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Register today for a series of upcoming Roundtable Discussions, where I’ll be hosting 4 90-minute public discussions on workplace culture in higher education!


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Starting on May 28th, join us every Tuesday for a series of engaging discussions exploring the various facets of workplace culture in higher education. Four 90-minute sessions, Tuesday May 28th, June 4th and June 18th from 2:00 – 3:3:30 PM and Tuesday June 11th at 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST.

Here’s what’s in store:

 🎓 Session 1: Talent & Engagement Problems (May 28th)

We’ll kick off our roundtable series with a deep dive into talent and engagement issues in higher education. Join Eddie Francis as he leads this discussion on what it takes to be an employer of choice and how management practices can impact employee engagement.  

🌟Session 2: Leadership Problems (June 4th)

In our second session, Jennifer Askey will guide us through a discussion on leadership challenges in academia. Explore the nuances between management and leadership, and discover the crucial role of chairs, deans, and other academic leaders. 

💡Session 3: Wellness Problems (June 11th)

Rebecca Pope-Ruark will be leading this conversation on wellness in higher education. Explore topics like betrayal, disillusionment, and the importance of fostering a culture of care on campus. Discover how faculty, staff, and student wellbeing are interconnected. 

🚀 Session 4: What’s Next (June 18th)

As we wrap up our roundtable series, we’ll reflect on the insights gained from our time together and discuss what’s next for fostering positive change in higher education. Stay tuned for updates on our future initiatives and how you can help shape the future of academia! 

Don’t miss out on these powerful conversations! Save your spot by registering today.

Guest Speakers

May 28, 2024

Eddie Francis

Eddie Francis is a brand strategy consultant, speaker, leadership enthusiast, and award-winning broadcaster. He hosts “I Wanna Work There!,” one of Hannon Hill’s Best Higher Ed Podcasts of 2024 and “For Our Edification,” and he is a frequent contributor to WBOK radio.

He has been quoted and featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Careers in Government, Watch the Yard, on “The Higher Ed Marketer,” “Confessions of a Higher Ed CMO,” and more. Among Eddie’s honors are New Orleans Magazine’s “30 People to Watch,” the Press Club of New Orleans’ Best Radio Entertainment Feature, and two nominations for AMA’s Higher Education Marketer of the Year.

Eddie earned his master’s degree in strategic leadership from Tennessee State University and his bachelor’s from Loyola University New Orleans. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, the International Leadership Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

June 4, 2024

Kateri McRae

Kateri McRael, Ph.D., is the 4D Faculty Fellow for Well-being at the University of Denver and teaches graduate seminars in affective neuroscience and fMRI Methods, as well as undergraduate and community-engaged seminars on psychology and emotions.

Previously, she served as the President of the international academic society, the Social and Affective Neuroscience, the Director of Faculty Advising, an Associate Editor at the APA Journal Emotion, and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver.

Kateri studies the relationship between emotion and cognition, focusing on how different cognitive processes impact emotion. She’s interested in how attention, thought, and memory change and are changed by emotion. She examines the processes that are characterized by emotion-cognition interactions, such as emotional regulation, cognitive generation of emotion, and emotional awareness.

Kateri is currently an active member of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.

Kevin R. McClure

Dr. Kevin R. McClure is the Murphy Distinguished Scholar of Education and Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

As one of the nation’s leading experts on higher education leadership, management, and finance, Kevin is focused on helping college and university leaders build better organizations.

Perhaps best known for his commitment to public scholarship and making knowledge accessible and actionable, Kevin contributes to public reports with organizations like the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

He writes columns on leadership and workplace strategies for The Chronicle of Higher Education and EdSurge. A fan of podcasts, Kevin loves exchanging ideas with guests and hosts on various podcasts about higher education. He also offers expert commentary for national media outlets like The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, BBC America, and USA Today.

Kevin earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

June 11, 2024

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark is the Director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology. With a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication and over 17 years as a previously tenured professor, Rebecca focuses on productivity, vitality, well-being, and connection and believes that personal and professional vitality is more important than productivity. She works to normalize the discussion of burnout in higher education without normalizing the culture that creates it.

Rebecca is also an ACC-certified coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Scrum Master and Design Thinking Workshop Facilitator with 100+ hours of training and experience.

She hosts “The Agile Academic Podcast for Women in Higher Ed” and has authored multiple books, including Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal and Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching.

She was also the co-editor of Redesigning Liberal Education: Innovative Design for a Twenty-First Century Undergraduate Education.

June 18, 2024

Jennifer Askey

Jennifer Askey is a seasoned coach and former academic who has walked the path of transformation. Through this journey, Jennifer has discovered profound joy in partnering with people to discover their aligned career paths. She enjoys guiding individuals and teams toward their authentic selves, discovering untapped potential, and creating the fulfilling lives they deserve.

With a career spanning job, life, productivity, and team effectiveness coaching, Jennifer addresses various dimensions of personal growth. Equipped with a Ph.D. and a Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Federation of Coaching, Jennifer’s commitment to lifelong career learning includes certifications in Positive Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience @Work, and Team Roles.

By drawing on a rich foundation of theory and practice, Jennifer has honed the art of guiding individuals and teams toward integrated success. At the core of Jennifer’s practice are compassion, positivity, and self-actualization– qualities that underpin every professional relationship.


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