ALCT: Alaska

Academic Leadership in Challenging Times – Alaska Cohort

Greetings and welcome to the Academic Leadership in Challenging Times program of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE). Our goal is to support your growth as an academic leader. The program will be offered through on-line group Zoom sessions augmented by outside readings and your reflections and analyses.

Your cohort meetings will be on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 am AKT, 1:00-2:30 pm CT. 

You are in a cohort with colleagues from the University of Alaska, tailored to your interests, and supported by resources in the NCPRE online Leadership Collection. This is a pilot program, and will be shaped as we go in response to your feedback and interests. We will conduct a small set of individual online meetings to learn more about your environment and any special concerns. If you feel strongly that your circumstances are ones we should understand, please alert your Cohort Coordinator, Sarah Mustered.  

NCPRE creates and shares resources to support better ethical and leadership practices in academic and other professional contexts. Leadership—and particularly ethical leadership—is central to creating a culture that establishes healthy and productive professional interactions. We equip you with evidence-based tools to support intentional leadership development and institutional integrity.  The members of our Excellence in Academic Leadership Program group are provided here.

Please feel free to contact Sarah Mustered, the Cohort Coordinator for this program, if you have any questions:

General Reference Materials:

Session Two: Critical Friends/Group Problem Solving

Session Date: 10/22/20 10-11:30am AKDT/1-2:30pm CDT

For this session, we would like you to watch, in advance, the video provided below. This one is a bit longer than last time, around 9-10 minutes. It depicts a staged meeting discussing the Thomas Santo case study we addressed in the first cohort meeting, using a protocol created by the Annenberg Institute known as Critical Friends. We have provided a description of the protocol along with the full background from the Annenberg Institute for reference. We also have included a quick reference summary sheet of the Decision Making Framework (DMF) discussed in our last meeting that many find useful during a Critical Friends session. We will discuss the protocol, its uses, and do an abbreviated Critical Friends session during our upcoming online meeting.
We will be opening with your reviews of items in the Leadership Collection and the Testing Yourself prompts provided as homework after our last meeting, and discussing the AUDiT assessments you started.

Pre-Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

  • Review the AUDiT you filled out for your unit; be prepared to discuss
  • Develop a real or hypothetical situation to use in a Critical Friends group

Session One: The Special Challenges of the Academic Environment

Session Date: 10/1/20 10-11:30am AKDT/1-2:30pm CDT

Prior to our Zoom Call, we ask that you watch this short vignette that was filmed as part of our larger Leadership Collection. This particular clip features a faculty member named “Professor Major” having a conversation with a new Department Head on his first day.

As you watch the scene unfold and the behavior of the characters within it, we invite you to think about what is really happening in this interaction. Please consider the questions posed within the video and write some thoughts down in the Journal we have asked you to maintain as part of the program.

We will begin Thursday’s session by discussing this scenario, after which we will take some time to explore the unique challenges our environment presents.

Pre-Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):


AUDiT Versions:

Homework Assigned:

  • We invite you all to take a look through NCPRE’s Leadership Collection. This library of resources has been developed over several years, built on the experiences and wisdom of our experts. The collection includes Quick Tips, Executive Briefings and Annotated Bibliographies, as well as many video interviews with our experts themselves sharing their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Please take some time to browse the collection – during our second session we will ask each of you to share a couple of the assets you found most interesting or useful.
  • Find attached the Testing Yourself exercise and take a few minutes to respond to the prompts within. We will discuss these prompts and share responses in our next session when we dive deeper into handling contentious situations like these.
  • On this page, we provide several versions of the AUDiT Dashboard, developed by NCPRE to help systematically assess the health of your department. Please fill out the version that best applies to your unit.
    • When assessing the health of a department, our observation has been that many leaders tend to focus on areas that they think are problematic. The AUDiT approach helps ensure that your assessment is comprehensive. Use the AUDiT table to score your unit. Start by putting a number in each cell – the more the cell describes your unit, the higher the number should be. In the green and red columns, scores run from 0 to 5; in the yellow column, it is 0 to 3. When you are finished, add up your green scores and subtract the totals from your yellow and red scores. We will be revisiting this tool throughout the course so please keep the original with your journal.

Pre-Session: Introduction

First Steps:

  • Please introduce yourself to us by sending a bio to your Cohort Coordinator, Sarah Mustered. We seek to learn about you, your research and scholarship, your professional activities, role in your unit, education, etc. Your CV, a standard introduction, or an existing biosketch would suit the purpose of letting us learn a bit about you before we talk the first time.
  • Next, please review and return the participant agreement (attached) and respond to the informational link about your preferences and contact information here.

Introductory Materials:

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