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Employee Development Program

Since its inception in 2000, the Indian River State College Employee Development Program (EDP) has expanded into a comprehensive program that coordinates developmental and training opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators. The purpose of EDP is to identify, develop and provide strategies, resources, tools and offerings designed to support and increase the effectiveness of Indian River State College employees. EDP is located within the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness.

EDP is designed to have significant impact on all departments, divisions, and employees of Indian River State College. Development opportunities are both formal and informal with offerings made available in response to expressed and perceived needs and desires.

EDP also coordinates and supports our president-led cultural enhancement initiative. This college-wide initiative has greatly impacted all of the College’s employees by transforming our College’s culture. At IRSC, each employee understands and anticipates the need to change to remain relevant, employee expression is encouraged, individual development and empowerment is supported, and most importantly, has created a culture that nurtures employees and supports organizational learning.

College-Wide Offerings

Indian River State College understands that a highly trained, skilled and engaged workforce is a valuable return on investment. EDP coordinates a college-wide needs assessment to use as a guide for training opportunities. The process for developing these new offerings involves determining the scope of the need, exploring internal and external resources and developing goals for the offering. Programs are designed to support institutional effectiveness and student success.

This series is open to all employees and highlights departments, campuses and programs.  Formal presentations, as well as tours of buildings, are offered to keep employees informed of happenings on campus.

EDP offers college-credit courses related to learning styles, understanding poverty and classroom/teaching and technology strategies, in addition to non-credit offerings in response to College priorities and employee requests.

Faculty, should check with their Instructional Dean’s office to determine whether courses will be accepted as part of their Professional Development Plan for re-certification purposes.

There is no cost to full-time or part-time faculty, staff or administrators to enroll in these EDP-sponsored college credit courses.  A student identification number is required to enroll in the course. If you do not have one, an IRSC Application for Admissions may be needed to proceed with enrollment. The College will process the tuition payment through the Staff and Program Development Fund (SPD). If you have not taken a college-credit course at IRSC in the past year, you will need to fill out a Florida Residency Verification Document.

In partnership with the Miley Library, this series showcases IRSC faculty and staff speaking on various topics of interest in an informal setting. The purpose of the Friday Morning Coffee Hour is to provide all employees with an opportunity to engage in lively discussion in a relaxing and collegial forum. Students and community members are also welcome to attend.

Employees board a College bus and take a tour of one of the four branch campuses.

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The Employee Development Program (EDP) will cover the $15 fee associated with registration. If you are interested in attending one of the all-day training programs, please work with your supervisor and co-workers for coverage purposes. Participants will be on their own for lunch.

If you would like additional information regarding the content of this training, contact Sera Phillips at or 772-462-7258.

Faculty and employees are encouraged to utilize Percipio, an online repository and 24/7 gateway to learning resources for skills improvement, professional development and performance support through courses, videos, books, mentoring and more. Access it through MyPioneerPortal

Targeted Offerings

EDP also provides concentrated development offerings targeting certain employee groups with their specific roles in mind.

The Enlightened Leaders Institute is a leadership development program for administrative supervisors. Sessions focus on applied and theoretical offerings on leadership, coaching, mentoring, vision setting, communication, and the role of college leaders in relation to student success.

Development opportunities are focused on helping the Department Chairs become more effective discipline leaders. Offerings include effective leadership, delegation skills, state curriculum issues, finance and budgeting and student-issue management.

The Employee Development Program has partnered with the Institute for Academic Excellence located in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies to offer an array of state-of-the-art technology training. Offerings are faculty-focused.

Indian River State College Professional Enhancement Days are offered annually for full-time employees and for faculty. The day is chock-full of activities and development opportunities that align with The College’s first priority—student success—and reinforce our River Way culture.

Professional Enhancement Day will take place on Friday, February 26, 2021. 

The EDP program identified the need to better integrate new faculty into the institution, and supports them through the Focus on New Faculty program. This initiative allows new faculty to quickly transform into comfortable faculty, and easily adapt to the College’s culture.  It provides education and opportunities for new faculty to form college-wide relationships with other faculty, staff, administrators and other departments, which is vital to their first year and future successes at IRSC. A new-faculty-specific  group works with all new full-time faculty of the institution to provide offerings on topics such as student success, equity and inclusiveness, tenure and promotion, grant development and technology, as well as college services.

New Faculty Mentors

The Focus on New Faculty program pairs new faculty with veteran faculty who provide one-on-one mentoring through the critical first year. New Faculty & Mentors Lunch Forums, which are held monthly, allow mentees and mentors to come together, listen and engage in formal presentations and conversations with areas of the College that may be of special interest to them as they begin to develop within the institution.

This training program is for non-administrative supervisors, and sessions focus on student success in relation to supervisory roles. This group will work to improve communication and institutional effectiveness college-wide.  Offerings in the past have included topics such as delegation skills, time management, coaching and feedback skills, customer service, conflict management and communication skills. Participants share their strengths with other great managers through “best practice” panels.

These sessions are geared for those who serve in an administrative assistant/clerical support role and focus on student success in relation to their role as administrative assistants. This group will work to improve communication and institutional effectiveness college-wide. Past offerings have included sessions on effectiveness, time and detail management and delegation. Participants share their strengths with other administrative assistants through “best practice” panels.


Indian River State College is a place where employees lead, inspire, innovate and achieve. EDP holds the official repository of institutional and individual employee awards and recognitions, and we encourage employees to record their individual and departmental achievements with us.

Recognition programs offered through EDP complement IRSC recognitions such as Faculty of the Month, Employee of the Month, Endowed Teaching Chairs and others.

Institutional Recognition

IE tracks the accomplishments of IRSC departments, teams, divisions and the College overall. Use the link below to report recognition, and use it throughout the year to report additional honors and accolades.

College/Division/Program/Department/Team Recognition Information

Employee Accomplishments

Annually at the College Employee Recognition Ceremony, IRSC celebrates the many years of service and the professional accomplishments of our greatest asset, our employees. Use the link below to let us know if you have completed a degree; published a work (book, article, etc.); presented at a state, regional or national conference or meeting; or received a certification or an award.

Submit Employee Accomplishments / Awards Information

Faculty Instructional Innovation Award

The purpose of the Instructional Innovation Award is to recognize a full-time faculty member(s) or department that developed a course/program for the academic or calendar year, which was innovative in institutional method or in the application of technology. All college credit, vocational and non-credit instructional programs are eligible to apply.

Faculty responsible for the winning innovative course/program will be formally recognized at the College Awards Ceremony. Nominations are accepted online using the IRSC Instructional Innovation Award Form.


The Employee Development Program is located within the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness in S Building, Room 109B on Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

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