Design Your Academic Life

(New Faculty)

Are you ready to explore your personal and professional goals, desires, activities, and accomplishments in the context of real and complex social contexts?

Workshop: Design Your Academic Life (New Faculty)

Leadership and Integration

The Design Your Academic Life (New Faculty) workshop is no passive “listen to a speaker” experience. Instead, you'll be immersed into frameworks that guide your thinking and challenge you to clarify personal and career alignment. Along the way, you'll identify challenges or obstacles and brainstorm approaches to overcome them. 

You'll also be guided through the concepts of "value" and "contradictions": 

  • How can value-adding activities and accomplishments be aligned with one’s goals and desires? 
  • How and why do contradictions emerge between goals, desires, activities, and social contexts? 


Event Information

Design Your Academic Life

Dates: December 13, 2021, with a follow-up session (Agenda below)

Location: Virtual/Online

Cost: $1500.00

Registration Deadline: October 18, 2021


Cancellation Policy: If a participant cancels within 30 days of a workshop, the Kern Family Foundation may invoice the institution for a $150 cancelation fee to cover materials and other unrecoverable costs.

Workshop Agenda

Schedule subject to change

December 13, 2021 (Monday)

  • Main session: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

December 27, 2021 (Monday)

  • Follow-up session: 9 a.m. - TBD

Your Workshop Guides

Meet the facilitators and coaches for your workshop journey:

Cory Hixson

Cory Hixson, Facilitator & Coach

Cory is an Assistant Professor in the new Industrial and Systems Engineering program at Colorado Christian University. His interdisciplinary background prepared him for helping develop integrated courses and curricula merging engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities; research-based instructional strategies; the entrepreneurial mindset; and a biblical perspective to engineering education. He has successfully fostered university-industry partnerships and entrepreneurial-minded learning, which extend the impact of the program beyond classroom learning and provide students with the real-world knowledge and experiences needed to excel after graduation.
Kaitlin Mallouk

Kaitlin Mallouk, Facilitator & Coach

Kaitlin is an Assistant Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University. She is focused on multi-disciplinary instruction in the first and second years. Her background includes chemical engineering (BS), biomedical engineering (2 years working in vaccine development), environmental engineering (MS, PhD), and mechanical engineering (5 years as an instructor in an ME department).
Mary Raber

Mary Raber, Facilitator & Coach

Mary (BSME, MBA) is a Professor of Practice at Michigan Tech University and serves as Assistant Dean for Academic Programs for the Pavlis Honors College, and also as co-director of the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship and director of IDEAhub, an educational innovation incubator. Mary also serves as PI and director of the NSF I-Corps Site. During her 20 years at MTU, Mary has helped to develop and lead the highly distinctive undergraduate Enterprise Program and the Global Leadership program. She loves to work with students and teaches courses in leadership, human-centered design and lean start-up. She helped to co-found MicroDevice Engineering, LLC, a new start-up focused on bringing rapid diagnostic devices to market.
Elise Barrella

Elise Barrella, Facilitator & Coach

Elise is the founder and CEO of DfX Consulting LLC which offers engineering education and design research, planning and consulting services. She is a registered Professional Engineer and was a Founding Faculty member of the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University. She is passionate about curriculum development, scholarship and student mentoring on transportation systems, sustainability, and engineering design. In addition to her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Dr. Barrella holds a Master of City and Regional Planning (Transportation) from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.

Your Workshop Journey

FacDev Journey

Key Deliverables

  • Frameworks and resources that encourage alignment between personal/professional goals and activities
  • Dedicated and intentional time for your personal and professional development; to consider things like goals, value-adding activities, and challenges within real-world social contexts
  • Coaching that supports identifying and clarifying your academic endeavors
  • A visual and comprehensive personal summary that can be used to guide one’s actions beyond the workshop
Design Your Academic Life

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