The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Concurrent Sessions - 2013

Thursday, November 7

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

Charting your course:  Aiming for Leadership Positions

    Jane Bradley, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Hawkeye Community College
    Vicky Smith, Vice President of Administration, Mount Mercy University
    Gloria Gibson, Provost & Executive Vice President, University of Northern Iowa

Attend this session to discover the path these panel members have traveled to attain their current positions at the Vice-President level.  Other topics will include budget management, salary competitiveness, the search process and negotiating with the new employee

Networking for Success

    Tammy Stegman, Career Coordinator for Marketing and Management, Iowa State University

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking.  More people are hired simply by being in the right place at the right time. You will benefit from the tips shared in this session whether you are looking for a different career or just want to improve your professional interactions with others through effective networking. Join us in this program to learn different methods to take the hard 'work' out of networking and put you in that right place. 

International Students:  Studying,  Living, and Engaging in American Higher Education

    Panel Moderator:  Carol Williams, Director of Multicultural Student Engagement, Buena Vista University

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from current international students attending area colleges and universities-their experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. Carol Williams, Director of Multicultural Student Engagement will facilitate this interactive conversation with students and participants. 

From the Special Honorary Lecturers to the Invisible Faculty Members: Let's talk Adjunct!

     Anna Conway, Professor, DMACC

During the first part of the twentieth century, American colleges and  universities invited part-time faculty to teach on their campuses in order to increase the prestige of the school and attract new audiences to participate in higher learning. Today these educators are known as "nonregulars," "sessionals," (Hess, 2004) "scholar gypsies" (Pratt, 1997) "the invisible faculty," (Gappa & Leslie, 1993) "second-class citizens," (Wallin, 2004a) "freeway flyers" and  "missing in action," (Banachowski, 1996). Currently there are a lot of forces on a college campus, especially community college campuses that hinder continuity, inhibit a sense of common purpose and mission, and thwart the professional development of adjunct professors. In this session we will look at the current situation with part-time faculty and discuss the professional needs of  today's adjunct faculty. The presentation will also showcase a new special training program for adjunct faculty developed by Dr. Anna Conway that is taking place at DMACC and involves the use of Teacher Work Sample methodology.


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

Leading Change in Higher Education:  It is Not Always Like Herding Cats

    Laura Douglas, Provost, DMACC, Urban Campus

It is easy to think that change never comes easy in institutions of higher education. However, there are many times that opportunities for incremental and transformational cross our paths. This session will help you understand how to recognize opportunities for change and how you can embrace them to take your institution to new heights.

Exploring Your Potential for Growth

    Deb Oliver, MBA Program Director, Mount Mercy University

"Potential is one of the most wonderful words in any language,"  John Maxwell 
To reach your potential, you must grow.  To grow, you must be highly intentional, growth doesn't just happen.  Do you have a plan for YOUR personal  growth?  In today's world of whirlwind activity, we often short change our own development.   Attend this session to unlock the key to true intentional growth based on John Maxwell's book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Mentors: Those Who Truly Make a Difference

    Corly Brooke, Professor Emeritus, College of Human Services, Iowa State University

Participants will identify strong mentors in both their personal and professional lives.  The importance of building strong collaborations and connections, especially for women,  will be shared.   Marian Wright Edelman's book, Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, will provide a framework for establishing the value of identifying mentors who take the time to teach us the value of education, excellence and service.

Blending Curricular with Co-Curricular -- Lessons Learned

    Sherri Erkel, Director of First Year Experience, St. Ambrose University;
    Brooke Oehme, Coordinator of Volunteerism and Service Learning,  Mount Mercy University; 
    Faye Finnegan, Internship and Career Services Coordinator, Loras College

Research shows the benefits to student learning and development of blending the curricular with the co-curricular, which can be done in a variety of ways.  Panelists will explain these benefits and share ways in which their institutions have achieved this blend of learning. Panelist will also share lessons they have learned during implementation of their various initiatives.


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

Social Styles: Yours and Theirs.  You mean we don't think alike?
    Kristin Hutson, Chaplain, Coe College

In this interactive session, participants will first complete an inventory and learn their social style.  Participants will then discover how other social styles perceive and experience people with our style.  Finally, we will consider how our awareness of one another's social style might predict how we work with one another, serve our students, and lead our teams.  This session promises to be engaging and revealing as we open ourselves up to our strengths and our blind spots as leaders.

