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Faculty and Staff Success

Faculty and Staff Success

The University of Missouri System is firmly committed to the success of our faculty and staff. In September 2018, President Choi allocated $7.5M of funding to support a strategic investment in Faculty and Staff Success. The goal of the Faculty and Staff Success initiative is to enable greater employee performance and support personal and professional growth to ensure the UM System is a true employer of choice. Under the leadership of the UM System Office of Human Resources, programs within the Faculty and Staff Success initiative will focus on all levels of faculty and staff, and will be announced as they are available. Academic Leadership Development, described below, is the first program launching under the initiative. 

Academic Leadership Development

As a part of the focus on overall faculty success and with the support of the offices of the provost at each university, the UM System offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources are developing a robust set of programs specifically designed to support academic leaders. The programs will provide academic leaders with relevant and meaningful opportunities for continued growth and development. They include:

Academic Leadership Conference

About the 2020 Academic Leadership Conference

Building off of the success of the 2019 Academic Leadership Conference (see details below), a similar conference will be offered from Wednesday, October 14 (evening) to Friday, October 16, 2020.  Additional information will be posted soon.

About the 2019 Academic Leadership Conference

Spearheaded by UM System President Mun Y. Choi, the Academic Leadership Conference is a joint collaboration between the Offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources. This program has been intentionally designed following extensive engagement with the provosts and a systemwide task force. It draws on academic leaders’ own experiences and needs. A key strategic priority and area of investment for the Office of the President, the 2019 Academic Leadership Conference will offer programs tailored to the unique careers, issues and decisions facing provosts, deans and department chairs.

Academic Leadership Conference Planning 

Creating professional development that was relevant and meaningful to academic leaders was a priority for the conference planning team.  With that in mind, we sought input from academic leaders throughout the planning process (see lists below).  We are grateful for their time and expertise.  

Provost Offices: MUUMKCS&TUMSL

Academic Leadership Development Committee

  • MU: Chris Riley-Tillman, Pat Okker, Joe Parcell, Ericka Lembke
  • UMKC: LaVerne Berkel, Marsha Pyle, Jerry Wyckoff, Ginny Blanton
  • S&T: Sarah Kent, Richard Wlezien, Susan Murray, David Borrok
  • UMSL: Beth Eckelkamp, Andy Kersten, Steve Moehrle, Cindy Dupureur


