Professional Development and Wellness - Human Resources - Christopher Newport University

Human Resources

Professional Development and Wellness

Employee Development and Wellness with YOU at the Core…

Employee development and wellness is most impactful when it focuses on the most important element, you.

The Office of Human Resources is breaking the traditional mold of employee training by building individualized programs and strategies to help you reach your career and wellness goals.

We are focused on:

  • Individual development
  • Team development
  • Leadership development
  • Employee wellness

See how we define each below.

Direct Your Development for Success

Providing various experiences, tools and resources for faculty and staff to customize their development path to best support their career and professional goals.

Guide Your Team to New Levels

Collaborating with teams to assess, design and implement customized approaches that enhance the team’s ability to achieve their goals.

Expand your Leadership to Support Your Vision

Supporting the development of leaders to address the challenges of today and their vision for the future.

Chart Your Course to Wellness

Connecting employees with resources and information within different dimensions for them to plan their path to wellness.

All faculty and staff have access to LinkedIn Learning and can explore the vast library of courses or specific learning paths developed by Christopher Newport.

The Virginia Learning Center is a statewide tool that makes it more convenient for state employees to receive up-to-date training. The Office of Human Resources is the system administrator for the Christopher Newport University domain within the Virginia Learning Center.

Accessing the Learning Center

New Employees: Learning Center accounts for new Christopher Newport employees are automatically created within 2–10 days hire date. To receive your login information, use the “Forgot Login ID” and “Forgot Password” links on the log in page.

Login ID Reset: If you’ve forgotten your login ID, please select “Forgot Login ID” on the log in page. Once you enter your email address, your login ID will be emailed to you.

Password Reset: If you’ve forgotten or need your password reset, please select “Forgot Password” on the log in page. A new temporary password will be emailed to you.

Note: Login information is not the same as CNU Connect.

For questions or assistance with logging into the Learning Center, please contact Human Resources at or (757) 594–7145.

How to Conduct a Fair and Equitable Search for Classified/Hourly Search Chairs

All newly assigned search chairs must complete this required training in order to conduct a classified or hourly recruitment. This training is also recommended for any member of the search committee who wishes to broaden their knowledge of the recruitment process and fully understand their role and responsibilities as a member of the search committee.

Through shared techniques and presentation information, participants will learn how to successfully conduct a fair and equitable recruitment. During the training, human resources staff will provide examples of how to navigate the online recruitment system, appropriately screen applicants, conduct interviews, select an applicant for hire and establish final appointment procedures for the new employee.

To register, please contact HR at 4–7145

2022 training dates will be announced in January.

Christopher Newport offers a variety of opportunities for faculty and staff to grow and develop professionally.

Supervisor Training

Christopher Newport supervisors have opportunities to attend either in person or virtual training workshops aimed specifically to address supervisor topics.

Virginia Learning Center (VLC) Professional Development

Faculty and staff can also use the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center for professional development opportunities provided by the Department of Human Resources Management and some other state agencies.

Supervisors are encouraged to complete the Managing Virginia Program within VLC. This program is broken down into topics such as: communication, leadership styles, conflict management and many other topics. Simply search for "MVP" and all the applicable topics will pop up.

Tuition Waiver and Tuition Reimbursement

Eligible faculty and staff are able to participate in the tuition waiver and tuition reimbursement programs. Eligibility requirements and process are outlined in each respective policies.

Christopher Newport supports the wellness of our faculty and staff by connecting employees with information and resources on varying topics and dimensions of wellness. At times, the Office of Human Resources may host speakers on physical, financial, mental or other wellness topics.

Faculty and staff are also eligible to participate in programs and use discounts offered to Virginia state employees.


CommonHealth partners with the Department of Human Resources Management and other state agencies to support employee wellness. Faculty and staff are able to participate in CommonHealth campaigns, webinars or challenges, and have access to all resources and discounts CommonHealth provides.

Virginia Credit Union Financial Wellness Program for State Employees

The Virginia Credit Union offers a State Employee Financial Wellness Program, providing monthly webinars, financial literacy resources and additional information to support Virginia state employees.

State Employee Discounts

Christopher Newport faculty and staff are eligible to participate in employee discounts offered to Virginia state employees.

Employee Assistance Programs

Christopher Newport faculty and staff enrolled in a state sponsored health care plan have access to employee assistance programs, providing services such as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling, and legal or financial services.

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