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Making Academic Change Happen

This participant-centered, active workshop is designed to help you implement your educational innovations. You will leave empowered to make a difference on your campus!

MACH is About Making Positive Change

MACH is an active workshop for educators presented by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the nation’s top-ranked undergraduate engineering college where we have a student-centered philosophy of education.

MACH is designed for faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students passionate about higher education. We encourage you to come with challenges, projects and ideas.

You’ll leave with skills, strategies and connections. We strongly recommend you attend in teams of two to four people. Individuals may also apply.

Workshop Format

The three-day MACH workshop is organized around three themes: Knowing Yourself, Cultivating an Allied Community of Colleagues, and Making Change Happen on Campus.

We first help participants focus on skills and change aspects that an individual faculty member can control, including interactions with students and colleagues. With this foundation, we then help participants identify the unique opportunities and constraints of their individual academic environments, and share strategies for expanding and implementing visions of academic change. Our emphasis on self-awareness and community-building is drawn from our experiences implementing academic changes, small and large.

MACH's foundation is an active, participant-focused format that provides flexibility to tailor the activities to the interest of the participants, individuals and teams. The facilitators will share information and facilitate discussion for teams to gain the knowledge and the skills to work successfully within your academic community.

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Getting Here is Easy

Rose-Hulman is just 70 miles west of Indianapolis International Airport.

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Things to Do

While you’re here, take advantage of the unique attractions our area has to offer!

Conference Topic 1-Knowing Yourself

Knowing Yourself

  1. Understanding your communication style
  2. Managing your approach to conflict resolution
  3. Exploring your risk tolerance in an academic setting
  4. Developing your leadership and followership skills
  5. Serving as a mentor for someone in your organization

2017 Topic 2-Cultivating an Allies

Cultivating Allies

  1. Recognizing and respecting differences
  2. Identifying prospects for mutually advantageous collegial interactions
  3. Selecting conflict resolution techniques
  4. Planning for successful change
  5. Serving as a mentor for someone in your organization

Topic 3-Making Change on Campus

Making Change Happen

  1. Situating your vision in your institution's culture and values
  2. Identifying characteristics of successful change and successful change agents
  3. Managing failure to advance your project
  4. Negotiating strategies to maximize desired outcomes
  5. Identifying local challenges, opportunities and resources
Julia Williams

Dr. Williams is the Interim Dean of Cross Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities (CCPEO) as well as the Executive Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment (IRPA) and a professor of English at Rose-Hulman. She has served as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Professional Communications Society. She received the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award for creating and implementing the RosE Portfolio System, an online portfolio assessment tool. She also helps organize Rose-Hulman’s annual Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) conference and the campus leadership program. Dr. Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University.

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Contact Us

Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment
Hadley Hall
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, Indiana 47803
Phone: 812-877-8816
irpa@rose-hulman.edu