Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host the inaugural Supervisors Academy presented by Campus Safety on Monday, Aug. 6 through Thursday, Aug. 9. The first event of its kind for Hobart and William Smith, the conference will welcome supervisors from small liberal arts institutions across the state. Joining the members of HWS campus safety will be supervisors from Colgate University, Keuka College, Paul Smith’s College, St. Lawrence University and Wells College
The academy will feature a wide variety of speakers from student affairs offices across campus including Residential Education, the Counseling Center and Human Resources. The first two days of the conference are set to focus on strategies for new supervisors who may be looking for guidance; the next two days will provide the more experienced attendees with the chance to delve into issues such as crime prevention and ways to integrate into the education and lives of students.
“Creating this academy has been a dream of mine for several years,” says Associate Director of Campus Safety Chris Beattie. “You don’t see a lot of training opportunities for frontline supervisors in campus safety; however, this training is important not only to the supervisors themselves, but the safety of the whole campus.”
Among those speaking are Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Montrose Streeter and Director of Student Activities Robert Pool who will lead two talks on leadership styles and ethical decision making. Associate Director of the Centennial Center for Leadership Amy Forbes will also join the four-day event, discussing what it means to be a supervisor. Others providing their insight to the academy are Vice President of Human Resources Sandra Bissell, Director of Residential Education Stacey Pierce and Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Flowers.
With the launch of this academy, Beattie hopes that the program continues to expand, including supervisors from campuses in the bordering states – and perhaps beyond.
“This type of specific training isn’t something you normally find, and I hope this is something we conduct again next year,” explains Beattie. “This will not simply help supervisors to do their job, but the academy will allow them to find new ways in which to best serve students – and will teach them how to become leaders in their communities.”