“Education is the kindling of a flame,” Socrates said, and that axiom applies to both students and faculty members. To keep that flame burning bright, the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost
at Tulane University is sponsoring a Faculty Leadership Forum on May 7–9, bringing in top guest speakers to foster development of leadership and managerial skills of faculty actively engaged in the academic mission.
The provost’s office sponsors a series of seminars for faculty members, such as this grant-writing session attended by Yumei Feng, an adjunct assistant professor in the physiology department. (Photo by Sabree Hill)
The inaugural forum “was developed in response to faculty requests for more initiatives to enhance their leadership skills,” says Tonette Krousel-Wood, associate provost and senior associate dean. “Effective leadership is key for professional development at every level ranging from junior to senior faculty.”
The series of interactive sessions will be held at three locations: the uptown campus, the downtown health sciences campus and the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, La. Online registration
is still open for the forum.
Topics to be discussed include trends in graduate education, tools for managing conflict, and how to work with teams and increase the capacity of leadership. Guest speakers will be Kevin Grigsby, a senior director with the Association of American Medical Colleges; Debra Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools; and John Casteen, president emeritus and professor at the University of Virginia.
Casteen will lead a session on “Planning, Excellence and Effectiveness in a Tier I, Research-Intensive University” on May 9 at Freeman Auditorium on the uptown campus.
Tulane President Scott Cowen will close the forum with a talk on “Leading in Adversity,” and all faculty in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of the president’s new book, The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America
Since 2010, the provost’s office has provided faculty development and mentoring initiatives for junior and senior faculty through special seminars, workshops and forums each spring.