2012

The 2012 Best Practices Forum was held on Monday, March 19, 2012 on the Evanston Campus. The Forum served as a practical way for leaders across the University to share their own specific experiences and demonstrate practical examples of successful technology, process, and people solutions in their respective units. The day fostered creative thinking and provided a forum for some of the best ideas being implemented across the University to be showcased.

This year's forum included a lunchtime presentation "Oncofertility: Translation in Multiple Dimensions" by Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Institute for Women's Health Research Chief, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Fertility Preservation at Feinberg School of Medicine. Approximately 163 staff members participated in the event. There was representation from each of the twelve schools at the forum.

Presentations

Title: Northwestern Scholars: Showcasing Faculty, their Accomplishments, and their Collaborations
Presenters:

  • Ruth Reingold, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Office of Human Resources

Title: Recruiting a Diverse Graduate Student Body
Presenters:

  • Penny Warren, Assistant Dean of Student Life & Multicultural Affairs, Graduate School Administration
  • Mario Craigen, Coordinator Multicultural Affairs, Graduate School Administration
  • Bruce Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Title: When Leadership Meets IT: Best Practices for Collaboration
Presenters:

  • Adam Goodman, Director, Center for Leadership
  • Dan Bockenfeld, Web Administrator, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Alan Wolff, Senior IT Director, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Title: Above the Fold in the Digital Age: Online Marketing for Graduate Programs
Presenters:

  • Margaret M. McCarthy, Senior Director Marketing & Enrollment Management, School of Continuing Studies
  • Allison Faetz, Manager of Marketing & Communications, School of Continuing Studies
  • Barbra Rodichok, Coordinator of Marketing & Communications, School of Continuing Studies

Title: Process Improvement in Action: The Office for Sponsored Research Experience
Presenters:

  • Sean Perry, Contract and Grant Officer, Senior, Office for Sponsored Research
  • Pam Conley, Contract and Grant Officer, Senior, Office for Sponsored Research

Title: Why Web Accessibility Matters & Best Practices for Compliance
Presenters:

  • Alison May, Assistant Director, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Chris Walker, Web Applications/Software Developer, Student Affairs Information Technology

Title:Many Hands Make Light Work: Shared Technology Services @ NU
Presenters:

  • Terry Jolley, Manager, Consulting Services, IT Technology Support Services
  • Christel Bridges, Systems Administrator Senior, Northwestern Law Information Systems
  • George Campbell, Systems Analyst/Programmer, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Information Technology

Title: Improving Learning with Technology-Enhanced Instruction
Presenters:

  • Frank Mulhern, Professor and Associate Dean for Integrated Marketing Communications, Medill
  • Ted Spiegel, Associate Professor Emeritus-in-Service, Integrated Marketing Communications, Medill
  • Brian Nielsen, Project Manager, Faculty Initiatives, IT Academic Technologies

Title:NU Collaborations: Online Grant/Award Application System

  • Peter Civetta, Assistant to the Provost, Office of the Provost
  • Kalpesh Patel, Applications Systems Manager, Northwestern University Information Technology

Title: Creating Change: Coalition Building on Campus & in the Community
Presenters:

  • Laura Stuart, Sexual Health Education and Violence Prevention Coordinator, Northwestern University Health Service
  • Eva Ball, Sexual Violence Response Services Coordinator, Northwestern University Health Service

Title: Strategically Conducting Administrative Searches and Staff Hiring to Position New-Hires for Success
Presenters:

  • Marianna Kepka, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration, Office of the Provost
  • Celina Flowers, Project Coordinator, Office of the Provost
  • Javier J. Hernandez, Senior Staffing Consultant, Office of Human Resources