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Academic Leadership Presentations Open to UK Faculty, Staff Through Kentucky ACE Women's Network

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2020) The Kentucky ACE (American Council on Education) Women's Network is offering three marquis events in its fall leadership programming schedule geared toward established and aspiring higher education faculty and staff.

These opportunities are open to all University of Kentucky faculty and staff.

“The first is a two-hour workshop focused on leadership styles and how they shift during times of crisis. The second is a facilitated discussion with UK's vice president for student success who will speak on leading during change, and the final session will focus on how faculty and staff determine performance evaluations in the time of COVID,” said Kathryn Cardarelli, ACE Women’s Network chair for Kentucky and senior assistant provost for faculty affairs and professional development at UK. “Because UK is an institutional member of the Kentucky ACE Women's Network, all UK staff and faculty (including those of all gender identities) are able to participate in these leadership development sessions for free."

All sessions will be presented virtually via Zoom.

“Analyzing Leadership Strategies: Approaches for a Changing Higher Education Landscape” will be presented by Sara Zeigler and Russell Carpenter of Eastern Kentucky University 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Zeigler is dean of EKU’s College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and Carpenter is executive director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity.

“Leading Through Change” will be presented by University of Kentucky Vice President for Student Success Kirsten Turner 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 22.

“Equitably Evaluating Faculty and Staff during COVID-19” will be presented Nov. 13 (time to be determined). Panelists for this roundtable discussion are Alexandra Hendley, associate professor of sociology at Murray State University; Tracy Eells, vice provost at the University of Louisville; Catie Lasley, executive director of Human Resources at the University of Kentucky; and Lynnette Noblitt, chair of the Department of Government at Eastern Kentucky University. The panelists will discuss issues of gender and racial bias and the challenges of evaluation during the COVID-19 crisis.

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