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

    Terry Hernandez, Executive Director, Chrysalis
    Diane Ramsey, Executive Director, Iowa Women's Leadership Project (IWLP)
    Dawn Oliver Wiand, Executive Director, Iowa Women's Foundation

Last year, the Iowa Women's Leadership Project (IWLP) provided an overview of our state in presenting SHE MATTERS: 2012 Status of Iowa Women and Girls report.  In 2011, over fifteen different organizations around the state of Iowa embarked on SHE MATTERS to update and inform all Iowans about the current status of women and girls in Iowa, their challenges and their achievements. IWLP has now launched Phase II of the SHE MATTERS project, and offers an interactive online tool for you to track information on women and girls in your own community, county, or region.  Take this opportunity to learn how the SHE MATTERS mapping tool will help you access maps and data for your research and/or work in educating females in Iowa.

Dialogue Matters: Facilitating Conversations About Race

    Sherri Erkel, Director of First Year Experience, St Ambrose University

Participants will learn about various approaches to dialogues on race in and out of the classroom, why conversations on race are an important part of higher education, and strategies for applying dialogue techniques to improve the campus climate for diversity.

Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies

    Corly Brooke,  Professor Emeritus, College of Human Services, Iowa State University

An interactive overview of seven principles of good practice that emphasize building connections between students and focus on shifting the focus from didactic teaching to engaged learning.  Participants will identify key characteristics of effective teachers.

Friday, November 8

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

Challenges of Creating a Universal Disaster Plan for a Large Campus.

    Panel Moderator: Blake Mikesell, Director of Public Safety, Mount Mercy University

This session will be a panel discussion that will focus on the universal challenges campuses face which could include a school shooting, chemical disasters, the occurrence of fire or tornado, missing student, etc.  The session will include the lessons learned from a 2013 mass disaster drill conducted jointly in Cedar Rapids by Mount Mercy University and Mercy Hospital.  A presentation will include the challenges of the exercise, as well as the reaction from the community and administration.    

Women, Values and Ethics in the Workplace

    Nancy Hauserman, Williams Teaching Ethics, Iowa State University

We will explore the ways in which the values of many women tend to support ethical behavior in the workplace but may be in conflict with the norms within Higher Education.

Paying for College Without Mortgaging the Future

    Roberta Johnson, Director, Office of Student Financial Aid, Iowa State University

It is no secret that college costs have increased and obtaining a degree is more expensive than ever before.  Explore some of the dynamics behind this phenomenon as well as tools to assist tomorrow's college students (and their parents) plan for this worthwhile investment.

Attaining a Doctorate:  You can do it!

    Allison Ambrose, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, St. Ambrose University,
    Sherri Erkel, PhD, Director of First Year Experience, St. Ambrose University,
    Lori Jarmon, MS, Currently a doctoral student at Iowa State University in Educational Leadership Policy Studies at the School of Education, 
    Deb Oliver, PhD,  Director of MBA program, Mount Mercy University,
    Shannon Juergens, DBA, Assistant Professor, Grandview University

Attaining a doctoral degree is a rewarding experience and very achievable. These panelists will share their experiences of earning their doctorate degrees, which occurred in a variety of ways for each of them, including types of programs and stages of their careers.  There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.


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

Lean in Education:  The Tool that Keeps on Giving

    Anne Howsare -Associate Provost, DMACC Urban Campus
    Bonnie Slykhuis, Lean Consultant, DMACC

Learn how using Lean process improvement tools can help new managers develop to be better leaders and existing managers to be proactive.  In this session, hear how DMACC Urban campus has transformed their environment to be more efficient and student focused.

Power Up! Creativity and Innovation for Personal Growth

    Celina Peerman,  Adjunct Faculty, Mount Mercy University

With today's pressure-filled balancing acts, creativity and innovation can often be lost.  Recharge in this session with a variety of tools and techniques to apply to daily life at home and work.  Be your best "you" using new questions and perspectives to challenge the status quo.  Find new insight into the creative process and move beyond the myths of innovation.

The Current State of International Women Students

    Nadia Korobova, Associate Director of International Students and Scholars, University of Northern Iowa   

This session will highlight statistics, successes, and challenges that women international students face in today's higher education climate.

Seize the Teachable Moment: Ways to Effectively Address Oppressive Behaviors in the Classroom 

    Victoria DeFrancisco  Professor, Communication Studies, Coordinator UNI Campus Coalition Builders, University of Northern Iowa

Those of us in leadership roles tend to fear those moments when someone in the group makes a comment or behavior that is oppressive to members of other groups. Instead of fearing and possibly ignoring those moments, DeFrancisco suggests these are the necessary opportunities for growth and change. She offers strategies on how to "seize the teachable moment" in ways that do not further alienate the speaker or potential recipients of the abusive act, but instead invite the speaker/learner into dialogue and relationship. The strategies are based on the facilitator's years of teaching interpersonal, intercultural and gender communication, and conducting diversity inclusion workshops. Her approach is informed by feminist pedagogy, social activism scholarship, and the National Coalition Building Institute's approach being implemented at her institution.



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