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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: mustered@illinois.edu

General Reference Materials:

Session Six: Negotiation

Session Date: 2/18/21 10:00am-12:00pm AKST/1-3:0pm CST

Session Materials

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Leadership Collection Reference Materials:

Session Five: Exploring Leadership

Session Date: 1/21/21 10:00am-11:30pm AKST/1-2:30pm CST

I  hope that you all had a restful holiday break and wish you a Happy New Year! We are looking forward to our upcoming session focused on Leadership next Thursday, January 21 from 10:00-11:30am AKST/1:00-2:30pm CST. I have copied the Zoom details below for your convenience.
This session will feature President Emeritus Robert Easter sharing his thoughts on leadership in the academic environment, gleaned across his long career in all levels of university leadership: department head, dean, provost, chancellor, president.
In preparation for this week’s session, we ask that you have your definition of leadership on hand and ready to discuss. We will also open with your experience practicing the And Stance.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you next week!
Session Materials
Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):
Leadership Collection Reference Materials:

Homework Assigned

  • Re-visit your definition of leadership and reflect on your strengths; how will you play to them? What would you like to focus on going forward? Record your thoughts in your journal.
  • We invite you to reflect on paradigm shifts occurring in your field or life. Consider the impact that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity had on Newtonian Physics, or the impact of genetic engineering on agriculture, or the introduction of satellites to meteorology. These are all examples of major paradigm shifts. Other changes are smaller in scale and still impactful. How you recognize and respond to these events is key to being a successful academic leader. Do you see a paradigm shift in your field or institution? How will your leadership help your colleagues prepare for or react to it? Record your thoughts in your journal.

Session Four: Difficult Conversations and Personal Scripts

Session Date: 12/3/20 10:00am-12:00pm AKST/1-3:00pm CST

Thank you for your patience regarding the difficult in uploading reference copies of the slides to our cohort webpage. Unfortunately, I am still working on a long-term solution. For now, I am making pdf copies of the slides available via a WeTransfer link: here. Please be advised that this link will only be active for seven days, so please download copies promptly if you wish to have them.
As a reminder, our next session on Difficult Conversations and Personal Scripts will be next Thursday, Dec 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm AKST/1:00-3:00pm CST. Please note that this meeting is two hours long, rather than our standard 90 minutes. I have copied the Zoom details below for your convenience. We ask that you be prepared to share your one-minute elevator pitch and to report back on your Critical Friends sessions.
I have attached the conflict self-assessment we sent once before. We ask that you continue to keep this in mind as you consider your conflict style and how you tend to react to difficult conversations. Among other topics we will cover, we will revisit your conflict comfort and style and introduce the And Stance, a powerful tool that grows out of work on influence and persuasion at the Harvard Project on Negotiation. The idea behind the And Stance is that “but” is a stopper word in American English; the exercise is to practice moving to the And Stance, where you use “and” instead of “but” (or “however” or “although”)– without changing your message. (You may have noticed a distinct lack of “buts” in these emails–this is not a coincidence!) If you have time to look over the exercise in advance, we can spend more time discussing and working on it during the session
We look forward to seeing you Thursday and hope you have a happy (and delicious) break.

Pre-Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Leadership Collection Reference Materials:

Session Three: Vibrant Academic Units

Session Date: 11/12/20 10-11:30am AKST/1-2:30pm CST

In preparation for next week’s meeting, we ask you to be prepared to discuss the AUDiT that you filled out for your unit along with the real or hypothetical situation you developed for use with a Critical Friends group. We will have you participate in Critical Friends sessions as future homework, so taking the time to consider possible scenarios now will better prepare you.
I have also attached a self-assessment document that we will reference during the session. We find that reflecting upon the questions within to be a useful tie-in for this topic. We suggest that you take the time to fill out this assessment and keep it with your journal.
As always, please make sure that you have your journals at hand. We will be asking you to refer back to them throughout the program. 

Pre-Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

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):

Resources:

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:

ALCT: Duluth

Academic Leadership in Challenging Times – Duluth 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.

You are in a cohort with colleagues from UM-Duluth Swenson College of Science and Engineering, 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 start with individual online meetings to get to know you. The program will be offered through on-line group Zoom sessions augmented by outside readings and your reflections and analyses. 

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. Dr. Robert Easter, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois, is the cohort leader for your program, and you can meet all the Academic Leadership Excellence Program team here.

