[ecoop-info] Call for Informatics Europe Online Academic Leadership Development Course - Autumn 2021 Edition

Franziska Hauffe franziska.hauffe at informatics-europe.org
Wed Jun 30 09:32:27 CEST 2021

Online Academic Leadership Development Course:
*Leading People in Academia*

*Seven Online Sessions*

*16 & 23 September, 07 & 21 October, 04 & 18 November, 02 December 
*10:00-12:00 CEST/CET*

Registration Deadline: *20 August 2021*
*To register, please fill in this online form.* 
All academics are or will become leaders, but how do you lead clever and 
independent-minded academics? How do you bring out the best in people as 
a leader? How do you have those difficult conversations? How do you and 
your colleagues not just survive but thrive? How do you ‘do’ academic 

Leading people is one of the most difficult aspects of being a leader 
and particularly so in the complex academic environment of Informatics. 
And the foundation for being a good leader is knowing yourself and being 
able to bring your full self to the role. You will have the opportunity 
to explore these issues together with Prof. Geraldine Fitzpatrick 
<http://igw.tuwien.ac.at/hci/people/gfitzpatrick> and Prof. Austen 
Rainer <https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/austen-rainer>, who are both 
senior Informatics/Computing academics with strong leadership 
backgrounds and experience and who complement that experience with 
scientific evidence-based approaches to positive leadership practice.

Through six 2-hour online workshop sessions, complemented by an 
introductory session and  in-between preparation work (own time engaging 
with video/audio content, worksheets and readings) and peer support 
sessions, you will have a facilitated learning experience to help you:

Situate your leadership:
* Appreciate the unique opportunities and challenges of academic leadership;
* Locate your academic leadership within its wider context and identify 
the leadership approach you want to bring to it;

Lead yourself:
  * Evaluate your own values and strengths to provide the foundation for 
a positive strengths-based approach to your leadership;
  * Identify and practice simple techniques to survive and thrive as an 
academic leader;

Lead others:
  * Appreciate what makes academics tick and how to bring out the best 
in people;
  * Identify and practice simple techniques for building collegial cultures;

Further your own development:
  * Identify how to integrate evidence-based recommendations with 
reflection on your and others’ experience with individual, pair and 
small-group activities;
  * Develop a plan of action for growing as an academic leader.
*Dates & Agenda*

Online Zoom sessions will take place every *second Thursday from 10:00 
to 12:00 CEST/CET.*

Participants are also strongly encouraged to *block off alternate 
Thursdays at the same time* in their calendar for peer support time, in 
addition to making time for the critical in-between preparation work.

The sessions are scheduled as follows:

* 02.09.21 Release pre-work (own time)
* 16.09.21 Orientation: Introductions of people & course overview
* 23.09.21 Session 1: Leading Informatics in academia
* 30.09.21 In-between work and optional peer support 1
* 07.10.21 Session 2: Knowing ourselves and others
* 14.10.21 In-between work and optional peer support 2
* 21.10.21 Session 3: Leading others - building collegial environments
* 28.10.21 In-between work and optional peer support 3 (week of ECSS 
2021 <https://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/home.html>: 25-27 Oct)
* 04.11.21 Session 4: Leading others - having effective conversations
* 11.11.21 In-between work and optional peer support 4
* 18.11.21 Session 5: Leading others - difficult conversations
* 25.11.21 In-between work and optional peer support 5
* 02.12.21 Session 6: Connecting leaders & where next
* [TBD] Post-course check-in session - date to be agreed at the end of 
the course (approximately 6 months after)
*Target Audience*

This course is intended to develop *new and emerging leaders in 
Informatics and Computing*. This is particularly appropriate for early 
or middle career academics. Indicative examples are (assistant) 
professor, project leader, group leader, theme leader; or any other 
academic leadership service roles, recognising that all academics are or 
will become leaders in some way.

This will be an exclusive, highly interactive, practical, experiential 
course by computer scientists for computer scientists. There will be 
opportunities for reflection through individual conversation, 
small-group activity, larger group discussion, peer support, and pre- 
and post-session activities. The course takes a blended learning 
approach. It will require at least a 2 hour commitment every week over 
13 weeks (counting the pre-work time), to attend bi-weekly Zoom sessions 
and to undertake the in-between work.
*In-between work and peer support*

The in-between work is an essential component of the course.

*Preparation work* before each workshop session provides the core 
content to be discussed at the next session and will involve some form 
of the following as relevant to the topic:

* Short videos/audio/slides explaining the topic, walking through the 
scientific evidence and also providing illustrative personal anecdotes 
as relevant;
* Self reflection via worksheets and exercises (which may also include 
some post-work from the previous session);
* Optional readings if you want to go to the source scientific papers or 
want more in-depth information.

Because you are gifting yourself the time and space to attend this 
course, and your time is important, we strongly encourage you to make a 
firm commitment to actively participate in the course, i.e., attending 
all sessions and engaging in the critical in-between work activities. 
These are important for building a trusted peer cohort and for time to 
engage, do, reflect, learn and grow.

The 2-hour Zoom workshops provide the opportunities to share 
experiences, workshop the content together, and explore how to 
practically apply it in your context.

You will need a device with video and audio, the Zoom app installed, and 
internet access. If we use additional applications, you may need your 
own free account for these. These sessions are deliberately not recorded 
to respect the confidentiality of participants.

The course also encourages the emergence of a peer-support network in 
which attendees from the course can support each other in their 
post-course academic leadership and career progression.
*Intended Outcomes*

Takeaways from this course include:

* A clearer sense of your own leadership identity and style;
* Strategies for self-care, self-management, life hacks, cognitive 
hacks, work-life integration, being a good role model;
* An understanding of what makes people tick;
* Strategies for identifying and developing people’s strengths and 
building a collegial culture;
* Strategies for communicating powerfully through good attention, 
questions, listening, and dealing with challenging conversations;
* An action plan for what to do next;
* Opportunities to continue to engage with participants upon completion 
of the course.

Participants will receive an *Informatics Europe Certificate* 
recognising their participation and engagement with the course.

There are also opportunities to continue discussion with the 
facilitators and participants after the course has completed so as to 
support participants in their continued leadership development.

Places are limited and we encourage people to register 
<https://www.informatics-europe.org/survey/index.php/265855/lang-en> early.

Registration Deadline: 20 August 2021*.

Registration Fees**:

* € 750 - Informatics Europe Members
* € 1,250 - Non-Members.

The registration fee provides access to expert facilitation and content 
specific to informatics contexts, participation in the workshop sessions 
with an exclusive small group, and access to extensive materials that 
include slides, videos, audio, and related papers, as well as access to 
the expertise and experience of the facilitators.

*100% of the registration fee must be paid within 15 days after the 

* Please note that the course will take place provided that the minimum 
number of participants is reached. In case not, the paid registration 
fee will be reimbursed.
** Please note that the amount of the bank transfer will have to include 
any bank fee related to the transfer and/or processing.

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