Get the practical advice and skills that every new or aspiring dean needs.
Learn how you can develop and strengthen the administrative skills needed to ensure your success as a dean. Featuring experienced speakers, case studies, and active dialogue with your peers, this intimate conference will explore the day to day work of academic deans. Whether you are new to the deanship, or are looking to improve upon your existing skills, this program will help set you up for success. You will work through aspects of being a dean that are often not developed at institutions of higher education, including:
In addition to the conference sessions you will have plenty of time to network with your fellow deans during conference breaks and our networking reception. We encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity to build relationships with your peers from other institutions.
Academic Impressions events are not your typical conferences. We work hard to find the best and the brightest experts to present the content and develop a single learning track to ensure that you don’t miss out on any sessions. This practically-focused training will prepare new and aspiring deans with the administrative and leadership skills that are needed for success in the position.
This workshop is specifically designed for experienced, new, and aspiring deans, and administrators who work with academic deans. You’ll receive practical information for use in fulfilling your role as an academic leader. Throughout the conference, you’ll hear and share techniques that have worked for other academic deans.
Contact Tunde Brimah, Director of Program Development at Tunde@academicimpressions.com or 720-988-1220 if you’d like additional information about the program.
We want you to be satisfied with your Academic Impressions learning experience. If the program you purchased fails to meet your expectations, please contact us within 30 days and let us know. We’ll credit the full amount you paid toward another AI program that may better fit your needs.
Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to develop the skills necessary to advance your leadership and administrative role as an academic dean.
Disputes between departmental colleagues, student complaints, budget cuts, potential program closures, angry parents, rank and tenure challenges. How can you, as an academic dean, begin to address and effectively manage these types of issues? Do you have the necessary skills to lead your college or school, manage the issues that arise each day, and communicate your individual and college needs to senior leadership?
The first session of this workshop will focus on the internal and external challenges to the work you do. It will also provide a series of practical and accessible tools regarding:
It is essential for you to be able to clearly articulate the strategic vision and goals of your academic unit and create the conditions necessary to achieve them. This session will address methods for developing and achieving the vision and goals set for your department, including:
Day-to-day management of resources and personnel is an often overlooked and under-developed skill in newly appointed deans. During this session, you will learn critical management skills, including:
Learn how you can advocate for and improve the education that your unit provides. This interactive session will share success stories for how colleges have:
You will leave with fresh ideas for how you can begin improving the level of education that your academic unit is providing to students.
Deans often wish to increase both enrollment and the academic quality of their students. However, managing to accomplish both is extremely challenging. In the final session of day two, we will discuss steps that you can take to grow enrollment while increasing academic profile of your academic unit, including:
In this session, you will explore and share various experiences and practices related to managing difficult and diverse faculty, including:
The session will be very interactive, and you will have a chance to ask questions and also share your own experiences.
The dean has a special role in gaining financial support, including designing the case for support, deepening the engagement of top potential givers, and participating in all phases of the cycle. During this interactive session, you will explore opportunities to maximize your efforts to raise funds that will benefit your school. You will learn about several strategic topics including:
In this session, you will apply what you have learned throughout the event by creating a plan for action to address a significant challenge in your unit. You will receive feedback from your peers and from conference presenters.
Finally, you will be encouraged to consider ways in which you can develop a personal leadership plan to guide you moving forward, as well as to continue your own professional development when returning to campus.
Jeffrey L. Buller is widely recognized as one of the most effective promoters of academic leadership development in higher education today. He currently serves as dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, having previously served for more than thirty years in administrative positions at Loras College, Georgia Southern University, and Mary Baldwin College. On July 1, 2016, he will transition, after ten successful years as a dean at Florida Atlantic University, to becoming that institution’s first executive director of a newly created Center for Leadership and Professional Development.