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

General Reference Materials:

Session Nine: Leadership, Shared Governance, and You

Session Date: 2/25/21 2:00-3:30pm CST

This session, featuring shared wisdom from President Emeritus Robert Easter and Professor Nicholas Burbules, asked you to consider your role as a leader and the values you bring to it. Below are materials you need for completing the homework for session ten and the slides from session nine.

As a reminder, our closing session will be on Thursday, April 1 from 2:00-3:30pm CDT

Homework Assigned:

  • Use the attached Capstone Case Study to develop a plan to address the scenario. Your task is to describe how to navigate the difficult process before you as effectively and constructively as possible. Each pair will present its approach to the full group in a 5-minute presentation. You are welcome to use slides, a document or any other vehicle for making your presentation.
    • Select a partner ASAP! Please email me once you have chosen a partner. To ensure that no one is left on their own, I will assign groups for anyone who has not responded by 5pm next Monday, March 8. The short window here is to make sure that you have time to make arrangements to prepare your work on the capstone case.
  • Use the attached guidelines to put together an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only)

Session Eight: Bullyproofing Academic Units

Session Date: 2/4/21 2:00-3:30pm CST

Below are copies of a case study  and  situation analysis  we will be using in the session. In order to make the best use of our time,  we ask that you read them ahead of the session. Please make sure to have them on hand for our group discussion tomorrow.
As a reminder, we ask that you dig far back to our first session  together and revisit the short video featuring “Professor Major” having a conversation with a new Department Head on his first day
We will be opening our session with a group discussion of the behavior you see in the video and the dynamics involved in the interaction. Please be prepared to share your thoughts.
Additionally, based on your responses, we will be rescheduling  Session 9 for Thursday, Feb 25 from 2:00-3:30pm CST. Unfortunately, we were not able to accommodate  everyone’s scheduling preferences. This was the option that worked for the most people. Once again, thank you for your flexibility and willingness to adjust the schedule. I will be updating the calendar invites shortly.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Homework Assigned:

  • Review the second version of the Professor Major video below. Make note of your thoughts on what the department chair learned in this program. What changes did he make to the interaction and its outcome?
  • Meet in a group to develop a list of skills you’ve acquired through this cohort program that you see being applied in the second version of Professor Major. Be prepared to report at our next session.
  • Meet in a Critical Friends group: use an issue a member of your group is facing.  If you would like a case study to discuss, please contact us and we will provide one for you.

Meet Professor Major, Version 2:

Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only)

Pre-Session Materials:

Meet Professor Major, Version 1:

Session Seven: Giving/Receiving Feedback

Session Date: 11/19/20 2:00-3:30pm CST

Pre-Session Materials:

Leadership Collection Resources:

LC Section: Maintaining Processes for Managing Careers

  • Giving Performance Feedback: Quick Tips
  • Sonya Stephens on Giving Feedback (3:10)
  • Ed Feser on Giving Feedback (1:28)

LC Section: Handling Difficult Situations

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

  • Take care of you and yours until we next meet.
  • Use your Critical Friends to work on difficult feedback situations, whether giving or receiving. (Feedback is a gift.)
  • We’ll have an informal, optional group check-in on December 10 (during our previously scheduled session), and we will schedule one in January.

Session Six: Negotiation

Session Date: 10/29/20 2:00-4:00pm CDT

Thanks once again for agreeing to a longer session! We hope that you will find the additional time for the exercises useful.
Before tomorrow’s meeting, we ask that you do the following:
  1. Please read “Are You the Doormat?”, the case study sent via email (marked with “READ ME” in the file name for clarity). We will be discussing this in breakout rooms later in the session and taking the time to read it ahead of time will give you more time to have meaningful group discussions.
  2. You have also been assigned one of two roles for a negotiation role play to be undertaken in pairs. Typically, these documents would be distributed the moment before beginning the exercise. To adapt to an online setting, we will be providing them now, so that you may print them out to have ready for the activity. We ask in the strongest terms that you please refrain from reading them beforehand. For clarity, I have marked these files with “PRINT ONLY” in the file name. The experience will be far more valuable and provide a better learning opportunity if you read their contents for the first time during the exercise.
    • We also request that you please refrain from distributing this particular document in any form. As such, I will not be uploading the roles to the webpage. Typically, we would collect these handouts after the exercise and ask that you please dispose of them with care given this online setting.

Session Reference Materials:

Leadership Collection Resources:

Rob Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, talks about the use of data in discussions with decision-makers.