Date Time Event Presenter Room
August 11 3 p.m. Buses depart UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL    
  6 - 8 p.m. Picnic at Providence Point, home of President Mun Choi    
August 12 8 a.m. Registration and breakfast   Grand Ballroom
  9 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks Marsha Fischer, Steve Graham and
Christine Holt
Grand Ballroom
  9:45 a.m. Keynote - A conversation with Gary Forsee: Leadership  translates… it really is all about respect for people! Gary Foresee Grand Ballroom
  10:45 a.m. Break    
  11 a.m. Breakout session #1    
    Generating SCH: Successful, Collegial, and High-performing Departments and Faculty Larry Gragg, Erica Lembke, Jenny Lundgren and Ann Taylor Salon C
    Basics of CRR 330.110 and Effective Leadership through Difficult Academic Personnel Matters Barb Bichelmeyer, Paul Maguffee and Jerry Wyckoff University
    Leveraging Data when Making Decisions Matt Martens and Chris Riley-Tillman Salons A and B
    Building your Department’s Success in the Shifting Higher Education Funding Environment Ryan Rapp and Eric Vogelweid Salon D
  12 p.m. Lunch   Grand Ballroom
  1:15 p.m. Breakout session #2    
    How to Manage Your Budget: Maximizing Impact with (often limited) Departmental Resources Jamie Arndt, Sue Becklenberg, Ginny Blanton, Joel Burken, Tanika Busch, Cindy Dupureur, Lucretia Eaton and Jim Utech University
    Keeping Your Head Above Water: Managing Email and Your Calendar Cooper Drury and Pat Okker Salons A and B
    Know Your Resources: Discussion with Your Partners from the Office of General Counsel and Human Resources Nick Beydler, Marsha Fischer, Susan Hankins, Carol Hintz and Paul Maguffee Salon C
    Building your Department’s Success in the Shifting Higher Education Funding Environment Ryan Rapp and Eric Vogelweid Salon D
  2:15 p.m. Break    
  2:30 p.m. Breakout session #3    
    Generating SCH: Successful, Collegial, and High-performing Departments and Faculty Larry Gragg, Erica Lembke, Jenny Lundgren and Ann Taylor Salon C
    Keeping Your Head Above Water: Managing Email and Your Calendar Pat Okker and Cooper Drury Salons A and B
    Navigating Conflict and Difficult Conversations within the Department D’Andre Braddix, Alice Hall Stephanie Reid-Arndt and Troy Shelangoski Salon D
    How to Manage Your Budget: Maximizing Impact with (often limited) Departmental Resources Jamie Arndt, Sue Becklenberg, Ginny Blanton, Joel Burken, Tanika Busch, Cindy Dupureur, Lucretia Eaton and Jim Utech University
  3:30 p.m. Break    
  3:45 p.m. Keynote - Retaining and Engaging your Faculty: Best Practices from Research Todd Benson and Kiernan Mathews Grand Ballroom
  5 p.m. Adjourn    
  6 - 8 p.m. Dinner (sign up at the registration desk)    
August 13 7 a.m. Breakfast   Grand Ballroom
  7:45 a.m. Welcome   Grand Ballroom
  8:00 a.m. Keynote - Enhance the Culture in your Department through the Lens of Behavioral Differences (DiSC Assessment) Kerry Goyette Grand Ballroom
  9:30 a.m. Break    
  9:45 a.m. Breakout session #4    
    Mental Health and Well-Being: Strategies for Academic Leaders Christy Hutton and Jamie Shutter University
    Hiring for Excellence: Creating an Inclusive Search Process Inya Baiye, Jenelle Beavers, Andy Hayes, Allen Johanning and Matt Martens Salons C and D
    Navigating Conflict and Difficult Conversations within the Department D’Andre Braddix, Alice Hall Stephanie Reid-Arndt and Troy Shelangoski Salons A and B
  10:45 a.m. Break    
  11 a.m. Keynote - Lead by Taking People with You Margaret Duffy Grand Ballroom
  11:55 a.m. Closing Marsha Fischer and Steve Graham Grand Ballroom
  12 p.m. Lunch and university-specific sessions
  • MU - Salon A
  • UMKC – Depart for Kansas City
  • Missouri S&T – Salon D
  • UMSL – Salon C
Grand Ballroom
  5 p.m. Adjourn (end times will vary by university)    


Networking events

In order to foster a community of leadership systemwide and beyond, we have embedded several networking opportunities into the conference schedule.

  • Pre-conference picnic: President Choi is looking forward to hosting academic leaders at a picnic at Providence Point on Sunday, August 11 from 6-8 pm. Parking and transportation information for the picnic are provided below.
    • Shuttle bus: Shuttles will run back and forth between the Courtyard by Marriot and Providence Point. The shuttles will leave every 15 minutes beginning at 5:45 from the Courtyard Marriot and ending at 8:45 from Providence Point.
    • Parking: If you choose to drive yourself to Providence Point, you may park in Providence Point’s lower lot. If that lot is full, overflow parking is available in Lot SG-4. We will have golf carts available to shuttle you to Providence Point from the parking lot if needed.
    • Note: Sunday is a religious holiday for some academic leaders. We have designed our menu for the evening with Tish'a B'Av and Eid-al-Adha in mind.
  • Lunch: Lunch is more than just an opportunity to eat. Networking lunches offer attendees time to discuss topics of interest and form new and valuable relationships with others across the system.
  • Networking dinner: On Monday, August 11, participants will have an opportunity to join colleagues for dinner in Columbia. Leaders from across the system will host dinners for small groups of participants at different restaurants in downtown Columbia. More information and sign up sheets will be available at the conference on Monday.
    • We will cap each dinner at 10 people to foster an atmosphere where everyone is able participate in the conversation.
    • The cost of these dinners will be covered by your host; however, if you would like to order any alcoholic beverages, you will need to pay for those separately.
    • Transportation to and from downtown Columbia be provided by motor coaches. You are also welcome to drive your own car to the dinner.

