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Collaborative Leadership Expert to Meet
with Grant Participants at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: June 19, 2006

Hank Rubin Robert Hollon
Hank Rubin
Robert Hollon

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Hank Rubin, author of two books on collaborative leadership and numerous articles on leadership, ethics, education and public policy, will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24. Rubin will help kick off the initial meeting for a one-year, $60,000 UW System grant awarded to the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education in UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences.

Dr. Robert Hollon, co-director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education and a professor of curriculum and instruction at UW-Eau Claire, is the lead investigator for the grant, titled "Preparing Collaborative Leaders at UW-Eau Claire: A Community Responsibility." He said the ultimate goal of the grant is to embed the principles of collaborative leadership into all programs offered through UW-Eau Claire's College of Education and Human Sciences, which includes various education programs, social work, kinesiology and communication sciences and disorders.

"The Center views collaborative leadership as the involvement of two or more people in a group working toward a common vision or goal in a manner that reflects shared ownership, authorship, use or responsibility," said Hollon. "A successful collaboration takes place when participants with diverse experiences and expertise work together to solve a common problem or produce a common product," he said, adding that successful collaborations are non-jurisdictional, relationship driven and sensitive to issues of inclusion and exclusion.

To that end, a group of 25-30 faculty, pre-professional students and area professionals involved in education and a variety of the human sciences will gather in Room 253 of Brewer Hall to discuss and reach a common understanding about the knowledge, skills and dispositions that define collaborative leadership and how each group of specialists can use it to enhance professional practice. Meeting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the group also will begin to develop mentoring strategies and resources to help both experienced and pre-service educators and human sciences professionals attain or improve these skills, along with assessment systems and tools to measure their progress. The group will meet several times this summer to form program teams, plan changes, and complete draft program documents. They will field-test and revise the program changes during the upcoming academic year and meet in the spring and summer of 2007 to evaluate and revise documents. Hollon hopes that the grant can then be renewed for the following year.

Rubin will speak to the entire group and will also offer his expertise in collaborative leadership in individual and small group focus sessions. His experience includes service as associate superintendent for students, families and communities in the Ohio Department of Education; president of the Institute for Collaborative Leadership; executive director of the Institute for Voluntary Organizations; director and associate professor of public administration at Roosevelt University, and a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher.

Currently joint dean of education and professor of educational leadership at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, Rubin has been nationally recognized for his work on No Child Left Behind, rural education, academic rigor, entrepreneurism in education and economic development.

Rubin earned his doctoral degree from Northwestern University and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago. He rose to national prominence as an early researcher and leader in the field of nonprofit leadership. He was convener and co-chair of the Clarion Initiative (a series of symposia that began at Harvard's Kennedy School and produced a framework that has guided nonprofit trainers, educators and researchers since the 1980s) and executive director of three nonprofit agencies.

For more information on the collaborative leadership grant or to arrange an interview with Rubin, contact Hollon at 715-836-5963 or hollonre@uwec.edu.

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