Professional Development and Training

Sam Houston State University offers staff and managers of staff professional development opportunities through The Learning Academies @ SHSU. The Academies, which include Training University, Management Academy, and the Skillsoft E-Learning Library, are the next step toward  individual training plans for staff employees. To learn more about the Staff Professional Development Program and The Learning Academies, click on the links below.


New for 2020!

The Professional Development team is creating vignettes for our new Professional Development Resources page. The vignettes are bite-sized videos that feature quick Talent Management-related tutorials.


The Learning Academies @ SHSU Schedule-at-a-Glance

Town Hall and Learning Academies @ SHSU Materials:


Talent Management: A Learning Management System

In 2013, implementation of Talent Management provided both staff and faculty the ability to maintain training transcripts in one centralized location. Talent Management organizes and centrally locates access to the Academies’ curriculum. External training can be recorded in Talent Management, and managers can assign training to their direct reports through the system as well. Once training is complete, users can print out their own certificates of completion for their files.

Employees can register for instructor led trainings such as Photoshop, Word, and Banner Finance 101 through Talent Management. In addition, New Hire [New Hire Training Matrix] and compliance training for all employees is administered through Talent Management.

Banner General Navigation is now offered online through Talent Management and is available to all employees as a prerequisite to requesting Banner access.

Scroll down for links to additional training-related information such as tutorials, a frequently asked questions (FAQ) sheet, and more.

For more information about SHSU’s Staff Professional Development Program, or to inquire about training opportunities, please contact:

TJ Bittick
Professional Development Coordinator

Cindy Bradfield
Assistant Director of Human Resources

You can sign up for trainings by accessing Talent Management, going to the Learning Tab, and clicking on Browse for Training. If you have any questions about IT trainings, please contact IT @ Sam Help Desk: 4-1950.

Title IX Training Resources

Title IX Resources List

Training Information

New Hire Training Matrix


EEO Training

EEO Training

Click on the link above to take your required EEO Training through our Talent Management Learning Management System.

State Law (Chapter 21, Section 21, Texas Labor Code) requires that each new state employee take EEO training no later than the 30th day after employment and to follow it with a refresher course every two years.

EPAF Training

Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAFs) Curriculum(link to additional EPAF information on Payroll website)

EPAF Training Course is now in Talent Management. Click on Learning>Browse for Training> Subject: Banner

PeopleAdmin Training Documents

PeopleAdmin User Guide 2019

Pooled Position User Guide

Reviewing Candidates for Pooled Positions

State Office of Risk Management Spotlight on Safety Videos

Heat-Related Illness

The Quick and Fun Guide to Office Ergonomics Safety

The Chair Adjustment Guide

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Browse for Training (current employees)