Academics Batten X Managing Change in Our Ever-Changing Lives: A New Series of Programs for UVA Faculty Managing Change in Our Ever-Changing Lives: A New Series of Programs for UVA Faculty January 2022–April 2022 Rodman Room, Thornton Hall “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” This quote by Buckminister Fuller is so true, but if only it was that easy. Most people fight change tooth and nail. This is the case even when we know that a change is in our best interest—even when we know change is necessary to our physical health, mental fitness, financial stability, or community well-being. Why do we resist change? Why do we so often fight changes that we know are in our best interest? More importantly, how can we manage change anxiety and effectively facilitate change in ourselves and in others? This set of eight experiential programs will focus on understanding and leading change individually, personally, professionally and organizationally. Participants will develop basic competencies for managing change so that they can more effectively “build new models that make the existing models obsolete.” The University of Virginia calls on faculty to be leaders in their school, departments, labs and classrooms. To support this work, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy has partnered with the University on a programming series designed to develop faculty as leaders and change agents. The series includes eight programs taught by Batten faculty at a pace of one 90-minute session per month from January 2022 through April 2022. Faculty are welcome to participate in the entire series or individual programs; those who complete at least six programs will receive a certificate of completion from the Batten School. Those who participate in this series will: Develop an understanding of common roadblocks and resistances to change. Learn strategies for making changes in oneself and supporting change in others. Enhance understanding of factors that support and inhibit change in organizations. This series is being organized by BattenX, the Batten School’s executive education and lifelong learning initiative. All programs will take place from 12-1:30 PM in the Engineering School’s Rodman Room. Lunch will be provided. Program Fee $250 per program or a discounted price of $1,500 for all eight programs in the series. The programs in this series are eligible for reimbursement through UVA’s Education Benefits Program. Faculty with education benefits will have no out-of-pocket costs. Please review this guide to using your education benefits before registering. Credential Faculty who complete at least six programs will receive a certificate of completion. Mode of Instruction Hybrid (in-person preferred) Program Dates January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22All programs will take place from 12-1:30 PM This series is intended for engineering faculty, who will be given priority for registration. Faculty from other schools and units will be allowed to attend if space becomes available. Eileen Chou Chou’s research focuses on the organizational, social, and psychological forces that shape individual and group behavior in organizational settings. Read full bio Timothy L. Davis Tim Davis is an associate professor of public policy and the Director of Leadership Coaching and Executive Development for BattenX. A clinical psychologist, Davis helps students, executives and teams increase their effectiveness by building resiliency, strengthening community and expanding self-awareness. At Batten, he teaches courses on team leadership, group dynamics and emotional resilience. Read full bio Andrew S. 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