“Leadership: Building the Best Imagination of Millikin”

Millikin Interdisciplinary Faculty Conference

March 4, 2016

This year’s MIFC event will celebrate leadership throughout Millikin, as emphasized in the context of Millikin's 7 values:


  • Commitment to the discovery of knowledge
  • Civil debate
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Dignity and respect for individuals
  • A diverse and inclusive community
  • Integrity and responsibility
  • Advancement of the greater good


12:00 noon: Registration and lunch
12:30: Welcome by Dr. Mark Munoz
12:35: Opening remarks by Dr. Pat White
12:40: Discussion of Conference Theme and Introduction of Speaker by Dr. Jeff Aper
12:45 - 1:45: Keynote address: Dr. Gayle Spencer
2:00 - 5:00: Conference presentations
5:15: "A Palace of Strangers": Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts by Dr. Chung-Ha Kim and Dr. Stephen Frech
5:30 - 7:00: Socials and Awards


MIFC 2016 Full Program


Gayle SpencerKeynote speaker: Gayle Spencer

Gayle Spencer is currently the Director of the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Previously, she served as an Associate Dean of Student Life and adjunct faculty member for the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Spencer has also worked at the University of Notre Dame (IN), and the University of Houston (TX).

Spencer received a Ph.D. in Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Kansas State University, a M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Spencer served as the Chair of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Board of Directors from 2002-2003, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1999-2004. Spencer was the 1999 NACA National Convention Chair, and was the Chair of the NACA Diversity Task Force. Spencer is currently representing NACA on the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS) for Higher Education National Board of Directors.

Awards and honors Spencer has received include the 2015 Founders Award from NACA, the 2005 Western Illinois University Alumni Achievement Award, the 2004 NACA East Coast Higher Education Research Scholarship, and the 2004 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Student Involvement Research Award.


How Can We Design Intentional Leadership Learning and Development Using Leadership Competencies in the Classroom?

When looking at research in the field of leadership education, there has been a recent trend of using competencies when developing programs, designing curriculum, and developing assessment tools to help students engage in leadership learning and development.  One of the advantages to using competencies, is that it can assist students in understanding what they are learning and how that helps them to successfully engage in a task.  It also allows students to be able to describe what they have learned and how it will apply to the world of work after college (Seemiller, 2014).

We will look at leadership competencies and how they can be used in the classroom.  We will also explore how a campus can develop a leadership philosophy and competencies that will allow for the use of a common language of leadership, that will enable a campus community to collaboratively assist students in their leadership learning and development, both in and out of the classroom.



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Dr. Mark Munoz Dr. Eduardo Cabrera Dr. Joyce Bezdicek Dr. Angela Doehring Molly Berry

Event Date

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:00pm