Associate Deans Leadership Series

Associate Deans Leadership Series For Nebraska's Associate Deans

The cupola on top of Love Library lit up red

Although colleges vary in the number and responsibilities of their Associate Deans, those who fill these demanding and rewarding positions face many of the same difficulties and challenges. Associate Deans serve as members of their respective college strategic leadership team, and also serve important boundary spanning roles that require them to connect with peers across campus. They make sure the work of the colleges “gets done” by using skills in coordination, leadership, management, relationship building, and deep knowledge of institutional policies and procedures. As such, Associate Deans must draw on wide-ranging skillsets and personal resources to maintain their effectiveness.

To support the efforts of the faculty who serve in these significant roles, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources are excited to partner to offer the Associate Dean Leadership Series: a series of workshops dedicated to the personal and professional development of the Associate Deans within our community. Each semester, the Leadership Series includes two workshops that focus on topics relevant to these campus leaders and also incorporates a social event to promote networking and engagement within the group.

Advisory Board

  • Tammy Beck, Associate Dean, College of Business
  • Erin Blankenship, Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Kirk Dombrowski, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Marks, Associate Dean, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Mark Riley, Associate Dean, College of Engineering
  • Rich Bischoff, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Leader Success, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Judy Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

2019-2020 Associate Deans Leadership Series Events

These are invitation-only events for Associate Deans. Registration is required.

Associate Dean Academic Year Kick-Off Social

Thursday, August 15

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Lazlo's Brewery & Grill-Haymarket (Private Room is located on the 2nd floor. Check-in with the host stand for directions.)

Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

RSVP Here before Tuesday, August 13.

Questions: Contact Justy Bullington, EVC Office Events & Outreach Coordinator.

Running Effective Meetings

Monday, September 16

Speaker: Christopher Marks, Associate Dean, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Nebraska Union, Platte River Room South

Running efficient and effective meetings requires skill and finesse. In this workshop, we'll look at some strategies - including but not limited to planning, interaction, and using Robert's Rules - that associate deans can employ to ensure their meetings are productive and a good use of everyone's time.

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Monday, October 28

Organizer: Tammy Beck, Associate Dean, College of Business

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Willa Cather Dining Complex, Red Cloud C

Making decisions in the presence of full information is hard enough, but often associate deans are called upon to make decisions, or at least recommend courses of action, in situations when not all of the information one might want is available. In this workshop, we will look at some strategies for doing this, including hearing tips and tricks from individuals who have been successful in making good decisions in such situations.

Time Management

Monday, January 27

Organizer: Erin Blankenship, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Massengale Residential Center, Multipurpose Room #115

Being an associate dean can seem like more than a full-time job, even when it is technically supposed to be only a partial appointment. Finding time to continue to develop a scholarly profile in research and teaching as well as maintain a personal life while taking on these administrative duties can be extremely difficult. This workshop will look at time management strategies, focusing especially on those that academic leaders at UNL have found to be particularly effective.

Mental Health and Self-Care

Monday, March 2

Organizer: Paul Springer, Interim Chair, Child, Youth & Family Studies

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Nebraska Union, Platte River Room South

Mental health issues have become a challenge for colleges and universities across the country. While it is the responsibility of all faculty to support the mental health and wellness of our students, it is crucial that academic leaders such as associate deans are aware also of the need to support the mental health and wellness of faculty in their units as well as themselves. In this workshop we will address the issues and the support and tools available on campus to do so.

Spring Social

Week of May 11

Details to be determined.