2019 ON-CAMPUS SESSIONS

Sunday, June 16th

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Welcome and Overview: How You Are Going to ACE the ALA
Alicia C. Dowd
Professor of Higher Education
Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Director, Academic Leadership Academy (ALA)
Penn State University

Session Description: Welcome and Overview: How You Are Going to ACE the ALA

Whether you are a seasoned academic leader eager to expand your repertoire of leadership skills or a somewhat “reluctant recruit” who is stepping up to fill a leadership gap, you will ACE the Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) through Authentic interaction with ALA colleagues and faculty presenters, Courageous willingness to test and develop your skills, and Engagement in challenging and rewarding activities. To provide a sure-footed start, this session lays out the terrain of the upcoming week’s sessions.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dinner and Introductions

Monday, June 17th

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Articulating Your Leadership Vision with Authenticity
Alicia C. Dowd

Session Description: Articulating Your Leadership Vision with Authenticity

“Sensemaking” is among the most important academic leadership capacities, as leaders help organizational members make sense of real or imagined pending change. Effectively communicating a vision of institutional vitality on a daily basis requires the ability to listen and speak with authenticity, integrity, and commitment. This framing leads you into this morning’s workshop, which is designed to foster your capacity to show up everyday and perform with confidence.

9:00 am – 11:30 am
Workshop: “Good Morning: It Is Me!”
Susan Russell
Associate Professor of Theatre
Penn State University

Session Description: “Good Morning: It Is Me!”

Everything begins with communication, and every element of communication is a knowable, applicable, and teachable skill set. Awareness is all, and being aware of how communication works helps you communicate in any situation. Communication is a give followed by an ask, and its usually the asking that trips humans up. Being human is hard, but communication can make it simpler. Welcome to a conversation about communication! And BTWs, how was breakfast?

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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 the fundamental nature of academic leadership, develop strategies for effectively working in teams, engage in strategic decision making, and build a collegial unit.

5:15 pm
Optional Dinner Groups

Tuesday, June 18th

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Keynote Address: Transformative Leadership
Ajay Nair                                                                     
President
Arcadia University

Session Description: Keynote Address: Transformative Leadership

Reflecting on an executive leadership career at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and now Arcadia University, President Nair shares perspectives on the challenges and rewards of engaging in transformative leadership. His reflections draw on his commitments to social justice as well as his service on a wide range of university and civic boards and organizations.

9:45 am – 11:30 am
Workshop: Fostering a Campus Climate Characterized by Inclusive Dignity  
LaWanda Ward
Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Research Associate
Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University

Ajay Nair                                                                     
President
Arcadia University

Session Description: Fostering a Campus Climate Characterized by Inclusive Dignity

In a politically divisive era, leaders at all levels are called on to interpret speech acts in public and private settings to determine if community members are abiding by campus codes of conduct. Advance planning in this arena is essential to prepare for leadership in times of crisis. This session draws on case law to introduce the framework of “inclusive dignity.” The workshop offers practice for leaders, preparing them to guide institutional policy and lead on decisions relating to issues of free speech, hate speech, and assaultive speech.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Managing Budgets During Difficult Times
John Cheslock
Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate
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.

3:45 – 5:00 pm
Assessing Academic Quality
Panel Discussion led by:

Leticia Oseguera
Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate
Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University

Panelists from the Penn State Office of Planning and Assessment including:

Lance C. Kennedy-Phillips
Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment
Penn State University

Suzanne Weinstein
Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Penn State University

Session Description: Assessing Academic Quality

Numerous student surveys, institutional data sets, benchmarking, and accountability systems are available to academic leaders to gauge the student experience on campus, and thereby to assess academic quality. Student engagment, learning, civic participation, intercultural communication, and campus climate are among the constructs measured. How well do these instruments help leaders assess academic quality. Panelists offer their perspectives and answer your questions about strategies to optimize the use of institutional data and student surveys to assess academic quality.

5:45 pm
Optional Networking Event
Attend a wine tasting with your colleagues at a local winery.

Wednesday, June 19th

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am
Workshop: Obtaining Buy-In to Diversity and Racial Equity Plans
Alicia C. Dowd

Royel Johnson
Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Research Associate
Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State University

Karen Paulson
Associate Professor & Coordinator of Online Programs
Penn State University

Session Description: Leading Organizational Change for Racial Equity in Higher Education

It’s a common refrain among change agents in higher education, especially in those moments when resistance seems to be coming from every quarter: “It’s so difficult to get buy-in to change!”  This occurs in an emotionally heightened way when leaders take steps to address racial diversity and equity issues.  In this session, participants learn to assess challenges and opportunities for buy-in to diversity and equity initiatives through appeals to head (cognitive change), heart (affective change), and hands (changes in educational practices).  Through case study and role play, participants identify a full range of buy-in strategies for visible leadership involving data use, accountability, and storytelling.

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 20th 

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 – 11:45 am
Closing Remarks 
Alicia C. Dowd

11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Closing Lunch

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