DiSC Assessment

Introspection and self-awareness are critical for effective leadership. In order to contribute to your leadership development, we will utilize a self-assessment tool, Everything DiSC Workplace. The assessment will shed some light on how differences in personal motivators and stressors in the workplace impact team cohesion, communication and conflict resolution.

Invitations to complete the DiSC assessment were sent out on Wednesday, July 31. Please find this email, log in, and complete this assessment at your earliest convenience.  To simplify your inbox search process, the sender and subject information is provided below. A number of participants had to look in their junk/spam folders to find their invitation. DiSC Invitation email searchable information:

  • Sender name: umaaleadership
  • Sender email address:
  • Subject line: ”UMAA leadership has registered you for the Wiley Everything DiSC Workplace”

If you have not previously taken the DiSC assessment, and have not received the invitation email, please notify as soon as possible.

If you have already taken this assessment and do not wish to retake it, please email as soon as possible and bring your old report with you to the August conference. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you would like to take the assessment with us.


Motor coach transportation to and from the event will be provided for those from UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL. Riding the bus provides valuable time to connect with colleagues and catch up on email. Most importantly, ride sharing saves resources for our University. 

If you signed up to ride with us, but your transportation plans have changed, please notify us by emailing

  • Sunday, August 11 - Arriving: Participants from each university will begin boarding the bus at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 11. The bus will depart each university promptly at 3 p.m. The bus will have WiFi as well as water and snacks. Expect to arrive at the Courtyard by Marriott by 5 p.m. Below are university-specific details about the coaches as well as contact information for your university’s transportation liaison. If you have any issues on Sunday afternoon, please contact your university’s liaison. Contact information (cell phone and email) is available in the email sent prior to the conference (Sender: UMAALeadership). Otherwise, you may call UM Academic Affairs on Sunday at 573-882-0001.
  • During the conference (Sunday through Tuesday): Bus transportation will be available to and from dinner on Monday night.
  • Tuesday, August 13 - Departing: Participants will depart the Courtyard by Marriott at the conclusion of their university-specific session on Tuesday afternoon. The bus will return to the same location participants were originally picked up at on Sunday (location provided below).

Additional details for each university


  • Pick-up/drop-off location: Public bus stop located at the corner of 50th and Cherry
  • Parking: Cherry Street Garage (with any valid UMKC parking permit)
  • Liaison: Russell Melchert
  • Return information: Bus will depart Columbia at 12:30 p.m.

Missouri S&T:

  • Pick-up/drop-off location: Parking lot at the corner of 10th and Bishop (Lot C-48). If you wish to leave your car parked in Lot C-48, please email your license plate information to Krista Chambers.
  • Parking: Krista Chambers
  • Liaison: Krista Chambers
  • Return information: Bus will depart Columbia at 2 p.m.


  • Pick-up/drop-off location: Turn lane outside of MSC ­­­North Garage
  • Parking: MSC North Garage
  • Liaison: Lori Morgan
  • Return information: Bus will depart Columbia at 2:30 p.m.


The conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia, MO. Conference participants are invited to stay at the conference location, or simply to attend each day. The location is offering a discounted room rate of $104/night for conference participants who want to reserve a room for the nights of August 11 and 12. To receive the discount, please complete your booking through our group rate link. The conference location is:

Courtyard by Marriott

3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-443-8000


The conference and all meals at the conference are provided by the University of Missouri System's strategic investment in Faculty and Staff Success, reflecting the investment the University is making in academic leaders. Mileage and hotel reimbursement will be provided by your university. Details on reimbursement will be available at the conference.


Registration for the conference is by invitation only. If you're interested in attending the conference and have not received an invitation, please contact

More information

Further communication about this event will be sent to those who have completed the RSVP survey.


If you have questions regarding the event, please contact the UM System Office of Academic Affairs at or 573-882-0001.


24/7 resources

Academic Affairs, Human Resources, and the Office of the President have collaborated to develop a set of 24/7 resources for academic leaders. 


Workshops at MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL

Coming soon!


Executive coaching

The University of Missouri offers executive coaching to support our senior academic leaders and increase our organizational effectiveness. 

