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 focuses 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:

• January 29 – Fundamentals of Supervision. This class provides the beginning supervisor with fundamental supervisory skills and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an effective supervisor.  Participants will assess their own supervisory style, learn how to motivate and evaluate employees and understand what is expected of them from their employees, peers and managers.  The class format will include presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities. The class will be taught by Catherine Williams, executive director of the Family and Children's Society of Broome County. Williams has also served as director of in-home services for the agency. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration at the University. Registration costs are $130.

• February 6  – Supervising Difficult Employees. This class will provide both the beginning and experienced supervisor with an opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary to maintain a productive workplace setting while handling the inevitable problems presented when working with a variety of personality types.

Topics will include how to motivate the unmotivated, counsel the troubled, and communicate constructive feedback to the non-performer. The class will be taught by Diane Brown, executive director of the Southern Tier AIDS Program.  Before heading STAP, Brown served the Broome County Department of Social Services in a variety of capacities. Registration costs are $130.

• February 20 – Creating a Proactive Plan for Gifts and Endowments. The class will offer participants an understanding of the different kinds of fundraising programs and the psychological aspects of giving. It will also offer insight into the importance of relationship building with donors, volunteers and the public, and help identify methods of maintaining long range development programs. The instructor will provide representative case studies and work with participants in the development of their own business plan to establish a multi-year fundraising program. The class will be taught by Michael Degenhart, associate director of the Office of Trusts, Estates and Planned Giving at Cornell University. Degenhart holds an MBA from the University of Rochester and has over seven years of planned and major gift experience. He has also spent six years in the private client group of a major investment banking firm. Degenhart is the president-elect of the Planned Giving Council of Upstate New York. Registration costs are $130.

• March 4 – Strategic Planning. Strategic planning is imperative for guiding organizations and projects into the future.  Participants will use their mission statements, goals and visions to create a living blueprint consistent with the culture and issues pertinent to their business and/or agency initiatives. The class will offer participants a step-by-step process, and directions for developing a strategic plan. Topics will also include policy development and systems theory.  The class will be taught by Teri Goodall-Komar, president of Teri Goodall & Associates, an international consultant firm specializing in revitalizing stagnant organizations, solving problems of morale and trust, and improving relationships with clients, customers, and co-workers. Registration costs are $130.

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 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