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An Alternative To Developmental Coursework: Critical Skill Integration, Robin A. Lukes 2017 St. Catherine University

An Alternative To Developmental Coursework: Critical Skill Integration, Robin A. Lukes

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This interactive session explores ways in which an associate degree liberal arts and sciences department eliminated developmental coursework through the integration of critical skills (reading, reasoning, thinking and math) into the core curriculum. We will discuss the importance of honoring disciplinary perspectives while also considering how best to deliver a core for associate degree adult learners.


Applying Lessons From Athletic Recruitment To Faculty Searches, David M. Bellar, Peter Sheppard 2017 University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Applying Lessons From Athletic Recruitment To Faculty Searches, David M. Bellar, Peter Sheppard

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

The presenter will share how lessons learned from recruiting intercollegiate athletes can be applied to faculty searches. The presentation will present information and examples for improving position announcements as well as interactions and negotiations with candidates to increase the likelihood of a quality hire.


Working With Students And External Constituents To Revitalize An Undergraduate Degree Program, Anthony S. Overton 2017 Alabama A&M University

Working With Students And External Constituents To Revitalize An Undergraduate Degree Program, Anthony S. Overton

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Offering undergraduate programs which are relevant and provide students excellent opportunities for employment or graduate work are key for program success and program growth. The session will describe our approach to revitalizing an unpopular undergraduate degree program based on student input and collaboration with industry and a community college.


Leading In A Perpetual State Of Change, Stephanie Boss Dr., Lisa Huffman, Jennifer Dennis, Mary Dzindolet 2017 Cameron University

Leading In A Perpetual State Of Change, Stephanie Boss Dr., Lisa Huffman, Jennifer Dennis, Mary Dzindolet

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Three academic chairs and their dean will provide examples of how they have led through the difficult and ever-changing higher education landscape. Topics will include faculty turnover, budget cuts, and university restructuring. The audience will be invited to share their own experiences and recommendations will be provided.


Developing And Supporting The Diversity Of Chairperson Roles, Jean Pawl, Richard Griner, Deborah Richardson, Elizabeth Nesmith 2017 Augusta University

Developing And Supporting The Diversity Of Chairperson Roles, Jean Pawl, Richard Griner, Deborah Richardson, Elizabeth Nesmith

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

A monthly Chair Professional Development program at Augusta University provides opportunity to mentor new chairpersons and foster collegiality amongst all chairpersons at a university with both liberal arts and health sciences programs. The merits and challenges of this program that addresses needs of such a diverse group will be highlighted


Promoting Chair Succession Through Development, Empowerment, And Encouragement, Christopher Benedetti 2017 Western State Colorado University

Promoting Chair Succession Through Development, Empowerment, And Encouragement, Christopher Benedetti

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

To ensure the stability of the department, department chairs should prioritize the identification and formation of potential successors. For this interactive session, a model and related strategies, supported by real examples, will be discussed for developing, empowering, and encouraging faculty to become ready to assume the role of department chair.


Founding Chair, Meet New Chair: Collaborating Through Chair Successions, James F. Konopack PhD, Christopher Hirschler PhD 2017 Monmouth University

Founding Chair, Meet New Chair: Collaborating Through Chair Successions, James F. Konopack Phd, Christopher Hirschler Phd

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Challenges abound for new chairs, including the responsibility of [re]shaping the department’s vision. This can be doubly challenging when the founding chair moves into the dean’s office. In this session, founding chair and new chair share their story and facilitate discussion about a collaborative leadership transition.


Leveraging Technology For The Recruitment Of Students And Faculty, William Hoon, Christopher Hirschler 2017 Western Illinois University

Leveraging Technology For The Recruitment Of Students And Faculty, William Hoon, Christopher Hirschler

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This presentation will discuss some best practices in using the latest technology to assist in student and faculty recruitment in two distinct departments at two universities.


Working Professionals And Subject Matter Experts In The Classroom, David A. Line, Stephen F. Pyle 2017 A.T. Still University

Working Professionals And Subject Matter Experts In The Classroom, David A. Line, Stephen F. Pyle

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Integrating real world expertise is a positive and growing trend in higher education. Building positive relationship with working professionals and subject matter experts has benefits and pitfalls. This session explores the pros and cons of using working professionals and subject matter experts in the classroom and in course development.


Implementing Program And Department Advisory Boards, Karen Blaisure PhD, Bryce Dickey MS, Linda Dove MA, John McElroy PhD 2017 Western Michigan University

Implementing Program And Department Advisory Boards, Karen Blaisure Phd, Bryce Dickey Ms, Linda Dove Ma, John Mcelroy Phd

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Presenters will guide participants through a process to establish and maintain an advisory board for an academic program or department and will leave with ideas, suggestions, and a potential plan to share with faculty. Advisory board participation in assessment and improving academic curricula will be highlighted.


