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2020 RESIDENTIAL SESSIONS

As part of Penn State’s efforts to maintain public health and safety in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, the Academic Leadership Academy (ALA), which was scheduled to begin with an on-campus meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn on June 14-18, 2020, has been canceled.

Sunday, June 14th

4:00 pm
Welcome Table Open

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Welcome and Overview

Alicia C. Dowd
Professor of Higher Education
Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Director, Academic Leadership Academy (ALA)
Penn State University

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

Monday, June 15th

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Continental breakfast provided

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 – 1:00 pm
Lunch Provided

1:00 pm – 4:00 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.

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, June 16th

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Continental breakfast provided

9:00 am – 12:00 am
Developing Legal Literacy to Foster 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

Session Description: Developing Legal Literacy to Foster a Campus Climate Characterized by Inclusive Dignity

Few academic administrators ever have the chance to formally study the many
different laws that affect daily decision-making as academic leaders. Yet, issues
arising from conflicts of free speech and hate speech, of sexual harassment and
campus safety abound in the news and in risk management offices. Through
guided small group dialogue of case studies, this session provides you with
time to learn about laws and legal perspectives to guide you through
challenging times. Current legal interpretations of free speech theory will be
explored as the case study scenarios engage you in addressing the complexities
of legal issues within higher education. Action-oriented recommendations will
position you to institute a campus climate characterized by the standard of
inclusive dignity.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch provided

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Equity-Minded Decision Making
Alicia C. Dowd
Professor of Higher Education
Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Director, Academic Leadership Academy (ALA)
Penn State University

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

Session Description: Equity-Minded Decision Making

This session engages you interactively to articulate distinct meanings of
diversity, equity, and inclusion and to apply them to academic leadership in the
areas of curriculum, teaching, and advising. We will link these
understandings to decision-making about what is fair and just for individuals
and communities. You will gain strategies for shifting from deficit- to equityminded
decision-making frames and learn how to replace trust-busting moves
with trust builders. Through practice with colleagues, you will be better able
to promote the use of equity pedagogies and develop culturally sustaining
curricula.

5:45 pm
Optional Networking Event

Wednesday, June 17th

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Continental breakfast provided

9:30 am – 11:30 am

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.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch provided

1:00 pm – 4:00 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
Dinner provided

Thursday, June 18th 

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
Lunch provided