Outstanding Professors

Redefining Leadership Click to view the video: Professors' Academy

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Registration for 2015-2016 will begin in January

About the Outstanding Professors' Academy

Tuition for the program is $995 which covers program costs, materials, meals and lodging. Participants must furnish and pay for their own transportation.

The ELA's Outstanding Professors' Academy (OPA) assists professors in their crucial role as educator/leader with programs specifically tailored to their unique needs. Professors assume leadership roles and responsibilities every day in their multiple relationships with students, peers, administrators and the public. The leadership academy is a rare opportunity for them to hone and sculpt their abilities to lead in a time of rapid change. The professors meet four times throughout the academic year at various locations throughout the state. Each session is 1½ days, Friday nights and Saturdays so minimal, if any, classes are missed by the faculty.

2014-2015 Schedule

September 12-13, 2014, Generations: Bridging the Gap with Type, Dr. Rita Murray, National Employee Conference Center, Norman
Dr. Murray presents a four generations model, noting differences in the generations’ values and general approaches to work, communication and technology. As a means to bridge the gaps that erupt between the generations, this session utilizes both type and temperament as self-awareness and communication tools that can provide the translation and bridging needed to turn discord into collaboration.

November 7-8, 2014, Managing Conflict, Dr. Christy Vincent, Doubletree Downtown, Tulsa
Using information gathered from two of the premier programs on conflict resolution—The Harvard Program on Negotiation and The Center for Creative Leadership. This session will be informative, interactive, thought provoking, and applicable to your personal and professional lives. Using small-group and large-group discussions, simulations and role plays, mini-lectures, and other learning activities to explore the most recent thinking on conflict management from the leaders in the field. 

February 6-7, 2015, Leading Your Classroom, Dr. Jeff King, Meeting-University of Central Oklahoma & Lodging-Fairfield Inn & Suites, Edmond
Think of the great teachers from whom you’ve learned. They’ve all been different in important ways, yet each had a major impact on your life. What is your uniqueness as a great teacher? This session will help you define that authentic teaching self as you sample processes and resources which can support your personal journey along the great-teacher pathway.

April 10-11, 2015, What's Next?, Dr. Gretchen Batille, Meeting-University of Central Oklahoma & Lodging-Fairfield Inn & Suites, Edmond
Dr. Bataille’s session will provide opportunities for participants to probe their own strengths and weaknesses as would-be administrators as they think about a future administrative role. Considering the great opportunities for leadership as a chair, program director, dean or more requires understanding the pluses and minuses in the equation.  Participants will discuss the roles of mentors and sponsors, positive role models and bad examples of leadership. They will engage in case studies with their colleagues and will examine the primary traits of leadership in an academic environment that are necessary to address personnel issues, budgeting, external pressures and internal demands.  They will also receive resource materials to guide them in their own pursuit of the next challenge. 

(The sessions start at 6:00 p.m. the first night and end at 2:30 p.m. the second day.)