Change Leadership 101

A Change Café Webinar

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Julia M. Williams, Eva Andrijcic, and Sriram Mohan (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

Registration is closed.


Emerging STEM educators -- including graduate students close to completion of their doctoral work, and assistant professors who are just entering their fields -- are often asked to design and implement academic change in the form of new curricula, programs, and pedagogies. Research suggests that their graduate education does not prepare them well to fully comprehend the academic environments and resulting cultures, value systems and constraints. As a result they might not feel empowered or capable of implementing academic change. Furthermore, successful change agents must possess skills (like strategic thinking, obtaining buy-in, and creating partnerships) that are not a part of conventional faculty experiences. Preparation to be a change leader starts with the adoption of successful research-based change strategies, and this adoption can help encourage development of future academic change leaders. Only by developing nascent change leaders can we hope to sustain the growing community of practice in academic change in engineering education.

This webinar will focus on helping individuals begin their development as change leaders. The emphasis will be on practical, hands-on tools that are based in the research literature on change. The presenters are change leaders at different stages of their own development, so there will be multiple perspectives on the theme of change leadership. As part of the webinar, we will be promoting the Emerging Engineering Educators (E3) Making Academic Change Happen Workshop (MACH) that is being funded by NSF and will be occur on January 19 and 20 on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. E3 MACH will provide nascent change leaders with the opportunity to develop their change leadership skills in a supportive, dynamic environment with facilitation provided by members of the experience MACH leadership team.


This webinar is designed for STEM faculty who are beginning their development as change leaders. The webinar may also be of interest to institutional change makers (e.g., department chairs, vice provosts, administrators, educational developers, faculty learning community facilitators, disciplinary association members) who serve as mentors to nascent change leaders.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be prepared to:

  • Identify their roles as change leaders
  • Analyze their organizational culture and its readiness for change
  • Recognize emerging opportunities for campus change and initiating their change projects


Registration is closed.

Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
- 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

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Julia Williams
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Julia M. Williams joined the faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1992, then assumed duties as Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment in 2005. In 2016, she was appointed Interim Dean of Cross-Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities. In this role, she supports the work of faculty who create multi-disciplinary learning opportunities for Rose-Hulman students. Throughout her career at Rose-Hulman, she has blended her work in the classroom with work in assessment, and her published articles have appears in the Journal of Engineering Education, the International Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and the Technical Communication Quarterly. She is recipient of awards from the American Society for Engineering Education, the IEEE Professional Communication Society, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Eva Andrijcic received her PhD and MS in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she worked at the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems. Eva joined Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2013, and is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management. Her current research interests are in the areas of risk analysis and management, systems engineering education, and academic change management. Eva has several publications in the area of risk analysis and management, and systems engineering. Currently, she is the PI of an NSF grant, working to develop customized curriculum on academic change management for emerging engineering educators. She is also currently collaborating with Drs. Julia Williams and Sriram Mohan (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and Drs. Elizabeth Litzler and Cara Margherio (University of Washington) on a project that studies academic change processes in NSF RED projects.

Sriram Mohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman institute of Technology. Sriram received a B.E degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Madras and M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Indiana University. During his time at Rose-Hulman, Sriram has served as a consultant in Hadoop and NoSQL systems and has helped a variety of clients in the Media, Insurance, and Telecommunication sectors. In addition to his industrial consulting activities, Sriram maintains an active research profile in data science and education research that has led to over 30 publications or presentations. At Rose-Hulman, Sriram has focused on incorporating reflection, and problem based learning activities in the Software Engineering curriculum. Sriram has been fundamental to the revamp of the entire software engineering program at Rose-Hulman. Sriram is a founding member of the Engineering Design program and continues to serve on the leadership team that has developed innovative ways to integrate Humanities, Science, Math, and Engineering curriculum into a studio based education model. In 2015, Sriram was selected as the Outstanding Young Alumni of the year by the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. Sriram serves as a facilitator for MACH, a unique faculty development experience, aimed at helping faculty and administrator develop a change agent tool box.


Change Leadership 101 Webinar Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 6.5MB Sep25 18)

1) Welcome and introductory marks - Julia M. Williams, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

2) Presentation - Eva Andrijcic and Sriram Mohan, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

3) Q&A - Julia M. Williams

4) Webinar evaluation

Resources and References

Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 573.4MB Sep26 18).