EAL LAS 2021

Excellence in Academic Leadership: LAS

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Academic Leadership (EAL) program cohort. This program is presented by the National Center for Principled Leadership and Research Ethics (NCPRE), housed in the Coordinated Science Lab here on campus.

Your cohort facilitators will include an array of highly-experienced Illinois leaders, including NCPRE director and former Associate Provost C. K. Gunsalus, President Emeritus Robert Easter, and Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence Lloyd Munjanja.

Your primary point of contact will be Sarah Mustered. She is available for any questions you may have about the program.

General Reference Materials:

Session Two: Critical Friends/Group Problem Solving

Session Date: 10/22/21 at 12pm-1:30pm CT

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:

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:  09/24/21 at 12pm-2pm CT

Our first session is scheduled for Friday, September 24, from 12 -2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall 2000. This opening session will be held in-person, over lunch and will serve as an introduction between cohort members and program facilitators. Lunch will be served outside on the quad – east side entrance to Lincoln Hall  at 12pm (weather permitting),  and will be followed by the 90 min session held indoors, starting at 12:30pm. Subsequent synchronous sessions will be held online

Prior to our meeting on Friday afternoon, 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 Friday’s session by discussing this scenario, after which we will take some time to explore the unique challenges our environment presents.

Pre-Session Materials:

Cultures of Excellence

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

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.
  • Also attached is a copy of the AUDiT Dashboard developed by NCPRE to help systematically assess the health of your 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.

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