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(July 10 - 13, 2011) - 2011 Summer Workshop for Graduate Deans

New Deans Institute
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey, California  
(July 10 - 13, 2011) —

In July, CGS will conduct a Summer Workshop for Graduate Deans with a fresh focus on hot topics that affect every facet of graduate education. Complementing the Workshop is the New Deans Institute, a program tailored to orient new deans and integrate the Workshop experience. CGS invites graduate deans, associate and assistant deans, and other faculty and staff from colleges, universities and associations to network with their colleagues in beautiful Monterey. The CGS Board of Directors, staff and other specialists serve as core faculty for the New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop. CGS welcomes you to this unique opportunity to share knowledge and work on issues facing graduate education.

Located on Monterey Bay along the Pacific Coast, few places can compare to the jaw-dropping beauty along this fabled coastline. Monterey is steeped in history and famed for the abundance and diversity of its marine life which is visible everywhere from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. John Steinbeck immortalized Monterey with his novel Cannery Row which spotlighted the legendary lane during its industrial heyday. Today Cannery Row features restaurants, specialty shops, art galleries and wine tasting rooms stretching along the historic street and waterfront. Visitors to Monterey can complete their experience by touring 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach—one of the best-known scenic drives in the world.

The Program

The New Deans Institute (NDI) will begin on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 8:30 am and end at 5:00 pm that day. The day will conclude with Dine Arounds at 7:00 pm. The Institute is tailored to those who have been in their graduate dean role for two years or less. Other members of the graduate education community are welcome to attend. What if you attended last year and want to attend again? Return participants are welcome…the Institute format may be familiar, but will incorporate past discussions and aim to provide all participants with a fulfilling experience. Register early!!! Space is limited!!!The main program of the Summer Workshop will begin on Sunday, July 10, at 1:00 pm and run through 1:45 pm on Tuesday, with three technical workshops being offered through noon on Wednesday. Our Summer Workshop program includes informative plenary sessions and many opportunities for networking and interactive discussions on the issues most pressing to the graduate education community.

The plenary sessions are:

  • Transformations in the Humanities and Implications for Graduate Education
  • Improving Communication: Using Improvisational Theatre Training as a Professional Development Tool for Graduate Students
  • Positioning Graduate Education in a Competitive Fundraising Environment

Dean Dialogues

Dean Dialogues are unique opportunities for meeting participants to learn more about graduate education issues in a distinctive, interactive format. These 90-minute sessions begin with a 20-minute presentation, followed by an opportunity for participants to break up into small groups for more in-depth discussions about the topic, and conclude with presentations from the small groups summarizing their discussions. Dean Dialogues will occur on Sunday and Monday afternoons with two different Dialogues running concurrently.

This year, the Dean Dialogue topics are:

  • Approaches to Understanding and Tracking Career Pathways
  • Working with External Partners for International Recruitment

  • Best Practices in Developing and Maintaining Decision Making Data at the Graduate Level
  • Outcomes Assessment in Master's and PhD Programs

Hot Topics

These sessions are designed to provide a small, interactive setting for members of the graduate education community to discuss pressing issues. "Hot Topics" facilitators are CGS board members, staff and others knowledgeable in these topic areas. When registering for the Workshop, be sure to indicate which are your hottest "Hot Topics." Based on responses, we will determine which areas to address at the Summer Workshop.

Technical Workshops


Coaching to Achieve Breakthrough Performance and Resource Development – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
In this technical workshop you will learn new donor engagement and development concepts, processes, tools, and metrics, based on new research into donor motivation. You will learn the essential role of the dean in building broad-based and passionate private support. Emphasis will be on strategies and tactics for understanding donor motivation and matching donor passions to your funding priorities.

Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive Student Population: How to Write an Award-Winning Grant – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Past winners of the ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion will share the ideas and processes they followed for a successful proposal. Previous members of the Award Committee will discuss what they looked for in making their decisions.


New Resources in the PSI Tool Box Integrity – 9:00 am – noon
Graduate deans and RCR leaders will discuss new tools to advance research ethics and RCR education: surveys to assess campus needs, DVDs to engage the whole community, and online resources.
The CGS Summer Workshop Final Program is available as a pdf file.

Registration Materials, Fees and Deadlines
Download registration materials as a pdf file. Feel free to fax your registration form to CGS at 202-296-9194.
Early-Bird Registration Deadline - April 30, 2011
Regular Registration Deadline - after April 30, 2011
Cancellation/refund policy
CGS will fully refund registration and ticket fees if cancellation notification is received, in writing, on or before May 31, 2011. After May 31, all refunds will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be honored after June 24, 2011.


Early-Bird Registration (until April 30, 2011)
New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop $850 for members; $1030 for non-members
Summer Workshop ONLY $725 for members; $925 for non-members
Regular Registration (after April 30, 2011)
New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop $920 for members; $1100 for non-members Summer Workshop ONLY $775 for members; $1000 for non-members

Attendee Bios

We have found that biographical sketches of all meeting presenters and attendees are useful in becoming acquainted with fellow participants. Please e-mail CGS with a brief paragraph (no more than 250 words) about yourself and your interests at http://cgs.nche.edu/(MS Word attachments are acceptable), no later than Friday, June 3, 2011. Bios will be compiled and provided to New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop attendees in their registration packets.

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