New CAO Program

CIC offers special programming for CAOs in their first year. This programming consists of a new CAO workshop and mentor program.
Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers
Saturday, November 5, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
CAOs in their first or second year will have an opportunity to participate in a workshop led by experienced colleagues that is intended to address the issues faced by those in their first year in office. Participants will meet in small groups, work on case study exercises, and discuss topics such as: developing professional relationships to help meet new expectations; assessment, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness; the CAO’s role in curriculum development; fostering faculty leadership and faculty governance; managing time, technology, and paper; and working with peer administrators.
  • Jeffrey Barker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Converse College
  • Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Seton Hill University
  • Betty Overton-Adkins, Provost, Spring Arbor University
Note: Please sign up for this workshop using the online registration form.
Cost: $37 (covers materials, lunch, and refreshments)

Experienced CAOs as Mentors
Saturday, November 5, 4:00–4:30 p.m. (initial meeting)
Sunday, November 6, 4:15–5:30 p.m. (discussion session)
All CAOs registered for the Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers are invited to participate in the Mentor Program, which consists of small groups of new CAOs working with more experienced mentors. New CAO colleagues have the benefit of the day’s presentations as well as their first four months of on-the-job experience to bring to the conversation. Issues raised by the new CAOs will be the topics of discussions led by the mentors.
  • Mark Braun, Provost, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Elizabeth Tobin, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Illinois College