Series offered on development opportunities in administration


A series of day-long workshops on professional development in administration is being offered by the Professional Development and Research arm of Binghamton University’s School of Education and Human Development. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of how to develop administrative and supervisory skills and meets course requirements for the Certificate in Administration Program.

The workshop schedule and topics are:

• May 29 – Legal Issues for Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations

This workshop will focus on management and legal issues that face charitable organizations. Participants will review the challenges that face nonprofits concerning fundraising, tax compliance, employment and labor law, and liability. The class will be taught by John Grall and Albert Kukol, partners at Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP; and Heather Cornell, an associate with Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP.
Tuition is $130.

• June 3  – Essential External Organizational Communication

This workshop will focus on strategies to improve organizational communication. Issues to be covered include why communication is important, evaluating direct and indirect messages, utilizing public speaking and media opportunities, and techniques for designing a plan for success.
The class will be taught by Karel Kurst-Swanger, assistant professor in the Department of Public Justice at SUNY-Oswego. Kurst-Swanger has also directed human service organizations and worked as a consultant with a number of Southern Tier agencies.
Tuition is $135.

• June 10 and 17– Writing Winning Grant Proposals

This workshop is for those with limited grant-writing experience and will focus on the fundamentals of researching funding sources and writing a winning grant proposal. Participants will work on an actual proposal and share ideas. The workshop will also teach participants how to identify the components of a grant proposal and how to express the needs the grant will meet.
The class will be taught by Allison Alden, director of the Professional Development and Research Division in the School of Education and Human Development at Binghamton University. She has taught for both the Division of Human Development and the Division of Education and has been active for over 16 years in grants administration and grant writing.
Tuition is $270.

• June 12 – Interpersonal Communications within Organizations

This hands-on workshop will focus on enhancing interpersonal skills for effective communication with staff, supervisors and peers. Participants will learn how to use advanced listening skills, feedback, confrontation skills and solution skills to communicate clearly to solve simple and complex interpersonal conflicts within their organizations. The class will be taught by Kurst-Swanger. 
Tuition is $135.

• October 7 and 14 – Leadership Development

Participants in this class will review leading, motivating and delegating techniques through various methods, including the transformational leadership model. They will evaluate their own leadership behaviors and use this self-assessment as a basis for determining their own leadership self-development plans. The class will be taught by Catherine Williams, executive director of the Family and Children’s Society of Broome County. Her areas of business expertise include health care administration, finance and fund development.
Tuition is $270.

All sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Binghamton University campus. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are issued after the completion of each workshop. Continuing Professional Education Units for Public Accountancy (CPE) are offered for the Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Development courses and are issued after the completion of each workshop.

For more information, or to register, contact the SEHD Division of Professional Development and Research at 607-777-4447, via e-mail at or on the Web at

Last Updated: 9/17/13