Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.



THE FUTURE OF COLLABORATION WHEN “BUSINESS AS USUAL”

RESIDES IN THE PAST

OCTOBER 26-29, 2021 (VIRTUAL)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The twin pandemics of COVID and racial injustice have made clear that yesterday’s approach to doing business falls short of addressing today’s challenges in higher education. To help collaborative leaders re-evaluate, innovate, and extend how they support the people and institutions with whom they work, this year’s conference offers a highly interactive exploration of three interest areas: 1) Making the case for collaboration, 2) Running consortia amid challenge and change, and 3) Readying individuals for collaborative work.

Here are just a few examples of the many topics that could fit within these areas:

MAKING THE CASE FOR COLLABORATION:

Demonstrating and documenting value | Communicating value to stakeholders | Consortia as “core service” vs “amenity” |  Building new financial models | Advancing beyond tactical to strategic collaboration


RUNNING CONSORTIA AMID CHALLENGE AND CHANGE:

Impact of the pandemic on consortial structure and governing bodies | External forces impacting organizational governance | The form and function of post-COVID consortia | Managing Boards virtually


READYING INDIVIDUALS FOR COLLABORATIVE WORK:

Supporting the DEI imperative through hiring and facilitative work | Understanding and connecting with the personalities of member institutions and their leaders | Tools and processes that support collaborative work | Accessing professional development in collaboration | Meeting management tips and tricks   

We invite you and your institutional colleagues to share your efforts and insights on these and related themes with the broader ACL community. By sharing strategies, successes, failures, lessons learned, and recommendations, you will contribute immeasurably to our communal inquiry, better equipping ACL members to address higher ed’s most urgent challenges. Proposals that address diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as those that feature inter-consortial collaboration, will receive special consideration.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Submission portalhttps://tinyurl.com/ACL-2021-Submissions

Submission deadline: Monday, June 14, 2021

When submitting your proposal, you are asked to:

  • Provide a session title
  • Provide a session abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Briefly explain how your topic connects to the conference theme (1 – 2 sentences)
  • Indicate which of the three timely issues your topic relates to most
  • Indicate the extent your topic relates, if at all, to diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or inter-consortial collaboration
  • Briefly explain how your session will promote audience engagement (1 – 2 sentences)
  • Indicate your preferred format type; format options are described in the next section
  • Indicate any Zoom session preferences
  • Provide the names, titles, affiliations, and contact information for each presenter

 

SESSION FORMATS

Presenters are invited to select one of the following session formats or propose an alternate:

  • Facilitated interactive panel discussion. 45 minute session.  A moderator and up to four panelists engage with each other around a single topic or question. 
  • Case studies. 60 minute session. Individual or co-presenters describe a problem or challenge encountered, solutions explored, the chosen path or response, and lessons learned along the way.
  • Participant idea exchange. 30 minute session.  Host an informal conversation in a drop-in room around a specific topic or question. Hosts are encouraged to prepare a 1-page digital handout containing framing context and discussion questions to help focus the group’s conversation.
  • Mixed format. 45 minute session.  Host to provide opening content overview and then move participants into breakouts to discuss in small groups or pairs, then return to the main room for sharing back. 
  • Other (you will be asked to describe your format in the submission portal).


WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

Members of the conference planning committee stand ready and eager to help you brainstorm topics, audience engagement options, formats, or co-presenters.  Our goal is to create a wonderfully useful and engaging conference experience for all. Please let us know how we can support your contributions to our shared endeavor!

 

Sincerely,

The 2021 Conference Program Committee


For more information about the conference, please click a name below to contact one of the committee members (if having issues, right click and copy email):

Deb Mashek, Nancy Muller, Laura Muna-Landa, Steph Wilson, Jim Yankech, Suzy Mason, Janitza Matta, Allison Coutts O'Connor, Ray Rennard




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