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Academic Leadership Institute Launches Next Week

May 30, 2013

Department chairs, senior faculty members, staff and administrators selected from throughout the campus will be taking part in the first Academic Leadership Institute, an intensive weeklong professional development program sponsored by the President's Office and the Division of Academic Affairs. This program will be held June 3-7.

"Because higher education institutions present unique challenges, the idea is that faculty and staff can learn from best practices in other industries," said Jennifer Faust, associate vice president for academic affairs. "The program is aimed at preparing current and future university leaders to meet these challenges, by providing the skills proven effective in motivating others, planning for the future, navigating difficult circumstances and ensuring one’s own wellness."
Topics will include:

  • Self-assessment/self-awareness (management style, communication styles, etc.)
  • Effective leadership styles for academia
  • Communication strategies
  • The art of persuasion
  • Conflict management
  • Power and politics
  • Mentoring (developing successful junior faculty)
  • Earning trust and respect
  • Stress and time management
  • Strategic planning in a time of crisis
  • Vision and values in higher education

The participants for this first ALI include faculty chairs:

Erica Bowers, incoming chair and associate professor of reading
Grace Choi, chair and professor of secondary education
Lana Dalley, chair and associate professor of English, comparative literature and linguistics
Edward J. Fink, chair and professor of radio-TV-film
Robert H. Gass, incoming chair and professor of human communication studies
Jennifer Goldstein, chair and professor of educational leadership
Jade M. Jewett, incoming chair and professor of art
Susan L. Tschabrun, librarian, Pollak Library

Faculty members participating include:

Phillip Armstrong, professor of geological sciences
Radha S. Bhattacharya, professor of economics
Peter De Lijser, professor of chemistry and biochemistry
Christopher T. Kondo, director of the Sales Leadership Center and interim graduate program director, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Laura Lohman, associate professor of music
Robert W. Mead, associate professor of economics
Emily Miller Bonney, associate professor of liberal studies
Lynn M. Sargeant, associate professor of history
Jason M. Shepard, assistant professor of communications
Sean E. Walker, 2013-14 Academic Senate chair and associate professor of biological science
Carl Wendt, associate professor of anthropology

Participants who are MPPs include:

Kathleen Costello, assistant director, Center for Internships and Community Engagement
Sheryl Fontaine, associate dean, administration, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Victoria Peyton, regional director, CalStateTEACH
Heather Tunender, unit head, collection and processing services, Pollak Library
Marian Sherman, director, University Business Institute

Staff members participating are:

Triseinge Black, assistant dean of academic services, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Nari Darst, interim director, health education and promotion, Student Health and Counseling Center
Brenda Estrada, veteran certification officer, University Outreach
Jean Hotta, international student adviser, International Education and Exchange
Anh Lu, IT director, College of Health and Human Development
Diane Mazzey, assistant director, academic support services, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540

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