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Leading Through Change : 2020, Domenick J. Pinto Apr 2020

Leading Through Change : 2020, Domenick J. Pinto

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Having served as department chair and school director for 31 years, I have witnessed a tremendous evolution in the role of chair as economic, social and student climates have changed. My session will summarize collected data from chairs of departments of various sizes and types in order to discuss and understand better our ever changing role as we see responsibilities of delegating, leading change, creative budgeting and fundraising, grant writing and managing conflict become vital to our positions


What I Wish I Knew: A Reflection Of A First-Year Chairperson, Tim Channell Apr 2020

What I Wish I Knew: A Reflection Of A First-Year Chairperson, Tim Channell

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This session will provide the “top 10” list of things I wish I knew before becoming chairman. Valuable tips will be offered on time management, positive faculty interactions, working with shared governance to achieve more, overcoming imposters syndrome, understanding inter-office politics, and dealing with the onslaught of email.


Feedback: The Foundation Of Kind Leadership, Rebecca L. Koltz, Melissa Odegard Apr 2020

Feedback: The Foundation Of Kind Leadership, Rebecca L. Koltz, Melissa Odegard

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Brene Brown states that “Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” To give clear and direct feedback requires brave academic leaders who understand that feedback is critical to leadership success. This presentation will use a feedback model – Johari’s Window (Luft & Ingham, 1955), as a backdrop for understanding how to give productive feedback in higher education.


Facilitating Communication With Diverse Teams, Maryjane Lewitt Apr 2020

Facilitating Communication With Diverse Teams, Maryjane Lewitt

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Non- hierarchical communication structures are associated with greater clarity across all levels. These structures can be implemented in a variety of ways under different circumstances. A variety of communication processes should be implemented to improve communication with individualizing the technique to the type of information being communicated.


From Without And Within: Challenges Of Assuming Leadership, Melody Loya, Sue Joiner Apr 2020

From Without And Within: Challenges Of Assuming Leadership, Melody Loya, Sue Joiner

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This presentation shares experiences in leadership at a regional university (from two perspectives, promoting from within and without) and discusses how the presenters built support systems to navigate changes. In a highly interactive format, participants will help guide the direction of the workshop.


Gender Diversity And Generational Gaps: Two Hurdles Worth One Giant Leap, Renee Marine Apr 2020

Gender Diversity And Generational Gaps: Two Hurdles Worth One Giant Leap, Renee Marine

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Presenter and participants will explore the gender and generational similarities and differences that exist today both in the classroom and departmentally. Emerging strategies and best practices will be shared and discussed.


Values-Based Leadership: Culture Vs. Strategy, Kimberly Miloch, Abigail Tilton, Chris Ray Apr 2020

Values-Based Leadership: Culture Vs. Strategy, Kimberly Miloch, Abigail Tilton, Chris Ray

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Using Google’s Project Aristotle re:Work framework (2012), psychological safety principles (Edmondson, 1999; Edmondson & Lei, 2014), and Sinek’s (2009) purposeful leadership tenets, this workshop will engage participants in refining a leadership philosophy; in outlining steps to create a values-based culture; and in creating high performing research teams and committees.


Using Accreditation To Build Teamwork In A Department, David A. Line Apr 2020

Using Accreditation To Build Teamwork In A Department, David A. Line

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The additional demands of the accreditation process provide a unique opportunity for program chairs to develop positive relationships between administration, staff, and faculty. This best practice presentation will look at the accreditation process from the perspective of the support staff and utilizing the accreditation process as a team building exercise.


I’M A Chair, But I Feel Like A Therapist, Krista Bridgmon, Aaron Alexander, Elizabeth List Apr 2020

I’M A Chair, But I Feel Like A Therapist, Krista Bridgmon, Aaron Alexander, Elizabeth List

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For this seminar, we invite Chairs to evaluate situations in their practice that resemble the work of a counselor. To prime and contextualize this interactive workshop, the presenters will ignite the inner-listener. Skills in listening to listen, not listening to respond will be at the forefront of the presentation.


Building A Departmental Culture Using Data, Behavior, And Humility, Diane Myers Apr 2020

Building A Departmental Culture Using Data, Behavior, And Humility, Diane Myers

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This presentation focuses on how behavioral strategies, data-based decision making, and a healthy dose of humility (and humor) can create a departmental culture that promotes faculty, staff, and student success. Discussions and activities will center on creating and communicating expectations, determining priorities, and creating a collaborative community.


How Behaviorism Shaped A New Department Chair's Approach To Leadership, Diane Myers Mar 2019

How Behaviorism Shaped A New Department Chair's Approach To Leadership, Diane Myers

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During this presentation, a second-year department chair will discuss how her background in behaviorism (specifically, in positive behavior interventions and supports) shaped her approach to working with faculty. She will share successes, not-quite-successes, and other lessons learned from implementing a behavioral approach to leadership.


