Monday, June 5, 2017

Light Breakfast and Coffee

Welcome, Overview
Jeffrey Selingo, Founder and Executive Director, Academy for Innovative Higher Education
Martin Kurzweil, Director of Educational Transformation Program, Ithaka S+R
Darcie Milazzo, Director for Leadership Development, Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership



Leading Change in Higher Education: What Does It Mean to Lead?
Kate Ebner, Director, Institute for Transformational Leadership, Georgetown University, Founder and CEO, The Nebo Company
Darcie Milazzo, Director for Leadership Development, Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

Change in any industry is difficult, but it is particularly problematic in higher education, with its unique culture and history of shared governance. Looking at the unique context in which department chairs lead, you will form a deeper understanding of the complexity of this environment. You will leave the session with new frameworks through which to see your leadership and new tools for effectively leading and influencing within your institutions.

Suggested reading: Ancona, D., Malone, T. W., Orlikowski, W. J., & Senge, P. M. (2007, February). In Praise of the Incomplete Leader. Harvard Business Review, 1-10.


Leadership Fireside Chat
Catharine Bond Hill, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R
Former President, Vassar

Facilitated by Jeff Selingo


2:45-4:45 (15 minute break at 3:00)
Leading Change in Higher Education: Maximizing Impact through Communication
Leadership is a conversation. The quality of that conversation dramatically shapes a leader’s impact. What if you could maximize your impact through enhancing your communication? In this session you will learn simple, effective techniques for asking powerful questions, making clear statements and requests and listening well.

Kate Ebner and Darcie Milazzo

Walk to dinner
The Oceanaire
Penn Quarter
1201 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tuesday, June 6, 2018

Light Breakfast and Coffee

Welcome Back and Insights
Jeffrey Selingo and Darcie Milazzo

10:00-12:00 (15 minute break at 11:15)
Innovative Practices to Help Achieve Long-Range Goals

  • Active Learning: Timothy McKay, University of Michigan, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education; Director of the Digital Innovation Greenhouse
  • Open Learning Resources: Marie Cini, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Shaun Harper, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

Facilitated by Martin Kurzweil

The goal of this session is to provide you with examples of innovations in higher education. We hope to inspire a deeper understanding of the department chair roles and contributions to leading and sustaining innovation. We will break into smaller groups during the session to allow more interaction with the presenters.


1:00-5:00 (15 minute break at 2:30)
Designing Innovations
Michelle Weise, Chief Innovation Officer of Sandbox ColLABorative

Design Thinking (DT) is one methodology being used in higher education institutions to create new innovations. This workshop provides an overview of the design thinking process and an opportunity to apply the methodology to defining and framing a current challenge you are facing.

Walk to dinner
701 9th Street NW
Washington DC, 20001

Wednesday, June 7

Light Breakfast and Coffee

Welcome Back and Insights
Jeffrey Selingo, Martin Kurzweil, and Darcie Milazzo

Paying for Innovation: Developing Better Budget Models
Rick Staisloff, Principal, RPK Group
Higher education has long faced a new financial normal—including pressure to hold down tuition and fee increases, cuts in governmental support, and increased competition from new players. Unfortunately, the industry’s response generally has been to tweak an existing business model. In this session we will look at factors of market, mission and margin that can inspire the design of new business models. You will leave with new models and approaches for creating budgets.

Suggested readings:
Innovations on Higher Education Budget Models
How to Review Your Business Model: Some Best Practices, by Rick Staisloff
Defining Digital Courseware ROIs in Terms of Success, Rick Staisloff


Maximizing your Impact
Darcie Milazzo, Director for Leadership Development, Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

During this session, you will learn a model for managing priorities, energy, resources and time to help you achieve goals, stay focused on priorities and be more fulfilled in your contributions and impact. The session is designed to help you identify your takeaways and actions from the boot camp.

Closing and end of program

Leading Innovation: A Seminar for Department Chairs