sponsored by

Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Council (now OPID)
October 21-23, 1999 Heidel House, Green Lake, Wisconsin


October 21 Thursday

1:45-2:15  Registration


Plenary Session: Focus on Leadership, featuring Katharine C. Lyall, President, UW System; Bob Sedlak, Provost and Vice Chancellor, UW-Stout; Joan North, Dean, College of Professional Studies, UW-Stevens Point; Howard Ross, Dean, College of Letters and Sciences,UW-Whitewater; John Fallon, Chair, Department of Literatures and Languages, UW-Whitewater

This session features administrators and faculty members from throughout the UW System who will share their own experiences as leaders: the challenges, the failures, the successes. While reflecting on their own evolution as leaders, they will discuss constructive and proactive ways of helping institutional units and departments to grow and develop effectively.

4:00-5:45 Concurrent Sessions:

Promoting Civility, Doug Johnson, UW-River Falls

Whatever happened to civility? Recently, there has been considerable discussion of a perceived increase in incivility in work environments in general and college classrooms in particular. This interactive session will provide participants with an opportunity to share their experiences and perceptions and to examine strategies for promoting more civil behavior. Videotaped and written case studies will be used to illustrate possible situations and stimulate discussion of ways to deal with them.

Taking Diversity Seriously, Estella Lauter, UW-Oshkosh

As Chairs, we have many opportunities to foster a climate that is hospitable to people, ideas, and programs that represent diverse cultural perspectives. We supervise curricular development, hiring and renewal decisions, mentoring programs, grievance procedures, and various kinds of outreach into the University and our communities.  After briefly listing what we are, in fact, doing to encourage diversity, we will break into small groups to examine critical points in the process of diversification (for example, the screening process) that present difficulties to our departments. Each group will present at least one solution to a problem it raises.

Recruitment of New Faculty, George Brooks and Jeff Jensen, UW System Office of Human Resources

In this session, participants will have an opportunity to discuss guidelines and policies concerning the recruitment and selection of new faculty. Following a brief overview, the presenters will distribute case studies and ask groups of participants to consider and report on various recruitment and selection issues implicated in the scenarios. Throughout the large group's review of the case studies, various issues will be discussed: recruitment and selection process questions, job-related qualifications for faculty, active versus passive recruitment strategies, how to maximize limited resources, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity issues, strategies to attract a diverse pool of applicants, key institutional resource persons, and recent court cases.

6:00-8:00 Reception and Dinner

October 22 Friday

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

8:45-10:00 Keynote Address on Academic Culture and the Department Chair: Leadership by Design, by Stephen Chew, Samford University

A universal complaint of department chairs is that they spend too much time fighting "brush fires," such as administrative disputes, contentious faculty and student complaints, when they would rather be working on faculty development and increasing academic rigor and student learning. My thesis is that by properly structuring the academic culture of the department, one can minimize the former while enhancing the latter, and promote civility and inclusiveness as well. Utilizing concepts from work in human factors, organizational behavior and the scholarship of teaching and learning, I hope to give participants tools to understand their current academic climate and to make beneficial changes in curriculum, policy and faculty development.

10:15-12:15 Plenary Workshop: Legal Issues and the Department Chair, John Tallman, Former Senior Legal Counsel, UW System

This workshop will be spread over three sessions, continuing Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and concluding with an after-lunch session for questions and answers. It will address issues commonly associated with the types of personnel matters a department chair deals with: renewals and non-renewals; tenure denials and appeals; grievances; and complaints. Other questions include: How do the open meeting and public record laws apply to the conduct of departmental business? What legal support is available to Department Chairs?

12:30-1:45 Lunch and Introduction to Consortial Activity Initiative, Lisa Kornetsky, UTIC, and Hal Schlais, OLIT (Office of Learning and Information Technology)

2:00-3:45 Concurrent Sessions (Repeated from Thursday)

4:15-5:30 Continuation of Workshop on Legal Issues, with John Tallman

6:30- Dinner and Panel: What I Know Now that I Wish I’d Known When I Started, Doug Johnson, UW-River Falls; Jane Ewens, UW-Waukesha; Ron Mickel, UW-Eau Claire; Betsy Morgan, UW-LaCrosse

October 23 Saturday

7:45-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 Continuation of Workshop on Legal Issues, with John Tallman

11:45-1:30 Lunch and Closing Q & A with John Tallman

The Office of Professional & Instructional Development, formerly the Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Council, is a part of the Office of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin System.

This page can be reached at http://www.uwsa.edu/opid/conf/dptch99.htm.

Last updated: July 25, 2001 .