Professional Development

The initial charge of the Professional Development Committee is to gather information on professional development opportunities for professional staff at Binghamton University, as well as to gather information on activities currently taking place on other SUNY campuses. The committee also serves to gather information from constituents regarding their professional development needs.

» Employer Career Advancement Information
» Employer Provided Educational Benefits
» Institutions
» On-Campus Training for Students, Faculty, and Professionals
» Online Professional Development Opportunities
» Financial Support
» Career Support Services


Employer Career Advancement Information

1) UUP Professional Staff

2) Research Foundation (RF) Opportunities

3) Training


Employer Provided Educational Benefits

Visit the Employee Tuition Assistance page on the Binghamton University HR website to learn more about employee educational assistance. 

For more information, contact Luanne DiRico




Binghamton University

Binghamton, New York

Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York

Fielding Institute

Santa Barbara, California

Nova University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Union Institute

Cincinnati, Ohio

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota


On-Campus Training for Students, Faculty and Professionals


Online Professional Development Opportunities

1) Atomic Learning: An online technology training and professional development tool for educators. For more information contact Margaret Murad (, Technical Program Manager for SUNY. 

2) Coursera: An education platform that partners with top universities worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. 

2) edX: A non-profit offering the highest quality education, both online and in the classroom.  Founded by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, edX offers online learning to on-campus students and to millions of people around the world. 

3)  FREE Access to for New York residents (and NY College & University students through the NYS Public Library).

4) SLMS: Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) is the first enterprise–wide, web–based platform for use by New York State agencies to manage and deliver training. All New York State employees are learners in SLMS and the service is free to them.



Financial Support

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Guide To Union-Sponsored Scholarships, Awards, and Student Financial Aid

815 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Directory Of Financial Aids for Women (1997-1999)
* Free for Union members

Gail Ann Schlachter
Reference Service Press
1000 Industrial Road, Suite 9
San Carlos, CA 94070 ($ 45+ $ 4)
ISBN 0918276527

The Big Book of Minority Opportunities
Directory of Special Programs for Minority Group Members

Garrett Park Press
P.O. Box 190 F
Garrett, MD 20895
Main Reference -- HD5724.D56 1997

Directory of National Information Sources On Disabilities (6th Edition, 1994-95)

National Institute of Disability & Rehabilitation Research
US Dept of Education
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 935
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents (S/N 051-000-00202-4)

Veterans Administration
Superintendent of Documents
US Government Printing Office
Washington, DC 20402 ($ 2.50)

Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel and their Families

Gail Ann Schlachter & R. David Weber
Reference Service Press
1000 Industrial Road, Suite 9
San Carlos, CA 94070 ($ 38.50+ $ 4)
ISBN 0918276373


Career Support Services

Certified Career Coach: John Wojcio

Q. What is career coaching?

It's a process in which the coach supports and guides the client's self-discovery and ability to make smart career and work-related decisions. The career coach's unique contribution is to guide clients toward understanding themselves and moving into purposeful, sustainable action.
Successful client/coach interactions produce several desirable results in clients, including:

    • Increased clarity of purpose and goals
    • Increased awareness of self and others
    • Increased career self-management skills
    • Increased confidence in own abilities

Q. How do I know if I'm ready for career coaching?

Only you know for sure. How would you answer the following questions?

    • Are you happy (satisfied, successful, and/or fulfilled) in your professional life?
    • If you're not happy, how will you feel if things continue as they are?
    • If you're not happy, what are you doing about it?

"To be truly coachable, you need to master one of the more obnoxious traits of the human mind. We humans believe that the constant opining of the little voice in our heads is the truth. Whatever opinion our mind offers, we accept it as the one and only reality, even in regard to subjects about which we know nothing. Everyone knows that the music they like is really the best music, the people they think are cool are really the cool people, and that the world would run perfectly if all the leaders would just listen to them. Each of our minds is the omniscient god of a teeny, tiny universe."

— Nicolas Lore, The Pathfinder

If you keep doing everything you've done up to now, you may very well end up right where you are — all over again! Change the game. Change the results. Get a coach.


Last Updated: 10/14/16