Professional Development Workshops

The Center for the Advancement of Learning provides customized training solutions to enhance the skill needs of your employees in a format that works best for your team. Workshops can take place on the employer’s worksite, virtually, or on the beautiful University of Evansville campus.

Lunch and Learn Workshops

Lunch and Learn workshops allow attendees to join training sessions during lunch.  A meal is provided for attendees.

Managing Conflict with Others

Register Now for Managing Conflict with Others

Price: $45
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
Instructor(s): Kathleen Lapekas - President/Owner of Lapekas HR Consulting LLC

Managing employees means occasionally having to face conflict in the workplace. Attendees will learn how to respond assertively when conflict occurs, and will learn how to address difficult personalities who give inappropriate conflict reactions.

Kathleen is a Professional HR Consultant with over 25 years of HR Management. Her expertise covers every aspect of HR including organizational development, Employee Relations, training, recruiting and administration through a vast knowledge base and a keen understanding of how to keep her clients compliant with Employment Law. Kathleen currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at University of Evansville, as well as a regular instructor at the University of Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky University, and Henderson Community College teaching courses in leadership and Human Resources for local area businesses.

Providing Effective Feedback

Register Now for Providing Effective Feedback

Price: $45
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Eykamp Hall, Room 252, Ridgway University Center
Instructor(s): Timothy A. Dickel, PhD

Providing effective feedback to employees is an essential but challenging skill for leaders. Attendees will learn different approaches to sharing meaningful constructive feedback and have opportunities to practice them. 

Dr. Tad Dickel is the Interim Faculty Program Director for the Master of Science in Leadership and Executive in Residence-Leadership at the University of Evansville. In addition, he is the President of T.A. Dickel Group, LLC and serves as a leadership and strategy consultant for businesses, universities, and nonprofits. 

Multi-day Workshops

Leadership Coaching Bootcamp (non-degree seeking): Four-Session Series

Register Now for Leadership Coaching Bootcamp (non-degree seeking): Four-Session Series

Price: $395
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom, Library Second Floor
Instructor(s): Timothy A. Dickel, PhD

Leadership coaching is an effective approach to develop employees through customized development plans, setting expectations, providing regular feedback, and having one on one conversations. The goal of this program is to apply a coaching approach to leadership that will build up the capacity of managers and supervisors to improve the performance of their direct reports.

This series begins on March 21, 2023, and meets again on April 11, April 25, and May 9.


  • Introduction to leadership theory
  • Characteristics of effective leaders
  • What is coaching? What is not coaching?


  • Introduction to behavioral change
  • How leaders can help change behaviors


  • Applying effective leadership and behavioral change to coaching
  • Framework for leadership coaching


  • Application of leadership coaching
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Tools for leadership coaching

A 10% discount is available to organizations sending six or more participants. Call 812-488-1046 for more details.

Dr. Timothy A. (Tad) Dickel serves as the Executive in Residence in Leadership and is the interim faculty director of the Master of Science in Leadership program at the University of Evansville and the president of T.A. Dickel Group, LLC. He is a leadership, strategy, and creativity consultant who works with a wide variety of businesses, universities, nonprofits, government entities, schools, and churches. He holds a PhD in educational leadership from Indiana State University and is a certified Basadur Simplexity Thinking facilitator and trainer and a certified MeyersBriggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) practitioner. In 2019, Tad was named to the Evansville Courier & Press’s “20 Under 40” cohort for his professional accomplishments and service to the community.

The Basadur Simplexity Innovation System: Three-Day Workshop

Register Now for The Basadur Simplexity Innovation System: Three-Day Workshop

Price: $1500
Date: April 17 - April 19, 2023
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: J. Henry Schroeder Boardroom, Library Second Floor
Instructor(s): Timothy A. Dickel, PhD

Through this three-day interactive workshop at the University of Evansville:

  • Enhance your individual abilities to innovate.
  • Facilitate innovation as a team member and leader.
  • Become a Certified Basadur Simplexity Facilitator.

Process chart of The Basadur Simplexity Innovation System.

LEVEL 1:  Using The Basadur Simplexity Innovation System
Your introduction to the unique Basadur system. Through an interactive workshop, you’ll learn the process, skills, and tools of innovation by applying them to real work-related problems of your own. You’ll walk away with a full understanding of the Basadur Innovation Profile, and how to use Simplexity Thinking to uncover hidden ideas that maximize results. Participants are eligible to become a Certified Basadur Simplexity Practitioner.

LEVEL 2: Leading Basadur Simplexity Innovation Sessions
In this workshop you’ll learn not just how to master Simplexity Thinking, but how to lead teams through the process yourself. In one-on-one interaction with others, and using existing teams, you’ll acquire the leadership skills that will enable your organization to make proactive change. Once completed, you’ll become a certified Simplexity Thinking Facilitator.

Dr. Tad Dickel is Executive in Residence-Leadership and Interim Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Leadership Program at the University of Evansville. He also serves as President of T.A. Dickel Group, LLC, and specializes in creative problem solving, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Tad holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University, a Certificate in Family Business Advising from FFI-GEN, and a Foundations of Design Thinking Certificate from IDEO U, a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fund Raising School. He is a Certified Basadur Simplexity Thinking Facilitator and Trainer and a Certified Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) Practitioner.

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