Values-based Academic Leadership: A Retreat For Agents of Institutional Change and Transformation

Are you a leader with ambitions about advancing academic innovation at your institution, improving learning outcomes, and fostering greater engagement among students and faculty?

Do you want to better align your institution’s policies and reward systems to its mission and values?

Are you in search of new and innovative ways to collaborate with, validate, and inspire your colleagues?

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement invites you to participate in Values-based Academic Leadership, to be held on September 15-16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. A follow-up to the 2015 NCSCE Department Chairs Workshop, this retreat will bring together leaders and change-agents interested in strengthening leadership that is rooted in educational values and mission. Current and aspiring chairs, deans, and other academic administrators from all disciplines are welcome.

Since 2001, NCSCE has attracted and nurtured a community of faculty and administrators who have lead mission-centered renewal in both formal and informal education. Their long-term commitment to connecting curricular innovation and student learning to our larger civic aspirations and responsibilities has attracted 6000 educators from 500 learning institutions to participate our programs. SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), the signature initiative of NCSCE, was identified as a community of transformation in a recent National Science Foundation monograph on STEM education reform.

The format of this retreat will be interactive and participant-driven, with experienced chairs, deans, and professional development specialists acting as facilitators and guides leading focused discussions and problem-solving activities. The program will consist of core sessions, elective sessions, and hands-on workshop sessions that will enable participants to fully engage with topic most relevant to their goals. The format will also emphasize opportunities for participants to network and learn from each others’ experiences and expertise.

Among the topics we will cover are:

  • Collaborative Leadership: Negotiating Academic Values and Developing a Shared Understanding of “Excellence.”
  • Leading from Below: Cultivating an Inclusive Institutional Culture that Rewards Teaching, Research, and Innovation.
  • Building and Leading Coalitions for Student Success
  • The Role of Governance in Sustaining Academic Values
  • Assessment that Works; Developing Relevant and Mission-Based Program Review and Evaluation Strategies, Clarifying Institutional Accountability.
  • Getting on the Same Page: Facilitating Strategic Conversations and Decision-Making
  • Alternative Models of Advancement in Academic Leadership: Achieving Personal and Institutional Effectiveness.
  • Leveraging Your Leadership Experience in Outside Professional Organizations to Advance Change at Your Institution
  • Taking Stock: Using Portfolios to Develop a Skills and Goals Inventory
  • Next Steps: Keeping your Career on Track
  • Funding Innovation

Sessions will be added to the program based on the goals and needs expressed by participants in the registration process.

To Attend:

You can register for the meeting here.

The cost to attend the meeting is $650 per registrant. This registration fee includes:

  • All program materials,
  • admission to all sessions,
  • 1 night’s lodging at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago on the night of September 15th,
  • lunch and a networking on September 15th, and
  • breakfast and lunch on September 16th.

The deadline to register is September 1, 2017. This is also the payment deadline.