Director of Staff Learning
MA in Liberal Studies, conc. Adult Learning (Valparaiso)
As Director of Staff Learning, Jean works to identify, develop and deliver professional development opportunities to support employees in their specific roles, as well as support University initiatives. Jean partners with departmental leadership to identify functional core competencies, analyze evaluation performance management data, address skill gaps, and create departmental and individual performance development opportunities. Jean works to ensure consistent, accessible, sustainable and effective curriculum design, delivery methods, and maximization of resources through coordination with members of the Office of Performance Excellence. As a member of OPE, Jean collaborates to provide learning solutions and evaluates program effectiveness to maximize performance and attainment of individual, departmental and university goals.
Celebrating 15 years with Davenport University, Jean Wolfe began in Career Services and has held roles in management, executive leadership and adjunct instruction before joining the Office of Performance Excellence. Professional experiences prior to DU include entrepreneurship, professional writing, public relations and being a significant contributor in the start-up of a now multi-state publication.
Areas of expertise include Building Competency Models, Creating Technical Competencies, Adult Learning and Non Traditional Student Populations and certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator. Jean has also studied eLearning, Universal Design for Learning, and Mentorship Program Development and was published in the NACADA monograph Comprehensive Advisor Training and Development: Practices that Deliver in 2010.
Jean is a certified facilitator of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature program and holds a provisional certification to facilitate Crucial Conversations. In addition, she has held a Global Career Development Facilitator Certification for 10 years.
Jean is passionate about supporting and developing others, collaborating with people throughout the university and finding innovative ways to deliver – which has led to several “firsts” for employees: use of LiveStreaming technology to deliver annual Curriculum Updates and a weeklong Professional Development experience for advisors, and promotion of INsite as DU’s informal learning community.