The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Concurrent Sessions - 2012

Thursday, November 1

10:45 – 12:00      Contributed and Invited Presentations I

Designing and Executing Action for Desired Change

Debra (DJ) Corson, CLO of Visions Unlimited; Recently retired from Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Hawkeye Community College

A leader's effectiveness is often judged by their ability to influence improvement. In this session, you will learn "4 Cs" that are essential to planning and executing desired change. Tools used in this session can be used for at any level-from organization-wide to the classroom. Get the most out of this session by coming with an idea for change that you're working on!.

Taking Advantage of Structural Change to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes: A Process Approach

Paul C. Koch, Vice President, St. Ambrose University
Timothy Phillips, Dean, St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University was faced with a structural change that placed two major university units, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, previously overseen by separate Vice President under the oversight of one Vice President.  While these units had worked together at times, each had its own vision of student learning and how best to achieve student learning outcomes that were not necessarily integrated with one another.  Rather than opting to continue with the status quo, senior leaders in each area chose to begin a process of more fully integrating Academic and Student Affairs with an outcome of more holistic and transformative learning.  The presentation will describe the process and change model used for the ongoing integration of Academic and Student Affairs at St. Ambrose along with progress to date.

Where in the World are We: Internationalization of US Campuses

Deborah Loers, Vice President, Wartburg College

The purpose of this program is to review the status of our US campuses regarding internationalization:  what skills are needed by practitioners as we work with our multicultural and internationalized campuses.   Specifically, what should practitioners be learning in their academic preparation? What kind professional development skills are needed to prepare them for the changes occurring on our campuses? The changes in our campus populations that include American ethnic and international students require both new knowledge, new skills and perhaps a new paradigm for helping all our students to thrive and to learn in this rich environment.

This session sponsored by Iowa Women in Higher Education (IOWAWHE)

Love what you do! You make a difference!  Finding Joy in the Job

 Kay Rooff-Steffen, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Sometimes we don't feel like we have a choice in our job assignments; however, we all have a choice in how we choose to feel about our work.  Come to this session if you would like to:  1. Share how YOU find joy or fulfillment in what you do professionally; 2. Share your NEED to find such joy, as you are feeling the heat of burn-out; or 3. Want to hear some coaching about how you can feel better about your professional contributions.


1:45 – 3:00        Contributed and Invited Presentations II

Catalysts for Change - Never Ending Challenges (a panel discussion)

Dr. Linda Allen, President, Hawkeye Community College
Dr. Barb Crittenden, President, Southwestern Community College
Dr. Deb Derr, President, North Iowa Area Community College
Dr. Alethea Stubbe, President, Northwest Iowa Community College

Are you ready to change the world?  Are you ready to be a catalyst for change in your institution?  Four female Community Colleges Presidents in Iowa will tell us that we don't need to change the world, but we can be catalysts for change.  This panel discussion will take you into their worlds as they share how and why they have been catalysts for change in their higher education careers.  Be ready to ask them questions about how they met the challenges they faced as they worked in their various leadership positions and helped their institutions position themselves for the never ending changes that occur in higher education.  

Engaging in Scholarship:  Changing Cultures, Changing Minds

Melody A. Graham, Provost, Mount Mercy University
Jan Handler, Vice-Provost, Mercy University

Encouraging a culture of scholarship has been an ongoing initiative at Mount Mercy University.  A culture of scholarship promotes intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, reinforcing the value of peer feedback and shared discoveries.  A campus culture that embraces scholarship is a culture that encourages best practices thinking in and outside the classroom.  This session will frame the importance of scholarship within the changing context of higher education, look at the benefits and opportunities for faculty, staff and students and discuss how Mount Mercy University began to realize a cultural shift.  Participants will be encouraged to actively participate as we explore various ways scholarship can impact culture change on a campus and explore the larger issue of changing a university culture.

