The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Concurrent Sessions - 2016

Thursday, November 3

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

Turning More Data into Better Outcomes: Analytics at Iowa

    Nick Street, Henry B. Tippie Research Professor of Management Sciences, University of Iowa;
    Samuel Van Horne, ITS Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology & The Office of Assessment, University of Iowa;
    Russell Larsen, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Iowa

In this session we will discuss analytics and predictive modeling in different programs at the University of Iowa. We will first introduce analytics as a field of study and highlight the pioneering programs in Business Analytics programs at the University of Iowa. We will describe our keys to student success in the field, focusing on experiential learning projects, many of which involve the analysis of educational data. The second half of the presentation will zoom in on a current application of learning analytics within the context of a large enrollment, first-year chemistry course.  The panelists will discuss their strategies and share their experiences in developing data tools that can be used to gain insight and drive action at the institutional, course, and student levels.  Session participants will be encouraged to ask questions and to share their own perspectives on the emerging use of analytics in higher education.

How can men promote female leadership: A Men's Panel of Leaders

    Dr. Christopher Duree, Chancellor of Iowa Valley Community College District;
    Dr. Larry Ebbers, Iowa State University Professor Emeritus
    Lon Moeller Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education and Dean, University of Iowa

This panel is made up of three influential male leaders who are committed to encouraging females in higher education to move up through the ranks.  According to the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy (2016), women make up more than half of all college students with approximately a quarter of all full professors are women.  Additionally, less than 15% of the presidents at doctoral degree granting intuitions are women.  It also documented that "female faculty members have not made progress in closing the salary gap-women made 83% of what male faculty made in 1972 and only 82% of what male faculty made in 2009."  So, what are some Iowa colleges doing to change this negative projection?  Learn from this panel of experts on what they are doing differently to change the stigma around hiring women in leadership positions.  They will share their ideas about what makes a good female leader, what characteristics they look for when promoting a female to leadership, and why it is important to have women in leadership positions in higher education?  These men have demonstrated throughout their careers that promotion of great leader goes beyond gender.     Click here for Lon Moeller's Presentation

Serving Military Students 101

    Jathan Chicione, Iowa State University, Military Relations;
    Julia M.H. Rose, MSW, LMSW;
    Kacey R. Webster, M.Ed.; Kaplan University, Des Moines

Attend this session and learn about the demographic nuances of military students, to include veterans, active military, military spouses and children. Learn more about best practices here in Iowa that support this deserving group of students.

When Online, Keep It In Line: Diplomatic Dialogue in Cyberspace

    Dr. Jayne Morgan, Workplace Oasis

In today's world of emails, texts, posts, and tweets, it is easier than ever for people to avoid face-to-face confrontation when expressing their views. When it comes to interpersonal conflict, however, making technology the messenger only makes matters worse. The absence of vocal and visual cues leads to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and escalated exchanges. In this session, learn how to open and maintain a productive dialogue during difficult conversations--online and off!



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

Inclusive Instruction and Engaging Environments for LGBTQA Learners

    Erica L. Spiller, Des Moines Area Community College and Kaplan University

As student bodies continue the positive change toward increased diversification, faculty and other institutional stakeholders must stay current and comfortable with how to provide an inclusive and engaging learning environment and campus community for LGBTQA learners. As instructors work to create these environments, they must do so while also managing many classroom formats (such as face-to-face, online, distance, or blended) which often means the diversity of the student body might not be easily known to the professor. Faculty can employ a number of techniques to work toward creating a productive classroom environment and gaining personal growth in their own support and understanding of LGBTQA students.

You Do You (Better): How to Create, Present, and Promote Your Authentic Self in Higher Education

    Garry Klein, Director, Career Coaching, The University of Iowa

In this interactive and fun-filled workshop, you will have the opportunity to create or improve your personal brand, use the "collective hive" to test and practice presenting it, and receive feedback to make your personal story more impactful to those whose attention you seek. You will also learn about some social media tools that can help you to promote yourself in the field of Higher Education. You are encouraged to keep your smartphones out to participate fully in the workshop.

