NCSCE and SENCER News— Values-Based Leadership Institute Held at Broward College, Oct 5-6

Values-Based Leadership Institute Held at Broward College, Oct 5-6

This October 5-6 the new venture Success 4 Higher Education ( teamed with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement ( to present the first Values-Based Academic Leadership Institute at Broward College. 38 campus leaders from institutions across the United States, as well as one international campus, spent two days developing conceptual and practical foundations for their important work as academic leaders.

The Institute’s program focused on developing and supporting leadership that is not solely based on individual achievement, but on the recognition and expression of shared personal and organizational values, especially during times of hardship, scarcity, and rapid change. Successful leaders understand that the confluence of personal and organizational values is the bedrock of durable and effective decision-making. The Institute challenged the participants to articulate what their true values are, how they relate to their personalpassion and purpose, as well as how they contribute to the fulfillment of their career goals and the organizational goals of their current institution.  

The meeting started with a keynote address by Philip Rogers, Senior Vice President of the American Council on Education. The sessions that followed featured a diverse and distinguished group of presenters and facilitators, many of whom were longtime participants in the SENCER community.  The principals of S4HE (Amy Shachter and Karen Oates) were joined by Ellen Goldey (Dean of the Wilkes Honor College, Florida Atlantic University), Theo Koupelis, (Dean of Academic Affairs, Broward College), Reid Bishop (Professor of Chemistry, Belhaven University), Hokulani Aikau (Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Utah), and Maryann Goebel, (former CIO and Technology Executive and S4HE board member).

Life for today’s academic leaders is increasingly complex and demanding. The frequency and rapidity of communication has intensified, the pace of business has accelerated, while the needs of faculty for support and attention has increased.  But some things have not changed.  Faculty want to identify with and relate to those who lead their institutions and they expect their leaders to manifest and adhere to the academic and professional values that all committed educators share. True leaders understand this, know where they stand, and let those principles determine what they should do in any given situation. Success 4 Higher Education is committed to nurturing and supporting the next generation of values-based academic leaders.

For information on the next scheduled institute, or to host an institute at your campus email [email protected]

Colleague Requests Responses Regarding Lab Practices

Dear SENCER friends and colleagues,

My graduate student, Marcus, and I are trying to gather information on recycling and sustainability practices. He’s put together a nice survey and need your responses! We’re particularly interested in ways to make our BSL2 lab greener, which will be a challenge, but we’re up for it, even if it means going back to glass!! Please help us if you can, and know comments, suggestions are most welcome. We’ll share whatever we find with you all.



Davida S. Smyth, PhD

Associate Professor 

Department of Natural Sciences

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School

SENCER Senior Leadership Fellow


Great New Resources for Writing in STEM!

New from our Rutgers University colleague, Jane Miller.

The supplemental online materials for The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, 2nd Edition include the following types of resources, each of which is discussed in more detail below. You may view a podcast describing these supplemental materials.

These online materials can be used by faculty as teaching materials. For example, professors can use an entire slide set for a lecture or integrate selected slides into their own lecture materials. The problem sets and suggested course extensions in the Study Guide can be used as examples or activities during lecture or lab sessions, as homework or exam questions.

The online materials can also be used by individual learners as self-teaching materials. Individuals can watch the podcasts of lectures on their own, work the problem sets and suggested course extensions from the Study Guide, and practice with the spreadsheet templates using the data sets provided or their own data.

Check it out!

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