Virginia Tech faculty and staff were recognized at the Employee Development Certificate Program ceremony on July 18.

The ceremony recognizes those faculty and staff who have completed the requirements for one or more professional development certificate programs offered by the Division of Human Resources, the Diversity Development Institute, and the Office of Research and Innovation. Employees who complete certificate programs demonstrate their commitment to personal development, making meaningful contributions to their teams, and creating purpose-driven change within their teams and community.

In total, more than 300 faculty and staff completed certificate programs during the 2017-18 academic year in one of the following areas:

  • 101 completed professional development certificate programs offered through the Division of Human Resources, which include the Customer Service Excellence, Leadership Excellence, Supervisory Excellence, Office Software Skills, Office Software Excellence, and Administrative Professional Development programs.
  • 184 completed diversity development certificate programs, which include the Diversity Ally, Diversity Advocate, and Diversity Ambassador programs.
  • 38 completed Research Administrator Level I and Level II certificate programs and three completed the Certificate Research Administrator program through the Office for Research and Innovation and the Research Administrators Certificate Council.

“Congratulations to our certificate program recipients for the 2018-19 academic year and thank you to the managers and supervisors for supporting your employees in their development,” said Martin Daniel, associate vice president for human resources strategic engagement. “As the world and university continue to change, it becomes increasingly important for employees to seize opportunities to hone their talent, develop new skills, and widen horizons. The certificate programs offer great opportunities for personal development and growth that will help employees, their teams, and the university achieve goals and be successful.”

“The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through research and discovery is a key component of the university’s mission,” said Vicky Ratcliffe, manager of research education and conflict of interest administrator in the Office for Research and Innovation. “Growth in research programs depends on both outstanding faculty and highly qualified administrators who provide critical assistance to researchers. Congratulations to this year’s certificate recipients for your hard work and dedication to furthering the university’s research mission.”

Visit this page for more information on this year’s certificate program ceremony, including a list of recipients for each program and photos from the event.

As of the 2018-19 academic year, the university has awarded more than 2,400 professional and diversity development certificates and more than 600 research administrator certificates.

-       Katie Magnant, Class of 2019, contributed to this article.