Past Faculty Leadership Workshops have provided professional development for faculty on a range of topics, as well as the opportunity to engage with national leaders.

Sheila-Heen“Thanks for the Feedback” Workshop
Facilitated by Sheila Heen, Harvard Business School

Friday, February 5, 2016

Co-sponsored with the Association of Women Faculty and the Academic Women’s Network, this workshop “demystified” the automatic reactions, positive and negative, people experience when receiving or giving coaching, feedback, and criticism. This workshop was led by Sheila Heen, co-author of the books Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well and Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.

Ruth-Simmons-headshot-jpeg-575x800Leadership Breakfast with Ruth Simmons, President Emerita, Brown University

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ruth Simmons, first woman and first African-American president of Brown University, and the first African-American president in the Ivy League, shared thoughts and reflections on leadership, institutional politics, and the challenges and opportunities for women and people of color in university administration.  The conversation followed Simmons’ James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education at Graham Chapel the previous evening, The State of Conscience in University Life Today. Her talk was part of the Washington University Assembly Series.

Read Professor of Psychiatry, Anne Glowinski’s, blog about the conversation with Ruth Simmons here.

Collage of faculty in a First Positions session

First Positions: The Road to Administration

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
For more details, view the First Positions flyer (PDF).

Over 35 faculty from the Danforth and Medical campuses gathered for a highly interactive discussion regarding administrative careers at the university. The session was lead by former and current administrative leaders: Renee Cunningham Williams, associate professor and associate dean for the doctoral program in the Brown School; Randall Larsen, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences; Andrew Martin, professor and vice dean in the School of Law and director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law; and Laura Rosenbury, professor and former associate dean for research and faculty development in the School of Law. The roundtable was moderated by Vice Provost Adrienne Davis. At the discussion, the panelists discussed their administrative experiences with faculty and faculty interested in becoming administrators. Faculty discussed the expectations of holding administrative positions and the impact these positions have had on their careers and work-life balance. The goal of the session was to expose faculty to many roles beyond teaching and stimulate interest in administrative leadership. The session also created a networking opportunity where faculty on both the Danforth and Medical campuses interested in and or curious about administrative positions at the university could meet each other and discuss their unique situations and goals beyond this one-hour session.

Doris mcmillonbg071708_rgbbPoise Under Pressure:
Working with the Media

Monday, October 15, 2012

The session was led by two former news anchorwomen, Doris McMillon and Carolyn Sawyer, who stressed public relations and communications more generally. In particular, they addressed how to view and approach interactions with the press as an opportunity. Faculty had an opportunity to put their new knowledge to immediate use in promoting and showcasing their scholarship, themselves and the university when they participated in a videotaped mock interview session. The training was co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Association of Women Faculty and Academic Women’s Network.

Best Practices & Strategies for Workplace Gender Equity:
A Discussion with Alumna Joanne Bober

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Alumna Joanne Bober discussed best practices and strategies for workplace gender equity with a group of women faculty. The discussion was facilitated by Vice Provost Adrienne Davis.

shelleyMilliganFirst Female Presidents: Leadership Style and Institutional Culture

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Associate Provost Shelley Milligan shared her doctoral research and interviews with first female presidents of universities and colleges.  Milligan led workshop participants in a discussion of varying leadership styles, underscoring the importance of institutional context.  Workshop participants considered strategies for institutional change, situated in the specific mission and climate of Washington University.

Learn more about Shelley Milligan.

Cynthia WeeseBecoming a Dean: A Discussion with Cynthia Weese, former Dean of the School of Architecture

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cynthia Weese, Dean of the School of Architecture from 1998-2005, and the first woman dean of a School at Washington University, engaged a small group of aspiring women faculty leaders in a discussion about her career as an academic administrator.  Weese encouraged the group to consider pursuing leadership positions, sharing reflections about her own challenges and successes as a dean.  Workshop participants also discussed barriers to women’s advancement and how to best navigate and overcome them.

Learn more about Cynthia Weese.

Panel: Becoming a Dean

November 2011

Dean Emeritus Cynthia Nance (University of Arkansas School of Law) and Dean Annette Clark (then dean of St. Louis University School of Law) shared their experiences on their paths to becoming law deans.  With approximately 40 faculty in attendance at the panel, Clark and Nance shared thoughts on how to prepare for a deanship, what to expect in the first year of a deanship, their biggest “surprises,” their biggest successes, and their top 3 “tips” for aspiring leaders.

Joan WilliamsLeadership Residency with Joan Williams, Director of Center for WorkLife Law, U.C. Hastings College of the Law

See a profile of Joan Williams on the University of California Hastings College of the Law website.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Achieving Diversity Beyond the Body Count: Discussion with the Deans
7:30-8:30 a.m.
(Danforth Campus)
Strategy Session: “Women Don’t Ask”: How to Effectively Seek Leadership Positions
10:00-11:00 a.m.
(Danforth Campus)

The Academy in Pink and Blue: Gender Stratification in the Academy and Why It Happens
4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Danforth Campus)

Gender Bias Bingo: Four Patterns of Gender Bias and How to Ensure They Don’t Derail Your Career
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Home of Vice Provost Adrienne Davis

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Why Is It So Hard for Women in Medical Schools?
1:30-2:30 p.m.
(Medical Campus)