Professional development is a key priority for the College. It is part of Carleton’s culture of continuous learning. It is also an important component of each employee’s work life at Carleton and beyond. Professional development consists of staff training to acquire and improve job-related skills and knowledge. It can also include staff personal growth development, expansion of job duties, or preparation for promotion.

Carleton is committed to attracting, selecting, and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. We are fortunate to have a pool of staff with widely diverse work experiences. Staff also bring a diverse educational background to the Carleton workforce. When deciding how to support individual professional development, the College considers many factors, such as:

  • The individual’s time and the nature of their job
  • The department’s need for training in a specific skill or content area
  • The relationship of the professional development activity to an office or other colleagues
  • The benefit of the professional development proposal to the College
  • The benefit of the plan for the employee’s professional advancement at Carleton

Staff and supervisors should work together to create development plans. Plans should be reviewed annually during the performance review session and on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Funding for professional development comes from the individual’s office or department budget.