Preconference Workshops

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference offers three half-day preconference workshops to further enrich your conference experience.

The cost is $299 for each half-day preconference. These sessions are held Thursday, October 18, before the conference begins.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.

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


Stepping Out of Silos: Building Best Practices for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Monique Baucham, executive vice president for academics and institutional effectiveness, Columbus Technical College and Tanjula Petty, executive director of research, assessment, and evaluation, Alabama State University

  Tanjula Petty Tanjula Petty
  Monique Baucham Monique Baucham

In this interactive workshop, participants will work to build streamlined processes in academic affairs and institutional effectiveness to ensure optimal performance and accreditation and regulatory compliance for campus stakeholders. Learn strategies to effectively transition into a new leadership assignment and develop a needs assessment to identify the most pressing priorities. Finally, identify areas of challenge moving beyond the level of distrust to create a culture of collegiality and collaboration.

Learning goals:

  • Articulate the five levels of a dysfunctional team
  • Overcome challenges when transitioning into a new position
  • Develop a needs assessment
  • Identify areas of opportunity for collaboration
  • Foster a culture of collegiality and collaboration
  • Maintain regulatory and accreditation compliance for all campus stakeholders


Leading the Development and Implementation of a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Higher Education: Walking the Walk

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Nicholas Ladany, dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego

  Nicholas Ladany Nicholas Ladany

Identify and describe strategies for leading an increase in diversity and creating a diversity-rich culture among students, faculty, and staff. Explore examples related to student admissions, as well as hiring and retention of faculty and staff. Review factors related to multicultural and diversity competence such as countering implicit bias, microaggressions, and resistance to change. Explore your own biases and examine how to manage and move past these biases to create a more inclusive culture at your institution.

Learning goals:

  • Identify the components of faculty and staff recruitment and retention linked to positive and negative diversity outcomes
  • Describe input criteria that affect student diversity positively and negatively
  • Define institutional factors that facilitate and inhibit the development of a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice
  • Identify personal biases that may influence a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice


Facilitating a Collegial and Civil Department and University: Strategies for Success

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Robert E. Cipriano, professor emeritus and former department chair, Southern Connecticut State University

  Robert E. Cipriano Robert E. Cipriano

This highly engaging and participatory presentation focuses on the unique role of the academic leader in fostering a collegial and civil environment in your department, school, and university. Strategies emphasize building on strengths and opportunities rather than simply solving problems or correcting flaws. Proven approaches are examined to help departments invite free expression, exploration, and inquiry and promote an atmosphere that is collaborative, enthusiastic, and exciting. The main content of the presentation consists of concrete proactive strategies that academic leaders can use to foster collegiality and civility in their departments. Emphasis is placed upon the specific behaviors of uncivil and non-collegial colleagues. Emphasis is also placed on the reasons for the rise of incivility in the university, as well as what the U.S. courts have ruled regarding collegiality in higher education.

Learning goals:

  • Operationally define collegiality
  • Indicate what the US Courts have ruled regarding collegiality
  • Develop practical strategies for fostering a collegial department and university
  • Understand the subtle but dangerous effects of workplace incivility
  • Employ facts about the department chair based on an 11-year national study