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Asian Faculty Association’s Academic Leadership workshop

The Asian Faculty Association (AFA) will host an Academic Leadership workshop starting Saturday, May 7.

The five-part workshop, held on Saturdays, can only accommodate 25 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty members are encouraged to sign up for it at their earliest convenience.

To register for the program, email zxw22@case.edu and indicate that you would like to sign up for the AFA workshop.


Day 1

Saturday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon 

Career and Leadership Visioning  

  1. Intentional leadership development 
  2. Develop a career and leadership values and vision statements  
  3. Develop an action plan and discuss challenges and barriers 
  4. Introduction and explanation of ESCI 360˚ survey process and coaching 

Day 2

Saturday, May 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Cultural Differences (Naomi Sigg, senior associate dean in the Dean of Students Office at CWRU) 

  1. Cultural sensitivities and mainstream American culture 
  2. Strategies to intervene or create support 
  3. Role Plays 
    • How to respond in problematic situations or where you feel uncomfortable 
    • How to deal with anti-Asian bias and discrimination 
    • How to speak up and not succumb to cultural programming 
  4. Understanding the importance of relationships (strategies of visibility) 

Day 3

Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Exceptional Presentations (Danielle Sabo, research associate at Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at CWRU) 

  1. Development and structure 
  2. Visual aids 
  3. Delivery anxiety/stage fright 
  4. Audience engagement 
  5. Skills (voice, body, language, gestures) 

Day 4

Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon 

Emotional Intelligence

  1. Emotional intelligence in the academic workplace 
  2. Debrief of ESCI 360 degree survey feedback 
  3. Panel discussion – “Words of Wisdom from Leaders in Our University”

Day 5

Saturday July 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Relational Skills and Strategies of the Academic Leader  

  1. Skills of navigating organizational power and politics 
  2. Skills of conflict management and negotiation 
  3. Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Modes Self-Assessment (free version) 
  4. Discussions of cultural differences and challenges in this area 

Program Organization

The program is organized by: 

  • Diana Bilimoria, KeyBank Professor and Professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at Weatherhead School of Management;
  • Susan Freimark, director of faculty development and diversity at the CWRU School of Medicine; and
  • Matt Smith, assistant director of faculty advancement at CWRU.


Each participant receives two academic coaching sessions: one between sessions one and three, and the other between sessions four and five. Freimark and Smith will be coaches.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of the Provost and costs $200 per person to attend.

Checks should be made to CWRU AFA. There are two ways to deliver a check:

  1. Mail to: Weihong Guo; Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics; Yost Hall 232; 2049 Martin Luther King Jr Dr; Cleveland, OH 44106
  2. Drop your check using a sealed envelope to Weihong Guo’s mailbox in Yost Hall 232.