Academic Leaders Series

The Academic Leaders Series is a year-long program for academic unit leaders including department heads and chairs, program and center directors, assistant and associate deans, and assistant, associate, and vice chairs, and emerging faculty leaders. The program is designed to help develop leadership, communication, and conflict management skills of academic administrators and faculty leaders. The program is a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, Colleges, NDSU Ombuds, and NDSU HR.

Communication & Civility.
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3:15-4:30 pm, Mandan Room, MU  
Feedback, criticism, and dialogue all increase civility, even though they can be uncomfortable. Let's talk about strategies that will work for you and increase trust and collegiality. Facilitated by Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds.

Friends and Fundraising.
Monday, December 10th, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Badlands Room, MU
Facilitated by Monique Anderson, Development, Foundation and Alumni Association.

Responsibility Review Training.
Wednesday, January 30th, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Mandan Room, MU 
A Responsibility Review is meant to be a developmental tool used to build a partnership between the employee and the supervisor, based on mutual trust and respect, to work together to accomplish the University's mission through the department's strategic goals.
This is the supervisor's opportunity to:

  • Enhance departmental operations
  • Encourage personal/professional development
  • Document performance
  • Address employee behavior in relation to co-workers and customers
  • Provide documentation for the annual salary administration process

Responsibility Review training provides supervisors with the skills and resources required to maximize the review process.  Facilitated by Colette Erickson, Noah Fischer, HR and Payroll.


Maintaining a Healthy Climate.
Wednesday, February 27th, 3:15 pm-4:30 pm, Badlands Room, MU  
Identify barriers to a healthy, respectful climate.  Discuss tough situations that can seem hopeless and entrenched.  Create new strategies for old problems.  Facilitated by Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds.

Avoiding Burnout: Tips for Thriving (not just surviving).

Thursday, March 28th, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Room of Nations Room, MU
With increasing demands on time and decreased resources available, burnout in academia is now higher than ever. During this interactive session, learn simple practices for preventing burnout in your work life and home life. These research-based practices can contribute to more connection, happiness, meaning, and resilience in your life. Come learn how a few minutes a day can make big changes how you thrive. Facilitated by Jill Nelson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Education.

Previous Workshops

October 15, 2018
"Crucial Conversations" Catherine Kingsley Westerman, Associate Professor, Communication

September 26, 2018
"Civility and Departmental Climate" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

May 18, 2017
"Success Strategies for Women Faculty: Navigating Career Advancement Challenges" Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University

May 18, 2017
"Workshop for Administrators on Negotiation: Why Women are at a Disadvantage, How it Impacts the Success of Your Organization, and What You Can Do About It" Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University

March 29, 2017
"Conflict Style" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

February 14, 2017
"Making Feedback Meaningful" Kristine Paranica and Margaret Fitzgerald

December 14, 2016
"Bullying: Strategies for Prevention & Intervention" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

November 7, 2016
"Difficult Discussions and Hot Topics in the Classroom" Kristine Paranica, Kjersten Nelson, and Wendy Reed

April 6, 2016
"Leadership Styles" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

March 16, 2016
"Approaching Conflict & Difficult Situations" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

February 17, 2016
"Communicating Feedback and Evaluation"Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

January 27, 2016
"Everyone Communicates Few Connect"Jill Hough, SURTC Director

November 18, 2015
"Supporting Civility" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

October 7, 2015
"Connecting the Dots" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

September 30, 2015
"Communicating Expectations"Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

September 4, 2015
"Facilitating Diversity through Professional Development & Accountability",Christine Stanley, VP Texas A&M

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