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Emerging and New Leaders Workshop - 2014

The Council of Administrators of Family & Consumer Sciences is coordinating a workshop to provide comprehensive and systematic professional development for Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences early career administrators and aspiring administrators in higher education, Cooperative Extension, and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Emerging and New Leaders Workshop will be held at the historic Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma - July 27-July 30, 2014. We invite you to participate and to nominate emerging administrators with leadership potential and strong interest in family and consumer sciences/human sciences higher education administration. Perhaps you can encourage new administrators to participate.

The workshop is planned to enhance the future viability of Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences by preparing leaders for positions in higher education administration for the next decade and beyond. Focusing on emerging (and new) administrators, this workshop will address competencies needed for assessing one's attributes and skills for successfully administering Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences programs. The workshop will focus on:

  • Strengthening self-awareness
  • Developing relationships and teamwork
  • Understanding alliances and political realities
  • Understanding elements of a promising future
  • Building capacity, dealing with change, and managing resources across domains
  • Creating an ongoing learning community from this cohort of Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences new and emerging administrators

Workshop sessions will be led by experienced Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences administrators and by experts in administrative leadership and management. Ample opportunity will be provided to discuss issues and ideas in small groups. Seasoned administrators will also serve as facilitators, presenters, and mentors.


It is important that the application for the workshop be made in accordance with the following instructions:

  1. Those wishing to participate in the Emerging and New Administrator Workshop can be nominated by their administrators or can apply themselves.
  2. A letter of support from a higher education administrator must accompany the emerging administrator application.
  3. The applicant's curriculum vitae must be submitted with the application form.
  4. The application form may be downloaded here and reproduced and distributed for use by others.
  5. All parts of the application forms must be completed fully and accurately and submitted electronically.
  6. The application deadline is March 1, 2014. All applications should be submitted in one single file (PDF format) tojeri.robertson@okstate.edu
  7. Application forms will be evaluated by the Planning Committee. Space is available for approximately 30 participants.
  8. All decisions of the Workshop Task Force will be communicated to the applicants by March 31, 2014.
  9. Any questions about the application should be directed to Sue Williams at:
      210 Human Sciences West
      Oklahoma State University
      Stillwater, OK 74078
      (T) 405.744.7651 - (F) 405.744.6299 sue.williams@okstate.edu

The registration fee ($800.00) will cover the costs of the workshop including program materials, educational seminars, and related events.   Lodging and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participants or their sponsoring college or university. Specific information related to registration procedures, lodging reservations, and travel suggestions will be communicated to those selected for the workshop by April 1, 2014.

Sue Williams, PhD
Co-Chair, Workshop Task Force
College of Human Sciences
Oklahoma State University
Kay Wilder, PhD
Co-Chair, Workshop Task Force
Professor Emerita
Point Loma Nazarene University
Jorge Atiles, PhD
CAFCS President 2013-2014
Associate Dean, Extension & Engagement
Oklahoma State University

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Application form (Word)

Preliminary agenda - Updated Feb. 10, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Location: Texas Station Patio

  • 6:00 p.m. -- Welcome Reception (all attendees invited)
    Hosted by Executive Committee
  • Dinner On Your Own

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Location: Appaloosa 4

  • 7:30 a.m. -- Breakfast Buffett (included)
  • 8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks - Jorge Atiles
    President, Council of Administrators for Family and Consumer Sciences
    Associate Dean for Extension and Engagement, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
  • 9:00 a.m. -- Opening Session - Fostering Faculty Success

Quality faculty members are the hall marks of a great university.  Indeed, the impact of faculty members on student success and the research enterprise make them one of the most valuable resources on campus. To sustain excellence across the academy, it is imperative to provide ongoing and careful attention to the development of our faculty-- as teachers, scholars, professionals, and individuals.  This interactive session will highlight current trends in the professoriate, discuss challenges and opportunities regarding faculty engagement, and provide a framework for supporting faculty within CAFCS units. Participants will develop short and long term strategies for keeping their faculty productive, satisfied, and performing at the top of their game.

  • Christy Crutsinger, Vice Provost for Faculty Success, University of North Texas
  • Dawna Wilson, Post Doc, Higher Education, University of North Texas
  • Marian Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education, University of North Texas
  • Joanna Hussey, Assistant to Vice Provost for Faculty Success, University of North Texas


  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. --  Lunch (included) - Location: Mission Plaza
  • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Leading the Way: Exercising Leadership with Diverse Groups

    As leaders of Family and Consumer Sciences units, we exercise leadership in a multitude of ways with a wide variety of people and constituencies. In this session, FCS administrators will share their experiences working with audiences we do not typically work with on a continuous basis. They will describe their initial approach with these audiences to establish a relationship, common interests they share, strategies for working together, maintaining the relationship over time, and outcomes of their collaborations.
    • Leadership with State Legislators: Esther Devall,
      Department Head, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,
      New Mexico State University
    • Leadership with Governors and their Staffs: Debbie Murray,
      Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, College of Family and Consumer Sciences,
      University of Georgia
    • Leadership with Boards of Trustees: Mardell Wilson,
      Assistant Vice President for Fiscal Management, Illinois State University

