The Future of the Higher Ed Workforce: A Discussion Series

The Future of the Higher Ed Workforce

A DISCUSSION SERIES

The Future of the Higher Ed Workforce

A DISCUSSION SERIES

Weekly sessions beginning August 30 through September from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET.
Exact session titles and dates will continue to be added. Check back soon!

Overview

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the higher education workplace. Institutions across the country are working to adjust policies and practices to a new hybrid in-person and remote workforce. Levels of stress and burnout among faculty and staff are high. And the market for both academic and non-academic talent is very much in flux. These are issues impacting colleges and universities across the board, but there are few discussion spaces that allow higher ed leaders to connect with one another, to learn from others, and share ideas about how to prepare and respond.

Join us for a free discussion-based series to unpack these and other workforce issues impacting higher education across the country. You will hear from panelists and your peers on a variety of topics ranging from faculty and staff recruitment to retention and well-being. The series will explore questions such as:

  • What implications does hybrid job design have for the search process?
  • How are hiring and search processes being approached and staffed innovatively or differently in the current environment?
  • What strategies are institutions employing to combat faculty and staff burnout? And how are they supporting mental health and well-being?
  • What committees or other initiatives are others proactively putting in place to better understand and prepare their institutions for the future of work?

Become a Member to Gain Access to the Entire Discussion Series

The discussion series will consist of 2 free webcasts and 2 member exclusive webcasts starting August 30th and continuing through September.
All sessions will occur from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET. Become a member to participate in the entire series.

Specific session information will be added regularly. Please check back frequently for the latest.

August 30, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

FREE WEBCAST

September 14, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

FREE WEBCAST

Sept. 22, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE

Sept. 28, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

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SESSION 1

Defining the Flexible Work Environment

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Overview

Most institutions have already communicated with faculty and staff about their expectations for returning to campus. Certain employees must return to the physical campus for some--if not all--days of the week, but other employees can still carry out their jobs with more flexible work schedules. In fact, this flexibility is essential if institutions want to retain their employees in the face of what many are calling the “mass exodus” or “great migration” of employee turnover. So as the start of the semester approaches, all of higher education is walking the line between enforcing institutional return-to-campus policy while still providing a flexible work environment for those who need it. And there is still a lot of grey area as to what ‘a flexible work environment’ means and what exactly it should consist of.

Join our panelist and other higher ed leaders across the country for practical discussion and idea-sharing about what the flexible work environment is shaping up to look like campus by campus. You’ll hear about specific policy and practice others are implementing and how central Human Resource divisions are working with supervisors to provide ongoing training and support along these lines.

Who Should Attend

Human resources, finance & operations, and other leaders involved or interested in shaping what ‘a flexible work environment’ should look like for their campuses are invited to attend this discussion.

Speaker

Audra Hoffman Kahr
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Cedar Crest College
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SESSION 2

Rethinking Search & Hiring Practices

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Overview

Pre-COVID, most colleges and universities had clear processes and long-standing practices in place for employee search and hiring. But the course of the pandemic and the hybrid workforce in which we are now operating is causing higher ed talent management leaders across North America to rethink these processes in big and small ways.

Join us for a conversation about how others are reshaping their search and hiring practices around the new realities of the workforce. Through facilitated discussion and idea-sharing around the following questions, you’ll learn how other institutions are shifting their approaches to search and hiring both internally and externally:

  • What strategies are others using to meaningfully engage the campus community and build authentic connection with candidates in the virtual environment?
  • How can your institution compete and truly ‘court’ candidates during the search process when campus visits and in-person connection may not be possible?
  • What opportunities exist to strengthen relationships with and strategic involvement from Deans and staff supervisors when it comes to the vacancies in their divisions?

Who Should Attend

This session is designed for human resources, talent management, and any other campus leaders interested in sharing ideas about search, hiring, and the hybrid workforce in higher education.

Speaker

Stacey Luster
General Counsel and Assistant to the President for Employment and Equal Opportunity, Worcester State University
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SESSION 3

Emphasizing Employee Retention

Sept. 22, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

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Overview

Employee retention is top of mind for most institutions in the midst of what some are calling “the great resignation.” HR leaders know they must lead the charge and set the tone for the rest of the university when it comes to caring for its people resources. But what does that actually look like in practical terms? How are other institutions thinking about and approaching employee retention and well-being differently than in the past?

Join us online to learn from our panelist and your peers about what an increased emphasis on employee retention is shaping up to look like. We’ll explore items like the following, with the goal of engaging in discussion and leaving you with practical ideas you can apply to your own work on campus:

  • How can you help employees center what matters most and reconnect to their core purpose?
  • What kinds of rewards programs or initiatives are institutions offering to help incentivize or reinvigorate engagement and performance?
  • How can you ensure your institution’s people—both managers and frontline employees—feel well-connected to institutional leadership and the path forward?

Who Should Attend

This session is designed for human resources, talent management, and any other campus leaders who would like to engage in discussion about employee retention at present moment in higher education.

Speaker

David Forgues
Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, California State University, Fullerton
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SESSION 4

Increasing Support for Managers

Sept. 28, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

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Overview

People management has never been easy, and the challenge of managing others in this current environment has only increased. Managers are expected to help employees navigate ongoing concerns and respond to questions about workplace safety and flexible work arrangements. They are also being called to lead with greater empathy, build trust and collaboration among hybrid or fully remote teams, and center issues of equity and inclusion in their work in new ways. How are campus leaders supporting frontline managers as they navigate through these new and important challenges? What structures and training are institutions putting in place to help guide them through this process?

Join us for a discussion-based webinar session to hear how other campus leaders are increasing support for managers as we transition into the Fall semester. You’ll learn what training sessions others are offering, what communication forums are in place to ensure managers have the most up-to-date information, how these are being structured and resourced, and what results others have seen. You’ll come away with practical ideas about how to more fully support frontline managers in your division or on your campus.

Who Should Attend

This session is designed for human resources, talent management, and any other campus leaders interested in exchanging strategies for how to effectively support frontline managers in the current environment.

Speaker

Adrienne Harrell
Learning & Talent Development Manager, University of California Santa Cruz
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