Additional Features

The 2012 Institute for Chief Academic Officers offers a range of additional program features:

2012 CAO Spouses Program

There is a separate registration fee for spouses of CAOs who wish to participate in a special program for spouses. Registration includes the opening reception and buffet dinner and all plenary sessions. In addition, special sessions for CAO spouses have been planned, including a welcoming coffee hour, breakfast discussion sessions, and a presentation about San Antonio on Sunday afternoon. A separate registration fee for the optional trips on Monday and Tuesday afternoons is required.

Spouses who wish to attend only specific events, such as the welcoming buffet dinner or an optional trip, should sign up for those activities on the registration form and not register for the full Institute.

Saturday, November 3

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Welcome and Keynote Address
“Reframing the Leadership Role of the Chief Academic Officer”
Lee G. Bolman

6:30–7:15 p.m.
Welcoming Reception

7:15–9:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner

Sunday, November 4
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
CAO Spouses Hospitality Room

9:00–10:00 a.m.
Plenary Session
“Attracting First-Generation and Minority Students to a Liberal Arts Curriculum”
Honorable Henry G. Cisneros

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Welcome Coffee for CAO Spouses
Greetings: Richard Ekman, President, CIC
The Presidential Spouse and the CAO Spouse: How to Build a Supportive and Productive Relationship
Diane Aquila, CAO Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)
Marianne Ivany, Presidential Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)

Monday, November 5
7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
CAO Spouses Hospitality Room

7:30–8:45 a.m.
CAO Spouses Breakfast Discussion Groups
Healthy Boundaries
Sue Cornman, CAO Spouse, Cedarville University
Selections from My Bookshelf
Ann Killebrew Taddie, CAO Spouse, University of the Ozarks (AR)
9:00–10:00 a.m.
Plenary Session
“The Increasing Importance of Public Accountability and Its Implications for Colleges and Universities”
Judith Eaton
10:15–11:30 a.m.
CAO Spouses Discussion Sessions
Get a Life: How to Help Your Spouse Achieve Balance
Sandy Aper, CAO Spouse, Blackburn College
Lynn Buck, CAO Spouse, Illinois Wesleyan University
When You Know, But Can’t Tell...
Bonnie Lakso, CAO Spouse, Juniata College
1:30–5:30 p.m.
Optional Excursion—San Antonio Missions Tour
(Pre-registration required)
Tuesday, November 6

8:00 a.m.–Noon
CAO Spouses Hospitality Room

10:45 a.m.–Noon
Closing Plenary Session
“Can We Keep Higher Education Affordable?”
Lucie Lapovsky
1:30–5:30 p.m.
Optional Excursion—King William Food Tour
(Pre-registration required)

Women Chief Academic Officers Luncheon and Discussion Groups

(Pre-registration required)
Andrea Chapdelaine, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Albright College
Patricia Draves, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, University of Mount Union
Sunday, November 4
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Barbara Hetrick, Senior Vice President, CIC
Ginny Coombs, Vice President for Annual Programs, CIC
Achieving a Professional Goal—Becoming a CAO
Nancy Krippel, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Brenau University
After the Campus: Tips for Retirement
Jonnie Guerra, Senior Advisor, Annual Programs, CIC
Susanne Woods, Senior Advisor, Information Fluency, CIC
Finding Balance as Women CAOs
Bettie C. Starr, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lindsey Wilson College
Integrating Diversity into the Academic Leadership Team
Kristine Bartanen, Academic Vice President and Dean of the University, University of Puget Sound
Involving Faculty Colleagues in Disciplinary Work
Jane Hammang-Buhl, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Marygrove College

Managing Change
Carol Sheppard, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, Bridgewater College (VA)
Managing Difficult People
Adrienne Israel, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Guilford College
Managing Presidential Transitions
Susan Huber, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Mentoring Mid-level Administrators
Susan Traverso, Provost and Senior Vice President, Elizabethtown College
Preparing for a Senior Position Interview
Marylouise Fennell, RSM, CIC Senior Counsel
Self-Renewal Strategies
Valerie Collins, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Molloy College
Settling in after the First Year
Cindy Speaker, Provost and Dean of the College, Wells College
Women and the Presidency
Cynthia Zane, President, Hilbert College
Women CAOs and the Presidential Leadership Team
Sherilyn Emberton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, East Texas Baptist University
Women’s Leadership in the Strategic Planning Process
Kim Mooney, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Franklin Pierce University

Meetings of Associated Organizations

Saturday, November 3

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Mennonite Colleges Chief Academic Officers Meeting
Convener: Sally Weaver Sommer, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs,
Bluffton University
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Ronald Mahurin, Vice President for Professional Development and Research, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
2:30–4:30 p.m.
Catholic College and University Chief Academic Officers Roundtable and Update from Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
Coordinator: Colleen Hegranes, Senior Vice President, St. Catherine University

