Professional Development

Minnesota State offers professional development and training programs, labs and seminars for leadership, staff and faculty.


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Minnesota State provides training and development to help you be successful. Our employee development philosophy demonstrates our commitment to growing employees.

We value our employees and understand that continuous learning benefits the entire system by developing and maintaining employee skills that link directly to achieving organizational goals and objectives. Supporting successful leaders at all levels also builds institutional capacity to better serve our students and our communities. This commitment is realized as a shared responsibility between each employee and each college, university, or the system office. 
- Employee Development Philosophy Statement

Staff development resources

There are many opportunities available to Minnesota State employees to enhance their job skills and develop their careers. The State of Minnesota provides a searchable registration system that lists workshops, courses and conferences available to employees statewide. 

Required training for employees

Minnesota State employees are required to complete training in the following area (depending on job responsibilities):

  • Code of conduct: As an employee of Minnesota State, you need to understand and follow Minnesota State's Code of Conduct.
  • Data security
  • Public safety
  • Sexual harrassment prevention

Talent management

Training and development is one of the services offered by the Talent Management unit in the Human Resources Division.

State of Minnesota training

Minnesota Management and Budget enterprise learning and development offers training opportunities to employees of all state agencies, including Minnesota State.


Sabbatical leaves are available to faculty and administrators to maintain the high level of academic excellence necessary to meet the missions of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and its institutions. Sabbatical leaves may be awarded for various reasons related to scholarly or professional growth, development, or renewal, including creative endeavors that promise to enhance the professional effectiveness.

Faculty and instructional development

Minnesota State faculty and instructional development provides a wide range of information and resources for faculty developers and others taking a lead on faculty development at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The Faculty Development section also provides credentialing courses for faculty and webinars on teaching and learning.

For questions related to current faculty and instructional development issues or resources, please contact Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D., Director for Faculty and Instructional Development at

For more information about faculty development and training, visit the Faculty Development section of the Academic and Student Affairs website.

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