Final Program


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New Deans Institute

The New Deans Institute (NDI) will begin at 8:15 am and end at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 9. 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 can also attend. What if you attended previously and want to participate again? Return attendees are welcome. The Institute format may be familiar, but in addition to incorporating past discussions, we aim to provide all participants with a fulfilling experience.

NDI participants will also be assigned to cohort groups designed to promote discussion and networking among colleagues who have attended the meeting. Participants will be assigned to groups of 10 or 12 people prior to the NDI. Each group will be led by a CGS Board Member and will meet twice during the onsite NDI and then continue to meet virtually over the next year to foster community and continue the discussion of current issues facing fellow colleagues in their new dean roles. Dates, times and virtual meeting access instructions will be provided by individual facilitators.

Summer Workshop

The main program of the Summer Workshop will begin on Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 pm and run through 1:30 pm on Tuesday followed by three technical workshops offered through 11:00 am 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.


Return of the Flash Talks

In this session, deans or their staff will have five minutes to present on a topic of their choosing. Scheduled for Sunday, July 10 before the opening reception, the session format is designed to foster conversation and idea-exchange early in the Summer Workshop program and provide participants opportunities to highlight a successful campus initiative or offer an innovative approach to solving a challenge.

Registered attendees are invited to submit mini-presentation ideas in advance of the meeting here. (One submission per-institution, please).


Plenary Sessions
Universities as Catalysts for Equity and Racial Justice
Leveraging Place in Cyberspace: The New Geography of Graduate Education
Changing Landscape of International Education

Dean’s Toolbox

CGS’s “toolbox” sessions are one-hour workshops designed to give you specific information and/or resources that you can use immediately. Led by deans with expertise on the topic, they will focus on at least three key concepts, lessons, or skills. Four different “toolbox” sessions will run concurrently.

This year’s topics are:

If You Build It, Will They Come?: Improving Graduate Student Participation in Campus Professional Development
Designing Graduate Programs to Stand Out in a Crowded Market
Assessing Your Website
Advancing and Sustaining the Use of Mentoring Plans in Doctoral Programs

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 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.


Strategies to Reduce the Cost of Graduate Education
So All Can Learn: Inclusive Pedagogies for Graduate Education


Promoting Fairness and Program Quality: Methods for Distributing Graduate Assistantship Support
Accelerating the Mental Health and Well-being Agenda

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. This year’s topics include:

  • Future of the Dissertation
  • CRT: Why Are We Still Afraid To Talk About Race?
  • Creating Communities of Care: Graduate School Action Agendas for Student and Faculty Well-being and Mental Health
  • Mentoring Online Students
  • Preparing Future Faculty: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Bullying
  • The Great Resignation: Supporting and Retaining Graduate School Staff
Technical Workshops

Workshops are designed to provide attendees with “nuts and bolts” strategies for dealing with pertinent issues facing the graduate education community.

Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Open Scholarship: New Modes, New Methods, New Voices
Developing a Winning ETS/CGS Award Proposal: Advice from Past Awardees and Reviewers

Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00 am

Strategic Planning at Critical Junctures