Becoming a Mindful Leader

Concurrent Session 7
Leadership

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

 

Being mindful of personal strengths and weaknesses is important to effective leadership within administrative roles and instructional roles across the institution and online classroom. Self-assessments tests such Myers-Briggs, DISC, and the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument provide insights into individual personality and conflict management styles. Faculty and administrators can leverage results into strengthening leadership abilities. The focus of this presentation is to provide an overview of mindfulness, leadership, self-assessments and ways to apply mindful leadership in the online classroom to help foster an engaged learning community.

Learning Objectives for Faculty include:

  • Apply leadership theories to online classroom management
  • Understand the role of mindfulness in leadership
  • Use self-assessment tools to strengthen leadership skills

Presenters

Carolyn Stevenson teaches the bachelor's capstone in the professional studies degree program and also serves as a faculty advisor. She oversees numerous innovations in curriculum, including competency-based degree programs. She previously worked in publishing for 5 years before going into higher education teaching and administration. She has been cited for her expertise in online learning, open educational resources, and prior learning. Stevenson is also a reviewer for conference papers and has served on various offices and committees for the American Education Research Association. Research Interests: Dr. Stevenson was the recipient of the 2016 Bruce Chaloux Scholarship (Online Learning Consortium), 2008 Best Paper Award (Distance Learning Administration), and received several professional development awards from Kaplan University. She volunteered as the Director of Education and developed an environmental education program for high school students in Chicago Public Schools for SeaTurst, an environmental NGO, and attended the UNFCC meetings in Warsaw and Lima. She also developed and In addition to environmental education and sustainability, her additional research are forced migration and refugee economies, social integration, and qualitative research. Dr. Stevenson also currently serves as Associate Editor International Journal of Technologies and Educational Marketing (IJTEM) and International Review Member for Advances in Educational Marketing, Administration and Leadership. Past involvement in professional organizations include: Serving as Co-program chair (2010 – 2013): Qualitative Research Special Interest Group for the American Education Research Association; a committee member for AERA Division D: Research Methods for the Early Career Award (2013- 2014); Member: NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children), 2003-2005; member Association for Women in Communications (2007-2014); served as Clarion Awards Judge 2008 -2010 and member of the national marketing committee.

Extended Abstract

Learning Objectives include:

  • Apply leadership theories to online classroom management
  • Understand the role of mindfulness in leadership
  • Use self-assessment tools to strengthen leadership skills