UT Austin Leaders Convene at Academic Leadership Symposium

Leaders from across campus convened at the 3rd Annual Academic Leadership Symposium on January 10, 2017 at the AT&T Conference Center to discuss key initiatives and issues in higher education and their impact at UT Austin.

The event is designed to enhance strategic planning and provide department chairs, deans, and academic administrators with the opportunity to thoroughly understand university priorities and how they intersect at various levels across campus.

Key issues discussed during the symposium included diversity and inclusion, academic planning and funding, interdisciplinary collaborations, and updates on Project 2021.

“One of the things that has impressed me the most since coming to UT Austin has been the caliber of the leadership on this campus. As leaders, we need to spend time focusing on our aspirations for the university, and we do that by bringing people together. Events like this are extremely valuable,” said Maurie McInnis, Executive Vice President and Provost.

Keynote speakers for the event featured Provost Maurie McInnis and former Dean of the Moody College of Communication, Rod Hart, with a morning introduction from President Greg Fenves.

In his morning breakout session, Senior Vice Provost Dan Slesnick discussed academic planning and strategic budgeting issues at the university level, and shed light on the financial decision making process at the department and college levels. Janet Walkow and Brent Iverson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, facilitated an engaging conversation around collaborations within departments, as well as those between different colleges and schools.

Afternoon breakout sessions began with Jamie Pennebaker, Executive Director of Project 2021, discussing the fundamental challenges facing traditional higher education models, and what UT Austin is doing to reimagine the undergraduate experience a public flagship research university. Diversity and inclusion were the focus of the second afternoon session, in which leaders reviewed a case study examining the various advantages of inclusion and diversity, and discussed solutions for challenges currently experienced on campus.

The Academic Leadership Symposium is organized and produced by the Faculty Affairs team in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Pictures from the symposium: 

Janet Dukerich

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