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2016 Nebraska Women in Higher Education Conference PROGRAM
College of Saint Mary, 7000 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE
Friday, October 21, 2016
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00-8:30)
NETWORKING & INTRODUCTIONS (8:30-9:15)
Featured Presidents’ Panel (9:15-9:45)
Even as their own institutions face unique challenges and opportunities, Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM of College of Saint Mary, Dr. Mary Hawkins of Bellevue University, and Ms. Jody Horner of Midland University face challenges common to many college and university presidents leading in times of change. Join us as each of these three women share their perspectives on the past, present, and future trends of higher education in Nebraska, particularly for women in leadership positions. The President’s Panel will be moderated by Maria Vasquez, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs of Metropolitan Community College.
SESSION I (10-11 AM)
A. Educating future professionals to be leaders and change agents
In this presentation the speakers will highlight how they have adapted course material in management and leadership, as well as clinical fieldwork preparation, to empower occupational therapy students improve their leadership and communication skills in order to be more equipped to be leaders during times of change and difficulty.
Objectives: In this presentation participants will:
- Learn how creative and engaging leadership assignments can lead to more robust learning experiences for students.
- Gain insight into how changes in the working world influence curricular changes.
- Become familiar with two leadership tools (the Leadership Challenge and StrengthsFinder) that can be incorporated into discussions and assignments to enhance student learning.
- Discuss strategies for educating students to be change agents within their future career fields.
Target Audience: Faculty, administrators, staff, and graduate students.
- Amy Mayer, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University
- Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Director, Office of Experiential Education, Creighton University
- Katie Wadas Thalken, M.Ed., Associate Director for Academic Success, Doctoral Student in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Creighton University
B. Staying Relevant (at age 40, 50, 60) and Stayin’ Alive
Why should the modern workplace be a battleground between the ‘Boomers, X’ers, & Millennials when it can be a rich cultural and generational melting pot? Women can maintain relevancy in a changing workplace at ALL ages. Discover what it takes to relearn, relate, connect and lead.
- Embrace the ten-ish rules of engagement.
- Realize your role of mentor and servant leader for mutual benefit.
- Enjoy the benefits of being a life-long learner.
Target audience: Women age 40 or above – staff, faculty, administrative, or students.
- Anita Schaepe, Content Marketing Specialist, Marketing Bellevue University
- Laura De Boer, Training & Organizational Development Specialist, Training and Organizational Development, Bellevue University
C. Growing Leaders by Investing in Students: How to maximize the work study experience.
Students are leaders in training. Work study gives students the practical laboratory experience to learn, develop, and exercise those skills necessary to lead beyond college. What can a supervisor do to empower students, impart knowledge, and cultivate future leaders?
Objectives: Through a best practices approach, attendees will:
- Learn to see work study through the eyes of educational theory
- Gain tools for interviewing potential work study students
- Identify and verbalize standards for expected work
- Apply educational theory to the training period
- Develop methods of affirmation and of corrective supervision
- Seek to value empowerment through team building
- Find value in celebrating successes
- Consider developing a progressive tiered work structure for continued student development and interest
- Apply leadership theory through listening and feedback
Target Audience: faculty, staff and administrators (Supervisors of students, specifically in a work study environment, would benefit from this presentation.)
Presenter: Julie R. Wilshusen, M.A. Faculty—Voice Coach/Costume Library Manager/Box Office Manager, Department of Theatre Arts, Nebraska Wesleyan University
D. Collaboration between Academics and Operations: Best Practices in Building Relationships to Enhance Program Growth in Demanding Times.
The landscape of higher education is changing at a rapid pace. In order to remain competitive in the market, universities must develop methods to stretch resources in order to meet demands. In this presentation, participants will explore the need for collaboration between academics and operations.
- Discuss the importance of collaboration across university departments.
- Explore the landscape of higher education that necessitates collaboration between academics and operations.
- 3Describe best practices for collaboration in higher education.
- Identify barriers for collaboration across university departments and teams.
- Explore the various benefits for collaboration between academics and operations.
- Describe a unique collaboration between an academic program and regional operations department at Bellevue University.
