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FSU Leadership Faculty/Staff Development Conference

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Focus on the Future: Better Leaders for a Better Tomorrow



8:00 - 8:45

Check-in and Light Refreshments in LUC ARMAH

8:45 - 9:45

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote Speaker: Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, U.S. Army, Retired


Morning Breakout Sessions


Leadership and Performance Improvement

by Dr. Jeffrey McClellan

LUC 108

All organizations want to be high- performing organizations. So, what is the secret to high performance? This session explores the process of performance improvement from the perspective of both fixing performance problems and avoiding them by focusing on key practices that improve performance.

Campus Communications 101

by Office of Communications and
Media Relations Staff Members

LUC 111

Learn how the Office of Communications and Media Relations works to promote FSU and its people and support a range of communication and publication needs. Meet the “CommMedians,” a group of writers, designers and editors who manage FSU’s media relations, public relations, marketing, publications, social media and communication needs. Learn how to help the CommMedia team promote your events or share your stories most effectively.

Fiscal Responsibility in an Age of Shrinking Budgets

by Dave Rose and Denise Murphy

LUC 113

We’re all too familiar with the impact of State budget cuts and the need to reduce expenses. If you haven’t seen this session before, it’s your chance to get the bottom line about sources of FSU funding and what the funds can be used for, as well as the importance of spending responsibly and managing the budget dollars allocated for your particular department or program.


Career Development and Learning Opportunities with

by Beth Kenney

LUC 108

Attend this session and learn about FSU's subscription with eLearning powerhouse, and how you can benefit from this personalized learning platform. With more than 10,000 online tutorials and courses, is the perfect way to increase professional skills, stay current with the latest topics, and supplement classroom materials.

Managing Helicopter Parents

Panel Session featuring Dr. Tom Bowling, Katie Buehner, Vicki Maust, Beth Stallings, and Brian Parker

LUC 111

Across academia, more and more faculty and staff are encountering the Helicopter Parent. There is no student issue too small or inconsequential for this parent to get involved. Yet our students must learn to represent themselves effectively. Fortunately, experienced FSU staff members have developed useful techniques for managing the expectations and intrusions of Helicopter Parents. In this panel session, veteran FSU staff members will discuss effective – and ineffective – methods for managing Helicopter Parents.

Using Strengths to Build and Lead Effective Teams

by The StrengthsQuest Advisor Team

LUC 113

One of the most important things that a leader can do is develop and lead effective teams. To do so, leaders need to be able to organize and engage their followers in such a way that it maximizes their performance. An effective way to do this is to know and use the strengths of team members in order to promote high performance. In this session, we will actively explore how StrengthsQuest results can be used to organize and lead teams in the workplace.

12:00 - 1:15

Lunch Break in LUC ARMAH

12:30 - 1:15

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ronald H. Nowaczyk, President of FSU

Afternoon Breakout Sessions


P.E.G. 12 (Pursuing Excellence and Greatness) in the Workplace

by Don Swogger

LUC 133B (back of ARMAH)

This high-energy session examines 12 key principles which will encourage you to be a more productive, motivated and inspired employee. The interactive presentation will use humor, teambuilding, and motivation exercises to reinforce these key principles. Laughing, moving around and lots of encouragement are required!

Using Teams to Promote Learning and Teamwork Skill Development

Panel Session co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence featuring Drs. Shoshana Brassfield, Sally Boniece, Justin Dunmyre, Mike Monahan, and Amit Shah

LUC 111

Faculty panelists will discuss different approaches for using teamwork as part of the educational process. The goal of the session is to explore best practices of faculty who have used teams to effectively promote learning within their discipline and to help students learn how to function effectively in teams.

Leadership for Diversity

by Robin Wynder

LUC 113

Participants in this interactive session will experience what first- semester FSU freshmen students experience in the required Introduction to Diversity workshop and gain a better understanding of the importance of equipping students to be global citizens.

Plan to attend those breakout sessions most beneficial to you throughout the day. Seating for sessions will be on a first come, first served basis as the room capacities permit.