Monday, November 5
7:30–8:45 a.m.
Annapolis Group Chief Academic Officers Breakfast
Members of the Annapolis Group will meet for informal discussion of current issues.
Convener: Jonathan D. Green, Provost, Illinois Wesleyan University
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Sean Peters, CSJ, Director, Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Missouri Chief Academic Officers Luncheon
Coordinator: Rita Gulstad, Vice President and Dean, Central Methodist University
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Conference for Mercy Higher Education Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Moya Dittmeier, Executive Director, Conference for Mercy Higher Education
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Women’s College Coalition Luncheon for Chief Academic Officers
Susan E. Lennon, President, Women’s College Coalition
6:30 p.m.
American Benedictine Colleges Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Diane Fladeland, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Mary
Association of Dominican Colleges and Universities Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Thomas Nowak, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dominican College (NY)
Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Christopher Holoman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hilbert College
Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Gary Luhr, Executive Director, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Ronald Mahurin, Vice President for Professional Development and Research, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church Chief Academic Officers and Spouses
Coordinator: Gerald D. Lord, Associate General Secretary, Division of Higher Education, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, United Methodist Church
National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Chief Academic Officers
Coordinator: Paul T. Henley, Membership Director, NITLE

Breakfast Discussions

Breakfast participants may move among several of these informal discussion groups.
Sunday, November 4
7:30–8:45 a.m.
Accelerated Degree Programs for Adults
Many private colleges and universities have developed accelerated programs to serve working adults. Where these programs fit into the organizational structure and who monitors their quality varies widely from institution to institution. CAOs are invited to discuss their campus models noting the benefits and challenges.
Stephen W. Ragan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Creating a Culture of Learning through Assessment
How can CAOs help faculty members select student learning objectives and assessment techniques that demonstrate student learning and institutional effectiveness? Participants are invited to share best practices for creating a culture of assessment and continuous improvement.
Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard University
Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shaw University
Faculty Development Initiatives with Shrinking Resources
How can CAOs support new faculty members who have joined the academy at a time of significant resource constraints? This discussion will focus on the needs of new faculty members and how institutions currently meet these needs.
Pareena Lawrence, Dean of the College, Augustana College (IL)
Faculty Members’ Involvement in Student Recruitment
Student recruitment increasingly involves faculty members. How much time should faculty members devote to recruiting new students given their other responsibilities? What are the most effective ways to focus faculty time and involvement? Participants will discuss approaches to involvement of faculty members in the recruitment process.
David M. Timmerman, Dean of Faculty, Monmouth College (IL)

