November 2020
in New Ways
Leadership takes many forms, exists in many spaces, and can be exercised to address important issues in a variety of ways by people throughout an institution. For example, many campus innovations started because someone had an idea, got others involved, and was committed to doing the work to bring that idea to fruition. We also see academics stepping forward to lead curricular changes in their programs, redesigning admissions reviews when past criteria are not available, facilitating new conversations about online learning strategies, serving on various governance committees, engaging in multiple re-opening task forces over the summer, and leading important conversations locally and across the university related to the many social justice issues confronting the campus and broader communities. These may not always be listed on a CV or resume, or tagged in an annual review, and yet, they are all acts of leadership that matter to the health, well-being, and to the future of...(read more)

Best wishes,

Marilyn Amey
Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
Making an Impact
Academic Administrators use Leadership Institute Series to Interact with Peers
Each year, the Leadership Institute series offers academic administrators the opportunity to interact with their peers around key topics. This series of 90-minute 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...

Beronda Montgomery Takes Academic Advancement to the Next Level
Beronda Montgomery, Ph.D. has recently been appointed as interim vice president in the Office of Research & Innovation at MSU and has also received a seat on the Science Gallery International board. Beronda has filled an important and unique place within AAN since its conceptualization about four years ago. In her role as Node Leader for Research, she’s interacted with many faculty colleagues and institutional leaders, and many programs, colleges, and...

Critical Friends Peer Mentoring Sessions
This program will focus on developing a community of peers by providing a venue to give and receive effective feedback and promote group problem-solving. Used at the Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer (DEO) Training, the Critical Friends* model will be used to facilitate these structured problem-solving conversations around particular topics or issues participants want to discuss.

Fall 2020 “Coffee Hour” Meetings for Women Chairs and Directors
The series of meetings for women chairs, school directors, and associate deans from non-departmentally organized colleges and directors of academic programs similar to departments/schools will continue this fall. While these meetings have traditionally been held over the lunch hour, this semester we plan to host these as virtual “coffee hours”.  These sessions are designed to be informal gatherings to allow for discussion, peer mentoring and problem-solving. There is no set agenda and our hope is that these events will provide an opportunity for you to network with other women in similar positions across campus.

Creating and Sustaining a Respectful Work Environment Series
Session 3: Building a Positive and Inclusive Work Environment
Part presentation and part theatrical case study, this session will explore what it takes to move a unit forward in becoming a more inclusive and respectful place for working and learning.

Starting an Academic Career in Unusual Times
AAN is offering monthly “Conversations for Early Career Colleagues,” designed to foster connections, answer “frequently asked questions,” and support those early in the career to navigate the university and the overall landscape of academic life. 

Fall 2020 Conversations with MSU Leaders
Conversation with Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
Join Provost Woodruff for a conversation about the academic mission of MSU. In addition to taking questions, this town hall is an opportunity for members of the MSU community to answer the question “What would you like our new provost to know about MSU, your college, and your work in order for the university to succeed?” This session will follow a town hall format with participants submitting questions and comments during the event to guide the discussion.


  • SOIREE (Spartan Online Instructional Readiness Educational Experience) There are one-hour synchronous zoom sessions on 4 days (11/30, 12/2, 12/4, and 12/7) at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every day. The expectation is that participants will join all eight synchronous zoom sessions and complete asynchronous work outside of the zoom sessions. Registration closes November 22.

View a comprehensive list of educator development resources.
Recordings and resources from the first two sessions of this series are now available. Designed for executive managers, deans, directors, chairs, and supervisors, level 12-17, these workshops bring together leadership from across the University to work together to improve the current climate and culture in their units and across the greater campus community. In the first program, participants were introduced to key issues encountered in the workplace and why it is important for leaders to take initiative in setting the tone for improving the culture and climate. The second session acquainted participants with a toolkit for assessing the climate in their unit. The third session (November 20), will explore ways to work toward building a more respectful and inclusive work environment.

This series is a collaboration between the Academic Advancement Network, Academic Human Resources, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Equity, Prevention, Outreach and Engagement. and Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.
The Center for Creative Leadership is a nonprofit organization focusing on delivering high-quality leadership development programs and resources. CCL is a pioneer in leadership research and development and offers various white papers and articles on current challenges. While crisis management is not a new area of research, CCL has developed a set of complimentary resources on “Leadership During COVID-19: Resources for Times of Uncertainty”.
This series of web pages is designed to make readily accessible some policies and practices frequently used by academic administrators, particularly at the department/unit level. The information is organized into four sections: (1) Policies & Basic Information, (2) Practices to Consider, (3) Additional Resources, and (4) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Impacts shared about another educator
via #iteachmsu Thank an Educator:
Thank you to:
"I would like to thank Dr. Contreras for taking the time to mentor me and other individuals like me. She has always demonstrated care and an interest to see us succeed. She is an extraordinary Latina on our campus and deserves to be recognized for her effort in supporting our community. She has gone above and beyond to see us get into graduate school. She continues to motivate other Latinx individuals to continue their education. I appreciate her effort."
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