Interim Leadership Positions: The Kobayashi Maru Of Academia?, Alisha Ortiz, Julie A. Ray, Victor R. Wilburn, Melissa Odegard-Koester, Jeremy Ball Mar 2019

Interim Leadership Positions: The Kobayashi Maru Of Academia?, Alisha Ortiz, Julie A. Ray, Victor R. Wilburn, Melissa Odegard-Koester, Jeremy Ball

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Leading a department through a transition such as reorganization or restructuring is difficult. When the unit leader is in an interim position, this is even more complicated. This presentation will be led by faculty who were all in interim leadership positions during major transitions in leadership, restructuring, and staff layoffs.


Implementing The Guided Pathways Model: A Case For Change Management And Transformation, Russell Frohardt, Janie C. Scott Mar 2019

Implementing The Guided Pathways Model: A Case For Change Management And Transformation, Russell Frohardt, Janie C. Scott

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Wouldn’t we all love to roll out changes according to best practices and reliable data? This session includes a case study on change management at a large community college, as well as a discussion on the strategies and best practices used to help academic leaders implement the Guided Pathways Model.


The Inevitability Of Playing Politics As Chair: Advantages And Pitfalls”, Domenick J. Pinto Mar 2019

The Inevitability Of Playing Politics As Chair: Advantages And Pitfalls”, Domenick J. Pinto

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Politics is a term often frowned upon as it pertains to the role of an academic leader. However as chair for almost 30 years it has become an essential yet sometimes unwanted aspect of the daily rigors of the position. This workshop explores the advantages and pitfalls of “playing politics” as a department chair and allows interactivity among participants in “what if” scenarios.


Time Management For Department Chairs, Christian K. Hansen Mar 2019

Time Management For Department Chairs, Christian K. Hansen

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In this workshop we discuss time management specifically from the perspective of an academic department chair. Topics covered include management of workflow, prioritizing projects and tasks, delegating effectively, reducing timewasters and using data-centered tools for budgeting and managing time. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions using case studies developed based on real-world experiences.


Development For Department Chairs: Why Fundraising Is Now Part Of The Job, Craig D. Hlavac Mar 2019

Development For Department Chairs: Why Fundraising Is Now Part Of The Job, Craig D. Hlavac

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Development in higher education is often used synonymously with fundraising – and many believe both are relegated to the Office of Institutional Advancement and perhaps the Deans. However, the work of development in the contemporary university is quickly becoming everyone’s responsibility – including Department Chairs. While many chairs may have experience in writing grants to bring in revenue, the skills required to work with prospective donors are quite different. This session will provide all chairs with tools and resources focused on fundraising for the academic department. Donor relations, building a relationship with Institutional Advancement, and developing a department-based advisory board will ...


Building Blocks Of Effective Leadership, Katherine Frank, Kristi Haik, Royce Smith Mar 2019

Building Blocks Of Effective Leadership, Katherine Frank, Kristi Haik, Royce Smith

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Three individuals will share their perspectives about mentoring and guidance within academia. They will discuss how the networking, questioning and formation of feedback opportunities in their relationships have contributed to their evolution as administrators—from department chair to provost.


Inspired Leadership: Using Spiritual Principles To Guide Department Chair Work, Kathy A. Gainor Ph.D. Mar 2019

Inspired Leadership: Using Spiritual Principles To Guide Department Chair Work, Kathy A. Gainor Ph.D.

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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. Case studies from the experiences of department chairs will be examined.


Leadership Lessons From Six Seasons Of "Community", Kim Nehls Mar 2019

Leadership Lessons From Six Seasons Of "Community", Kim Nehls

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During five seasons of the NBC sit-com Community (2009-2015) and an additional season on Yahoo (2016), Americans discovered the academics and antics of Greendale Community College. The TV show centered around seven diverse students who formed a study group in the pilot episode and eventually morphed into a tight-knit family that worked and played together beyond graduation. Five student development theories are relevant to Community. Come to this session to see how lessons will be applied to examples from the show.


An Experiential Approach To Mentoring Academic Leaders: Review, Practice, Report, Julie A. Ray, Victor R. Wilburn, Melissa Odegard-Koester, Jeremy Ball Mar 2018

An Experiential Approach To Mentoring Academic Leaders: Review, Practice, Report, Julie A. Ray, Victor R. Wilburn, Melissa Odegard-Koester, Jeremy Ball

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This session presents a leadership development program where new department chairs discuss best practices and realistic challenges with seasoned chairs, helping all to improve their leadership skills through a supportive group process. The program includes a summer book study, monthly meetings, a department chair handbook, and leadership resources.


The Dean-Chair Dyad: Developing An Effective Relationship With Your Dean, Craig D. Hlavac Mar 2018

The Dean-Chair Dyad: Developing An Effective Relationship With Your Dean, Craig D. Hlavac

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The department chairperson must effectively relate with their academic dean in order to successfully advocate for their department. Financial resources, human resources, facility prioritization, and curriculum decisions are all contingent on the dean’s approval. However, many chairpersons are unsure how to develop a trusting, collaborative relationship with their dean. This session will outline the distinctive roles of the chairperson and the academic dean and will present strategies for cultivating this important relationship. Ideas for resolving current conflicts as well as avoiding future tension will be discussed. The session will conclude with the review of common dean/chair scenarios for ...


