Employee Learning and Professional Development


Washington and Lee University is committed to continuous learning. We believe that professional development is a shared responsibility and collaboration among the employee, the supervisor and W&L. Remaining current in the field and keeping up with changes and new technology is a normal job responsibility. Needs and priorities change over time, and employees should be prepared to acquire new skills to remain competitive and successful in their current position.

On-Campus Workshops

The University offers on-campus classes and seminars throughout the year on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, supervisory skills, communication, retirement planning, computer classes, wellness activities and University policies. Staff are invited to register for these classes, which are advertised as they are developed. For professional development classes held during work hours, please discuss with your supervisor before registering.

Preventing Workplace Harrassment

Washington and Lee has partnered with United Educators, a risk insurance company that deals exclusively with higher education clients, to make their online workshop, "Preventing Workplace Harassment" available for faculty and staff. The examples and scenarios used in the course are specifically designed for colleges and universities and cover the complex issues surrounding harassment in an academic workplace, including a section on academic freedom. The workshop takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Employee Development Fund

Washington and Lee University has established a fund to provide administration and staff with assistance to attend off-campus conferences, workshops, seminars or courses that enhance individual skills. For more information about the Employee Development Fund, call the Assistant Director for Workforce Development in the Office of Human Resources at x8252.

Human Resources Office Library

The Human Resources Office Library has a wide variety of books, DVDs, and audio resources available for supervisors and staff to borrow. In the office library you will find titles covering management skills, oral and written communication (public speaking, grammar and writing), employee relations, organization and time management. Check out materials in person at the HR Office.

View the full list of resources available in the HR Library.

On-Line Technical Resources

The following online resource is provided through annual subscription for employees:

Professional Development Funding

Washington and Lee University believes that investments in employee training and development contribute to a high level of job satisfaction and improve institutional productivity. The University offers a professional development program for staff including tuition reimbursement for educational opportunities at other accredited institutions. Reimbursement is considered for employees seeking to obtain a college level degree, attend educational courses not leading to a degree, or attend educational courses in preparation for work-related certification or license.

Educational Assistance Within and Outside the University

Washington and Lee University's Professional Development Program provides tuition assistance to full-time employees seeking to obtain a college-level degree, attend educational courses not leading to a degree, or obtain a work-related certification or license. Requests may be funded fully or partially for courses that will benefit the employee at his/her current position, improve job skills, or position the employee for advancement opportunities at the University. University funds should not be used to support course work that is not job-related. Conference registrations are normally funded from departmental budgets and are not eligible for funding through this program.

Courses at Washington and Lee

Washington and Lee University supports the academic achievement and professional development of its staff members. As evidence of that commitment, employees who have a high school diploma or the equivalent in regular full-time or regular part-time, benefit-eligible positions are eligible to take up to two Washington and Lee undergraduate or law courses per term without any tuition charge. Additional fees such as lab or applied music fees are the responsibility of the student, but other fees required for degree-seeking students (health services, student activities, technology, Traveller) will be waived.