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

  • Consider interactions you have that you now see as negotiations: what can do you do to improve your preparation for these conversations? Record them in your journal. 
  • Send Sarah topics of difficult conversations around feedback you find challenging (next session is about giving and receiving feedback).
  • Finish reading Crucial Conversations or Crucial Accountability to prepare for our session on giving and receiving feedback.

Session Five: Exploring Leadership

Session Date: 9/24/20 1-2:30pm CDT

This session will focus on leadership through the lens of preparing for (and responding to) paradigm shifts–Leadership Through Challenging Times, if you will. In preparation for this week’s sessionwe ask that you take the time to:
1) consider and identify a fundamental change occurring in your field and be prepared to describe how your unit will adapt to it. Consider the impact that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity had on Newtonian Physics, or the impact of genetic engineering on agriculture, or the introduction of satellites on meteorology. These are all examples of major paradigm shifts. Other changes are smaller in scale and still impactful. How you recognize and respond to these events is key to being a successful academic leader. Please prepare to discuss the fundamental changes occurring in your fields in breakout sessions.
2) In addition, we ask that you remember to have your definition of leadership from our first session on hand and ready to discuss

Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

  • Re-visit your definition of leadership and reflect on your strengths; how will you play to them? What would you like to focus on going forward? Record your thoughts in your journal.
  • Do you see a paradigm shift in your field or institution? How will your leadership help your colleagues prepare for or react to it? Record your thoughts in your journal.
  • Submit via email discussion questions or a topic you would like to discuss with the group from your reading of Crucial Conversations or Crucial Accountability (whichever you read).

Session Four: Difficult Conversations and Personal Scripts

Session Date: 8/27/20 1-3:00pm CDT

Thank you for your responsiveness in scheduling for this week. This is to confirm that our next session, Difficult Conversationswill be this Thursday, August 27 from 1:00-3:00pm CDT. Please be prepared to share your one-minute elevator pitch and to report back on your Critical Friends sessions.
I have attached the conflict self-assessment we sent once before. We ask that you continue to keep this in mind as you consider your conflict style and how you tend to react to difficult conversations. Among other topics we will cover, we will revisit your conflict comfort and style and introduce the And Stance, a powerful tool that grows out of work on influence and persuasion at the Harvard Project on Negotiation. The idea behind the And Stance is that ‘but’ is a stopper word in American English; the exercise is to practice moving to the And Stance, where you use “and” instead of “but” (or “however” or “although”)– without changing your message. If you have time to look over the exercise in advance, we can spend more time discussing and working on it during the session. 
We look forward to seeing you Thursday. 

Session Materials:

Leadership Collection Reference Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

  • Practice applying the And Stance in your everyday life. First, try to go one week without using “but” in an email, instead restructuring the statement with “and” in order to align with others. Then, try to go 24 hours without saying “but” at all. This is a very difficult and worthwhile exercise that helps make you aware of just how often you use stopper words and where you can change your approach.
  • Start reading either Crucial Conversations or Crucial Accountability. (If you haven’t read either, start with Crucial Conversations.) Both are readily available for purchase online. We wish to provide time for all members of the cohort to read one or the other before we start a discussion, so are providing a head start for a future discussion.
  • Prepare personal scripts and share them with other members of the cohort, using the Personal Scripts Quick Tips as a guide. Also consider the Complaint-Handling Guidelines. You may find these helpful for handling difficult conversations and for constructing personal scripts when faced with these scenarios.
  • Before our next session, find and have ready the definition of leadership you recorded in your journals during the first session. Prepare to discuss.

Session Three: Vibrant Academic Units

Session Date: 8/13/20 10-11:30am CDT

We ask you to be prepared to discuss the AUDiT that you filled out for your unit along with the real or hypothetical situation you developed for use with a Critical Friends group. I have also attached a self-assessment document that we will be using during today’s session. Please download it to have at hand during our meeting.
As always, please make sure that you have your journals at hand. We will be asking you to refer back to them throughout the program. 

Pre-Session Materials:

Slide Deck Reference (for Personal Use Only):

Homework Assigned:

  • Create a ONE MINUTE or shorter elevator pitch for your unit, based in its purpose and mission.
  • Participate in a Critical Friends discussion: be prepared to report back.
  • Remember that there are books available to support your development—use your funds! 

Session Two: Critical Friends/Group Problem Solving

Session Date: 7/30/20 10-11:30am 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: 7/16/20 2-2:30pm CDT

Prior to our Zoom Call on Thursday 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 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):

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.

Developing Your Foundational Skills

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Solving Problems and Issues

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