What's Next: Planning and Preparing for Your Next Job/Career Move

    Nancy Hauserman, Professor Emeritus, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa;
    Naomi DeWinter, President, Muscatine Community College, Ed.D.;
    Paula L. O'Loughlin, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Coe College

Three leaders in Iowa higher education share their insights on planning and preparing for careers in higher education leadership. Their insights range from how they planned their trajectories (or fell into their trajectories) of administrative positions at various levels as well as positions of influence across career life-spans. Consideration is also given on planning careers and the timing of retirement as an optimal decision. The ultimate goal is to share insights about issues and ways in which we may chart our course for leadership roles we hope to achieve on our Way Up. Come learn from the experience from these dynamic leaders.

Why Women's Leadership Matters

    Dianne Bystrom, Director, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University

This presentation will begin with an overview of the current status of women in leadership positions in business, higher education and politics nationally and in Iowa. Next, I will discuss the barriers to women's leadership in the public and private sectors. Finally, I will review the results of research that underscore why having more women in leadership positions is good for government, business and public policy.    Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.



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

Weaving Diversity into the Fabric of Education

    Dr. Natalia Cherjovsky, Kirkwood Community College
    Jacki Brucher Moore, Kirkwood Community College

While some institutions offer specific courses in diversity, there are many opportunities and tremendous value in taking a more integrated approach. In much the same way that institutions approach writing across the curriculum, students gain a richer understanding of diversity when it is not compartmentalized as a requirement on a graduation check list. This session will help participants think about ways to weave diversity education into the fabric of their own curriculum so it becomes much more entrenched in how students think. The presenters will share some best practices for including different voices and experiences into any subject or course. Participants will also engage in activities designed to help them create a diversity connection within their own courses or programs.

Changing the Academy: Engaging Women as Leaders and Creating Supportive Cultures

    Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa;
    Lisa Larson, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Fellow for the ADVANCE program, Iowa State University

Evidence across industries increasingly validates the efficacy of practicing diverse and inclusive decision making. While we value participatory decision making and shared governance in higher education, we continue to struggle with the challenges of realizing and sustaining the diverse and inclusive environments which are necessary to that end. This session will explore two factors that shape our ability to achieve that goal: 1) our ability to engage the unique leadership skills and strengths of women and 2) our employment of "best practice" evidence for building supportive and engaged organizational cultures. In this facilitated discussion, we will draw on research both within and beyond higher education to explore what we can do individually and collectively to realize our aspirations.

Using an Appreciative Approach in Your Own Career Development

    Chrystal Stanley, PhD, Drake University

The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) model is based on the assumption that the questions we ask will help focus our attention in a particular direction. Many methods of assessing and evaluating our potential are based upon a deficiency model; asking questions such as "What skills do I lack?", "What am I missing?" or "What needs to be fixed?" Appreciative Inquiry takes an alternative approach. AI asserts an "asset-based approach", beginning with the belief that every person has positive aspects that can be enhanced. This session will use an AI model to approach personal career development including networking, resume building and interview skills.   Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

New Implications of Title IX

    Georgina Dodge, Title IX Coordinator, University of Iowa

Since 1972, Title IX has impacted the roles and status of women in higher education in ever-changing ways. This session will provide a brief overview of Title IX and its historical application, then focus on recent changes and their implications. Participants will discuss their perceptions of how Title IX operates on their campuses, the intersection of Title IX and politics, and what the future of women in higher education looks like in light of Title IX. Led by questions and prompts, participants will engage in work groups that will weigh the impact of new policies and guidance on all members of the campus community with the purpose of contributing to their institutions' observances of Title IX.


Friday, November 4

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

Beyond Compliance: Floors to Ceilings and Everything in Between - Creating a Climate of Access for Students With Disabilities Attending Post-Secondary Institutions

    Jan Weis, M.ED., Scott Community College

During this interactive session, attendees will have an opportunity to explore their own ideas of what "access" means with regards to students with disabilities, what the ADAAA means by "access" and what their institutions regards as "access." Open forum discussion will feature creative ways to build a climate of access and methods to reduce the barriers to the educational programs at higher education institutions. Come with your out-of-the box thinking caps on!

