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Preliminary 2018 AAUA Leadership Seminar Schedule
(Posted 2/1/18. Subject to change.)


1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Pre-Seminar Workshop 1: Ethics Case Studies Writing Workshop. Facilitators: Chris Cavanaugh, President, Pathways II; Karen M. Lee, Assistant Vice President, University of San Diego; and Jerome Neuner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (retired), Canisius College. (Requires special preregistration.)

1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Pre-seminar Workshop 2: Department Chairs Discussion Group – Departmental Advocacy Strategies. Facilitators: John Cavanaugh, President, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; and Scott Miller, Dean of the College of Business, and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. (Requires special preregistration.)

1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Pre-Seminar Workshop 3: Applying Google Leadership in Higher Education. Facilitators: Michele Cuomo, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Montgomery County Community College; Adrian Haugabrook, Senior Vice President and University Chief of Staff, Southern New Hampshire University. (Requires special preregistration.)

1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Pre-seminar Workshop 4: New Deans Discussion Group. Facilitators: Judson Edwards, Dean, Sorrell College of Business, Troy University; Henry Findlay, Assistant Dean, School of Education, Tuskegee University. (Requires special preregistration.)

6:00 – 8:30 P.M. Board of Directors meeting. (Closed meeting for Board members and Board members-elect only.)


8:15 – 9:05 A.M. Session 1: Shared Vision and Connection to Overcome Adversity and Realize Growth. Thomas Mitzel, President, Dickinson State University; Marie Moe, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Dickinson State University; Ty Orton, Executive Director, DSU Heritage Foundation; Marty Parsons, Vice President for Finance, Dickinson State University.

9:15 – 9:45 A.M. Session 2: Effective Education in the 21st Century: Thinking Critically About Instruction on Your Campus. James A. Gerald, Assistant Professor of Physics, Delta State University; and James R. Tarr, Associate Professor of Business, American Intercontinental University.

10:00 – 10:45 A.M. Session 3: Guns on Campus: Implementing Campus Carry in Texas. Vicki Brittain, Professor of Political Science, Texas State University; Nelly R. Herrera, Deputy General Counselor, Texas State University System; and Cynthia Opheim, Professor of Political Science, Texas State University.

10:55 – 11:55 A.M. Session 4: Whole System Integration: An Uncommon Methodology to Solve a Common Problem in Higher Education. Mark Rubenstein, President, Granite State College; Donald L. Birx, President, Plymouth State University; Jason Moran, Dean of Enrollment Management, Plymouth State University; Annette M. Holba, Professor of Communication and Media Studies, and Transition Leadership Team Member, Plymouth State University; Ann McClellan, Professor of English and Transition Leadership Team Member, Plymouth State University; and Janette Wiggett, Title IX Coordinator, Plymouth State University.

12:15 – 1:45 P.M. Lunch and Keynote Presentation Session: Top Problems Facing American Colleges. Norman Smith, President Emeritus, Elmira College, and Wagner College; Past President, Suffolk University, and Richmond – The American International University of London; Author of From Bottom to Top Tier in a Decade, Top Problems Facing American Colleges, and What College Trustees Need to Know.

2:00 – 3:05 P.M. Session 5: (A) Impact of Educator Professional Community on Student Evaluation. Becky Bertain, Nursing Remediation Specialist, Gadsden State Community College; Janet Gardner, Nursing Program Director, Gadsden State Community College; and Shawn Wilson, Nursing Remediation Coordinator, Jefferson State Community College. (B) Coping With the Demands of Title IX. Ronald A. Wilson, Director of Social Equity and Title IX Coordinator, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

3:15 – 4:00 P.M. Dissertation Awards Session: Short summary presentations by 2018 recipients of AAUA dissertation awards. Two specific award recipients and presenters to be determined.

4:10 – 5:00 P.M. Session 6: Stopping the Bleeding Before the Cut: A New Model of Higher Education Human Resource Development and Management. Henry J. Findlay, Assistant Dean, School of Education, Tuskegee University; and Sydney Freeman, Jr., Associate Professor of Higher Education, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, University of Idaho.

5:15 – 7:30 P.M. Reception, Dinner and Host-Institution Session: Widener University Common Ground Project: Creating an Environment for Civil Discourse. Julie Wollman, President, Widener University.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2018

8:15 – 9:25 A.M. Session 7: (A) When the Show Must Go On: Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Faculty Member. Mark J. Brenner, Professor of Social Work, Bridgewater State University. (B) Stepping Down? – Personal and Institutional Considerations for Senior Academic Leaders who Return to the Faculty. Lisa Jasinski, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity University. (C) Solving the Assessment Puzzle: Guidance for Measuring Co-Curricular Leadership Program Effectiveness. Shane Pruitt, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, Oglethrope University.

9:35 – 10:05 A.M. Session 8A: Issues in Structuring Schools and Colleges: A Case Study Examining Educational and Financial Ramifications of Locating Health Administration Programs Within Colleges of Nursing or Public Health. J. A. Eve Krahe, Dean of Graduate Programs, School of Health Services Administration, College of Health Professions, University of Phoenix.

Session 8B: Presidential Turnover: So Many, Why? Who Will Fill the Void? Where Will They Come From? Neil Trotta, Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies and MBA Program Director, Fisher College.

10:10 – 10:40 A.M. Session 9A: Another New President?!? Coping with Organizational Change. Chris Hubbard Jackson, Director of Research, St. Charles Community College.

Session 9B: Academic Program Budgeting Template: A New Model. Lloyd Russow, Associate Provost for Academic Analytics and Modeling, Thomas Jefferson University.

10:45 – 11:15 A.M. Session 10A: Busting the Party Culture: Social Policies and Norming Strategies. Shane Pruitt, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, Oglethorpe University.

Session 10B: Ethics for Everyone: An Intrapersonal Perspective in Higher Education. Henry J. Findlay, Assistant Dean, School of Education, Tuskegee University.

11:25 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. Session 11A: Using Online Conversation Insights to Restore the Public’s Trust in Higher Education. Tim Jones, Chief Communications and Integrated Marketing Officer, Beloit College; Liz Gross, Director, Campus Sonar; Joshua Merchant, President, Buena Vista University; Michael Berman, Chef Innovation Officer, California State university, and Vice President for Technology and Innovation, California State University Channel Islands.

Session 11B: Increase Student Engagement to Increase Student Retention. Carol Walker, Assistant Vice President, and Academic Worldwide Liaison, Saint Leo University; Karen Hahn, Assistant Vice President of Learning Design, Saint Leo University; and Colleen McIlroy, Lead Learning Designer, Saint Leo University.

12:45 – 3:00 P.M. Awards Luncheon and Awardee Presentation Session: Khaladjan Award, Blackburn Award, and Tosney Award presenters to be determined.

6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Optional Social Cultural Event: Excursion to Longwood Gardens. Dinner is on your own; available for purchase in one of several venues at Longwood Gardens. (Requires preregistration and special ticket purchase. Refer to details on social/cultural event page.)

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