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2019 AAUA Leadership Seminar

June 6-7, 2019 │ Detroit, Michigan
(With optional campus visits to be scheduled for June 5)

"Creative and Effective Approaches to Common Problems
Confronting American Higher Education"

The AAUA Annual Leadership Seminar comprises a limited number of American higher education professionals who are keenly interested in administrative practices. The number of seminar participants is limited to no more than 75; this limitation ensures opportunities for meaningful interaction between presenters and participants as well as among participants themselves. Many participants find the seminar as a place of meaningful professional networking and/or a place where scholarly collaborations are initiated. Perhaps most importantly, the AAUA Leadership Seminar is intended and designed as an administrators’ professional development meeting where we "close the doors and talk about issues that we might not be willing to talk about in larger, more open venues." (Note: AAUA membership embraces personnel in all administrative roles and at all administrative levels, from department chair/unit director through president. It enrolls personnel from all institutional types—two- and four-year colleges; comprehensive and research universities; publicly supported and privately supported institutions, both non- and for-profit; and specialized career- and professional schools. Membership in AAUA is not required to participate in the leadership seminar.)

The 2019 seminar will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown Hotel (333 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226). (Detailed lodging information can be found under the "Lodging" tab.) The registration fee for the seminar is $200. (The registration form can be accessed under the "Registration Form" tab.)

FEATURED PRESENTERS: Several featured seminar presenters have been scheduled. Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman (both professors of economics at the College of William and Mary), coauthors of The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities, will be interviewed by Widener University President Julie Wollman in our "A Discussion With…" session. (NOTE: Seminar participants who register by before the expiration of the early registration period will be provided with a complimentary copy of Archibald's and Feldman's book.)

Also of note is a session we've scheduled with the managing director of University Ventures Fund, Roger Craig. His latest book, College Disrupted is widely used in graduate classes and professional development settings where lively discussions of higher education issues are encouraged and valued.

A third invited session will be led by Elaine P. Maimon, president of Governors State University and author of Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation. President Maimon's presentation will conclude the first day of the seminar, and she will be available for discussion during the reception immediately following her session.

Of course, the 2019 Leadership Seminar will also include a robust array of presentations/sessions led by practicing professionals whose presentation proposals were reviewed by and deemed outstanding by the seminar program planning committee.

PRESEMINAR OPPORTUNITIES: Several preseminar offerings are planned for Wednesday, June 5th. The first of these is an opportunity to visit a campus and interact with senior campus leaders. While these arrangements have not yet been completely finalized, we hope to offer visits to the College for Creative Studies (confirmed), Henry Ford College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Windsor (Canada), and Wayne State University (confirmed). Including time for transportation, these visits will be scheduled for 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

In addition to campus visits, we're planning another of past years' popular career development sessions for individuals who are anticipating a potential job search. Intended especially for those who are looking to "move to the next level" (e.g., dean to provost, provost to president)—but not necessarily excluding those who are anticipating a lateral professional move—a practicing executive search consultant will offer suggestions and advice. Scheduled for 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. (The specific facilitator for this session has not yet been finalized. When it has, details will be posted here.)

Finally, Who hasn't spent some time thinking about Title IX issues?!? Sit with a practicing campus-based Title IX administrator to discuss the latest developments and new strategies for addressing Title IX issues. Scheduled for 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. (The specific facilitator for this session has not yet been finalized. When it has, details will be posted here.)

CONCLUDING SESSION: The concluding session (June 7th) is a formal luncheon at which the association presents several annual recognition awards. Presentations describing awarded successful higher education practices and exemplary models are included in the luncheon program. Seminar participants who remain through and attend this luncheon as well; seminar presenters and participants who remain through the awards luncheon will receive fully-paid dues membership to AAUA for the 2019-20 academic year (a $100 value). The seminar will conclude no later than 3 o'clock on Friday, June 7th.

Additional information will be posted here as details are finalized. In the meanwhile, please review both the Call for Presentation Proposals, and Call for Awards Nominations.

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