Administrators’ Breakfast: Leading communication programs in higher education
Are you a Department Chair, Director, Associate Dean, Dean - or aspiring to become one? This is our third year of hosting a forum for members of ICA who are administrators. Some 25 of us meet for breakfast each conference to discuss the similar challenges we face as we aspire to develop units for which we are responsible, interact with higher administration officials and alums, facilitate the professional growth of our faculty and staff, and prepare our students for the changing world of media organizations, contents, and audiences. Constant technological developments, the dynamic nature of media industries, and the global breadth and complexities of our disciplines are ever-more challenging. At the same time, higher education institutions are expanding expectations from academic administrators to act as CEOs of their units, to develop and demonstrate financial and entrepreneurship skills in addition to the leadership, scholarship and pedagogical qualities that have been part of these challenging roles. We share our experiences and our challenges: How do we engage all these demands, develop the skills needed, and travel these new terrains with expertise? How can we lead and design curricula for an unknown future? What do we do to maintain our integrity, enthusiasm, and personal stamina?
We are getting together again this year in San Diego, informally over breakfast, to brainstorm about these issues, share experiences, and continue with our efforts to launch a support network within ICA. Each year we also focus on the main theme of the conference – so this year, we will discuss our challenges in facilitating interventions in communication research and practice, issues related to community engagement, balancing research and praxis in workload and promotion processes and the like.
Join us for this informal networking, Sunday,28 May 7:30 a.m., in the conference hotel (room to be announced). Seating is limited to 25, so hurry up and register on the conference registration site! (Price to cover the private breakfast room is $40, and preregistration is required. If you already registered online – you can use the PDF to fax this additional registration).
For queries – please contact the facilitator – Dafna Lemish firstname.lastname@example.org