Using a Volunteer Framework to Increase Faculty Involvement with Alumni Engagement

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Apply your volunteer management skillset to cultivate faculty relationships.

Engaging faculty in alumni relations’ goals and efforts can often be challenging. Lehigh University is innovating in this space by recognizing that faculty participation in alumni programming aligns closely with volunteer work. Lehigh is cultivating close partnerships with faculty through a volunteer management framework, focusing on recruitment, retention, and recognition. Due to the success of their new approach, they have seen a boost in faculty-advancement collaborations.

Join us for this online training and hear about the ins and outs of this innovative approach. You’ll leave this webcast with ideas, inspiration, and resources to begin writing a plan to strategically involve your faculty in alumni engagement programming.

Who Should Attend

Advancement professionals who are looking for ways to strategically partner with faculty on alumni engagement efforts will benefit from this content.


Our expert speaker will help you engage faculty by walking you through the volunteer life cycle lens in three steps:

  • Recruitment
    • Identify faculty to recruit and make a convincing pitch to partner with alumni relations
  • Retainment
    • Keep your faculty engaged and ensure they have a good experience working with you on a project.
  • Recognition
    • Steward faculty partners in meaningful and impactful ways


Lindsay Drake

Associate Director, College Affinity & Faculty Engagement, Lehigh University Development & Alumni Relations

In this role, Lindsay develops and drives strategy for direct faculty-to-alumni engagement by applying a volunteer management model to faculty. Working closely with development directors, engagement officers, and college leadership, Lindsay facilitates quality faculty-to-alumni connections through various virtual and in-person programs and events. These programs include live video webinars with faculty speakers, research presentations, a virtual book club, lifelong learning programs, and faculty-to-alumni meet-ups around the world.

Prior to her transition into higher education, Lindsay was an event producer for eight years at a sponsorship marketing agency, working with a variety of Fortune 500 clients on creating and executing world-class hospitality events.


Questions About the Event? Email this event’s Program Manager, Courtney Biedermann.

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