Higher Ed Department Chair Academy

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Higher Ed Department Chair Academy

MISSION

The mission of the ELA Higher Ed Department Chair Academy is to provide new to relatively new – those finishing their first or second year in the position, department chairs and assistant chairs, school directors and core curriculum coordinators with basic training to manage academic departments and in-depth leadership development, sustained over a period of time, on topics and skills needed to lead academic departments.

ACADEMY GOALS

  • Examine techniques for leading within the department/school and university culture.
  • Analyze effective hiring methodologies and apply them to their role as a department chair/school director.
  • Correlate the relationship between effective planning and effective budgeting.
  • Cultivate a sense of self-awareness through identifying a leadership vision, mission, style and values.
  • Learn strategies that improve health and wellness to maximize quality of life and leadership practices.
  • Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities such as effectively managing change and conflict, understanding group dynamics, diversity awareness, building trust and motivating others.
  • Demonstrate communication skills and the ability to interrelate with others.
  • Understand legal and Human Resource issues facing educational institutions.
  • Provide the opportunity for higher education professionals to network, learn and share best practices.

ACADEMY OUTCOMES

  • You will be trained on the basics of managing and leading an academic department.
  • You will take away a more complete understanding of how your behavior impacts peers, direct reports, supervisors, and other important key stakeholders.
  • You will have an expanded network of colleagues and professionals in higher education.

 SESSION FORMAT

  • Information Presentation
  • Facilitate Discussion of Questions (Given ahead of time)
  • Case Study for each session
  • The May session commences at 1 p.m. the first day, 9 a.m. the following two days and adjourns at 4 p.m. all days. The June session starts at 7 p.m. on Monday and ends at 9:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday – session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., Thursday – session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Each remaining session is 1½ days, Tuesday nights and Wednesday and they begin at 6 pm the first night and end around 2:30 the following day.

Before each session participants will be given a reading list, a case study, and a short list of questions that they should ask of their mentors. These should be completed before coming to the session. During the session, participants will have an opportunity to network with each other and share their solutions and answers to questions.

MENTORS

In many programs a mentor is someone who is assigned to you for the duration of the program. In this program you will be given a suggested list of academic leaders to contact, at your institution or others, to ask questions related to their work and/or the case study.


Session 1 - May 16-18, 2016, Edmond (Meeting – UCO & Lodging - Fairfield Inn & Suites, May 16 & 17)

Role of the Department Chair

Overview of the role of the department chair; Organizational culture and why it is critical to your effectiveness as a leader; Planning and Assessment; Leading and Managing Faculty; Budgeting 101; Fundraising and Alternative Funding Models.

Facilitators: Experienced Department Chairs, University of Central Oklahoma

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation Officers, Assessment Program Coordinators, Chief Financial Officers, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Recognized Budget Managers


Session 2 – June 6-9, 2016, Marriott Conference Center, Norman

Essentials for Leadership Excellence I

Participants will participate in a 360° multi-rater assessment with analysis; an in-depth analysis of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and an exercise to clarify their values. The session will also include discussions of the levels of leadership, the neuroscience of leadership, how to give and receive feedback, and discussions on managing your health and wellness to maximize quality of life and leadership practices.

Facilitator: Dr. Shanna Teel, Founder and CEO of Dr. Shanna Teel & Company, Inc., a leadership and talent development consulting firm.

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, and Human Resource personnel


Session 3 - September 13-14, 2016, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

Teams that Work

Exploring contemporary issues in team dynamics within the field of education, participants will reflect and engage in a discussion on how teams develop, organization and processes of teams, strategies about how to make teams more efficient, build trust and manage change.

Facilitator: Steve Kreidler, Vice President of Administration, Finance and Facilities at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado and former executive vice president of administration at UCO, Edmond.

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans


Session 4 - November 8-9, 2016, Doubletree Downtown, Tulsa

Managing Conflict

Using small-group and large-group discussions, simulations and role plays, mini-lectures, and other learning activities, participants will explore the most recent thinking on conflict management from the leaders in the field.

Facilitator: Dr. Christy Vincent

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, Legal Services and Human Resource personnel


Session 5 -  January 31 - February 1 , 2017, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

Legal & Human Resource Issues in Education

This session will cover a wide range of legal and Human Resource issues facing educational institutions, and includes suggestions and perspectives that serve to facilitate effectiveness for administrators who must deal with law’s impact on their campuses.

Facilitators: Charles Babb, Esq., General Counsel for the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) and Diane Feinberg, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, University of Central Oklahoma

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, Legal Services and Human Resource personnel


Session 6 - April 4-5, 2017, TBD, Stillwater

Essentials for Leadership Excellence II

This multifaceted session serves as a culminating leadership development experience for the participants.

Facilitator: Dr. Shanna Teel, Founder and CEO of Dr. Shanna Teel & Company, Inc., a leadership and talent development consulting firm.

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, and Human Resource personnel

 

TUITION

Registration Fee: $2499.00 includes meals, lodging, and instructional materials for each session (Deadline to register: April 29, 2016). The time spent out of class is an important part of the network participants will build; therefore the registration fee does not change if they do not use the lodging. 


For more information contact:
Cary Williams
Director, Educators' Leadership Academy
Phone: (405) 974-5561 Email:  cwilliams56@uco.edu