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Each year, the Leadership Institute series offers academic administrators the opportunity to interact with their peers around key topics. This series of 90-minute sessions are designed to expand upon themes introduced at New Administrator Orientation. These sessions are required for department chairpersons, school directors, and associate deans of non-departmentally organized colleges within the first two years of their appointments; all other administrators are encouraged to attend sessions they would find useful.

This spring we will offer four sessions (all offered via Zoom).

Prioritizing and Time/Email Management

Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Victor DiRita, Chairperson, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Chris Long, Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Prioritizing and managing the many tasks and inquiries unit administrators receive each day is a challenge.  Through a combination of brief presentations, a group exercise, and time for open discussion, this session will provide helpful strategies for real-life situations.

Registration is required; Zoom links will be sent to all participants a few days before each session.

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Engaging with Faculty and Academic Staff on Retirement

This program is designed for MSU Deans, Chairs, and Faculty Excellence Advocates to discuss strategies for engaging with faculty and academic staff within your unit about retirement issues. Legal restrictions and MSU’s policies will also be provided as guidelines to follow when interacting with academics on retirement.

Roger Baldwin, Professor Emeritus, College of Education
Suzanne Lang, Associate Provost and Vice President, Academic Human Resources

W. Vance Baird, Chairperson, Horticulture
Mary Finn, Dean, College of Social Science
Theresa Kelley, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Francisco Villarruel, Faculty Grievance Official, Faculty Grievance and Dispute Resolution Office

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Resources from Past Sessions

Resources from these sessions will be available after each event.

Resources for current  (2020-21) Leadership Institute Sessions

Resources from  2019-20 Leadership Institute Sessions

 Tips on Surviving Your First Year as a Department Head