Sliding vs. Deciding: How to Transition In or Out of Leadership Roles in Academia

December 12, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
$29 for NCFR student members / $49 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs

Michelle Toews

Please note: This webinar was rescheduled from an earlier date.

Faculty members risk negative outcomes for their department and personal career if they slide into leadership positions without making a conscious decision. This can be particularly challenging when it is unknown what resources are needed to successfully make this transition. This webinar will help individuals decide whether a leadership position is right for them by providing guidance on how to examine their goals and values, investigating whether their goals align with leadership roles in academia, and evaluating the pros and cons of moving into and out of leadership positions.

Applying the “sliding versus deciding” concept for leadership transitions (Stanley, et al., 2006), presenter Michelle Toews, Ph.D., CFLE, will draw from her own experiences moving into and out of academic leadership positions. Dr. Toews will first provide guidance on how to understand the connection—or lack thereof--with one’s goals to leadership roles in academia. A discussion will then be held on the pros and cons of moving into and out of leadership positions. Finally, strategies will be shared for how to decide and successfully move into or out of leadership positions.

By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand how one’s goals and values align with leadership paths in academia;
  • Explore the pros and cons of moving into or out of leadership positions; and
  • Decide, instead of slide, to move into or out of leadership positions.

Approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit

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About the Presenter

Michelle Toews, Ph.D., CFLE, recently stepped down as the associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University to serve as a professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. Prior to joining Kansas State University, she served as the assistant director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. Her major research interests include teen dating violence, sexual assault prevention, relationship education, and adolescent parents’ relationships. She has received over $12 million in federal funding to develop, implement, and evaluate relationship education programs for at-risk youth.


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