Each year, the Leadership Institute series offers academic administrators the opportunity to interact with their peers around key topics. This series of short sessions are designed to expand upon themes introduced at New Administrator Orientation. These sessions are required for department chairpersons, school directors, and associate deans of non-departmentally organized colleges within the first two years of their appointments; all other administrators are encouraged to attend sessions they would find useful.

Session recordings will be posted a few days after each event.

Spring 2024 – Leadership Institute sessions

Engaging with Faculty and Academic Staff on Retirement

Date: Friday, March 22, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST
Location: Zoom

Teresa Mastin, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Roger Baldwin, Professor Emeritus, College of Education
Theresa Kelley, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Sherry Van Kampen, Retirement Analyst, MSU Human Resources
Francisco Villarruel, Faculty Grievance Official, Faculty Grievance and Dispute Resolution Office

This program is designed for MSU Deans, Chairs, and Faculty Excellence Advocates to discuss strategies for engaging with faculty and academic staff within your unit about retirement issues. Legal restrictions and MSU’s policies will also be provided as guidelines to follow when interacting with academics on retirement.

Promoting Institutional Equity: The Role of Individual Responsibility and Organizational Accountability

Date: Friday, April 5, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST
Location: Zoom

Jabbar R. Bennett, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Panel of University Leaders

As leaders, it is important to understand the needs of those you serve and how decisions impact them in different ways. In this session, principles of equitable leadership will be discussed, along with ways to mitigate bias in support of equitable decision-making and improved outcomes. A panel of campus leaders will also discuss how they work to put these ideas into practice.

Exploring MSU Government Relations

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST
Location: Zoom

Katie John, Interim Vice President for Government Relations and Associate Vice President for State Relations
Janet Lillie, Assistant Vice President for Community Relations
Jeremy Reuter, Director for Statewide Advocacy

Delve into the pivotal role of MSU Government Relations in our upcoming presentation, “Exploring MSU Government Relations.” Gain insights into how our office coordinates with Federal, State, and Local governments, while advocating for policies and funding that support MSU’s mission and enhance our educational landscape. Discover why engaging with Government Relations is crucial for navigating the complex interplay of academia and government, and how our work directly contributes to advancing MSU’s strategic interests while supporting your work here at MSU.

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Resources from 2023-2024 Leadership Institute Sessions

Recordings and resources are housed in Desire 2 Learn (D2L). You will be directed to self-enroll in the “course”.

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