The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

Keynote Speakers - 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

9:45-10:30 am  Opening Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Marcella David
Visiting Professor of Law, Florida State University, College of Law
Tallahassee, Florida

"So you want to be an academic administrator: the challenges of and opportunities for transformative leadership in today’s academies"

It may be hard to see the upside of academic administration in an environment of uncertain enrollments, unreliable budgets, campus unrest, and unrelenting criticism of the goals and values of higher education.  Professor David will share some of her own experiences, lessons learned and encouragement to those embarking on an administrative path.

 Dr. Marcella David is an engineer and lawyer, studying Computer & Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute “long enough ago so that I saved my freshman homework on punch cards” and earning her Jurisprudence Doctorate from The University of Michigan Law School.  After a few years working as a litigation associate at a New York firm, she happily transitioned to the academy as a tenure-track professor at The University of Iowa College of Law in 1995.    When asked about her time at Iowa, Professor David nearly always focuses on the vibrant and caring community with which she interacted, both on campus and throughout the state. She points to the many administrative roles she held post-tenure as providing the necessary professional growth and satisfaction to keep her happily working at Iowa for nearly 20 years, about 15 years longer than she expected to stay.   Her many collegiate administrative titles included Director of the Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program, Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs, Associate Dean focusing on strategic initiatives, Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and as the university’s first chief diversity officer under a new configuration of responsibilities with the unwieldy (if descriptive) title of Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity and Diversity and Associate Provost for Diversity.  In February 2015 Professor David was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A&M University, Florida’s only public historically black university.  Today David is in her second year as the Betty T. Ferguson Visiting Professor of Law at The Florida State University College of Law, where she is happily teaching Civil Procedure, international law classes, and a class on disaster law. She describes herself as looking out for her next opportunity for academic leadership. Her research interests include the use of economic and other sanctions, and questions related to international organizations.


12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch

The Way Up Scholarship and Recognition Awards:

* Carol Rocklin Kay Memorial Scholarship
* Eunice A. Dell Memorial Scholarship
*“Iowa Community Colleges Support The Way Up” Scholarship

* Recognition Award

5:30 - 7:30pm   Evening Banquet with Dinner Speaker

Dinner Speaker

Carolyn Nordstrom
Purdue University Global, Vice President, Faculty and Academic Resources

"Are Women Leaders the Chicken or the Egg"

Much attention is focused on leadership generally because our “gut” and our data confirm that it matters.  Attention to women as leaders, and more recently to their roles in the C-Suite and on Boards, is part of the larger conversation about who leads where and how gender factors into those expectations.  It can be argued that higher education has had more women in “leadership” roles than some other sectors, but proportional representation in the top spots could be questioned there, just as it is elsewhere. Clearly, just being in the game isn’t enough to claim victory.  And what does victory look like anyway?  For women, is leadership a leading or lagging indicator?  As women, how exactly do we name, own and manage our personal leadership style to fit the changing world around us?  Are we giving away our personal power in the service of the wrong change?

Dr. Carolyn Nordstrom is the Vice President, Faculty and Academic Resources for Purdue University Global.  In this role, Carolyn has oversight and responsibility for the Learning & Leadership Community, which contains the Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Support Centers, Student Clubs & Honor Societies, the University Library, Alumni Relations and Title IV Administration.  Dr. Nordstrom joined Kaplan Higher and Professional Education (KHPE) in 2007 and has held various senior leadership positions.   Carolyn's work has included policy, curriculum, faculty development, accreditation, assessment and institutional effectiveness.   Previously, Dr. Nordstrom's experience includes leadership roles in both public and proprietary institutions of higher education, as well as 10 years as CEO of a Chicago corporate membership organization that worked in the city and state on education and economic development projects.   Dr. Nordstrom earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Masters in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Northwestern University.

Friday, November 2, 2018

11:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

Closing Speaker:

       Dr. Linda Allen
       President, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo

       "Leading and Work:  What’s Purpose got to do with it?” 

Leadership is more than solving problems, especially during the changing world of higher education today.  In the midst of shifting expectations and evolving models of work, leadership requires clarity of purpose.  Dr. Allen will help us explore the value of clarifying our sense of purpose as a leader for ourselves and, more importantly, for those we lead.

Dr. Linda Allen has served as the President of Hawkeye Community College since March 2011. Dr. Allen holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Iowa with her scholarly research and publications in the areas of medical anthropology, transcultural psychology, immigration studies, Asia-Pacific Rim relations, and gender studies.  At the national level, her professional involvement includes serving as the Past-President and member of the Executive Board of the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges (CNCTYC) and as a member of the state policy legislative committee of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).   Dr. Allen also serves on a number of Iowa regional, state and local boards.  Her passion is helping people and much of her time is focused on student success.    Dr. Allen is also focused on excellence in her own work as the President and CEO of Hawkeye Community College, and her efforts were recognized in 2015 when she was the recipient of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National CEO of the Year Award, presented by ACCT to recognize leadership and innovative contributions made by community college chief executive officers.



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