Engaging Traditionally Underrepresented Groups in Higher Education

Ebony Williams, Iowa State University

Do you have marginalized students at your institution? During this session we will explore strategies to engage underrepresented students on your campus. Come to this session to gather ideas about what other institutions in Iowa are doing to meet the needs of this population of students. During this presentation we will share lessons learned on our individual campus’ as well as use social media, to encourage discussion on best practices for student success in Higher Education.

Positive Thinking - Impact on Iowa's Economy

Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College

This presentation will focus on the many things happening in Iowa in economic development, workforce issues, and their impact on higher education.  Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways to positively impact their institutions as they evaluate the consequences and interrelationships of these important issues.


3:15 – 4:30        Contributed and Invited Presentations III

Our Role as Champions for Change

Deb Oliver, MBA Program Director, Mount Mercy University

This interactive presentation gives attendees an in-depth understanding of the critical elements of change management.   What are the reasons people in general resist change?   How can this resistance be overcome?  The presentation will include helpful tools to frame the case for change – the Bone Diagram, the "States" and a Coalition Matrix.

Creating Faculty Leaders (a panel discussion)

Sandy Cassady, Dean, St Ambrose University
Susan Lagos Lavenz, Associate Dean, University of Iowa
Brooke Strahn-Koller, Associate Professor, Kirkwood Community College

What is faculty leadership? How can faculty leadership capacity be nurtured? What faculty experiences can help them develop into campus leaders?  This panel of academic leaders will share their insights and experiences on strategies for creating faculty leaders.

If You Build It, They Will Come.  Or Will They?

Sarah Botkin, Student Affairs, Mount Mercy University

We all know that getting students involved in student organizations or participating in activities has numerous benefits. But in this technology crazed, over-programmed generation, how do we convince the students to see the benefits and get engaged in their college communities?  This session will take a look at a number of ways to engage student in your organizations and programs, how to promote that engagement and how to get support across campus.

Leading an Elephant by a Hair: A Process for Working through Emotional or Highly Controversial Issues

Kathleen Van Steenhuyse, Emeritus, Kirkwood Community College

Plan to join this interactive and participatory session in which you will learn by experiencing a new process for dealing with highly emotional or controversial issues in a way that promotes discussion and consensus-building.  This facilitated activity in leading controversial change is based upon applying the research of Edward de Bono, based his book, Six Thinking Hats, (Little, Brown, Company, Boston, New York, London and Toronto, 1985, by MICA Management Resources Inc., through Key Porter Books, Limited, Toronto, Ontario). DeBono's research area is primarily in creative and lateral thinking. 

Friday, November 2


8:45 – 10:00       Contributed and Invited Presentations IV

Does Community Service Really Advance My Career???  (a panel discussion)

Mary Chapman, Des Moines Area Community College
Comfort Akwaji-Anderson, Iowa State University
Regina Matheson, St Ambrose University

This panel of administrators will share their experience about how involvement in community organizations and community service in general can help attendees to move up the ladder of positions within higher education.  How did they do it?   Why is this important?

The Passion Driven Classroom

Celina Peerman, Mount Mercy University

Come renew your passion for teaching!  This session will look at various best practices and strategies for mixing it up in our classrooms.  Creating the best conditions to drive learning in the classroom seems more mysterious today than ever.  Engaging various learning styles, finding new ways to deliver the same material, dealing with short attention spans and creating an environment for student learning isn't getting any easier.  This discussion will raise questions, ideas and new resources to help support your efforts in the classroom.  We'll build from the research to look at ways we motivate and communicate with students to build the classroom and future workplace behavior we desire!

