Fostering a Collaborative Culture: Smart Change and Shared Leadership

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT July 16, 2013

Institutional readiness to respond and even thrive amid rapid change is dependent on the ability to cultivate a culture of collaboration and embrace transformative change. Indeed, institutional speed of response ultimately depends on shared vision, shared agreement, and shared leadership. Ann Hill Duin urges those involved with planning throughout all levels of an organization to actively foster a culture of collaboration. Doing so will ready your institution to tackle complex challenges and transform them into opportunities for reinvention and re-invigoration. (Times EDT)

Our institutions face unprecedented challenges as we work to respond to a rapidly changing world. NITLE Future Trends regularly shares the latest on emerging trendlines in higher education, the challenges of which are now more powerful than ever. These include intense competition among traditional institutions, technological advances, and increased globalization of colleges and universities. These challenges require an expanded view of change accompanied by new models of leadership and new models of operation and responsiveness.

As a professor of writing studies, Ann Hill Duin studies the language of the transactions that occur through networks of individuals engaged in collaborative, strategic work. During her 15 years in higher education administration, she has worked to build shared leadership across colleges, institutions, and academic and administrative realms. In her study of multiple inter-institutional partnerships, she found that a key component of fostering a collaborative culture is increased access to and shared understanding of “smart” change and “shared” leadership. During this Shared Academics seminar, you will gain increased understanding of these concepts and examine an action plan for strategic partnering.

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Ann Hill Duin, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Minnesota, and has served in higher education administrative roles including Vice Provost, Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Vice President for Information Technology. She is internationally respected for her scholarship on the impact of emerging technologies on the future of communication and higher education, and her commitment to shared leadership results in collective vision and action. Her most recent work, Project DAVID, showcases the strategic reinvention and collaboration underway across liberal arts colleges and universities. DAVID uses a set of themes–Distinction, Affordability, Value, Innovation, and approach to Digital opportunities–and associated framing questions to identify and showcase these efforts.

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This Shared Academics seminar is designed for faculty, directors, and administrators interested in fostering a collaborative culture at their institutions. Participants will explore levels of change and best practices known to contribute to successful shared leadership. Outcomes include an expanded skill set and action plan for strategic partnering.

Please register online by Friday, July 12. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


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