Dr. Buller is a prolific author, best known for The Essential Department Chair: A Comprehensive Desk Reference, Academic Leadership Day by Day: Small Steps That Lead to Great Success, The Essential College Professor: A Practical Guide to an Academic Career, The Essential Academic Dean or Provost: A Comprehensive Desk Reference, Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders, Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference, Building Academic Leadership Capacity: A Guide to Best Practices, A Toolkit for Department Chairs, and A Toolkit for College Professors.
From 2003-2005, he served as the principal English-language lecturer at the International Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. More recently, he has been active as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, where he is assisting with the creation of a kingdom-wide Academic Leadership Center. Along with Robert E. Cipriano, Dr. Buller is a senior partner in ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership, & Assessment Services, through which he has presented numerous training workshops on change leadership in higher education all over the world.
As educator, management consultant, university administrator, and former business executive, Walt has conducted research and written extensively on the topics of leadership, team development, conflict, and stress and time management. He has published over 200 articles, 24 books and monographs, and numerous scholarly papers in national and international journals. Gmelch is author of three books on leadership with Val Miskin (Chairing an Academic Department, 2004, Leadership Skills for Department Chairs, 2011, and Productivity Teams: Beyond Quality Circles) and two on management and stress (Coping with Faculty Stress and Beyond Stress to Effective Management). With Irene W.D. Hecht and Mary Lou Higgerson, he co-authored The Department Chair as Academic Leader, 1999.
Today Walt is one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education, serving on the editorial board of several journals including The Department Chair, International Journal of Leadership and Change, Academic Leadership, and the Center for Academic Leadership Newsletter. He has directed two national studies of 1,600 university department chairs in the United States, one study of 1,580 Australian department heads, another investigation of 1,000 community college chairs, and an international study of 2,000 academic deans in Australia and America.
Gmelch has received numerous honors including a Kellogg National Fellowship, The University Council for Educational Administration Distinguished Professor Award, The Faculty Excellence Award for Research, and the Education Press Award of America. In addition he served in the Danforth Leadership program; has been an advisor and faculty to the Salzburg Seminars on Higher Education and Global Citizenship, and has been an Australian Research Fellow.
Previously, Jeanne served as the Director of International Studies and Professor of Political Science at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, she earned a PhD in political science from The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching expertise are in the areas of comparative foreign policy, small states, Latin American politics, European foreign policy and pedagogy in international studies. She has extensive international experience, having conducted research and taught university courses in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. She has published four books and numerous articles on foreign policy, developing regions, and international studies pedagogy.
Dr. Hey is an alumna of the HERS Leadership Institute for women in academia, held at Wellesley College. She is also a past fellow in the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she was trained in applying the case method of college teaching in global affairs. She has developed and facilitated workshops and presentations on a variety of issues in management and leadership, including for the Council on Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Thornton Academy, in Saco, ME.
Dr. Jim Weese is a Professor of Sport Management and a Former Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (2004-2015) at the University of Western Ontario. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics (1999-2004) at the University of Windsor prior to assuming his current leadership role. He has assumed a variety of senior leadership positions throughout his distinguished career. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (Ph.D, 1991) and the Harvard University Best Leadership Practices Program (2010). He is recognized as a transformational academic leader and a leading authority in the academic areas of leadership and sport management. Dr. Weese is the co-editor of the book Management of Recreational Sport in Higher Education and he has authored research articles that appear in the top journals in his field, including the Journal of Sport Management, The European Journal for Sport Management, The Journal of Cooperative Education, the International Journal of Physical Education, and Sport Marketing Quarterly.
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To reserve your room, please call 866.996.9939. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.
The rate is $189 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of March 12, 13, and 14, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to February 20, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
Rosen Shingle Creek is just 10 minutes away from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). This ideal location is only minutes away from Orlando’s world-famous attractions like Universal Orlando®, Wet ‘n Wild, Sea World Orlando® and others.
Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard just off of the Beachline Expressway (SR 528, Exit #2) and a half mile east of the Orange County Convention Center.
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