Today’s workplaces are evolving, and so are the needs of those looking to drive them.

The Marian University Institute of Professional Development helps organizations and aspiring leaders learn the skills needed to positively impact their field and create rewarding careers.

Guided by our Catholic Agnesian values and focus on Ethics, Leadership and Innovation, we provide a distinct educational opportunity by leveraging on-site workshops and customizable programs to individually serve organizations seeking professional development.

This includes:

  • The Discovery Process – Where our facilitators work with senior-level leadership to gauge organizational strengths and challenges before setting goals and desired outcomes.
  • A Format For You – Online and face-to-face courses, as well as webinars and in-services, are also available.
  • On Your Own Time – Whether you need an hour, a half day, or even a full day or two, we’ll work to meet your needs at the location that’s best for you.
  • Tailored Training and Topics – The program sessions created are based on the needs of the organization.

Other Topical Areas Include

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Diversity and Inclusion as a Competitive Advantage
  • Fostering Inclusive Climates
  • Understanding Biases

Business and Management

  • Fundamentals of Business
  • Service Management
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Effective Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Using Employee Strengths to Enhance Organizational Goals
  • Effective Leadership Skills
  • Board Development


  • Grammar Refresher Course
  • Improving Writing to Meet Organizational Needs
  • Writing for Digital Media


  • Using Technology in the Classroom
  • Evaluation of Curriculum and Assessment
  • Learning Outcome Mapping
  • Working with At Risk Students
  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Other Topics
  • Grant Writing
  • Food Safety
  • Community Service Officer Training
  • Developing Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

See current Professional Development Offerings:

Coming soon!

National Professional Development Standards
Standards for Professional Learning 
PD Standards 

These standards call for a new form of educator learning. The decision to call these Standards for Professional Learning rather than Standards for Professional Development signals the importance of educators taking an active role in their continuous development and places emphasis on their learning. The professional learning that occurs when these standards are fully implemented enrolls educators as active partners in determining the content of their learning, how their learning occurs, and how they evaluate its effectiveness. The standards give educators the information they need to take leadership roles as advocates for and facilitators of effective professional learning and the conditions required for its success. Widespread attention to the standards increases equity of access to a high-quality education for every student, not just for those lucky enough to attend schools in more advantaged communities.

Within the spirit and institutional framework of Marian University, we are committed to the development of caring, competent, reflective individuals for present and future professional roles by providing learning-centered, collaborative, accountable and theoretically sound undergraduate and graduate programs that reflect values and ethics with an increasingly diverse and global community.

Marian University holds a variety of accreditations, approvals, and memberships. For a full list, click here.

Specific educational and training needs are our specialty, so we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about establishing a new program.

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