Academic Leaders Workshop

Thursday, December 3, 2020
12:00pm-4:00pm Central/New Orleans Time
Event will be held virtually


Effective leadership in college and universities is critical to meeting the needs of students and faculty (Birnbaum, 1992; Rowley & Sherman, 2003). University leaders are often chosen and promoted based on their success in research rather than their managerial experience or knowledge (Yielder & Codling, 2004). However, universities have become much more business-oriented, and while this orientation is controversial, administrative skills and leadership approaches are often learned on the job (Gayle, Tewarie, & White, 2003). There is also surprisingly little research on university leadership. Faculty whose knowledge base is steeped in higher education have the potential and specialized knowledge base to effectively lead programs, research centers, departments, colleges, and universities. However, many faculty, while possessing specialized knowledge about higher education often have little administrative experience and lack knowledge about specific administrative functions and leadership approaches. This position is particularly true for women and people of color who are severely underrepresented in academic leadership positions (Yen, Quinn, Carrigan, Litzler, & Riskin, 2007). These positions are often quite challenging, particularly those positions, such as department chair, which can serve as gateway positions to further leadership positions, while at the same time continuing some faculty expectations of research (Gmelch & Burns, 1993). 

This workshop addresses these challenges by engaging those who aspire to move, are moving into, or have moved into leadership positions, including program chairs, center directors, department chairs, dean’s office positions, or higher level positions in discussions around leadership, management, continuing a scholarly agenda, balancing work and family life, conflict resolution, and working with difficult people.

This event is sponsored by

Learning/Program Outcomes

This workshop will
  1. Provide attendees the tools and resources to decide if they wish to pursue leadership positions in higher education (i.e., chair, center director, associate dean, dean, etc.)
  2. Assist those who are already in leadership positions with how to manage those roles effectively
  3. Provide advice, discussion and time for reflection on topics including continuing a scholarly agenda, managing work and family, conflict resolution, and leadership and management for those who hold or aspire to hold leadership positions

Who should attend:

This workshop is intended for faculty who are considering moving into leadership positions at the program, department, college, or university level. The goal is to provide workshop attendees with tools and resources to successfully navigate leadership positions including program coordinators, center directors, department chairs, dean, and other administrative pursuits.
 
This is the second time offering dedicated workshop time, beyond conference sessions, to support faculty moving into academic leadership positions. We note that a workshop dedicated to academic leadership is significant because of the unique challenges facing these positions, as well as the scant research or programming available to faculty who aspire to these positions, are moving into them, or have moved into leadership positions.
 
The audience for this workshop is individuals considering academic leadership, including program coordination, department chair, center directors, dean’s office positions, or other university leadership positions. This workshop is particularly aimed at those who are considering or who are new in these positions. Many faculty are considered for leadership positions as they grow in their experience, yet many faculty have little administrative experience or managerial skills. Higher education faculty have a unique vantage point given our scholarly knowledge of the field, and although there are independent, third-party workshops, such as the ACE workshop for department chairs, these workshops, from personal experience, assume participants have little to no knowledge of higher education and how it differs from other not-for-profit organizations or from for-profit organizations. There is currently no other similar workshop offered through ASHE.


Tentative Schedule

Welcome and Introductions
Lisa Wolf-Wendel Academic Leadership Workshop Chair
 
Session 1: Panel Discussion- Rewards and Challenges of Leadership Roles
In this session, participants will have a general discussion about the journey from faculty positions to leadership roles in programs, departments, centers, as well as Dean’s office roles and university administrative roles.
 
Session 2: Workshop Activity- Administrative Career Trajectories
Since there are many potential administrative entry points and multiple trajectories, this session engages participants in considering their own personal trajectories. Participants will create personal goal statements and envision multiple pathways for achieving their goals.
 
Session 3: Roundtable Discussions
Rotating breakout groups, each with a moderator. Possible topics include: maintaining a scholarly agenda, managing the transition to administration, work/family life balance, managing conflicts, working with difficult people.
 
Session 4: Workshop Activity- The Inside Scoop
In a roundtable style, we plan to have each table discussion focused on a specific leadership role, including program coordination, center director, department chair, associate dean/dean, and university administration with moderators who currently hold such a role at their university. Participants can choose the roundtable most applicable to their current or aspirational role. Participats will be gived three opportunities to move to other tables.
 
Debrief and plans for moving forward 


Event Chair

Lisa Wolf-Wendel
University of Kansas
lwolf@ku.edu

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (702) 895-2737 or office@ashe.ws.

Registration

  • The workshop fee of $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.
  • For current ASHE Member also interested in attending the Mid-Career Faculty Workshop, you may register for both events at a discounted rate of $50.
  • ​While participants can pay the fee, we suggest program directors, coordinators, and/or department chairs sponsor participants through their department. If you need additional documentation for this, please contact ASHE Executive Director Dr. Jason P. Guilbeau at jason@ashe.ws.
  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: December 1, Noon Pacific
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Virtual Events Code of Conduct, provide information about accommodation requests (see www.ashe.ws/accessibility2020 for more information), and answer a few event-related questions.