Executive coaching is ideal for senior academic leaders as it provides a customized approach to leadership development. Through a one-on-one relationship with an experienced external coach, senior leaders gain new outlooks on personal challenges, improved decision-making skills, increased confidence, and greater overall effectiveness. When leaders participate in coaching, they can better meet current challenges while building skills for the future. In turn, this leads to increased organizational results and supports sustainable progress.

This program is offered through the Academic Leadership Development initiative.

Program Goals for Participants

  • Maximize strengths
  • Master leadership and communication competencies
  • Better manage stress
  • Adapt and thrive in an environment of change
  • Address workplace challenges
  • Demonstrate a commitment to growth and development

Program Details

Available to academic deans at each university, the executive coaching engagement will typically last six months. During that time, the leader will choose a coach from one of ten pre-selected executive coaching firms who have a range of specialties and experience in a variety of settings. The coach will then administer assessments, meet with the Provost to gain their perspective, and then lead conversations to drive insight. The cost of the coaching will be covered by the Faculty and Staff Success Funding.

Obtaining a Coach

To obtain an executive coach, complete the Executive Coaching Request Form (PDF is available here.) We understand the sensitive nature of many of these requests; all are treated as strictly confidential and viewed only by a designated staff member of the Program Team. If needed, that staff member may call you to request additional information. The Program Team will then reach out to your Provost to clarify coaching priorities from the Provost's perspective.

The Program Team will then work with selected coaching organizations to identify coaches and send information on three potential matches for you. You then have an opportunity to meet each coach, select the best match, and begin the coaching engagement. We will contact you with more information and provide additional support after receiving your Request Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is – and isn’t – executive coaching?
    • Coaching is not the same as mentoring, consulting or counseling.
  • How do I choose the appropriate coach?
    • Upon receiving the names of three possible coaches, we will also provide advice on how to best make a selection.
  • Who are available coaches?
    • Coaches are from one of ten pre-selected coaching organizations representing a range of specialties and experience in a variety of settings.
  • Are my conversations with my coach confidential?
    • Yes. The coach agrees to keep all information shared during coaching sessions confidential unless otherwise agreed upon or unless required to share information by law or University policy, such as when there is danger to self or others, or a potential violation of the university's Employment/Educational Opportunity policies (CRR: Chapter 600). Themes, in the aggregate, from conversations will be shared with the Program Team to inform additional leadership development programming.

Contact Information

For more information about the Executive Coaching program, please contact UM Academic Affairs at

Coaching Definitions

What is executive coaching?

Executive coaching is a practice in professional development that is characterized by its individual and personalized approach. It generally involves a close relationship between a coach and coachee, where the coachee works on a stated individualized development plan in the context of their individual role and organizational goals.

Coaching is not the same as mentoring, consulting, or counseling.

  • Mentoring is usually formed via mutual and informal matching whereby a mentor (usually with more experience) helps a mentee (usually with less experience) grow, become more connected, and develop greater self-efficacy. One critical difference is that a mentor tends to be a source of advising, where coaches tend to ask questions of their coachees in order to discover solutions. Additionally, mentoring may last an indefinite period of time, where coaching is generally intended to be a focused period of time.  
  • Consulting is usually a process by which an outside organization or individual is provided information by an organization in order to provide feedback, recommendations, or highlight concerns. Consultants are intended to help an individual or organization receive an objective review of information presented in order to prescribe a set of potential solutions. Additionally, they may be contracted to provide industry insight, manage significant change processes, project manage a significant adjustment in business practice, or coordinate the implementation of a strategic plan. In general, consulting is focused on the organization whereas coaching is focused on the individual.
  • Counseling is a therapeutic relationship in which a client and counselor, through therapy, work on specific concerns of personal or professional concern. This relationship is generally considered to be confidential and protected by patient privilege. Generally speaking, counseling is intended to help you identify and cope with challenges in your life, while coaches are interested in you setting goals and achieving goals. Therapists are usually supervised by someone, with governing organizations that provide guides for conduct, where coaches may not have the same kind of governance relationship.

Mentoring programs

Please check back for updated information.


Professional development grants

Please check back for updated information.


Reviewed 2020-02-20