Unleashing Academic Change

Catalyzing and Sustaining Your Change Project

Registration has now closed for this workshop.

Do you want to expand the impact of your work and effect a broader change in your department or institution?

Are you seeing real value in what you have developed but need to convince others of that value to sustain the transformation?

Workshop: Unleashing Academic Change: Catalyzing and Sustaining Your Change Project

Leadership and Integration

Does this sound familiar? Your course, project, or initiative based on the entrepreneurial mindset (EM) is positively transforming the ways in which your students or colleagues think and work. You're seeing real value! Now you want to expand the impact of your work and effect a broader change in your department or institution.

How do you convince others of that value to sustain the transformation?

Unleashing Academic Change: Catalyzing and Sustaining Your Change Project is a customized, research-based, practice-oriented workshop that will teach you to draw skills from fields outside of your disciplinary expertise to help you expand the impact of your EM-based project.

Wondering if this workshop is for you? Hear a few words from the facilitators and coaches!

The ultimate goal of this workshop is to help you understand and leverage the context within which effective academic change can happen and to equip you with a suite of tools that can support your work.

Faculty are encouraged and rewarded to develop their skills in highly specialized domains, but they generally lack training in non-domain specific skills which are necessary to catalyze and sustain important academic change efforts at institutions of all types.

Gain a much deeper understanding of the motivations of the different people at the different levels of academia—people you need to be your supporters and decision makers. Get the tools you need to do these kinds of academic changes, along with the practice, the confidence, and a network of people you can go back to again and again!

Event Information

Unleashing Academic Change

This workshop has reached capacity.


Dates: June 7-9, 2021 (Agenda below)

Location: Virtual/Online

Cost: $1500.00

Registration Deadline: April 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

Day 1: June 7, 2021 (Monday) 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Focus: Understanding the Context for Academic Change

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Introductions & Emerging Opportunities & Challenges

12:00-1:30 p.m. Understanding Academia Through Multiple Frames

1:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30-4:00 p.m. Gauging Support and Influence for Change Projects

4:00-4:30 p.m. Optional meetup/consultations with facilitators & coaches


Day 2: June 8, 2021 (Tuesday) 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Focus: Understanding Self and Others

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Personalities and Identity

12:00-1:00 p.m. Cultures and Behaviors

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-4:00 p.m. Encouraging People to Change

4:00-4:30 p.m. Optional meetup/consultations with facilitators & coaches


Day 3: June 9, 2021 (Wednesday) 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Focus: Communicating About and Planning for Your Change

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Communicating About Change

12:30-1:00 p.m. Sustaining Change

1:00-3:30 p.m. Identifying and Managing Risks

3:30-4:00 p.m. Developing a Roadmap for Change

4:00-4:30 p.m. Optional meetup/consultations with facilitators & coaches

Your Workshop Guides

Meet the facilitators and coaches for your workshop journey:

Sriram Mohan

Sriram Mohan, Facilitator

Sriram is a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman institute of Technology. He has served as a consultant in Hadoop and NoSQL systems and has helped a variety of clients in the Media, Insurance, and Telecommunication sectors. Sriram maintains an active research profile in data science, academic change, and education research that has led to over 40 publications or presentations. At Rose-Hulman, Sriram has been fundamental to the revamp of the entire software engineering program. He is a founding member of the Engineering Design program and continues to serve on the leadership team that has developed innovative ways to integrate Humanities, Science, Math, and Engineering curriculum into a studio based education model. In 2015, Sriram was selected as the Outstanding Young Alumni of the year by the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. Sriram serves as a facilitator for MACH, a unique faculty development experience, aimed at helping faculty and administrators develop a change agent tool box.
Julia M. Williams

Julia M. Williams, Facilitator

Julia, Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, joined the faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department in 1992, then assumed duties as Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment in 2005. From 2016-19, she served as Interim Dean of Cross-Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities. In this role, she supported the work of faculty who create multi-disciplinary learning opportunities for Rose-Hulman students. Williams’ publications on assessment, engineering and professional communication, and tablet PCs have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, among others. She has been awarded grants from Microsoft, HP, the Engineering Communication Foundation, and National Science Foundation. Currently she supports the work of the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (NSF RED) grant recipients. She has received numerous awards including the 2015 Schlesinger Award (IEEE Professional Communication Society) and 2010 Sterling Olmsted Award (ASEE Liberal Education Division).
John Johngo Park

John Johngo Park, Coach

John is an Assistant Research Professor of Engineering Leadership Development, in the College of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University. His current research interests are in the areas of engineering leadership development, computational thinking and emotional regulation, intrapreneurial mindset, and sustainability education. He acquired a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management, a Master of Educational Technology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Program Evaluation and a PhD from University of Texas at Austin, where he taught undergraduate classes for five years. Prior to his current position, he was a research fellow in Biomedical Engineering at University of Michigan.
Eva Andrijcic

Eva Andrijcic, Facilitator

Eva is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where she teaches courses in systems engineering and engineering management. With a background in risk analysis and management, Eva has worked on projects in academia and industry ranging from investment banking to critical infrastructure protection. Her major teaching interests are in the areas of systems engineering, risk analysis and management, and leadership, and her current research efforts are in the areas of risk education and change management in academia. Eva is a facilitator for the Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) program, which aims to equip emerging and experienced faculty, and academic administrators with research-based skills that will help them become change agents in academia. As part of this work, Eva also serves as a co-PI on an NSF project which supports the work of the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (NSF RED) grant recipients.
Ann D. Christy

Ann D. Christy, Coach

Ann (Ph.D., P.E.) is a professor of Engineering Education and professor of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at the Ohio State University. She is a registered professional engineer with experience in the environmental engineering consulting industry; also she is a second-generation woman engineer. Her research interests are in engineering education, bioenergy, and environmental engineering. She is an ABET program evaluator and commissioner. Ann is an alumna of the Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) program, and she has been involved in a variety of academic change scenarios including development of new undergraduate and graduate degrees, establishment of a new department, and providing faculty leadership in the transition from the quarter to semester system at Ohio State. Dr. Christy has been an academic change agent, achieving positive change at large scale as well as on an individual scale: one student at a time.

Tonya Frevert, Coach

Tonya is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at UNC Charlotte. She also serves as Associate Director of the College’s Center for Education Innovation, which promotes STEM education research and its applications. An organizational scientist, Tonya studies pedagogical and organizational change in STEM education through an intersectional lens, with an emphasis on broadening participation. Since 2015, she has served as a co-investigator on CCI’s NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) project, The Connected Learner, now in its final year. Through The Connected Learner, the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte created a faculty community of practice that now deploys active learning practices in over 40% of undergraduate courses in the College, leading to improved student retention rates and student learning outcomes.

Your Workshop Journey

FacDev Journey

Mission

Making Academic Change Happen

Whether you are an individual or a team, a novice educator, an experienced educator, or anyone in between, you will:

  • Use the entrepreneurial mindset to draw skills from fields outside your disciplinary expertise
  • Expand the impact of your EM-based project
  • Understand and leverage the context within which effective academic change can happen
  • Acquire a suite of tools that can support your work

The workshop emphasizes the concurrent development of skillset and mindset, i.e. attitudes, dispositions, and motivations for undergraduate engineers. 

Key Deliverables

  • Evaluate your institutional context to identify opportunities for change
  • Create and share a vision for change
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships
  • Deploy appropriate communication strategies to address different audiences
  • Obtain buy-in for your change initiatives
  • Structure and manage teams
  • Effectively assess and mitigate risks of your change projects
Making Academic Change Happen
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