Professional Development

Training and professional development helps the MSU community elevate the quality and effectiveness of our work and processes. We encourage ongoing learning for faculty and staff, that can ultimately also support future recognition in the promotion processes of the college.  Please see the following sections for additional guidance and resources available.

Guidelines for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure in the College of Osteopathic Medicine

The College of Osteopathic Medicine values all of its faculty, and has established policies and procedures regarding promotion to recognize the many efforts of our faculty, be they in education, research, outreach, administration, clinical and/or other service activities, all of which are vital to the continued success of anyone impacted by the college.

In these pages and links, we have centralized a number of documents and examples to better assist faculty as they consider being recognized for their efforts. In addition, the college continuously seeks to provide opportunities for professional development and formalized mentoring for all of our faculty.

Mentoring Program

The College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed a voluntary mentoring program to support the professional development of junior faculty who have a primary appointment in the college. The goal of this program is to achieve high quality faculty that fulfill our mission and are successful in the reappointment, promotion and, as applicable, tenure processes at MSU.

Course Listings

Organization and Professional Development offers courses on a variety of topics to help you enhance your career. Instructor-led courses offered are listed here.

Sign Up for Upcoming Courses

Sign up for courses to help you reach your personal and professional goals! 

  1. Visit and log in with your MSU NetID and password. 
  2. Click on "My Career & Training". 
  3. Click on "Courses for Employees at MSU". 
  4. Click on the "Browse Current Courses" link, then on the "Organization and Professional Development" link. 
  5. Click on the folder of interest or "All Current Courses", then click on the course of interest. 
  6. Click the preferred course date.
  7. Click "Request Participation". 
  8. Click "OK" to confirm. 
  9. Choose your payment method and enter your department account number.
  10. Click "OK".     


SpartansLearn is another place to find technology training and other professional development opportunities for the Michigan State University community.

Educational Assistance

Educational assistance benefits and eligibility are governed by an employee’s respective collective bargaining unit agreement. Non-union employees and Academic Specialists also have educational benefits available to them.

Educational assistance, or “ed assist,” benefits are available to help achieve educational and career development goals. There are two different aspects of educational assistance: non-credit courses and credit courses.

Educational Assistance may only be used as an individual benefit and is not available for mandatory or departmental required training, seminars, workshops, retreats and other use.