Moderator: Lynda Martin, Chair, Department of Human Sciences, Stephen F. Austin State University

  • 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. -- Book Club: Recommended Readings for Family and Consumer Sciences Administrators

    Moderator: Rodney Runyan, Chair, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas State University
  • 5:30 p.m. -- CAFCS Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Location: Appaloosa 4

  • 8:00 a.m. -- Breakfast Buffet (included)
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. -- Facing Leadership Challenges - Sponsored by 1890 FCS Administrators

    Higher education institutions are increasingly expected to do more with less.  The panel will discuss why this phenomenon is not new for 1890 land grant institutions.  These experienced administrators will share strategies used to lead and to manage small and diverse programs.  They will also discuss the challenges they face as female administrators in a male-dominated college.
    • Nina Bennett, Chair, Department of Human Ecology, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
    • Doze Butler, Associate Dean, College of Science and Agriculture,
      Southern University and A&M College
    • Valerie Giddings, Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,
      North Carolina A&T State University
    • Cynthia Smith, Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Alabama A&M University

Moderator: Chang-ok Choi, Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Bradley University

  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Break
  • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. -- Academy for Family and Consumer Sciences
    Carolyn Jackson, Executive Director, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • 11:45 - 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch (included) - Location: Mission Plaza
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - CAFCS Business Meeting

    Moderator: Jorge Atiles, President, Council of Administrators for Family and Consumer Sciences; Associate Dean for Extension and Engagement, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
  • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. -- Leadership Transitions Panel

    Transitions from one position to another are common in higher education. While faculty members are well prepared for their first role in higher education, often they are less prepared for subsequent transitions throughout their careers. In addition, little focus and/or preparation is given to these subsequent transitions or the transition process itself. This session focuses on the experiences of administrators who have recently transitioned from one role to another in higher education. They will share their thoughts about what they have learned, what they wish they had known before they started the transition, and their recommendations for those contemplating or preparing for future transitions.
    • Kwaku Addo, Associate Director for Academic Programs, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M University
    • Sheri Worthy, Department Head, Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia
    • John Buckwalter, Dean, College of Human Ecology,
      Kansas State University

Moderator: Nancy Rabolt, Chair, Department of Consumer and Family Sciences/Dietetics, San Francisco State University

  • 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Break
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. -- "There's an App for That!" Sharing Session

Facilitator: Michael Newman, Director, School of Human Sciences, Mississippi State University

Friday, February 21, 2014 - Location: Appaloosa 4

  • 8:30 a.m. -- Brunch (included)
  • Inaugural Legacy Lecture

    Legacy: Legend or Liability?
    Presented by: Dr. Sharon Nickols, Dean Emeritus, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia

Closing Panel Discussion
Reflecting on a Life of Leadership:
Billie Collier,Dean Emerita, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University
Kay Wilder,Professor Emeriti, Former Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Point Loma Nazarene University

Moderator: Ann Vail, Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky

  • 12:00 noon --  Adjourn


Book Club

CAFCS members are invited to share what they are reading in a one hour Book Club session during the conference. Members are invited to share a book they have read that has informed their work in administration. Any type of book is appropriate. It does not need to be scholarly. Each member will be given five minutes to summarize the book and discuss how it informed their leadership and administrative behavior. If you would like to bring an extra copy of the book, we will use it as a door prize within the Book Club session.

"There's an App for That!" Sharing Session

More and more, we are ruled by our smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices. This will be a fun, relaxed session in which we share our favorite apps and why we like them. Come ready to participate, share, and gain new tools that will assist you in your work.


The CAFCS Annual Conference is being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort
and Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas, (817) 778-1000.


Registration is now open. Early registration will be accepted until January 21, 2014 and is set at $350. Beginning January 22, 2014, registration will become $425. Registration includes program costs, three breakfasts, two lunches, four breaks, and the Welcome Reception. Registration and payment are to be submitted online at the following website:


Room reservations can be made online at: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/cafcsfeb2014 or you may call the reservations desk at 1-866-782-7897 to book over the phone. In order to receive the group rate, you will need to mention that you are with the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences. The rate is $179 plus $18 resort fee and taxes for standard rooms. Parking is $17 self or $27 valet (both excluding taxes, with in and out privileges). Room reservations must be made on or before  January 21, 2014 . Room reservation requests after this date may be subject to hotel availability at the prevailing rate.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the meeting, contact:

Ann Vail, Conference Chair
University of Kentucky
102 Erikson Hall
Lexington, KY, 40506

(859) 257-3887


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