Jan. 28, 2010
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Dean Hannam teaches engagement at national conference
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Susan Hannam, Slippery Rock University dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science, has been invited to present at a national conference on strategies for engaging employees for success.
"We know that engaged employees and faculty are far more productive, wanting to come to work and go that extra mile to be successful," she said.
Hannam has collaborated with Bonni Yordi, director of surveys and business research for of MRA-The Management Association of Waukesha, Wi. They will present research that combines the best empowerment practices from business and academia at the 27th Academic Chairpersons Conference Feb. 11-12 in Orlando, Fl. The conference theme is "A New Generation of Accountability." The conference is an annual forum where academic chairpersons from higher education share strategies for becoming more effective in their positions.
Hannam said their research represents a new type of organizational culture and is designed to give academic departments a competitive edge with student recruitment, faculty productivity and department presence.
Hannam and Yordi will offer a workshop focusing on best practices, tools and tactics to create a "department of choice," and they will share their top 10 factors affecting employee engagement. They will ask chairpersons from around the country to participate in activities to identify their department's vision and current state of engagement of their faculty. They will discuss the importance of finding a niche and guide the academics in developing an "engagement action plan" they can implement at their institutions.
"We're going to be presenting what Dr. Yordi has learned from the business world and applying it to academics," Hannam said. "Engaged faculty and departments have a strong sense of mutual trust and therefore can accomplish high levels of productivity in short amounts of time."
Hannam joined SRU in 1987 as an instructor in exercise and rehabilitative science. She became dean in 2007. She has written articles regarding program assessment and effective teaching techniques and is the author of "Professional Behaviors in Athletic Training."
Yordi has been a researcher at MRA-The Management Association for 14 years. It is a non-profit employers association that serves 4,000 companies with 500,000 employees.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.