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Coplacetic: Leadership Circle
Leadership Development Circle
8-10 July, 2020
Sonoma State University
COPLAC institutions have a different set of contexts for leadership than any other sector of American higher education. Our size and mission often separate us from larger public institutions, and our public focus, governance structure, and funding models often separate us from similarly sized private institutions. COPLAC campuses face similar needs and challenges in identifying, developing, and recruiting academic leaders who can make a compelling case for the public liberal arts mission.
To promote leadership capacity at our individual institutions and within the public liberal arts sector of higher education, COPLAC will host a three-day professional development workshop in July 2020 for academic deans, associate deans, and associate provosts. Participants will be able to engage with COPLAC peers to address common challenges, develop professional networks, share resources, and build decision-making strategies.
Our format of intensive, problem-based workshops will allow teams or individuals from institutions to focus on issues COPLAC administrators have identified as crucial. Senior COPLAC administrators will facilitate workshop sessions and mentor attendees, encouraging “communities of practice” to create an international network for leadership within a public liberal arts context. The Leadership Circle will continue throughout the year with ongoing virtual meetings that can build relationships and foster the sharing of ideas and models. We encourage your institution to send new and potential mid-level leaders, as well as experienced administrators.
The setting for the Leadership Circle is lovely Sonoma County, California, located conveniently close to metropolitan airports in San Francisco and Oakland. Campus housing, in SSU’s apartment-style residential facilities, will be available to reduce costs and create a sense of community. Participants can hike our regional and state parks, visit the ocean, and explore our famous wineries.
Due to a high level of interest, attendees must be nominated by their chief academic officer (1-2 per campus). CAOs can send the name, title/department, and email address of each nominee to Claire Bailey at email@example.com any time now until 15 February. The nominees will then be contacted with registration link and information.
Registration is $___ until the Early Bird deadline of 1 March; $___ 2 March until final deadline of 31 March.
Attendees will receive information about preparing brief responses to share with the group, as well as a small selection of readings the facilitators would like to discuss in July.
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