- Identify strategies to execute a custom plan to enhance collaboration in current work environment
Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, and Administration
- Amy Cox, M.S., Assistant Director Regional Operations, Premier Partnerships, Bellevue University
- Kimberley Meisinger, DNP, MS, RN, NE-BC, Director, Nursing and Health Science, Bellevue University
E. A Retrospective Look at Graduate School – 45 Years Later
In 1970 ten students (5 Women/ 5 Men) were admitted to the Clinical Psychology graduate program at the University of Kansas. In 2015, the students were located and questioned about their experiences as graduate students and how the profession and graduate education has changed.
- Understand the unique gender experiences of female graduate students in the 1970’s.
- Understand how graduate education in psychology has changed in terms of gender makeup, content emphasis, and funding.
- Understand how the career paths of these students reflect the changes in the profession of psychology in general
- Look briefly at the status of women currently in clinical psychology graduate programs and the profession in general
Target Audience: Faculty, graduate students
Presenter: Jane Warren, PhD., Associate Professor – Clinical Counseling, Bellevue University
F. You are in a Leadership Role Now: That’s a Big Change!
This presentation will address the importance of optimism and resilience for a new leader in order to maintain a productive, professional, and peaceful role in one’s institution. Suggestions and discussion will focus on making deliberate choices regarding optimism and developing resiliency throughout the beginning stages of one’s role as a leader.
- First, the presenter will share her experiences coming to a new institution to take on a leadership role. By comparing and contrasting past experiences with current experiences, the importance of optimism and resiliency will be highlighted.
- Second, based on personal experiences and scholarly research, the presenter will provide strategies for new leaders to help maintain optimism and increase resiliency in both positive and challenging times.
- Finally, the audience will be able to discuss personal experiences within the frameworks of optimism and resiliency in order to analyze and make connections between past, present, and future leadership roles.
Target Audience: Faculty, graduate students, administration and staff
Presenter: Kristi A. Preisman, Ph.D., College of Saint Mary
G. Have We Really Come That Far?: Findings from The Women’s Fund of Omaha Leadership Study.
The Women’s Fund of Omaha conducted the initial 1996 Women in Leadership study, followed 10 years later with a 2016 revisit study. The 2016 results released this summer may surprise you. All women are invited to explore what the findings mean for women in higher education leadership across the state.
Objective: Participants will:
• Gain a greater understanding of the status of women in leadership positions across industries in the Greater Omaha and Lincoln areas.
• Identify areas of gain and areas of challenge for women in leadership roles.
• Apply findings to recommend future areas of development for women in, and seeking to enter, leadership roles in higher education in Nebraska.
Target Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students
Presenter: AnnMarie Marlier, Ph.D., Dean of Curriculum & Instruction- Midland University
Session II (11:15-12:15)
A. Stories, Spaces, and Places for the Future of Feminism in Higher Education.
This workshop will help higher education professionals establish a meaningful definition of “feminism” as a tool for taking on the evolving role of gender in our cultural landscape. The presenters anchor the discussion in experiences based on past iterations of feminisms and then discuss their contemporary feminist identities. Finally, they lead an interactive discussion concerning the present circumstances under which we use the word “feminism” and enact feminist principles across future contexts of higher education.
Objectives: Participants will be able to:
- Articulate the role of feminism in their personal and professional lives
- Develop a collective working understanding of what feminism means for us as higher education professionals
- Brainstorm ideas for creating feminist spaces in the higher education context
Target Audience: faculty, graduate students, administrative professionals, and staff.
- Faith Kurtyka, Assistant Professor of English, Creighton University
- Tierney Powell, MA Student, Creighton University
- Westin Miller, Coffee Program Director, Aromas Coffeehouse
B. Child-less and Success-full: Female Professor Leaders of the Future
Female college professors are vanguards as models of achievement for female students. But what if she is not a mother? In the past, womanhood and motherhood were inviolably intertwined. Now in the 21st century childless professors are increasingly visible leaders who dispel myths of the past to present a new profile for women’s success.
- Conference participants will learn about the myths surrounding childlessness and how a misunderstood group of women now populates our colleges and universities.
- They defy the negative stereotypes.
- This presentation will include interviews with childless female professors and reveal the obstacles they face as well as their successes.
- Conferences attendees will learn through documented interviews how childless female academics are key players in the aim to emphasize diversity and to embody positive gender identity on our college campuses.
