? How are encumbrances used to assist managers in controlling their budgets? What is an appropriation? If you would like to understand more about budgets and budget management, this seminar is for you!

Fundamentals of Supervision (Michael Lerario)
January 30, 2020
Explore the essential components of effective delegation; learn how to achieve results through others; incorporate the right mix of functional and interpersonal skills; learn to design and lead productive meetings; learn to coach others to improve performance, develop careers, and encourage a high performance level.

The Valued Employee (Dr. William H. Walker)
April 21, 2020
Learn how to recognize and play to the strengths of your employees; build an environment of trust, loyalty, and comradery among your staff; discover how to develop your employees’ skills; learn how to help employees feel valued and to understand how their role contributes to the overall effectiveness of the organization.

Organizational Behavior (Dr. George Hendricks)
February 20, 2020
Learn to assess employees’ perceptions and attitudes that influence behavior in relation to their jobs, work group, and organization; discover how to apply appropriate leadership styles and managerial practices to increase organizational effectiveness and positive employee outcomes.

Effective Managers Lead (Dr. Bill Watt)
March 9, 2020
Learn how to bring out the best in your team, discover the importance of trust and how to develop it, discover the important role of receiving and giving feedback, and how to manage others to work effectively within a dynamic intergenerational, cross-functional team.

Managing Organizational Change (Zan Monroe)
March 19, 2020
Learn how to initiate, implement, and sustain change; recognize and learn how to the address the barriers and problems in managing change; discover how to support employees affected by change; learn basic change strategies and the managerial challenges associated with each.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace (Dr. Anthony Wade)
April 2, 2020
Learn strategies for successful talent acquisition, development, and retention of diverse faculty and staff.

Strategic Management and Leadership (Dr. Warren McDonald)
April 13, 2020
Learn the importance of strategic management and how leadership plays a major role in the success of the sustainability of organizations and individuals, compare and contrast operational vs. strategic management, and learn to utilize leadership theories to address the needs of diverse populations.