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Leadership and Management Skills

JULY 18 – 20, 2023

Join the Office of the Provost and Human Resources for Enhancing Your Leadership and Management Skills at Southern Miss! The sessions will cover conflict management, university organization and policies, communication practices, and best practices in leadership and management. 

Choose from the list below of sessions to attend.


Crucial Conversations (by invitation only)

  • Tuesday, July 18, 8:30 a.m .– 3:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
  • Asbury Hall, Room 122
  • Presenter: Krystyna Varnado, Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Orientation for School Directors and Associate Directors

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of administrative responsibilities, processes for policies, student grievances, and appeals, and approaches to navigate school dynamics and collaboration.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
  • Center for Faculty Development, International Center, Room 319
  • Presenters: Amy Chasteen, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Kelly Lester, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Civil Treatment for Leaders

Civil Treatment for Leaders provides tools and skills to help leaders build more inclusive, productive, and compliant workplaces.  In addition to exploring legal requirements all leaders need be aware- such as discrimination, harassment, and retaliation- the broader focus is to help build better and more effective behaviors aligned with mission, values and goals — and maintain those changes for the long term.

  • Thursday, July 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Asbury Hall, Room 122
  • Presenter: Krystyna Varnado, Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resources

HR Policy Overview

University Human Resources (UHR) will provide an overview of the policies and processes of the University pertaining to management.  Discussions will include:  navigating the UHR website, an overview of new leader orientation, and an introduction of HR policies and processes, such as our hiring processes, compensation guidelines, performance management program, and progressive discipline policy.  While this training is intended for new leaders, all leaders of the University are invited to attend as a refresher.    

  • Thursday, July 20, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Asbury Hall, room 122
  • Presenter: Quentisha Jones, EEO/Employee Relations Director

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