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The Supervisors' Learning Forum
Lunch and Learn

Start Your Day by Learning

Being a supervisor is challenging. Studies have shown that supervisors are most directly responsible for impacting culture and climate, morale, productivity, and employee satisfaction. Today, if you are a supervisor, you can’t afford to be under-prepared. We can help.

This series of seminars offers supervisors a unique opportunity to come together with peers and colleagues, listen to a presentation on a relevant topic, and engage in an open forum Q&A.
Date & Time Location Topic Presenter  

March 19, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

120 Clemens Hall
North Campus

Building Productive Teams in Innovative Times

Suzanne Chamberlain, Office of the VP for Research & Economic Development

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April 9, 2014
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
120 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Using Data to Inform Decision-Making Dr. Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, Coordinator of Assessment & Evaluation for the Division of Student Affairs



The workshop size is limited.

In the event that a session is full, a waiting list is available.
To be added to a course waiting list, please click here.



March Workshop

Building Productive Teams in Innovative Times

Change and innovation are constants at UB, as many of us have come to experience.    Through this session, learn how to maximize your efforts by building effective teams.  Begin to recognize the differing creative problem solving styles of your colleagues and gather tips for motivating them.

Our presenter, Suzanne Chamberlain, is the Senior Director of the UB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.      Ms. Chamberlain has extensive experience in the area of communications, having worked as a reporter and anchor, and also in public relations.   In addition to her work at UB, she teaches communications and creative problem solving at several area colleges.   

Please note:  This workshop will be held in 120 Clemens, North Campus

April Workshop

Using Data to Inform Decision-Making

We have heard a lot of discussion about Middle States as well as the increasing demand for accountability within Higher Education, but may not know exactly how to improve our skills in this area. Given the increasing trend toward accountability, those leading programs, departments or divisions are being challenged to transform their own leadership style into one where they routinely and regularly use data to inform decision-making. Those in leadership positions consume data differently and therefore need a different set of “assessment skills” in order to be effective.

This session provides leaders with information on how to transform their practice, reinvent how they use data and identify new skill sets needed to be a Data Informed Leader. Participants will begin by constructing a definition of being a data-minded leader in their particular context. From there, key elements of developing a culture of data-minded leadership within your unit or division will be shared, as well as best practice examples for developing strategies to enhance current efforts.

Our speaker is Dr. Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, the Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation for the Division of Student Affairs at the University at Buffalo. In addition she serves as Associate Editor for Internal Publications for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and is a member of the faculty at Canisius College. She received her PhD. from New York University in higher education administration. Her experience in higher education includes teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, residence life, academic advising/support, service learning, student activities, and assessment.

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