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ACAD is proud to work with partner organizations to co-host workshops during their conferences and events.

Upcoming Workshops

Learning to Thrive “In-Between”: Succeeding as an Assistant/Associate Dean

Saturday, November 4, 2017 1-4pm
Council for Colleges of Arts & Sciences Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
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Assistant/Associate Deans are often caught “in-between”: in-between the faculty and the Dean, in-between different departments and/or faculty, in-between Academic Affairs and other offices at the institution, and even in-between career steps. This “in-betweenness” creates challenges (mistrust, lack of power, confusion), but it also opens opportunities to build bridges that can lead to institutional transformation and professional growth.

In this interactive session, participants will consider many elements of associate deaning—such as entering administrative work, (re)building trust with faculty colleagues, launching and leading academic initiatives, working across the entire institution, supervising staff, prioritizing a seemingly-endless workload, managing “up”, communicating with grace, and preparing for one’s next professional step. Using case studies and shared insights, the group will explore the challenges of this work and develop practical strategies that can apply to a variety of institutional settings. This is a valuable development and networking opportunity for both new and not-as-new Assistant/Associate Deans.

James M. Sloat, Associate Provost and Associate Dean of Faculty, Colby College; Marcia France, Associate Provost, Washington and Lee University; Michael Houf, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M University, Kingsville; Maryse Jayasuriya, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at El Paso

Reflection, Assessment, and Learning Design in Liberal Education

February 15, 2018 2-5pm
Association of American Colleges & Universities Network for Academic Renewal
General Education and Assessment: Foundations for Democracy
Philadelphia, PA
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Faculty development and institutional effectiveness efforts are both concerned with improving teaching and learning on campus, and collaboration between these two functions can increase the impact of both. This workshop will present ways to align both faculty teaching and institutional assessment goals through backward design principles and intentional reflection. Participants will examine how to help faculty reflect on what knowledge, skills, and attitudes are most important for student learning; how to intentionally design assignments that are well assigned to student learning outcomes; and how collaboration between assessment and faculty development can encourage changes in classroom practice that enhance liberal learning.

Karla S. McCain, Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Professor of Chemistry and Randi Tanglen, Director of Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching, Associate Professor of English—both of Austin College

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