A Letter from President Mark Schlissel and Associate Vice President for University Human Resources Laurita Thomas

Dear Colleague:

The University of Michigan is committed to the personal and professional development of our faculty and staff. Faculty and staff members are critical to achieving our education, research and patient care missions. By providing ongoing opportunities to learn and grow, we help both the individual and the organization thrive.

The best leaders understand the need for continuous learning to help keep pace with a rapidly changing work environment. Just as individuals must play a role in shaping their own development, leaders must provide opportunities, including time, to pursue them.

According to the 2017 employee satisfaction and engagement report from the Society for Human Resources Management, employees are more satisfied with their job and organization when they feel their skills, abilities and potential are fully utilized. By offering courses and other opportunities, such as those offered by Learning & Professional Development, we can create a more effective workforce and more satisfying place to work.

We encourage all faculty and staff to take advantage of the broad range of professional development opportunities available and to take ownership of managing their own career success.

In the spirit of partnership, growth and possibilities,

Mark S. Schlissel                 Laurita Thomas
President                              Associate Vice President for University Human Resources