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The 2017 Virtual Professional Development Series


We are halfway through ACL's 2017 VPD Series on measuring and communicating value. You can register at the links below for upcoming webinars, or click on the members-only links further down this page to access archived sessions.


September 26 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern): Diversifying the Professoriate: Consortial Strategies & Metrics


Attracting and retaining diverse faculty to our campuses are significant challenges for higher education. Recruitment and retention are often left to individual departments ill-equipped to respond to either the institutional needs for diversity or the individual needs of isolated, diverse faculty. Consortia offer opportunities to maximize professional development of search committees and departments, create cross-institutional communities for diverse faculty, and collaborate on policies that support the changing American professoriate.

Join our presenters, Robbin Chapman (Wellesley College, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium), Linda Mason (Purdue University, Big Ten Academic Alliance, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) and Lisa Perfetti (Whitman College, Northwest Five Consortium) for this presentation on consortial models for diversifying the professoriate.  Participants should acquire an understanding of how consortia can address these issues, learn about sample initiatives and how consortia can assess the impact of such programs, and identify steps to ensure their sustainability.


Click here to register: Diversifying the Professoriate: Consortial Strategies & Metrics


Dr. Robbin Chapman is Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Lecturer in Education at Wellesley College, where she leads academic and faculty excellence initiatives and provides leadership and vision for the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She previously served as Manager of Diversity Recruitment and Assistant Associate Provost for Faculty Equity at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Chapman earned her S.M. degree at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include design and use of computational tools for learning in public spaces, and examining equity issues as they relate to learning technologies and culturally-responsive pedagogy. Her publications include the book, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities and numerous chapter including the forthcoming Bravery: African-American Women Scholars in the Academy and Injecting Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Race and Gender for Diversification in STEM.  Dr. Chapman has consulted with and created training videos for the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, a consortium of over 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations that share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff, and executives.


Dr. Linda Mason is Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Entomology at Purdue University. Professor Mason has been at Purdue since 1991 and Sr. Associate Dean in the Graduate School since 2010. In the Graduate School she is oversees the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, Graduate Program Reviews, Responsible Conduct of Research, Professional Development and Fellowships. She is part of the NSF ADVANCE leadership team NSF Professoriate Advance Program for minorities.  In the graduate school her professional development focus has been in improving student communication skills through storytelling, Improv and news media communication skills.   In Entomology, she directs the Food Pest Management program in the Post Harvest Education and Research Center where her research focuses on the management and behavioral ecology of food pests affecting the grain trade and food production industry. On the lighter side, Dr. Mason has made both national radio and television appearances promoting the science of entomology.  Television shows include The Tonight Show, MTV’s Road Rules, Magic Johnson’s the Magic Hour and several public service commercials.


Dr. Lisa Perfetti is Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Prior to beginning her position in 2011, she was Associate Professor of French at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania where she taught courses on French language and culture, medieval literature, Francophone Africa, and environmental literature. In her capacity as Associate Dean, she works with faculty to navigate the path to tenure, directs the Center for Teaching and Learning, and works with departments, search committees, and the faculty tenure and promotion committee to recruit and retain a diverse faculty. The Northwest Five Consortium program on supporting faculty of color that she worked to establish in 2014 has recently been written up in Liberal Education, a publication of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.


November 7:   Measuring and Reporting Economic Impact


ACL Members Only: Click the years below to stream or download material from prior webinars.


(Want access? Click here to join the Association for Collaborative Leadership.)



  • From Satisfaction to Impact: Trying on an Assessment Framework
  • Measuring the Value of Shared Services


  • ACLx: 2016 Conference Recap
  • Laying the Groundwork for Collaborative Buying
  • Communication Strategies of College and University Consortia


  • Exploring Collaborative Opportunities with the DuShu Lake Consortium in China
  • Managing Consortium Boards: An ACL Expert Dialog
  • Strategic Content Curation and Communication: Use Simple Technologies to Expand Your Reach


  • Transformational Academic Collaboration: Tips for Creating and Sustaining Momentum
  • Greater Impact through Program Measurement & Evaluation
  • Collaborating for Professional Development: What Works
  • Using Biometrics for Student Authentication


  • Critical Friends: A Process Built on Reflection

  • Communicate Your Impact to Your Stakeholders

  • Consortial Partnerships with External Organizations

  • The Why, The Who, The When and The Wherefore of Program Evaluations

  • Next Generation Instructional Technology: A Collaborative Approach

  • Cross-Registration: How Well Does It Really Work?


  • The Role of Consortia in Fostering Campus Security in Alignment with Local and Community Police Agencies

  • Consortium and Center Diversity: Our Differences, Our Strengths

  • Marketing for Centers and Consortia

  • Catalyzing Sustainability Initiatives

  • How Institutions Can Work Together

  • Corsortial Survival 101
  • Ways to Instill Ownership in Consortia Activities
  • Dealing with Uncertainty: Managing in Times of Change
  • Building a Culture of Collaboration Through Civic Engagement and Service Learning Initiatives
  • Consortium Board Relations
  • Be More Effective by Understanding and Responding to the Politics of Your Consortium
  • Influencing the New Administration: Sharing the Economic Value of Consortia
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