Preconference Workshops

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference offers four half-day preconference workshops. The cost is $299 per workshop. The half-day workshops are held Thursday, October 7 in the afternoon before the conference begins.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.
If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a workshop to your registration, call 608-246-3590 to enroll.



Developing and Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness

Jennifer Todd and Tonya Buchan, Colorado State University

October 7, 1:00–4:30 pm

Teaching is a multi-faceted, complex endeavor no two instructors approach in the same manner, making the evaluation process for administrators a challenging, often daunting task. Colorado State University (CSU) faced this challenge head-on through changing the Faculty Manual code, requiring departments to: define effective teaching; describe the process and criteria for evaluating teaching effectiveness; promote development of teaching through reflective practice; and evaluate teaching using multiple forms of evidence.

To support departments, our team at The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) constructed a definition of effective teaching, which led to the creation of the Teaching Effectiveness Framework and a recommended process for developing and evaluating teaching effectiveness.

During this session, we examine seven essential, interrelated domains of effective teaching practices, each grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We offer a customizable Framework as a foundation for developing and evaluating teaching excellence at any institution. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft of a plan to develop and evaluate teaching effectiveness at their institution.
Learning goals:
Following this pre-conference workshop participants will be able to:

  • use key factors to assess their institutional/college/department readiness
  • discuss the connection between the TEF, professional development, and evaluation
  • apply the TEF goal setting process to their institutional context
  • recognize the impact of a holistic approach to evaluating teaching and the tools available to them
  • identify possible assessment criteria for the various pieces of the TEF
  • draft an implementation plan to develop and evaluate teaching effectiveness at their institution

The Inclusion Habit®

Amanda J. Felkey, Lake Forest College

October 7, 1:00–4:30 pm

The Inclusion Habit® is an evidence-based solution transfers inclusion work to the individual and is designed to make behavior more inclusive through six habit-building phases—embracing inclusion matters, understanding biases and sources, dispersing with the negativity surrounding unconscious biases, practicing thinking deliberately, reprogramming incorrect intuitions, and becoming more empathetic. Without behavior change, the effects of DEIB programming and policy are limited. Topics in this workshop include: the overconfidence bias can create a negative effect of DEIB programming; behavior change can take us beyond the current frontiers of DEIB; and how daily activities, commitment devices and social accountability can create habits of understanding, empathy and inclusion.

Learning goals:

  • Pre-workshop survey to assess organizational DEIB status to inform analysis of current workplace and organizational DEIB culture.
  • Pre-workshop analysis will inform development of strategies for higher education executives and leaders to implement DEIB best practices within their organizations.
  • Establish an understanding of how to tailor The Inclusion Habit® to an organization for maximum DEIB impact, including best practices for implementing these efforts in an organization.
  • Takeaway technology that helps implement and reward inclusive behavior change, facilitating positive DEIB changes in an organization.

Fostering a Collegial Department: Strategies for Success

Robert Cipriano, ATLAS Consulting and Conference Advisory Board member

October 7, 1:00–4:30 pm

This informative, practical, and interactive workshop is designed to aid academic leaders in fostering a collegial department and university. Date from a 14-year study will be shared illuminating the deleterious effects of toxic, mean-spirited faculty members, and the terrible consequences of their behavior.

Specific strategies of successful ways of dealing with an uncivil faculty member will be explored. Case study scenarios will provide workshop participants with the growing problem of uncivility, bullying, and abuse of authority among colleges and universities. Case law in the United States will be explored as to the use of collegiality as a factor in tenure and other personnel decisions. An instrument, the Collegiality Assessment Matrix, will be discussed as a means of assessing a faculty member’s collegial behavior in an objective way. This workshop will provide a means to address collegiality in a constructive manner, one that protects the vulnerable from abusive behavior but does not simultaneously give administrators a weapon to use against faculty members they do not like.
Learning goals:
At the conclusion of this interactive workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Operationally define collegiality
  • Describe what constitutes collegial and non-collegial behavior
  • Identify what the US courts have ruled regarding collegiality
  • Learn proven strategies for dealing with uncivil faculty
  • Identify proactive strategies to use to develop collegiality within a university
  • Describe hiring practices to use in selecting a collegial person
  • Determine the roles and responsibilities of academic leaders in facilitating a collegial department and university
  • Identify specific strategies to use to develop, promote and sustain collegiality within a university