Target Audiences: Faculty, graduate students, and staff
Presenter: Shannon McMahon Ph.D, Director, Composition Program Assistant Professor of English, College of Saint Mary
C. Classroom Leadership in Changing Times: Consumer Students and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations.
Student evaluations instantiate one of the most pervasive and problematic changes on college campuses in recent decades: the rise of the “student-as-customer” mentality. Administrative emphasis on student evaluations in faculty retention, promotion, and tenure decisions reinforces the mentality, to the detriment of faculty and students alike. Several recent studies suggest that women faculty members are at a particular disadvantage with respect to student evaluations. This presentation will offer a brief review of relevant literature followed by discussion of measures campus leaders can take to address the issue of gendered student evaluations..
- Define student-as-consumer approach
- Discuss how the student-as-consumer approach can lead to gender bias in student evaluations
- Assess leadership changes to assist the female professor in combatting gender biases in student evaluations
Target Audience: Faculty
- Kate Joeckel Ph.D, Professor, Bellevue University
- Michelle R. Bahr MA, Associate Professor, Bellevue University
D. Empowered Women Empowering Women
As women in leadership positions, we know the value of developing independence, individuality, and self-assurance, but how do we pass on and foster these values among the students we work with? Hear more about how College of Saint Mary and CSM’s Living Learning Community for single mothers’ lives into this mission and participate in a group discussion for application of relevant concepts to your campus.
- Attendees will be able to engage in thought-provoking discussion of methods of encouraging independence and self-assurance among their female student populations.
- Attendees will gain an understanding of College of Saint Mary’s programs to empower women to develop independence.
- Attendees will critically think about application of presentation’s concepts to their own campuses and initiatives.
Target Audience: Graduate Students, Staff
Presenter: Christine Simone, Director of Residence Life, College of Saint Mary
E. A faculty and student perspective on historical changes in the role of trust and culture in higher education
Creating a culture of trust plays an important role for students, faculty, and staff professionally and personally. This faculty and student team presentation will explore the role of culture and trust in higher education as we move into the 21st century. We will facilitate a think-pair-share exercise to examine cultural aspects of gender, religion and race as they intersect with trust in a higher education classroom. A culture of trust is beneficial because it helps creativity, empowerment, and teamwork to flourish.
Objectives: By the end of this session participants will:
- Challenge their beliefs about the relationship between culture and trust in higher education
- Grow in their understanding of culture and trust as it applies to both students and educational leaders
- Be encouraged to take a chance and build a culture of trust within their organization
Target Audience: faculty, graduate students, administration, and professional staff
- Candace D. Bloomquist, PhD, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership Creighton University
- Fallon Watts, MS Graduate Student, Creighton University
F. Leading Change through Resilience:
Why do some people dive into changes while others seem to drag their feet? Programs designed to facilitate change often focus on the characteristics of the change agent or on the recommended process for change. This presentation examines recent research conducted on individual reaction to change. The results of the research point to specific aspects of a work environment that support healthy change even when that change is unwelcome. Through discussion and activities, participants will examine change from the perspective of the members of a work group and will use this information to evaluate the environment’s ability to nurture individual resilience. Participants will leave this workshop with personally designed plans to support resilience in change situations.
- To understand the connection between resilience and successful change
- To recognize the challenges found in ambiguities, contingencies, and repercussions of change
- To plan a resilience nurturing work environment utilizing:
- Targeted data collection
- A shared sense of meaning
- Supportive relationships and
- Community resources
Target Audience: Administration
Presenter: Kim Marxhausen, Ph.D., Consultant, Adjunct Instructor, Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Featured Luncheon Keynote Speaker (12:30-1:15)
Currently a senior partner of Mueller Robak LLC, Kim M. Robak has served the State of Nebraska in a variety of roles including public service, state government, and higher education administration. Beginning with a legal career in private practice, Ms. Robak served as Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff to then Governor and former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson; she also served as Lieutenant Governor with Nelson. Ms. Robak then served as the Vice President for External Affairs and Corporation Secretary at the University of Nebraska system. Join us as Kim shares her perspectives on leading in changing times, particularly in times when the relationship between higher education and government is fragile.