The EPIC Corporate Challenge: Iowa's Commitment to Promoting Women into Leadership

    Becky Greenwald, Past President Nexus Executive Women's Alliance and Regional Advocate for IA, MO, NE, KS, Office of Advocacy, U.S. SBA;
    Diane Ramsey, CEO, Iowa Women Lead Change

Does your educational institution do all they can to promote women into leadership positions? Did you know that Iowa is one of three states in the nation that is asking educational institutions and businesses statewide to sign on to a partnership that commits to set voluntary measurable goals tracking women in all levels of leadership in their institutions? Attend this session to find out if your institution has joined this partnership; what you can expect when an educational institution does become a partner; or how you can help convince your institution to join this leadership challenge.    Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

In Case You Are Wondering and Wandering: You are Enough

    Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp, Ph.D., Counseling Program Coordinator, Drake University

Life is all about overcoming obstacles. Our desire to overcome and to achieve is at the core of our journey for excellence. In academia, however, where one's competence is constantly under scrutiny, the basic motivation to overcome may turn into constant questioning of one's abilities and competence. Our desire to be perfect paradoxically creates self-doubt. We trick ourselves by believing that we have to be better to be good enough. This belief starts a never ending downward spiral. The purpose of this session is to discover our beliefs and patterns that hold us back to reach our true potential and to inspire excellence within ourselves and in others. We will explore a tool box of strategies to nurture ourselves. Participants will develop the courage to be imperfect through exploring self-compassion, self-encouragement, unconditional self-acceptance, and self- nurturing strategies.

Educating Our Nation's Minority and Immigrant Populations: "It Takes a Village"

    Jennifer Wilson, Ph.D., Director of Business and Workforce Education, Rochester Community and Technical College

Today, colleges are seeing a spike in enrollment from immigrant and refugee students seeking postsecondary opportunities. During this session, Dr. Wilson will discuss specific barriers and innovative solutions to use when working with and assisting refugee students. Come prepared for an open and candid session over innovative and structured approaches various college personnel can use when working with diverse populations.   Click here for the PowerPoint Presentation



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

She's Got It: A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing

    Paige Cook, Sr. Financial Consultant with TIAA

Learn how to make your future flourish. Join us for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for women like you.  Your money shouldn't be sitting around doing nothing - and at this workshop, you won't be either. TIAA's workshop leader will show you the simple secrets to saving more:  a) Learn the core concepts that guide all investing, get motivated, build a plan and take action; b) Find ways to take on life's challenges without damaging future financial well-being; c) Discover more about yourself with the Financial Personality Type Quiz; d) Break down what your real goals are and learn how to help reach them via group activities.

Knock It Off 101: Gaining Confidence to Address Inappropriate Behavior

    Kacy R. Webster, M.Ed.; Kaplan University, Des Moines

Learning how to confidently communicate with others about the behaviors that negatively impact you and negatively impact your organization's success takes skill. Come learn more about the SBI technique and let's practice. Whether it is Peer-to-Peer, Supervisor-to-Employee; Employee-to-Supervisor or Faculty-to-Student, this technique will help you begin to master the art of interpersonal communication while minimizing conflict. Come prepared to engage, laugh and address this serious topic!

Social Networking Do's and Don'ts - The Art of Conversation and How to Network

    Rachael Holland, Regional Director of Business Development, Kaplan University

Let's be honest with one another, most of us have a slight addiction to social media. Don't let this guilty pleasure have harmful effects on your professional career. Learn how to balance your personal and professional presence online and network effectively.

Understanding Introverts and Extroverts - Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Your Team

    Maureen Schafer, University of Iowa

Do you dread group brainstorming sessions or get frustrated when leading others and they aren't as engaged as you would like? Understanding the practical implications of the introversion-extroversion continuum can help us create conditions where we work at our best, and lead in ways that draw out the best in our colleagues as well. In this session, we will discuss the different ways that people draw energy, process information, and approach group interactions. Participants will engage with this topic through writing brief personal reflections and sharing experiences and tips in small groups. Deeper understanding of this topic delivers insight into the ways introverts and extroverts navigate their responsibilities at work, and will allow each of us to develop a leadership style that inspires everyone to thrive.   Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.




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