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.

Workshops for 2019-2020


November 14, 2019

"Participatory Facilitation Techniques" Linda Langley, Associate Professor, Psychology and Liz Skoy Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice 

Strategies and techniques that support inclusive processes and decision making will be introduced. These participatory facilitation techniques have been implemented on multiple campuses, including NDSU. Techniques emphasize a combination of individual reflection, small group discussion, and large group consensus. 

October 23, 2019
"The Art of Successfully Advising Graduate Students" Kendra Greenlee, Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences and Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

In this session, we will discuss the challenges, best practices and the importance of advising graduate students. 

September 19, 2019
"Leading and Contributing in Meetings" Stephenson Beck, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication

Meetings are central to all university work. In this session, Beck will discuss important facilitation techniques meeting leasers can use to be more effective and efficient in meetings. Beck will also share insights on how to successfully participate in complex meeting situations.



Previous Workshops

March 28, 2019
"Avoiding Burnout: Tips for Thriving (not just surviving)." Jill Nelson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Education

February 27, 2019
"Maintaining a Healthy Climate" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

February 12, 2019
"Responsibility Review Training" Noah Fischer, HR and Payroll

December 10, 2018
"Friends and Fundraising" Monique Anderson, Vice President of Development, Foundation and Alumni Association

November 15, 2018
"Communication & Civility" Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombuds

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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