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Faculty and Professional Development Programs Further Campus Members with LVAIC Support

August 3, 2018, @ 9:13 AM

LVAIC prides itself on promoting professional development activities for member faculty, staff, and students. Part of the initiative includes specific leadership development opportunities. In this category, LVAIC supports numerous conferences, workshops, and symposia on varying topics for different fields and interests. Moreover, our faculty and professional development programs include the LVAIC CITI training software, the LVAIC Leadership Skills Academy, the LVAIC Higher Education Leaders Institute, and the LVAIC Management Certificate Program.

LVAIC community members gather for a professional development workshop at Lafayette College in January 2018.

LVAIC community members gather for a professional development workshop at Lafayette College in January 2018.

The LVAIC CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) is a digital training opportunity for faculty, staff, or students seeking high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and more.

This program allows for members of the LVAIC community to achieve professional training to prepare for research students without needing to leave their campus, office, or dorm room. This program offers courses in Conflicts of Interest, IRB Administration, Basic IRB Management as a Refresh, and RCR Basics. The program allows users to select areas of specialization for coursework, complete modules in those specific areas, and to go back for re-training whenever necessary. All of these benefits are available through a joint LVAIC contact with the CITI program, allowing exclusive access to members of LVAIC institutions while affording that access due to the collaborative nature of the consortium. This is another example of LVAIC maximizing its resources to benefit the members of the entire community, one professional development opportunity at a time.

Those interested in accessing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative information for member campuses can sign up by:

  1. Visiting the login page or register for an account here.
  2. Under “Select Your Organization Affiliation,” select “Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges.”
  3. Set up your account using your campus e-mail address.

The LVAIC Leadership Skills Academy is a management development program conducted by the Center for Business and Industry at Northampton Community College. The academy is designed to equip supervisors, managers, and high potential employees with the skills they need to be successful in their leadership roles. The instructors of this Certificate Program tailor discussions to higher education in the Lehigh Valley and teach employees to:

  • transition from worker to supervisor/manager/leader of others
  • manage work and people
  • plan for achievement of results
  • heighten self-awareness in order to effectively communicate with different personality types
  • flex their management styles to the needs of individual team members
  • resolve conflicts in order to focus on results and promote teamwork

The LVAIC Management Certificate Program is a “Level 2” program for individuals who have completed the current Leadership Skills Academy program. These two workshops will address the needs of past participants who are Supervisors and have direct reports. The topics for this program include Coaching for Improved Performance and Managing the Performance of Others.

The LVAIC Higher Education Leaders Institute is a development opportunity for mid-career faculty and mid-level administrators who have interest and potential for advanced administrative leadership in higher education. This is a 10 month program that allows participants to explore multiple aspects of leadership in higher education while building their personal and organizational capacity for leadership. Areas to be explored include:

  • The future of Higher Education
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Finances
  • Human Resources
  • Enrollment Management
  • Assessment and Accreditation
  • Role of President and External Relationships

More information about all of these programs is available on the LVAIC Professional Development web page. Contact your respective campus departments to learn more about getting involved in these opportunities.

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