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CHERD presents

Professional Development Webinars

November 2020

Registration Required – Limited Number of Participants

Dates: November 9, November 18
Time: Noon EST
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2 FREE November webinars

CHERD presents two informative free webinars in November. Imagine the future of higher education in Canada, and consider how to prepare graduate students for diverse careers. To attend both, you must register for each event separately.

Webinar 1
Nov.  9 at Noon EST

Imagining the Future of Higher Education in Canada: Radical Flexibility as a Potential Solution

George Veletsianos will discuss recent research that coalesces around the future of higher education. Drawing from survey and interview studies examining faculty experiences and practices during the pandemic, and grounded on a large body of earlier work examining flexible and online learning, he will invite participants to reflect on potential higher education futures, and discuss the role of flexibility in those futures.

George Veletsianos is a Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and professor in the School of Education and Technology. George studies emerging technologies and pedagogies and his research aims to understand learners’, educators’ and scholars’ practices and experiences in emerging online settings including social networks and open learning environments. He has published two books, more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has given more than 60 talks in conferences and events worldwide.

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Webinar 2
Nov. 18 at Noon EST

Leading Change to Prepare Graduate Students for Diverse Careers

Loleen Berdahl and Jonathan Malloy look at how academic and administrative leaders can promote change that maintains and advances the academic and research goals of the university, given that doctoral programs in most disciplines have traditionally focused on preparing students for academic careers, but only a minority of current PhD graduates obtain academic positions.  They discuss these issues based on their SSHRC-funded research on PhD career development.

Berdahl and Malloy are the authors of Work Your Career: Get What You Want From Your Social Sciences or Humanities PhD . They often write and speak on PhD career development issues, and they are also the instructors for CHERD’s Heads and Chairs: Leading Academic Departments program.

Jonathan Malloy is Professor of Political Science and holds the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy at Carleton University. He served as chair of his department from 2012 to 2018 and is now a member of the Carleton Board of Governors and holds other university responsibilities.

Loleen Berdahl is the Executive Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan) and Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She served as head of Political Studies from 2016 to 2020, and as Faculty Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan’s Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning from 2019 to 2020.

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Leadership in the Midst of a Black Swan Event

Leadership in the Midst of a Black Swan Event was a free webinar that examined how Canadian post-secondary institutions and their constituent units have responded to the pandemic, with a specific focus on the identification of leadership best practices. It addressed a number of topics including pedagogy, governance, student issues, faculty, support staff, administrative, and communication.

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Leadership Post-COVID

Leadership Post-Covid was a free webinar that shifted the focus from short-term emergency response to what John Kroger has termed long-term strategic adjustment. It asked how we take our learning and experiences and pivot from short-term to long-term strategies for our organizations. The discussion included financial exigency, student financial support, pedagogy, student services, labour relations and collective bargaining post-COVID, and campus communities’ mental health. We will also discuss the role PSE institutions may play in helping the broader community tackle these new realities.

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Leading an Academic Department During Times of Crisis

Leading an Academic Department During Times of Crisis was a free one-hour webinar for university and college department heads, chairs, and directors. This new professional development opportunity by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) showed how heads, chairs, and directors can provide clear leadership to their academic units while protecting personal well-being during times of uncertainty and crisis.

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