Facilitating Curriculum Change One Step At A Time, Joanna Mott 2017 James Madison University

Facilitating Curriculum Change One Step At A Time, Joanna Mott

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Large departments provide additional challenges when leading change. Participants will learn strategies to thoughtfully move a department forward keeping transparency, respect for all and inclusiveness in mind and identifying, empowering and guiding department faculty leaders who are trusted by their peers.


Supporting Service-Learning In An Existing Curriculum, Kim Hawkins, Julie Rabun, Jeff Knox 2017 Carson-Newman College

Supporting Service-Learning In An Existing Curriculum, Kim Hawkins, Julie Rabun, Jeff Knox

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This group presentation is interactive and provides a solution-based approach to service-learning. Participants may be involved in a variety of ways such as taking part in small-group activities, role playing, case studies, simulations, problem solving or other hands-on instructional activities and will leave with service-learning ideas for their course(s).


Academic Leadership: Creating Successful (New) Leaders & Preserving Institutional Memory, Robert Williams, Rosemary Fithian Guruswamy, Dan Woods 2017 Radford University

Academic Leadership: Creating Successful (New) Leaders & Preserving Institutional Memory, Robert Williams, Rosemary Fithian Guruswamy, Dan Woods

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Participants will consider the following topics: identifying & articulating the primary responsibilities of a leadership position; preserving important institutional mores and memories during a change in leadership; developing institutional structures and materials to support new leaders in such transitions. Participants will leave with an action plan/checklist for supporting new leaders.


Creating A Sustainable Interdisciplinary Humanities Department, Lucia Ortiz, Kate Edney, Raffaele Florio 2017 Regis College

Creating A Sustainable Interdisciplinary Humanities Department, Lucia Ortiz, Kate Edney, Raffaele Florio

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

A trend at smaller colleges and universities is reconfiguring several small departments into a single, larger department. The leadership team—undergraduate chair, graduate program director, associate dean—of a Department of Humanities in its second year, will discuss the lessons learned over one year of breaking down silos across disciplines and degree levels.


Can You Get A Job Doing That?: Reimagining The Arts, Earnest L. Lamb 2017 Fayetteville State University

Can You Get A Job Doing That?: Reimagining The Arts, Earnest L. Lamb

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Arguably the significance of a college degree is determined by the value it has in the market place. Rather than a critique of the commodification of education, this session offers strategies for the leadership in the arts and humanities to reimagine their programs in ways that will prepare their graduates for careers in and outside of the academy.


Globalizing The Department To Expand Students’ Cultural And World Awareness, Jon K. Dalager 2017 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Globalizing The Department To Expand Students’ Cultural And World Awareness, Jon K. Dalager

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Advances in technology and the development of a world economy requires all academic departments to prepare their students for life in a globalized world. This session presents specific ideas on how chairs can globalize their department, curriculum, and campus.


Developing A Succession And Transition Plan For Chairs, Frederick S. Wood, Holley Tankersley 2017 Coastal Carolina University

Developing A Succession And Transition Plan For Chairs, Frederick S. Wood, Holley Tankersley

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will discuss the process of developing a succession plan and making the transition to chair. The presenters will share their experience in making this transition together twice and provide participants with a checklist for planning their own transitions into and out of the position.


Ethical Dimensions Of Dyadic Communication For Chairs, Rob M. McKenzie, Kelly L. McKenzie 2017 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Ethical Dimensions Of Dyadic Communication For Chairs, Rob M. Mckenzie, Kelly L. Mckenzie

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

At the center of a Chairpersons responsibilities is their dyadic relations with others. Perhaps more than any other university position, the Chairperson facilitates their duties through one-on-one relationships with students, administrators, staff, and other faculty. These dyadic relationships often create ethical dilemmas because the decisions that must be made in in the context of one dyadic relationship can conflict with another dyadic relationship. This discussion will be facilitated by two presenters: One is a Chairperson of 7 Communication faculty, and the other is an Adjunct Professor in a department of 5 faculty in the Department of Academic Enrichment and Learning ...


Virtuous Leadership: Using Spiritual Principles To Guide Department Chair Work, Kathy A. Gainor 2017 Montclair State University

Virtuous Leadership: Using Spiritual Principles To Guide Department Chair Work, Kathy A. Gainor

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

In this workshop, participants will explore six universal spiritual principles that can be useful in guiding one’s work as a department chair in a way that upholds that mission of the department and facilitates stress reduction and mental health of the chairperson.


Moral Leadership And The Chairperson, David S. Owen 2017 University of Louisville

Moral Leadership And The Chairperson, David S. Owen

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

What does it mean for chairpersons to exercise moral leadership? This discussion will focus on clarifying what moral leadership means to chairpersons, what sorts of moral challenges are faced, and how chairpersons can exercise moral leadership.


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