Information Fluency
The goals of CIC’s Information Fluency in the Disciplines workshops, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are twofold: to infuse “fluency” into humanities majors and fields of concentration and to help undergraduate students attain true information fluency in their major areas of study. The program thus far has focused on three disciplines: literature, history, and ancient studies. Campus teams comprised of faculty members, a librarian, and the chief academic officer participated in intensive workshops during which they developed campus plans. Are the goals being met? What are campuses learning about their curricula? The CIC senior advisor for the program will offer an assessment of the program and provide information about future topics.
Susanne Woods, Senior Advisor for Information Fluency, CIC
Is There a Case for Tenure?
Are there negative consequences for academic quality when the number of tenure-track positions is limited? How does reducing the number of tenure-track positions affect hiring? Does the elimination of tenure-track positions affect faculty governance and academic freedom? Participants are invited to share their perspectives and lessons learned from the practices on their campuses.
Terry Weiner, Provost, The Sage Colleges
Monitoring Student Success
CAOs monitor student access, progress, and success throughout their years on campus. Many institutions have created academic resource centers, academic advising centers, or other units to monitor student success. Others have implemented practices to make academic success the responsibility of all members of the college community. Participants will discuss a rubric used by Southern Vermont College to monitor students’ progress and potential for success and share their own campus practices.
Albert DeCiccio, Provost, Southern Vermont College
Politics and Resources for Online Courses
Are online courses appropriate for all campus missions? Many faculty members, particularly those who teach undergraduate students, are dubious about online courses. Online education also has significant budget implications. CAOs from institutions that have incorporated online courses into the undergraduate experience and those who are still navigating the political and financial issues surrounding online courses are invited to share their experiences.
Charlotte G. Borst, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Whittier College
Preparing for a Presidential Transition
The president has announced plans to retire or leave at the end of the academic year. What plans should be made to maintain stability in the academic program? What role does the CAO play in the presidential search process? What key questions need to be answered? Participants are invited to share experiences.
Rita Gulstad, Vice President and Dean of the University, Central Methodist University
Promoting Scholarship
Most CAOs of CIC institutions value scholarly activity on the part of students and faculty members. Yet efforts to promote scholarship can create divergent expectations, especially when some faculty members embrace the teacher-scholar role, others are not actively engaged in research, and still others view research activities as contrary to the institution’s teaching mission. Participants are invited to discuss the balance between scholarship and teaching on their campuses and to share successful approaches to promote faculty scholarship.
William Cario, Senior Vice President of Academics, Concordia University Wisconsin
Reorganizing Academic Programs from Divisions to Schools
This discussion will focus on the benefits and challenges faced by academic administrators who hope to shift oversight of academic programs to a school model, how to obtain faculty support, and how to implement the new model smoothly.
Billye W. Auclair, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Anna Maria College
Supporting a Vigorous Undergraduate Research Program
How can CAOs help build and sustain a strong program in undergraduate research—a high-impact practice for student learning and engagement? Participants will discuss some of the recommendations found in the new Council on Undergraduate Research publication, Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research, including mentoring of student research as an important tenure and promotion criterion.
Michael G. Tannenbaum, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hartwick College
Sustainability and Student Engagement
Increasingly, colleges and universities are developing initiatives to enhance student engagement by introducing curricula and co-curricular projects on sustainability. CAOs who have successfully done so will share ideas and resources, including NSSE sustainability-consortium data, with participants who are considering strengthening sustainability programs on their own campuses.
William Throop, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Green Mountain College
Using IDEA to Improve Teaching and Learning
Over 380 colleges and universities use Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA), a norm-referenced student course rating survey. Participants will discuss the survey’s benefits and limitations, the strategies needed for faculty acceptance, and how to use survey results to improve teaching and learning.
Sandra Zerger, Vice President of Academics, Hesston College
Bonnie Sowers, Associate Academic Dean, Hesston College
Monday, November 5
7:30–8:45 a.m.
The CAO as Advocate for Internationalization
Academic leaders champion many causes, from literacy and numeracy to faculty scholarship and development. One important cause is internationalization, which could refer to (a) international students, (b) study-abroad opportunities for American students, (c) opportunities for faculty members to study and conduct research abroad, or (d) curricular programs. Participants will share their roles in internationalizing the campus and describe both supportive and challenging aspects of internationalization.
Gregory Mahler, Vice President and Academic Dean, Earlham College
CIC’s Leadership Programs: Senior Leadership Academy and Executive Leadership Academy
Learn about CIC’s newest year-long leadership programs, the Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) and the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). The SLA prepares mid-level administrators for vice presidencies in independent higher education; the ELA prepares college and university vice presidents for presidencies.
Ann Die Hasselmo, President, American Academic Leadership Institute, and Director, Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy
Core Curriculum Revision and the Process Pothole
A small group of faculty members works on a core curriculum revision proposal for months or years, only to have it voted down by the faculty. How can CAOs avoid such a scenario? CAOs are invited to share ideas and strategies that worked at their institutions and learn about the approach that led to success in core curriculum revision at Wesley College.
Patricia Dwyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wesley College (DE)
Demystifying the Promotion and Tenure Processes
No processes are more mysterious to junior faculty members than promotion and tenure. The criteria often seem vague, the committee process is cloaked in secrecy, and rumors of caprice abound. How can CAOs bring clarity to such high-stakes moments in a faculty member’s career? Participants are invited to discuss successful policies and practices on their campuses.
Wayne Powel, Provost, Saint Francis University (PA)
Developing a Collaborative Leadership Team
CAOs benefit when deans, directors, and other academic administrators work collaboratively. What skills help CAOs build productive teams? What skills should CAOs aim to develop in their team members? Participants will share the practices and professional development initiatives that have strengthened their academic leadership teams.
Esther E. Mulnix, Vice President for Academic Affairs, CETYS University System (Mexico)
The Evolving Academic Library
