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Plenary Session - Thursday May 25th, 2017
A Collegial Conversation: Leadership in Academic Program Coordination

Ruthanne Krant - Biography

Ruthanne Krant

Profoundly influenced by her educator father & college program coordinator, Ruthanne Krant started her teaching career part-time at Sheridan in 1982.  Her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wilfred Laurier University was completed while working in the social services field after graduating with a Developmental Services Worker Diploma from Sault College.  She holds a Master of Education from the University of Toronto.
Ruthanne started her career at Georgian College in 1985 as Program Supervisor, Continuing Education.    During her tenure at Georgian she held several teaching and administrative roles including Program Coordinator, Human Resource Studies; Academic Director, Business and Computer Studies, and Director, Human Resources Development.

In June 2014 Ruthanne was awarded the Board of Governors Professor Emerita distinction.  She is also a recipient of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Award for Teaching Excellence & Georgian’s Board of Governors Award of Excellence in Administration.  Ruthanne is enjoying her semi-retired life with family & friends but continues to teach part-time in Georgian’s Teaching & Training Adults & Management Development Programs.  She is also currently a part-time Program Coordinator for Georgian’s new Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management & Leadership.



Collegial Leadership - About the Workshop


Program Coordinators increase their effectiveness by employing collegial leadership with faculty, support staff and administrative colleagues, as well as student leaders.  Participants will discuss collegial leadership, examine factors that contribute and distract from a collegial work environment, as well as employ strategies that serve to enhance a Program Coordinator’s effectiveness.  Come prepared to share your experiences, achievements and challenges.


Upon the completion of this session, participants will have had the opportunity to

  1. Develop a personal definition of collegial leadership and apply it to Academic Program Coordination roles;
  2. Assess factors that contribute to and distract from a collegial work environment;
  3. Identify roles and responsibilities that could be shared with colleagues (and student leaders) to distribute a Coordinator’s workload;
  4. Strategize specific action steps that serve to enhance collegiality while minimizing the forces that add to a Coordinator’s workload and are detrimental to a collegial approach;
  5. Create an action plan that identifies what could be stopped, started or continued to enhance collegial leadership within Coordinators’ roles at your College.