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Academic Leadership Development Events

Here are the professional development events currently scheduled for academic leaders:


Date Topic Description
Sep 7
Noon-1:30pm
Curriculum & Course Scheduling This session will be in the MUC - Invite anyone who is a part of the curriculum change and course scheduling process! What do you need to pay attention to as you revise your curriculum and schedule courses and what are some common mistakes? What courses do our students need most? Tips will be shared for scheduling and for completing forms 90 and 91.
Oct 11
2-3:30pm
Budgeting and Financial Management Brief overview of University level budget, definitions (e.g. commodities vs. contractual services), and then focus on what to keep in mind as you manage your budget: do’s and don’ts (e.g. reminders about which accounts may roll over and which do not, etc.).
Nov 10
Noon-1:30pm
Improving the Faculty Climate We will talk about how to help faculty feel included and engaged; how to retain our excellent and diverse faculty and keep them from burn-out; how to mentor faculty, especially those who are new, untenured, and/or underrepresented; what are best practices to enhance communication? We will also use cases to work through discussions.

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Dec 8
Noon – 1:30pm
Conflict Management / Positive Department Relationships This session will include strategies to help work with difficult faculty issues, manage difficult conversations, and resolve conflict. The facilitators will provide recommendations to help Department Chairs cultivate positive relationships with diverse faculty members. An Ombuds faculty will be present to share strategies that have worked well on this campus.

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Jan 10
2-3:30pm
Leading from the Middle Current middle level leaders will share their thoughts on challenges to be aware of and tips for how to be most successful in your role as department chair. How do you balance your job as a manager (solving day-to-day problems) with also building the program – enrollment, strategic planning, etc. and working with diverse faculty and students?

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Feb 9
Noon-1:30pm
Academic Legal Issues Learn about important legal issues that department chairs should be aware of to be able to identify when help may be needed.

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Mar 14
2-3:30pm
Leadership Development Learn about developing as a leader and identify what are the next steps for you personally to achieve your goals. How do you keep yourself motivated and when you are pulled in so many directions trying to keep things afloat.

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Apr 13
Noon-1:30pm and then to a summer series
National Trends in Higher Education This session will be the first discussion of several that progress throughout the summer.
What national trends and best practices should we be ready for? Topics will include:
Strengthening the role of Liberal Arts
Integrating High Impact Practices & Experiential learning
Gearing up for adult learners & online learners
Establishing Corporate Partnerships

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