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How Faculty Can Lead Through Challenging Times

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope discuss how to lead as an educator through challenging times.

 

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Ask, listen, and act. These three words define the approach Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, is taking to better lead his faculty and administrators throughout the pandemic.

Dr. Hrabowski recently joined Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, associate professor of accounting at DePaul University, in a lively conversation on how to lead as an educator through challenging times.

The author of The Empowered University, Dr. Hrabowski references the first line in his book during this conversation with Dr. Pope–“It’s not about me, it’s about us.” He firmly believes leadership begins with listening to the community, as well as the voices of colleagues and students, to better understand what they are going through. When universities hear all points of view they create a climate that connects faculty and students to solve the issues they’re experiencing.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMBC developed a new program for instructors called PIVOT, to help develop teaching practices best suited for remote, synchronous and asynchronous, and online instruction.

As the conversation progressed, the key themes to emerge centered around positivity, grit, and perspective. “Teachers touch eternity through their students,” Dr. Hrabowski declared as the discussion came to a close. Watch the video to enjoy an energizing and inspiring outlook on leadership in education.

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