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Visit www.rutraining.wordpress.com for updates on the Roosevelt University Training and Development Program, the training and performance industries, as well as opportunites for professional development in the Chicagoland area.

If you have any questions about the programs or this blog please reach out to Tara Hawkins, Program Coordinator, at thawkins@roosevelt.edu

We just got word that Northwestern Memorial Hospital has some great job openings that would be great for Roosevelt University Training and Development students and graduates!  Check out the job postings below and let us know if one of these positions turns out to be your next career move!

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago’s premier academic medical center, has two open positions on a growing talent management team reporting to the Talent Manager within the NM Academy. Both positions require a master’s degree and experience. Be part of a team to enable the development of managers and leaders through learning, experience and feedback strategies. Interested in promoting collaborative learning? This may be your right career move.

The Talent Consultant will lead efforts in the development of all managers of people, building out a curriculum that utilizes cohort groups as well as on-demand learning. Requires a minimum of seven years of overall experience in learning and development including facilitation of classroom and team development. Strong preference for candidates with management experience and usage of collaborative networks.

The Talent Specialist II position is for an individual with a passion to develop specific segments of the organization such as providing guidance to our administrative interns and other groups.  The role is also responsible for building our intranet learning resources and requires two years of experience, demonstrated application of project management and knowledge of collaborative learning technologies is a must.

To learn more or to apply to either position, please visit us online at www.nmh.org.  Please specify Req#04285 for the Talent Specialist position and Req#32347 for the Talent Consultant. We are looking for those with a passion for people development and willingness to engage in collaborative strategies. If that is you, we look forward to your application.

May 2010 seems like so long ago but we just have to fill everyone in on RU TRDV’s participation in the 2010 American Society for Training and Development’s International Conference and Exposition (ASTD ICE) held in Chicago!  Leaders from ASTD worked with volunteers from the Chicagoland Chapter of ASTD (CCASTD) as well as professionals around the world to create an event that provided a seemingly endless array of networking and best practice sharing opportunities for anyone who attend.  This year was the first ASTD ICE to feature a “Student Day” where local university students in training and performance programs could attend an especially designed program free of charge.  Many RU TRDV students took advantage of this opportunity and we were happy to see our programs so smartly represented to the training world!

RU TRDV took advantage of an ASTD ICE event in our own back yard by staffing an information booth in the Expo area.  Current students, alumni, and faculty members were present at the booth to discuss our programs and best practices with thousands of attendees from all over the globe.  We were happy to see so many members of the RU TRDV community stop by, say hello, and offer insight to Expo attendees who were interested in learning more about the RU TRDV experience.  

In addition to the booth in the Expo area, RU TRDV lead a panel discussion titled, “University/Professional Organization Partnerships: A competitive advantage” on Monday, May 18, 2010.  Panelists included Tara Hawkins (Program Coordinator), George Vuckotich (Faculty), Kathleen Iverson (Faculty), Michelle Fillichicha (Faculty), and Mark Durgee (student) in addition to leaders from ASTD.  The session highlighted RU TRDV’s participation as the first university program in ASTD’s University Partnership Program. 

If you are interested in checking out some pictures we took from the event visit our Facebook page here. 

When students graduate from Roosevelt University’s Training and Development (RU TRDV) masters degree programs they go out in the world and do some amazing things!  We have alumni in various leadership roles in organizations where effective training and performance interventions bring some amazing results.  We pride ourselves in helping our students create professional development plans that will continue to sharpen our alumni’s competencies long after they receive their diplomas.

So it should be no surprise that some of our graduates amass so much experience that they might someday consider sharing their knowledge with the next wave of students seeking the same success.  Many of these professionals-turned-instructors will connect with students in an online learning environment.  Online learning is not new.  In fact most graduates of RU TRDV programs will have taken at least one class online by the time they graduate.  Knowledge transfer techniques in an online environment are different than those found in a traditional face-to-face classroom. 

It is in this light that RU TRDV has developed and rolled out a new post-graduate certificate plan called the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching.  This three-class program is designed to help seasoned professionals design and successfully instruct classes in an online environment.  For details on classes, the application process, or relevance of the certificate program in the workplace click here or contact Tara Hawkins (thawkins@roosevelt.edu).

The Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (CCASTD) annually honors a student who has excelled at contributing to the local training and performance community.  The award honors the late Deb Colky, former Director of the Roosevelt University Training and Development program

We were proud when one of our students, Katie Kacich, was selected for the award last year.  To read more about Katie and her reaction after being selected for the award read an article about it in our Spring 2010 newsletter.  CCASTD is seeking applicants for the 2010 award and we invite as many students, from RU TRDV programs as well as other local programs, to apply!  The deadline to apply is November 12, 2010.  Applicants simply need to complete an application and ask a professor to submit a recommendation on their behalf. 

To obtain an application or to get more information please email Melissa Pagonis at melissa.pagonis@gmail.com

In honor of Deb Colky we would like to share with you a biography created by CCASTD leaders about her leadership and the impact she had on a generation of students and practitioners.   


Dr. Deborah Colky

Dr. Deborah Colky’s biography is an impressive record of achievement. Deborah served as a Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) professional for over 20 years, working in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors before co-founding Just Results, Inc. in 1990.

In 2001, she became the Director of Training and Development at Roosevelt University where she revised the curriculum to be cutting edge, making sure that it met the American Society of Training and Development industry standards. In addition to revising the curriculum, she added three online graduate certificates, increasing enrollment by 40%. 

In 2004 and 2006, T+D magazine named Roosevelt’s Training and Development Program one of the top programs in the country.

Deb was awarded tenure and promotion (posthumously) in 2007, obtaining the rank of Associate Professor of Training and Development where she served as the Chair of the Graduate Program from 2001 to 2007.

Deborah’s commitment, passion, sense of humor and energy made her successful from serving as a volunteer member of a professional or community board to building Roosevelt University’s Training and Development program in both reputation and academic strength.

Deborah believed in lifelong learning and helped everyone to achieve their full potential, whether it was being one of her students, faculty members, business partner or husband.

She viewed education as a life-enriching experience in which she considered teaching to be a privilege. She believed that the WLP profession was a way to enhance the workplace and the world in which we live. Every day, she instilled in her students the enthusiasm for learning and inspired them to put into action what she taught.

More Job Postings!

There are just too many good jobs coming our way not to share them with our readers.  Here are a couple of great opportunities that would be perfect for many of our RU TRDV students and alumni.  Check them out and let us know if you land the job you have been looking for!

Google seeks Training Associate/Courseware Developer

If you are in Chicago, Mountain View California, San Francisco, or New York  and have instructional design and facilitation experience Google Analytics might have a dream job for you.  The position focuses on provide online training to Google’s customers as part of their “Double Click Training Team” using various web-based applications including live classes and webinars.  The position also looks for applicants who can improve existing curriculum to ensure better instructional results. 

Take a look at the full job posting here.

 DePaul University’s School For New Learning Seeks Instructional Designer

The DePaul University School for New Learning has been a big player in local training and development education in Chicago for some time.  In 2010 students from Roosevelt University’s Training and Development program have teamed up with students from this program to form the first CCASTD Student Special Interest Group.  If you are interested in working with some talented folks dedicated to adult learning while using your instructional design skills you should take a look at this posting and apply for the position!

Check out the posting here. 


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