In The Middle: Department Chairs As Mentors And Mentees, Carolyn A. Groff, James F. Konopack Dr. Mar 2018

In The Middle: Department Chairs As Mentors And Mentees, Carolyn A. Groff, James F. Konopack Dr.

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Department chairs, especially new chairs, need mentoring as they simultaneously learn to provide mentorship to department faculty. The type of mentoring that department chairs need from their administrators to be successful leaders can differ from the type of mentoring chairs are provide to their faculty colleagues.


Assessment Of Student Learning As A Driver To Departmental Development, Andrea Lassiter Mar 2018

Assessment Of Student Learning As A Driver To Departmental Development, Andrea Lassiter

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Revising and revitalizing an approach to student learning assessment can be a meaningful growth experience. Being intentional about such development during regular academic planning and reporting cycles is central to leading faculty through change. This session will highlight some strategies that can be used to promote individual- and departmental-level development.


Turning A Department Into A High Performing Team, Lorri F. Engstrom, Del Engstrom Mar 2017

Turning A Department Into A High Performing Team, Lorri F. Engstrom, Del Engstrom

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This session will provide Chairs/Deans the skills and research base for using a team approach to build social capital and create a high performing departmental team. Experiential learning activities will be used to demonstrate the key components of high performing teams, and the pedagogical strategies to successfully implement teams.


“Traversing The Legal Minefields That Surround Academic Chairpersons”, Nathan M. Roberts Mar 2017

“Traversing The Legal Minefields That Surround Academic Chairpersons”, Nathan M. Roberts

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The presenter will describe common higher education law issues encountered by Chairpersons and provide a framework for analyzing them to protect the department and the Chairperson. Perspective on the process will be offered by a former chairperson, now dean, who is also an attorney and teaches courses in education law.


The Inevitability Of Playing Politics As Chair: Advantages And Pitfall, Domenick J. Pinto Mar 2017

The Inevitability Of Playing Politics As Chair: Advantages And Pitfall, Domenick J. Pinto

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Politics is a term often frowned upon as it pertains to the role of an academic leader. However as chair for almost 30 years it has become an essential yet sometimes unwanted aspect of the daily rigors of the position. This workshop explores the advantages and pitfalls of “playing politics” as a department chair and allows interactivity among participants in “what if” scenarios.


Tackling The Bullies In Academe, Jorg Waltje Phd, Laura Trujillo-Jenks Phd Mar 2017

Tackling The Bullies In Academe, Jorg Waltje Phd, Laura Trujillo-Jenks Phd

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Severely hurtful and undermining behavior is on the increase at university campuses, partly due to the widespread jealousy and competition that is naturally prevalent in higher education. This interactive workshop will provide strategies for chairs who have to deal with difficult faculty, but it will also point out ways to create a departmental atmosphere of civility and collegiality in which bullies cannot thrive. We will use case studies to analyze realistic scenarios that can later be used by chairpersons to encourage discussions on plans of action and solutions in their home departments.


Turning Prospects Into Superstars: The Department Chair’S Role In Mentoring Junior Faculty., Christian K. Hansen Mar 2017

Turning Prospects Into Superstars: The Department Chair’S Role In Mentoring Junior Faculty., Christian K. Hansen

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Department chairs play a major role in helping new faculty members succeed and become valued and productive member of the faculty. In smaller department, chairs often mentor junior faculty directly, whereas in larger department the chair sometimes has a role in assigning senior faculty mentors to mentor new faculty. Some have referred to hiring faculty as a million dollar investment, and in reality, more than a million dollars is invested from the time the faculty ad is composed until the hired faculty member enter the ranks as a tenured faculty member. When a hired faculty member is turned down for ...


Taking The Lead: Initiating Change As A New Chairperson, Craig D. Hlavac Mar 2017

Taking The Lead: Initiating Change As A New Chairperson, Craig D. Hlavac

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Academic department chairpersons are often asked to lead without management training, prior experience, or formal mentorship. These same chairpersons are frequently faced with initiating change in departments that have operated similarly for years – perhaps decades. What is the first step? What should a new chair do to begin the discussion about change without alienating the faculty? This session will provide participants with practical, research-based strategies for defining the roles of the chair position, building trust within the faculty, and beginning a dialogue focused on meaningful change. Opportunities for small-group discussion as well as scenario-based discourse will be included.


The Positive Power Of Hedgehog Leadership In Academe, Thomas N. Duening Mar 2017

The Positive Power Of Hedgehog Leadership In Academe, Thomas N. Duening

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This workshop will focus on helping academic chairs become more hedgehog-like in their leadership style and faculty interactions. The research streams that inform this session include positive psychology, positive organization behavior, and affective neuroscience. The expected outcome for participants is an enhanced ability to create an environment of opportunity for their faculty. The session leader has been using this approach as chair of the management department for nearly two years. As an example of the power of hedgehog leadership one faculty member in management last year received the college’s outstanding faculty member aware for the first time in 26 ...