Calling Out the Wizard Behind the Curtain: Understanding the Impact of White Privilege When Implementing Social Justice Education In 21st Century Student Affairs Work

Heather W. Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group

This intermediate/advanced workshop is designed for participants who have already done a fair bit of racial justice work and can readily discuss dynamics of race, racism and whiteness in the U.S.  As such, it is intended to help student affairs professionals (or others interested in racial justice work) understand and implement a racial justice focus while watching out for the trappings of whiteness (white privilege and white supremacy) and the way it undermines effective racial justice work on our campuses.  This interactive workshop begins with an initial framework for understanding an overall social justice focus in student affairs, then focuses on the key elements of a racial justice frame (race, racism and whiteness), and concludes with some racial justice implementation examples from my own consulting in higher education student affairs setting.

She Matters Report: 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa

Terry Hernandez, Executive Director, Chrysalis
Diane Ramsey, Principal Project Manager, Rockwell Collins and Executive Director, Iowa Women's Leadership Project (IWLP)

Females comprise the majority of Iowa's population (50.49%), yet experience a greater percentage of economic disparities, diseases and disabilities, and barriers to corporate and civic leadership.  The She Matters: 2012 Status of Iowa Women and Girls report provides data on our state's female population demographics, health and well-being, achievement and autonomy, and employment and income.  The process of creating the report uncovered reasons to celebrate achievements as well as concerns about the disparities women and girls in Iowa face.  In 2011, the Iowa Women's Leadership Project (IWLP) was formed, involving an array of organizations and businesses that have a stake in the future of girls and women. As the group explored common goals, members recognized the need to have relevant and accurate data on the issues affecting women and girls' lives.  With this information, needs and gaps can be identified and actions and opportunities can be taken to create measurable impact on lives of Iowa's women and girls.  Please take this opportunity to hear about and discuss the results of this relevant and fascinating research.

10:15 – 11:30      Contributed and Invited Presentations V

Engaging Activities to Keep Your Teams Working and Winning Together

Gale J. Mote, Trainer and Organizational Development Consultant; Adjunct Lecturer for University of Iowa MBA for Professional and Manager's Program

According to Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, "Teamwork is not a virtue. It's a choice!" We get so busy we forget teamwork requires commitment – it doesn't happen naturally.  This session will share fun, engaging and energizing activities that do not require much time and resources. This is a small investment that reaps huge dividends in overall team performance.

Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education Classrooms

Stephanie R. Logan, Professor, University of Northern Iowa

Racial microaggressions are brief everyday verbal, behavioral, and environmental insults, indignities, and demeaning messages sent intentionally or unintentionally to people of color. While any marginalized group can experience microaggressions, racial microaggressions often trigger difficult conversations on race in classrooms that can produce misunderstandings, conflicts, and hostility.  Adding to this, teachers are often ill prepared to deal with the potentially explosive nature of racial interactions.  This presentation is designed for those with little to no understanding of microaggressions. In this presentation participants will hear highlights of the preliminary findings from a current research study seeking to document the insights of students of color at a predominately white institution. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to define racial microaggressions, discuss examples of racial microaggressions that occur in college classrooms, identify the negative effects of racial microaggressions on students of color, and explore preventative strategies for reducing racial microaggressions in classrooms.

A Newer Generation: Working with Diverse Millennial College Students

Alex Wenger, University of Iowa

How can we better understand our students? How can we use what we know about these individuals to provide effective and relevant services? Like many other methods of categorization, the field of generational differences has been useful in understanding Millennials, the current generation of traditionally-aged college students. This presentation will share the perspective of a student affairs practitioner from the Millennial generation and discuss recent research highlighting the diversity found among a group of students that has been narrowly generalized up to this point.  Following a brief overview of Howe & Strauss’ popular scholarly understanding of the Millennial generation, this presentation will look at new research on diverse Millennial college students, examine current practitioners' experiences working with diverse Millennial students, and discuss implications for educators and practitioners in student affairs.

Five Habits of Successful Investing

Nancy Foster, Consultant, Individual Client Services, TIAA-CREF

This presentation will provide a fundamental knowledge of investing.  Topics include: Setting financial goals; Realizing tax advantages; Reducing risk with diversification; Allocating assets; and Understanding expenses. 

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