Leading Through Change in Higher Education

Last updated July 29, 2019

Course Length

1h 59m

Last Updated

July 29, 2019

Leading Through Change in Higher Education

Last updated July 29, 2019

Very few people like change; learn how you can manage the process for individuals and teams with greater success.


Change is a constant in higher education – whether in the form of an individual role change or a change in the broader direction of the institution. Emotions like shock, denial, anger, or frustration commonly accompany these changes. But as a leader, you can grow in how you manage these processes to help ensure smoother, more successful transitions.

Join us online to learn how to manage your next change process more effectively. Through common examples of changes within higher education, you will learn how to move individuals and teams more effectively through the four stages of change.

Session 1 will help you manage changes that involve one person, while Session 2 will help you address changes that affect whole teams.

Who should attend?

Anyone tasked with leading, influencing, or managing a change effort will benefit from this series – including leaders and middle managers in both academic and administrative departments.


Session 1: Focus on Individuals Experiencing Change
September 25, 2019

Presented by: Marilu Goodyear & Jenny Mehmedovic

In this session, we’ll help you move individuals through the four stages of change by identifying and understanding their reasons for resistance. We’ll use common examples from both academic and administrative departments to illustrate the concepts, such as:

  • A tenured professor facing curriculum changes after 25 years
  • A faculty role change with new responsibilities for student recruitment
  • A staff support role being reallocated to a shared services center

Session 2: Focus on Teams Experiencing Change
October 16, 2019

Presented by: Therese Lask

In this session, we’ll help you move teams through the four stages of change by learning the team members’ change styles and identifying the primary style of the team. We’ll address common reactions of teams to change, including:

  • Shock and denial, which often occur at the onset of change
  • Anger and frustration, which are typical when change is in early stages
  • Acceptance, which you can foster by listening to and implementing team ideas