Learning & Development

Whatever your position at the FAS, we can help you plan and follow your path to professional and personal growth. You may be eligible for a variety of courses, workshops, and degree programs ranging from GED to Ph.D.—some at no cost to you, and many at a greatly reduced cost.

1. FAS - Wide Opportunities

Opportunities for All Staff

  • Your Whole Self: This program aims to help FAS staff foster a respectful and fair community where all voices can be heard. This includes sessions on enhancing psychological safety, empowering bystanders, and preventing uncivil behavior in the workplace.

  • Spot CoachingBy taking part in this unique new development opportunity, FAS managers can help staff meet their goals and improve skills through the use of just-in-time coaching.

  • FAS Staff Mentoring Program: The mentoring program is for strong-performing FAS staff members who are interested in developing their career at Harvard and willing to invest time and energy into their professional development. Mentoring Rings give participants a broad group of peers and mentors to connect with and learn from.

  • CWD Leadership Courses: Through assessment tools, group exercises and case studies, participants will develop leadership skills and gain a full understanding of their strengths and development needs. Program lengths vary from one day a week for three weeks to monthly meetings throughout the academic year. To learn more about CWD Leadership Courses please contact your FAS HR Consultant.

  • FAS CareerPlus: Career coaching and competency development for strong-performing FAS staff members. A core program goal is to build a diverse talent pipeline within the FAS. The program looks for high-performing staff, especially ethnic minorities and others who may contribute to the diversity of FAS leadership.

Opportunities for FAS Managers

  • Managers' Essentials: This program, held every other year and next enrolling in FY2021, enhances the capabilities of FAS managers through five modules presented over the academic year. Each of the Managers’ Essentials modules focuses on a critical management skill or competency and imparts – in a highly interactive manner – the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to enhance that skill or competency. The program also shares HR managing best practices and enables participants to expand their networks with colleagues who participate from across the FAS.
  • Universal Manager Training (UMT): This is a Harvard-wide training program for managers that covers the essential knowledge and skills needed to serve as a manager at Harvard. This includes compliance with employment laws and Harvard employment policies; and creating a safe, productive, and diverse work environment. Participants will attend classroom sessions and complete online learning modules.  FAS managers will receive an email when it is time to enroll.

2. University-Wide Opportunities

Opportunities for All FAS Staff

  • The Center for Workplace Development (CWD) is focused on helping employees achieve the career growth they desire.  Among many career management and skill-building resources available both in-person and online, CWD offers the following programs and online resources for staff.

    • Career Roadmaps is a self-assessment and career planning tool to enhance your ability to develop your career.  Career Roadmaps is available in a workshop setting or through a Web-based program that you can access at your convenience and at your own pace.

    • Training courses are available in subjects ranging from office computer applications like Excel, Office and Adobe Photoshop to the "how-tos" of handling difficult conversations, time and space management, and mastering Harvard's unique financial management systems.

  • Tuition Assistance Plan: Harvard's Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) makes it possible for you to take individual classes or pursue a degree or certificate at a greatly reduced cost through eligible programs at the Harvard Extension School and other participating Harvard schools, as well as job-related courses at other institutions.

  • HUCTW Education Fund: In addition to TAP, you may be eligible for the HUCTW Education Fund.

  • lyndaCampus is an online training resource available to the Harvard community free of charge. With lyndaCampus, you have unlimited access to the lynda.com library of almost 2,000 video tutorials, taught by expert instructors. Courses include skills and technology like MS Office and SharePoint; Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator; Drupal, CSS and SQL; Final Cut, Avid and iMovie, along with topics like career development, photography, mobile apps and more.

  • Harvard ManageMentor is a free, online resource that offers excellent developmental opportunities.

  • The Harvard Training Portal brings together all of your compliance and professional development in one modern platform. It has replaced three systems: Environmental Health and Safety’s TMS system, PeopleSoft Training Administration, and Eureka. All work instructions, courses and transcript information you found in those systems are now in the training portal, along with third-party content from Lynda.com and Harvard ManageMentor.

  • Career Conversation Meetings: Current Harvard staff are invited to participate in Career Conversation Meetings Across Harvard, which will take place at local HR offices on the third Thursday of each month (except December) from 2-4 p.m. These sessions give staff the opportunity to meet one-on-one with local HR officers to learn more about Harvard’s schools and departments, explore career interests, expand professional networks and strengthen future applications.

Skill-Building Programs

For hourly workers and members of HUCTW: The Harvard Bridge Program provides Harvard employees with training courses and services to improve skills in their current positions and/or develop new skills for different positions.  Classes are held on campus and are offered at multiple times throughout the day, evening, and weekends. Classes include three levels of computer instruction, advanced pronunciation, business writing, academic writing, college preparation, TOEFL preparation, high school diploma preparation and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); individual tutoring, citizenship preparation and career development services are also available.

Organizational Development Consulting

Individualized consulting is provided upon request to assess needs and define strategies to enhance the performance of individuals, teams, and departments.  CWD partners with work teams to assess workplace issues and pursue solutions.