Career Development & Performance Management

You can find general information about Career Development tools and resources on this page.  Updates will be made periodically.

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Gies College of Business Opportunities


New Employee Orientation

A multi-media New Employee Orientation is available to all Gies College of Business faculty and staff.  We strongly encourage that all faculty and staff review the materials to get acquainted with our overall college mission and your colleagues.  Click here for more information about how to access the course.  You will need to sign in with your NET ID.


Gies College of Business PMBA Scholarship

The University of Illinois College of Business and the Professional MBA Program are offering two scholarships to the Professional MBA Program (evening program) for employees of the College who meet eligibility requirements. The scholarships will cover 90% of tuition costs.  The intent of the scholarship is to provide continuing education that will equip emerging leaders for broader leadership roles.   This is an ideal Career Development opportunity for AP or Civil Service staff that desire an advanced degree.  For more information about the PMBA program, click here.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of one year of experience as full-time Academic Professional or Civil Service employee in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Record of at least satisfactory performance in your current role
  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience
  • 2+ years of experience managing projects or supervising people preferred
  • Submit an endorsement from your immediate supervisor and/or Department Head
  • Complete the PMBA online application and “Optional Essay.”  The “Optional Essay” is required and should address how the degree will support career objectives within the College of Business and enable the candidate to make greater contributions to the College and its key stakeholders

Application Instructions

  1. Review eligibility requirements and determine if you meet all requirements listed above
  2. Complete a PMBA Application.
  3. Submit a Gies College of Business PMBA Scholarship Application. You will need to include:
    1. A current resume
    2. A 1-2 page personal statement that includes:
      1. Details on how/why you meet the minimum eligibility requirements
      2. How a PMBA will help you accomplish your personal goals and the College of Business strategic priorities

Your short and long-term career goals

4.  A letter of recommendation or endorsement from your immediate supervisor
Note:  Information in your PMBA Application may overlap with your College of Business Scholarship Application

Selection Process

Individuals must 1) meet the eligibility requirements listed above, 2) submit application materials to the PMBA Program  (, 3) receive an offer for January 2018 admission, and 4) Complete the PMBA College of Business Scholarship Application.  Scholarship selection will be made by the College of Business Talent Strategy Committee, a steering committee that provides input into talent management initiatives throughout the College. The Committee will consider work experience, career goals, and manager endorsements/recommendations when making the final decision.


Expectations of Recipient

Scholarship disbursements are made to the employee’s student account each semester. In order to receive the disbursement, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time employee in good standing in the College of Business during the semester the scholarship disbursement is received. If the employee leaves the college, the scholarship will be prorated and the employee will assume tuition costs from the final employment date until completion of the program.
  • Maintain a cumulative “B” Grade Point Average or higher throughout the program
  • Provide at least two years of continued service to the College of Business at the completion of the degree
  • Participate in leadership coaching sessions or other professional development as recommended by the College of Business Talent Strategy Committee in support of continued career advancement


We look forward to receiving your application. Please direct any additional questions to LaTonya Wilkins (



Information about the 2018-2019 performance management process will be posted here later this fall.