Academic Leadership Forums

 

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs typically conducts several Academic Leadership Forums during the fall and spring semesters for University deans, associate deans, department heads, and other academic administrators.

The 2019-2020 Academic Leadership Forum Planning Committee helps to identify topics and speakers for the forums. The topics vary each year depending on what contemporary issues are occurring in U.S. higher education and at Penn State.

Participation in Academic Leadership Forums is by invitation only. Unless otherwise noted, the forums typically are held on the University Park campus from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting with a continental breakfast.

 

2020 Academic Leadership Forums

 

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM, SESSION II
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn
Topic and Agenda: TBA

 

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM, SESSION III
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn
Topic and Agenda: TBA

 

Past Academic Leadership Forums — Spring and Fall 2019

 

FALL 2019 ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM, SESSION I
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn
Forum Agenda

Presentations:

 

SPRING 2019 ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM, SESSION II
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2019
Time: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: The Critical and Evolving Role of Compliance at Penn State

Complete Forum Agenda (PDF)

Featured Speakers and Presenters

  • Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Kathy Bieschke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Candice Yekel, Associate Vice President for Research, and Director of Research Protections
  • Clint Schmidt, Director of the Conflict of Interest Program in the Office for Research Protections
  • Jenn Stewart, Unmanned Aircraft Operations Manager in the Office for Research Protections
  • Kenya M. Faulkner, Chief, Ethics and Compliance Office, Office of Ethics and Compliance
  • Suzanne C. Adair, Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action, Office of Affirmative Action

Presentations (.PPTX)

 

SPRING 2019 ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM, SESSION I
Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Location: The Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: Working Effectively with Students and Faculty in Distress
Forum Agenda and Speakers (PDF)

8:00-8:30 a.m.              Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:40 a.m.              Opening Remarks and Introductions
                                         Kathy Bieschke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

8:40-9:50 a.m.              Working Effectively with Faculty in Distress — Presentation (PPTX)
                                         Leah Zimmerman, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/504 Coordinator
                                         Cassandra Kitko, Human Resources Specialist
                                         Mohamad Ansari, University Faculty Ombudsperson Presentation (PPTX)
                                         Zahraa Zalzala, Assistant General Counsel

9:50-10:10 a.m.            Break

10:10-11:20 a.m.          Working Effectively with Students in Distress 
                                         Margaret Lorah, Interim Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
                                         Danny Shaha, Assistant Vice President for Student Rights & Responsibilities
                                         Benjamin D. Locke, Senior Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
                                         Sarah Ellen Ades, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

8:30-8:40 a.m.              Wrap Up and Final Thoughts
                                         Kathy Bieschke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Additional Information: New Red Folder initiative to aid faculty, staff in helping distressed students

Penn State Red Folder Initiative Close-Up Photo of Front of Folder

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, and the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) have worked together to launch the Red Folder initiative, which is designed to provide resources and information to support faculty, staff and administrators in helping distressed students.

To request or obtain additional Red Folders, please email Kate Staley, Assistant Director of Community Education and Outreach, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), at kxr119@psu.edu. Please provide your name, the campus address to send folders to via interoffice mail, and the number of Red Folders requested.

 

 

Previous Academic Leadership Forums

 


Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Location: The Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: The State of the University and One Penn State 2025
Forum Agenda and Speakers (PDF)

Major Initiatives for the 2018-19 Academic Year and One Penn State 2025 — Presentation (PPTX)
Dr. Eric J. Barron, President of the University

One Penn State 2025 — Presentation (PPTX)
Yvonne Gaudelius, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Renata Engel, Vice Provost for Online Education                           

 

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Location: The Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: “Inspire, Engage, and Implement – Philanthropy at Penn State”
Featured Speaker: O. Richard Bundy III, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Forum Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PPTX)

 

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Location: The Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: “The Future of Public Higher Education Finances”
Featured Speaker: Dr. Gary Fethke, Dean and Interim President Emeritus, University of Iowa
Forum Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PPTX)

 

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: “State of the University”
Forum Agenda (PDF)

Updates from the Provost — Presentation (PPTX)
Dr. Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University

Key Trends, Key Decisions — Presentation (PPTX)
Dr. Eric J. Barron, President of the University

 

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Topic: General Education: Foundation, Exploration, and Integration
Agenda

Presentations:


Date:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Topic: Leading Through Change
Location: Boardroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Agenda

 

For more information about the Academic Leadership Forums, including presentations and other materials from previous events, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.