Studios

Supporting and Assessing Faculty Career Development

Tuesday, September 20 · 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Technology Enterprise Facility, 6190 Agronomy Road, Room 610

Are you facing stacks of tenure and promotion files demanding your attention? Do you know the necessary steps to address these files appropriately? Are you wrestling with faculty issues such as merit, recruitment, awards, retirement, and retention? Bring your current challenges and questions on how to get the best from your faculty as well as meet the contractual requirements for important faculty career decisions. Faculty Relations representatives will facilitate this studio – don’t miss this opportunity to meet the resource people who can assist you throughout your term. Lunch provided.

Working Effectively with Union and Non-union Staff

Tuesday, September 27 · 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

How do you deal with difficult employment issues when they arise? What are the differences between union and non-union employment issues? What do collective agreements, employment contracts, and legislation such as the Human Rights Code have to do with your role? As an academic leader, you need to have this knowledge in order to work effectively with staff and to minimize the possibility of a grievance or complaint. Specialists in employee relations will address the range of issues that arise in both unionized and non-unionized settings at UBC, with plenty of time to discuss your current challenges and questions. Breakfast provided.

The Changing Landscape of Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, October 19 · 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

Is your unit currently implementing or considering significant changes to teaching and learning practices? Simon Bates, Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), will facilitate a discussion around the rapidly evolving world of teaching and learning innovation at UBC. Bring your questions and current challenges. Breakfast provided.

Fostering a Positive Student Experience

Thursday, October 27 · 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Board & Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Old Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Road

As an academic leader, your role is crucial in ensuring a positive experience for the students in your unit. These issues require your care and attention. In this studio, you will have the opportunity to discuss ways to create a positive climate for learning, as well as strategies for addressing problems when they arise. Bring your current challenges and questions. Lunch provided.

Budget & Finance, Part II

Wednesday, November 9 · 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

How well do you understand budget and finance processes at the University? How effectively are you using budgets as strategic planning tools in your unit? Campus experts in budget and finance will lead a discussion of these topics and more. Bring your questions and current challenges for support and fresh perspectives. Lunch provided.

 Succeeding in your Role as an Associate Dean

Tuesday, November 29 · 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

Associate Deans typically have a specific portfolio, are part of an administrative team, and work closely with their Dean and offices across campus. How do you make those relationships work? What are the potential pitfalls to avoid? Hear from and discuss your questions with a panel of seasoned Associate Deans on how to succeed in this challenging role. Lunch provided.

Holding Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, January 24 · 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Technology Enterprise Facility, 6190 Agronomy Road, Room 610

How often are you involved in professional conversations in which the parties have differing expectations, priorities, or assumptions? Would you like to engage your conversation partners more effectively and better achieve your goals? Bring your current challenges and questions and get support and fresh perspectives on workplace communication from campus specialists and your Cohort peers. Lunch provided.

Your Role in Creating a Positive & Respectful Environment at UBC

Wednesday, February 1 · 8:30 – 10:30 AM

CTLT, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 2.22

As an academic leader, your role is crucial in promoting the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff by creating and maintaining a positive and respectful environment. Learn from the experiences of seasoned leaders and resource people and share strategies with your Cohort peers in this studio. A short presentation by Faculty Relations will cover the relevant UBC policies, provincial statutes, and available resources to assist in this area. Breakfast provided.

Addressing Faculty Relations Issues

Thursday, February 9 · 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Technology Enterprise Facility, 6190 Agronomy Road, Room 610

As an academic leader, issues concerning faculty such as recruitment, retirement, performance, promotion and tenure, and merit are your responsibility. It’s February. How prepared are you to engage your faculty on these issues in the meetings you are required to hold? Campus faculty relations experts will lead a discussion of these topics and more, confirming your obligations and the pending time lines. Lunch provided.

Strategic Planning

Tuesday, March 7 · 11:00 – 1:00 PM

Technology Enterprise Facility, 6190 Agronomy Road, Room 610

As the end of the academic year approaches, you may be thinking about developing a strategic plan. In this session, campus experts and experienced academic leaders will share frameworks and guiding questions to help you succeed in this. Come to this studio prepared to work with a topic that you’d like to make progress on with your unit. Lunch provided.

Building Strategic Partnerships in the Community

Wednesday, March 22 · 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

The University is committed to the need for community engagement and innovation. This studio will focus on the “why” of strategic community partnerships – and discuss strategies for developing effective partnerships, and troubleshooting when partnerships go awry. Facilitators will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Before the studio, please think about the existing and potential partnerships in your unit/portfolio, and consider your role in making them more effective. Breakfast provided.

Supporting Research in Your Unit

Wednesday, March 29 · 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (new rescheduled date; originally scheduled for November 22 and rescheduled for April 22)

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

As an academic leader, your role is crucial in supporting your faculty members’ research programs. In this studio, facilitators from the Office of Research Services and the Office of the Vice-President Research will guide a discussion of current research challenges, implications for leaders, and available resources. For example, what do you do when a new faculty member has trouble accessing their research funding or getting their lab set up? Should you be concerned if graduate students are working for a faculty member’s new company? Who should you call if a colleague at another institution wants to sign an affiliation agreement with your department? Bring your questions and challenges to this critical event. Lunch provided.

Managing a Crisis

Wednesday, April 26 · 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)

Crisis can be defined as an unplanned event that causes severe disruption and poses a threat to the unit, individuals, or stakeholders and could be precipitated by a natural disaster, financial malfeasance, violence, or a mental health emergency, to cite only a few examples. This studio will provide a framework for thinking about crisis management before a crisis occurs, as well as offering practical tips to help you navigate a crisis as it occurs. UBC resource people who have weathered a range of crisis situations will share their experiences and respond to questions. We will cover the legal, organizational and interpersonal dimensions of crisis management, and there will be opportunities to discuss specific risks that may be a source of concern in your individual units. Breakfast provided.