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University Staff Association Professional Development


A UHCL staff community that is inspired, motivated, and engaged in increasing skills in adaptability, resiliency, self-reflection, and forward thinking to provide the highest level of service for current and future students. 


To support and empower the UHCL community by ensuring staff has access to relevant tools, learning resources, and developmental opportunities. 


Spring Events

The University Staff Association is now offering the following training programs for staff.

Star Recruiter Program

This in-house event will provide basic training about UHCL student recruitment, UHCL’s recruitment goals and current plans. Role-playing will also form part of this event to prepare staff members for encounters with prospects. Presented by Brandon Byrd, Director, Admissions & Undergraduate Recruitment.

Limited Seating, Registration Required. Choose your session:

Thursday, February 29, 2024
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Training Room | B2132

Friday, March 29, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Training Room | B2132

Friday, April 26, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Training Room | B2132

Register for Star Recruiters

LinkedIn Superstars

This in-house training event seeks to highlight the benefits of the LinkedIn platform, provide support and guidance for account set up, share ideas for personal portfolio branding, and show attendees how to use tools for posting content. Staff will also have an opportunity to have their professional photo taken on the day by our own inhouse professional photographer. Presented by Charles Crocker, Director, Career Services.

Limited Seating, Registration Required. Choose your session:

Friday, March 8, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Training Room | B2132

Friday, April 5, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Training Room | B2132

Friday, May 3, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Training Room | B2132

Register for LinkedIn Superstars

Training and Development

The University of Houston - Clear Lake Human Resources department currently offers two professional development programs: Ascend and Hawk Power Hour. The university has also partnered with LinkedIn Learning to provide unlimited convenient access to its library of  videos and courses.
Click or tap the image below to access these programs.

Human Resources logos for Ascend program, Hawk Power Hour program, and LinkedIn Learning. This image is clickable and hyperlinks to the HR Training Page.

Degrees and Programs

The University of Houston Clear  Lake - Colleges extend to staff many degrees and programs options to choose from.  

College of BusinessCollege of Human Sciences and Humanities

College of EducationCollege of Science and Engineering

Staff College Liaisons

College of Business College of Education College of Human Sciences and Humanities College of Science and Engineering
Fran Williams 
Administrative Assistant III 
Samantha Pulse
Director, Center for Educational Programs
Gregory Haines  
Director, Operations and Analytics 
Leigh Ann Shelfer
Administrative Assistant

Staff Education Benefits

Tuition Reimbursement

Full-time, benefits-eligible employees, who have been employed at least 6 months, and seeking a degree at UHCL are eligible to apply for reimbursement of up to $1,500 per semester.  Employees seeking a degree at a different higher education institution, including UH-Downtown and UH-Main, can receive up to $1,000 per semester.

Download Tuition Reimbursement Application (PDF)

College Release Time

Full-time employees, who have completed 6 months of service, may request paid release time up to three hours per week to attend a class.

Download College Release Time Application (PDF)

Library Services

Employees have full access to the Neumann Library Resources. If staff need help with using library resources, they can reach out to a Librarian in a few ways:

Librarians can assist with:

  • Searching in the library catalog
  • Locating library materials
  • Guiding you in finding journal articles and other research resources

Meet the USA Professional Development Team

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Lisa Hudson
Senior Strategic Services Specialist,
Office of University Strategy and Transformation 
Sana Zeidan

Director of Academic Technology & Support Services
Office of Information Technology

Theresa Rodriguez
Research and Instruction Librarian,
Alfred R. Neumann Library

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