2017 ON-SITE SESSIONS

Sunday, June 18th

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Remarks and Dinner

Monday, June 19th

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am

University Leadership in Action: Building Your Team and Working with Your Colleagues
Walter Gmelch
Professor of Organization and Leadership and former Dean of the School of Education
University of San Francisco

Session Description: University Leadership in Action: Building Your Team and Working with Your Colleagues

Many provosts and presidents contend the most critical role in the university is the academic leader, yet academic leaders often begin their positions without any formal leadership training.  Through simulation and discussion, this session helps participants think about what is academic leadership, develop strategies for effectively working in teams and building a collegial unit, and think strategically about decision making.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Interpreting, Navigating, and Shaping Campus Culture
Kelly Ward
Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition & Professor of Higher Education
Washington State University

Marcus A. Whitehurst
Vice Provost for Educational Equity
Penn State University

Session Description: Interpreting, Navigating, and Shaping Campus Culture

As colleges and universities seldom operate in rational, linear ways, an understanding of campus culture can help academic leaders make sense of seemingly unrelated events.  The ability to interpret, navigate, and shape campus culture can be critical to an academic leader’s success.  In this session, participants will be introduced to the concepts and theories of culture, discuss how leaders use culture, consider the process of cultural change within an institution, and contemplate how they may interpret, navigate, and shape culture within their own institutions.

5:15 pm
Optional Dinner Groups

Tuesday, June 20th

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Managing Conflict and Especially Difficult Personalities
Mary Lou Higgerson
Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus
Baldwin-Wallace University

Session Description: Managing Conflict and Especially Difficult Personalities

The ability to effectively manage conflict and difficult people is essential to leadership success. Yet, the task of managing conflict can be uncomfortable for even seasoned academic leaders. In this session, participants will hear and have an opportunity to practice leadership communication strategies that enhance their comfort and proficiency for managing conflict and difficult people.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Managing Budgets During Difficult Times
John Cheslock
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education
Penn State University

Steven Corey
President
Olivet College

Session Description: Managing Budgets During Difficult Times

The financial challenges facing higher education are a lived reality for many administrators today.  Rather than offering a simple “fix” to each institution’s challenges, this session will help participants develop strategies to communicate with others about financial challenges as well as develop a better understanding of the forces that shape revenues and drive expenditures within their institution and its individual units.  The session will also address policies and strategies administrators can use to improve the financial situation of their institution.

5:30 pm
Optional Networking Event
Attend a wine tasting with your colleagues at a local winery.

Wednesday, June 21st

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Conducting Difficult Performance Counseling Sessions
Mary Lou Higgerson
Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus
Baldwin-Wallace University

Session Description: Conducting Difficult Performance Counseling Sessions

Academic leaders are responsible for reviewing the performance of individual faculty and staff members.  This task can be especially difficult and uncomfortable when a faculty or staff member is not meeting performance expectations. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice some specific leadership communication strategies for conducting difficult performance counseling sessions with individuals who are not meeting performance expectations. Participants will also learn how to use the leadership communication strategies presented when hiring new faculty and staff and team building.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Applying Design Thinking in Higher Education
John Nash
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of Graduate Studies
University of Kentucky

Session Description: Applying Design Thinking in Higher Education

How might we create an institutional culture that encourages teaching and excellence?  How might we increase the number of adult learners successfully served by our institution?  Design thinking, which aspires to improve stakeholder experiences through empathy, prototyping, and iterative refinements, provides academic administrators a new strategy to address the challenges facing their institutions.  Participants in this highly interactive session will learn the foundational principles of design thinking, apply them in small groups, and learn how to transfer these approaches to their home institutions.

5:30 pm
Reception

Thursday, June 22nd

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Balancing Trade-offs: Managing Your Time, Stress, and Transitions
Walter Gmelch
Professor of Organization and Leadership and former Dean of the School of Education
University of San Francisco

Session Description: Balancing Trade-offs: Managing Your Time, Stress, and Transitions

In addition to lacking formal leadership training, new academic leaders often enter their positions without a clear understanding of the time demands of the position and an awareness of the stress and demands on their academic careers and personal lives.  This session provides a framework for academic leaders to effectively manage their own time and stress.  Additionally, the session focuses on one’s transition to and from academic leadership.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Closing Lunch

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