Miscellaneous Workshops

From time to time, I have the opportunity to attend short training programs in a number of administrative areas.

Here’s a couple of the more worthwhile programs that I’ve attended:

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School - Negotiating Labor Agreements. I attended this program in 2007 as I geared up for a series of negotiation sessions with the College’s Faculty Association. It was put on through a collaboration of Harvard Law and MIT’s Institute for Work and Employment Research. The goals of the program were to better understand the dynamics of change in labor-management relations, sharpen skills for strategic negotiations, and to effectively lead the collective bargaining process. The overall aim was to learn to “develop durable agreements that take into account the interests of all stakeholders.” This was an outstanding program that emphasized interest-based bargaining over traditional antagonistic approaches at the bargaining table. I regretted not having talked some of the bargaining unit’s leadership in attending, however I’m going to attempt to do that in the Fall of 2009.

Performance Assessment in Higher Education - Harvard Graduate School of Education. This was another program I attended in 2007 and it also was an excellent workshop. This provided an overview of contemporary assessment strategies in higher education and provided insight into benchmarking, sustaining assessment initiatives, and emerging research on the physiologic/psychologic basis of learning.