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The ACAD Leader reflects our mission to provide academic leaders who share a commitment to student learning and to the ideals of liberal education with networking and professional development opportunities and to support them in their work as educational leaders. The Leader is a forum for members to share experiences and opinions related to their work as academic administrators. In addition, it provides members and prospective members with news about ACAD events.

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From the Executive Director

Laura Matthias • Executive Director • ACAD • Washington, D.C.

October 23, 2019

Laura Matthias, Executive Director of ACAD, welcomes members and friends as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. While there’s much to be proud of as we look back over the long history of ACAD, there’s also an exciting array of innovative programming and new partnerships to carry us into the future.

Historical Remarks on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the American Conference of Academic Deans

Bernard O’Kelly • Secretary-treasurer, ACAD, and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (1966-1995) • University of North Dakota • Grand Forks, North Dakota

October 24, 2019

We’d like to share a little bit of our history during this 75th anniversary year.  This 50th anniversary speech shares the historical perspective of our founding as well as a few fun facts about what was going on in our country, and The Academy, in 1993.

Academic Leadership Initiatives to Prepare for and Address Free Speech Issues

George W. Waldner • Visiting Fellow • Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University • Arlington, Virginia

October 24, 2019

Free speech controversies and incidents are likely to increase as the 2020 election enters full swing. How can college leaders prepare for, manage, and possibly avoid free speech challenges? The author explores a participatory process for policy development.

Achieving a Successful CAO Transition

Kristine Bartanen • Professor of Communication Studies, Academic Vice President 2004-2018, Provost 2018-2019 • University of Puget Sound • Tacoma, Washington

October 24, 2019

While there is a robust literature on presidential transitions, less has been written about a change in Chief Academic Officers. Beginning early to think strategically, chronologically, and graciously can help support a successful transition.

Creating “Good Divisions”: Responding to Program Prioritization with New Vision

Holly Lynn Baumgartner • Dean, Getty College of Arts & Sciences • Ohio Northern University • Ada, Ohio

October 24, 2019

The use of program prioritization is growing as a means of confronting budget and enrollment issues at many institutions. But college restructuring and curricular revisions can serve as alternatives to cutting under-functioning programs and faculty lines.

Sitting Beside our Students: Opening a Door to Academic Discourse

Shawn Powers • Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences • Southern New Hampshire University • Manchester, New Hampshire

October 24, 2019

Could academic cheating be an entry into academic discourse? The author reviews the literature on academic cheating, noting that failing with regard to proper citation might open a window into valuable dialogue between students and professors.

Fear and Loathing—and Laughter—at the Annual Retreat

Nathan Rein • Assistant Dean of the College • Ursinus College • Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Mark Schneider • Dean of the College • Ursinus College • Collegeville, Pennsylvania

October 24, 2019

Fun, games, and laughter at the annual faculty and staff retreat? Schneider and Rein show how an engaging email game can be entertaining and yet lead to deep, engaged discussions.

Making the Next Career Move: Preparation, Application, and Interview

Glenn C. Geiser-Getz • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs • SUNY Geneseo • Geneseo, New York

October 24, 2019

The prospect of making a career move can be a significant challenge for deans, associate provosts, and other university leaders. Getz considers such factors as the right time to consider such a change, what positions to examine, and whom you should inform regarding your efforts.

The Value of a Support Group for Aspiring Administrators

Susannah Gal • Professor of Biology • Penn State • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

October 24, 2019

The value of support groups for new faculty members have long been popular. This article explores activities for a support group for those exploring higher education administration.

Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness: Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

Maria C. Garriga • Acting Provost • Thomas More University • Crestview Hills, Kentucky

October 24, 2019

Garriga explains how techniques in Brad Stulberg’s and Steve Magness’s Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success (2017) can benefit academic administrators.

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