Preconference Workshops


The Leadership in Higher Education Conference offers three half-day preconference workshops. The cost is $299 for each workshop.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.

If you have already registered for the conference, call 608-246-3590 to enroll.


Best Practices for Online Course Design, Delivery, and Review

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Presenter: Stephanie K. Ferguson

As demand for online courses and the flexibility they provide increases, it is essential for institutions and their administrators to monitor and assess the quality of online course design and delivery through a systematic review process. Developing such a process can, in turn, support institutional and programmatic accreditation efforts as well as provide data for both professional development and human resource decisions.

Through case studies, artifacts, discussion, and small group activities, participants will share their perspectives and experience while gaining insight on and practicing with methods of designing, delivering, and reviewing online course content.

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Articulate best practices in quality online course design and delivery
  • Identify when and how best practices in online course design are implemented
  • Develop a plan to review online courses to determine parity between face-to-face and online content quality and rigor

Presenter Bio

Stephanie K. Ferguson

Stephanie K. Ferguson, PhD, is dean of distance learning and professional studies at New Mexico Junior College. She has earned degrees in special education-gifted studies, curriculum and instruction, and English education. Stephanie’s professional experience includes teaching in K-12 and post-secondary institutions both face-to-face and online as well as serving as a Blackboard administrator, subject matter expert, and instructional designer for higher education institutions. She has been an online faculty member with University of Phoenix since 2002 and a certified advanced facilitator, lead instructor, and a campus faculty assessment liaison for the ACCESS program within the School of Advanced Studies.


Creating Your Data-Informed Culture

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Presenter: Richard L. Riccardi

Data-driven change. It’s what every academic leader wants, but only a handful of institutions have achieved this culture shift. To be successful, deans and department chairs need access to quality, timely information, but many lack both the knowledge and resources to address their critical issues. This pre-conference workshop will examine the terminology and its impact on the institution, describe the challenges and benefits of its implementation, illustrate the resources/skill-sets needed, and offer real-world examples of analyses that help to predict future student demand by identifying the data elements necessary for success. In this age of “doing more with less,” this workshop will offer methods and metrics that target roadblocks and red flags to student success and faculty productivity, providing best practices in creating a culture informed by data and not driven by anecdotes.

Presenter Bio

Richard L. Riccardi

Dr. Richard L. Riccardi is currently the associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Southern Connecticut State University, overseeing institutional research and assessment and planning. He has served Southern as a systems analyst, assistant dean for special activities and the summer school, Banner Student team leader, assistant vice president for Banner Project Implementation, and director of the Office of Management Information and Research, an office created for him to be the one-stop-shop for campus informational needs. Recently, he served as interim associate vice president for enrollment management, and this year, his duties expanded, overseeing the library and its staff.


Effectively Navigating the Five Most Difficult Legal Issues Faced by Deans and Department Chairs

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Presenter: Scott Schneider, JD

In this workshop, participants will work to resolve a series of hypothetical situations involving some of the most difficult legal and practical issues they may encounter when serving in academic leadership positions, including:

  • Navigating discrimination and contract issues in the academic hiring process
  • Dealing with a colleague who is acting erratically and raising safety concerns
  • Handling faculty performance problems especially in situations where the faculty member has complained about mistreatment
  • Denying tenure and terminating a tenure-line professor
  • Handling employee and student Title IX concerns

In discussing these issues, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the applicable law and discuss the unique aspects of the academic setting which often make compliance especially challenging.

Presenter Bio

Scott Schneider

Scott Schneider, JD, leads the higher education practice group at Fisher & Phillips, LLP, where he provides counsel and litigation support for a host of higher education issues, including the handling of sexual assault allegations and Title IX violations, labor and employment matters, student affairs, Clery Act compliance and campus law-enforcement support, workplace safety and OSHA compliance, and more. Schneider spent six years working in the Office of General Counsel for Tulane University. He is now an award-winning professor at Tulane University, where he teaches courses in both the law and business schools on higher education law and other topics.