Design Your Academic Life

(Experienced Faculty)

Registration has now closed for this workshop.

Are you ready to explore your personal and professional goals, desires, activities, and accomplishments in the context of real and complex social contexts?

Workshop: Design Your Academic Life (Experienced Faculty)

Leadership and Integration

The Design Your Academic Life (Experienced Faculty) workshop is no passive “listen to a speaker” experience. Instead, you'll be immersed into frameworks that guide your thinking and challenge you to clarify personal and career alignment. Along the way, you'll identify challenges or obstacles and brainstorm approaches to overcome them. 

You'll also be guided through the concepts of "value" and "contradictions": 

  • How can value-adding activities and accomplishments be aligned with one’s goals and desires? 
  • How and why do contradictions emerge between goals, desires, activities, and social contexts? 


Event Information

Design Your Academic Life

This workshop has reached capacity.


Dates: August 6, 2021, with a follow-up session (Agenda below)

Location: Virtual/Online

Cost: $1500.00

Registration Deadline: June 3, 2021

Cancellation Policy: If a participant cancels within 30 days of a workshop, the Kern Family Foundation may invoice the institution for a $150 cancelation fee to cover materials and other unrecoverable costs.

Workshop Agenda

Schedule subject to change

August 6, 2021 (Friday)

  • Main session: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

August 16, 2021 (Monday)

  • Follow-up session: 9 a.m. - TBD

Your Workshop Guides

Meet the facilitators and coaches for your workshop journey:

Cory Hixson

Cory Hixson, Facilitator

Cory is an Assistant Professor in the new Industrial & Systems Engineering program at Colorado Christian University. Dr. Hixson's interdisciplinary background has prepared him for helping develop integrated courses and curricula merging engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities; research-based instructional strategies; the entrepreneurial mindset; and a biblical perspective to engineering education. He has successfully fostered university-industry partnerships and entrepreneurial-minded learning, which extend the impact of CCU's program beyond classroom learning and provide students with the real-world knowledge and experiences needed to excel after graduation.
Kaitlin Mallouk

Kaitlin Mallouk, Facilitator

Kaitlin is an Assistant Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University. She's focused on multi-disciplinary instruction in the first and second years. Her background includes chemical engineering (BS), biomedical engineering (2 years working in vaccine development), environmental engineering (MS, PhD), and mechanical engineering (5 years as an instructor in an ME department).
Mary Raber

Mary Raber, Facilitator

Mary (BSME, MBA) is a Professor of Practice at Michigan Tech University and serves as Assistant Dean for Academic Programs for the Pavlis Honors College, and also as co-director of the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship and director of IDEAhub, an educational innovation incubator. Mary also serves as PI and director of the NSF I-Corps Site. During her 20 years at MTU, Mary has helped to develop and lead the highly distinctive undergraduate Enterprise Program and the Global Leadership program. She loves to work with students and teaches courses in leadership, human-centered design and lean start-up. She helped to co-found MicroDevice Engineering, LLC, a new start-up focused on bringing rapid diagnostic devices to market.

Your Workshop Journey

FacDev Journey

Key Deliverables

  • Frameworks and resources that encourage alignment between personal/professional goals and activities
  • Dedicated and intentional time for your personal and professional development; to consider things like goals, value-adding activities, and challenges within real-world social contexts
  • Coaching that supports identifying and clarifying your academic endeavors
  • A visual and comprehensive personal summary that can be used to guide one’s actions beyond the workshop
Design Your Academic Life
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