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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. See below for our featured article of the month, and scroll further for resources by topic.

These resources are part of the UM System's Academic Leadership Development initiative.


Featured Resource

Dear White Boss, Harvard Business Review

This fictional open letter written from the perspective of a Black manager sheds light on the sometimes subtle but impactful ways in which biases and systemic racism shape the workplace environment and experience for Black employees.

Resources for being an intentional, informed leader

#BlackintheIvory, a twitter feed amplifying Black voices and experiences in academia 

21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, a compilation of resources to promote greater understanding of power and privilege

Race, Racism, and the American Experience, a self guided curriculum to support personal exploration and create a more inclusive and affirming work spaces

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions, a webinar offering strategies and next steps for addressing Anti-Blackness

Wellness & Leadership in the Context of COVID-19

Leading and Working through a Pandemic, Harvard Business Review (View collection

Productivity and Happiness Under Sustained Disaster Conditions, Chronicle for Higher Education (View article)

How to Talk to Your Team When the Future is Uncertain, Harvard Business Review (View article)

How Will the Pandemic Change Higher Education? (Collection), Chronicle for Higher Education (View collection)

How Working Parents Can Support One Another, Harvard Business Review (View article)

Women at Work: We're Beyond Stretched (Podcast Episode), Harvard Business Review (Listen to the episode)

FutureU (Podcast Series) (See all episodes)

Additional resources for staying healthy and upbeat

From having to rapidly flip a course online to adjusting to life in a (perhaps makeshift) home office, COVID-19 has required a lot of the University's faculty members. This isn't easy, and it's important in times like these to make sure you're taking stock of your wellbeing. These resources can be helpful to anyone, whether you're feeling overwhelmed or isolated or simply looking to be proactive about staying engaged and healthy. 

  • Connect with other leaders.The Academic Leadership Development Initiative is hosting weekly zoom sessions to give faculty leaders (e.g., chairs, deans) a chance to come together and discuss leadership challenges, perspectives, and strategies specific to this time. These sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times. For more information please contact umaaleadership@umsystem.edu.
    • Friday, April 3, from 9 - 10 am, Summary
    • Wednesday, April 8, from 9 - 10 am, Summary
    • Friday, April 17, from 12 - 1 pm, eLearning Panel Discussion Summary
    • Thursday, April 23, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Summary
    • Wednesday, April 29, from 12 - 1 pm Summary 
    • Thursday, May 7, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Women Working Through COVID 19 Summary
    • Tuesday, May 12, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, VUCA & Design Thinking Summary
    • Monday, May 18, from 3 - 4 pm, Finding Joy in and at Work Summary
    • Wednesday, May 20, from 4 - 5 pm or Thursday, May 21, from 12 - 1 pm, Perspectives, Policies, and Tools for Budgets 
    • Friday, May 29, from 10 - 11 am, Maintaining Faculty Morale & Motivations Summary
    • Wednesday, June 17, from 9 - 10am, Mental Wellbeing
    • Monday, June 29, from 11am - 12pm, Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus Webinar Discussion 
    • Tuesday, July 14, from 10 - 11am, Deconstructing White Privilege Video Discussion
    • Thursday, July 30, from 4 - 5pm, How to Be an Anti-racist Book Discussion
  • Try Sanvello. Sanvello is a premium resource based in cognitive behavioral therapy designed to promote healthy habits and mental hygiene. Free for all UM System faculty members signing up with a university email, Sanvello offers a suite of features from guided meditation, daily mood tracking, coping tools, and more. It even includes a community aspect that allows you to share your own and learn from others' wellness tips. Click here to get started.
  • Join your colleagues for free mindfulness or yoga Zoom sessions. Available to all UM System faculty, staff, and students.
  • Take it from the experts. Mindi Thompson, a licensed psychology and associate professor of counseling psychology at UW Madison, wrote an excellent piece on faculty wellness in Inside Higher Ed that's worth a read. Among her tips:
    • Be mindful of your consumption of media, email, texts, etc. Consume news and other media only during specified blocks of time. 
    • Stay active and prioritize your physical and emotional health. Spend time outdoors, listen to music, invest in hobbies, and remember that taking care of yourself is a first step to supporting others.
    • Maintain connections with others. Schedule a Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime call with your colleagues, friends, and family. Send a text to someone you haven't talked to in awhile or give them a call. 
    • Exercise patience and compassion. A lot is being asked of you in a short period of time, so don't expect things to be perfect. Take time to reflect, to decompress and practice coping skills. We will get through this. 

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Institutional resources: KeepLearning, Zoom Tutorials, University Coronavirus Pages: MU, UMKC, UMSL, S&T


Resource by Topic

Getting Started as an Academic Leader

Articles


Reports & Guides

 

Managing the Budget

Legal and Ethical Issues

Stay Sharp

In the fast-changing industry of higher education, it’s important to stay abreast of current events in higher education. Staying well-informed can help you learn from the mistakes and successes of other institutions, anticipate issues before they arrive in your inbox, and think creatively about daily issues and challenges outside the context of your own institution. Below are a series of sources to get you started.


Podcasts


Newsletters

  • Academic Leader (monthly): Provides practical advice for department chairs, academic deans, program directors, and other leaders within academic affairs. Learn more.
  • Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day (daily): Quick, practical management advice to help you do your job better.
  • Inside Higher Ed Weekly News Update (weekly): Your need-to-know digest of the week’s news, delivered every Friday morning.
  • Academe Today (daily): Keeps you up-to-date and summarizes the latest events in higher education as well as highlights from the most current issue of The Chronicle.
  • Diversity Matters (weekly): Weekly updates with news, essays and career advice about diversity in higher ed, sent each Tuesday.
  • Inside Digital Learning (weekly): Weekly, in-depth coverage of technology and the learning experience, sent each Wednesday. 
  • Washington Post’s Grade Point (twice weekly):The latest in news, debates and issues in higher education for students, teachers and more. In your inbox twice a week.

Websites

 

Inclusive Excellence and Climate

Articles


Videos


Podcasts


Books


Websites


Institutional Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mental Health & Well-Being


Presentations

  • Presentation to the UM System Board of Curators on Student Mental Health & Well-Being
 

Difficult Conversations and Conflict Management

Data-Driven Decision-Making

Change Management

Time Management, Balance and Self Care

 Performance Management

Reviewed 2020-07-14