The primary mission of many academic libraries has remained constant—to support success in teaching and learning. At the same time, library collections, services, and facilities are being transformed to accommodate new modes of instruction, content creation, and licensing, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary research and coursework. Participants will learn about the major trends affecting academic libraries and related opportunities for the academic library’s support of institutional goals.
Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian, Ithaca College, and Association of College and Research Libraries Liaison to CIC
Handling Student and Parent Complaints
Student and parent complaints can be time-consuming and legally risky matters for CAOs and the associate deans and vice presidents who work with them. Who should be responsible for addressing these complaints? Which types of complaints are delegated to associate deans/vice presidents and which must the CAO handle? Participants are invited to share advice and compare structures, practices, and creative solutions for dealing with these issues.
Alzada J. Tipton, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Elmhurst College
Heather Hall, Associate Dean of Faculty, Elmhurst College
Honors Programs as Enrollment Management Tools
Attractive honors programs often function as enrollment management tools. How are potential students identified for such programs? What curricular structures work? How do co-curricular activities enhance the experience? Participants will discuss their experiences with honors programs and learn about the initiatives at Wingate University to attract first-year students.
Martha S. Asti, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wingate University
Institutional Prioritization in Challenging Times
Academic programs can proliferate when resources are abundant. How do institutions sustain programs when challenging times arise and difficult decisions about which programs to eliminate are required? Participants are invited to share their experiences.
Paul C. Koch, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, St. Ambrose University
Learning from Mistakes
Each of us has made mistakes in our work as chief academic officers and then reflected upon what went wrong and, with hindsight, what we might have done differently to avoid those mistakes. This discussion invites participants to share errors made and changes in strategy or practice that improved their effectiveness.
Joseph A. Kloba, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Palm Beach Atlantic University
MOOCs and Their Impact on CIC Colleges and Universities
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have earned both praise as the “key to the future” and criticism as a threat to traditional residential colleges and universities. Participants are invited to discuss how MOO Cs might affect CIC institutions. What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of MOOCs for smaller liberal arts colleges? Are there models for the adoption of MOOCs that fit independent college missions and can help reduce costs?
Jasper Lesage, Provost, Northwestern College (IA)
Negotiating a First Presidential Contract
If you are currently in a presidential search or are thinking about becoming a candidate, find out what you should know about the structure and contents of a presidential compensation package. An experienced contract attorney will facilitate a discussion of the initial presidential contract.
Raymond D. Cotton, Vice President for Higher Education, ML Strategies, LLC
Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)
NetVUE seeks to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among students and faculty and staff members at independent colleges and universities. Learn about CIC’s network and ways your institution can benefit from NetVUE programs, conferences, grants, and services.
Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor for NetVUE, CIC
New CAO Workshop: Continuing the Conversation
New CAOs who participated in the New CAO Workshop will have an opportunity to discuss conference sessions, general concerns, and new ideas.
Jeffrey Barker, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences, Converse College
Michael A. McDonald, Provost, Kalamazoo College
Jeanine Stewart, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hollins University
Performance Management
As the core responsibilities of the chief academic officer continue to increase, so does the size of the academic affairs staff. CAOs must find a balance between the number of direct reports and the delegation of responsibilities. A large staff means that the CAO spends considerable time just managing personnel. How can CAOs manage the academic enterprise to ensure that timelines are maintained and goals achieved without micromanaging? Participants will be invited to share their experiences.
T. Gregory Dewey, Provost, University of La Verne
Streamlining Faculty Committee Structures
At Bethel College (KS) the CAO and faculty members collaborated to reduce the number of faculty committees from 21 to 8, thereby reducing committee workloads while also clarifying faculty authority and accountability in shared governance. Participants will be invited to share examples and best practices for achieving such change smoothly and effectively.
Brad Born, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bethel College (KS)
Technology and Tradition
The popularity of recent books such as Christensen and Eyring’s The Innovative University and DeMillo’s From Abelard to Apple demonstrate deep and growing interest in how higher education should change in response to technological advances. How can CIC institutions create learning environments that combine the best of our traditions with the best of 21st century information technology? Participants are invited to share their experiences in the introduction of the most recent technologies to support teaching and learning on their campuses.
Danny Parker, Provost, Anderson University (SC)
Tuesday, November 6
7:30–8:45 a.m.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Breakfast for Chief Academic Officers
Chief academic officers will meet for informal discussion.
Convener: Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shaw University
The Future of the Liberal Arts
CIC is planning a public information campaign to promote a new case for the liberal arts and liberal arts colleges. Other organizations share this concern, including Phi Beta Kappa with its long experience advancing the liberal arts. The Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa will lead a discussion about how the educational qualities of small residential liberal arts colleges can be presented to the public as an education with enduring value, not simply a credential. All Institute participants are welcome.
Moderator: John Churchill, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society
Yes We Must Coalition
(By invitation only)
CAOs of institutions in this coalition will meet for breakfast and discussion.
Moderator: TyAnn Lindell, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Finlandia University

Consultation and Renewal

The Institute for Chief Academic Officers offers consultation services and opportunities for spiritual renewal.
TIAA-CREF Consultations
(Sign up for all consultations at the CIC Registration Desk.)

Planning for Your Retirement: Personal Consultations with TIAA-CREF
Representative Akram Elbardawil, Wealth Management Consultant, will be available to schedule appointments on Saturday, November 3, Noon–4:00 p.m., and for consultations on the following days:
Sunday, November 4, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 5, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6, 8:00 a.m.–Noon
Worship Services
Sunday, November 4

7:15–7:45 a.m.
Roman Catholic Mass
Augustine G. Kelly, OSB, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Saint Anselm College

8:15–8:45 a.m.
Ecumenical Worship Service
Kenneth P. Carson, Provost, Geneva College