Facilitating a Collegial and Civil Department
and University: Strategies for Success

Powerful One-Day Workshop!

Thursday, May 16, 2019
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Nigh University Center, Room 301
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: April 1, 2019

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Dr. Robert E. Cipriano, author of Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education

Incivility and lack of collegiality are on the rise in institutions of higher education. This phenomenon can range from disputes and tension at one end to violence at the other. There are many departments that suffer from non-collegial, uncivil, and nasty encounters between faculty members, faculty members and staff, faculty members and students, and faculty members and the administration. One non-collegial and toxic faculty member can ruin departments. This highly participatory workshop will focus on proven methods and strategies to stop the non-collegial behavior and afford departments the opportunity to flourish in a non-threatening environment.

Participants will:

• Gain a thorough understanding of what collegiality is -- and what it is not
• Obtain knowledge of how collegiality can be harmoniously and seamlessly used to facilitate a civil department and university
• Review the roles of students, faculty members, professional staff and administration in fostering collegiality in their department
• Become knowledgeable about what the US courts have ruled about collegiality
• Develop strategies to employ when dealing with an uncivil faculty member


Dr. Cipriano received his doctor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a cognate specialization area of College Teaching from New York University. He has written 5 textbooks, contributed chapters in 3 additional textbooks, and has published more than 180 journal articles and manuscripts. His book titled Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success has been extremely well received throughout institutions of higher education. His most recent 2 books, titled A Toolkit For Department Chairs and A Toolkit for College Professors, were published in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both books, co-authored with Jeffrey Buller, consist of practical advice in view of the fact that effecting departmental leadership isn’t learned by reading about strategies and guiding principles. It’s learned by applying those strategies and principles in real situations and seeing what works and what doesn’t.

Dr. Cipriano has received more than $9 million in federal and state grants and contracts from the US Department of Education. He has been selected as an expert reviewer to assess federal grants to the US Department of Education on 16 separate occasions. Dr. Cipriano has been invited to deliver more than 260 presentations in the US, Asia, and the Middle East. He has conducted research and written extensively on the topics of civility and collegiality, managing conflict, chairs’ perceptions of important factors to consider in personnel decisions regarding faculty, including individuals with disabilities in higher education, and an ongoing study regarding the changing roles and responsibilities of academic leaders. He served as a department chair for 28 years. Dr. Cipriano is a Senior Partner in ATLAS – Academic Training, Leadership & Assessment Services, an internationally acclaimed consulting firm specializing in academic leadership training.


Registration Fee: $249.00, includes parking and lunch. Deadline to register: April 1, 2019

Registrants prepaying with a university/college credit card may print the ELA Prepayment Authorization Form for your records.



Cary Williams
Director, Educators' Leadership Academy
Phone: (405) 974-5561
Email:  cwilliams56@uco.edu

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