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Washington, DC | September 25, 2016

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program reached its 50th Anniversary in 2012 and at that time launched a bi-annual Conference of Senior Ford Fellows. This year will mark the third Conference of Senior Ford Fellows which will be hosted at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC.

2016 Conference Theme: “Reimagining the Academy: Visions for the Future”

General Description: The conference leverages the wisdom of Senior Ford Fellows and other leading scholars by sharing their expertise, strategies, challenges and insights on transforming the academy. The Conference of Senior Ford Fellows offers opportunities to connect, and re-connect, with other senior Ford Fellows, to network with colleagues, and to participate in interactive professional development sessions. This year's conference is structured to promote professional development during the morning sessions and to focus on strategies and visions for building stronger networks to enable transformative change in the Academy, Public Policy, and Popular spheres in the afternoon and evening.

Highlights of the 2016 Conference of Senior Ford Fellows include the following sessions:

• Professional Development Sessions are designed to address and provide practical help and discussion around individual issues in career and professional development of ‘senior’ (mid-career, post tenure, wise) scholars.

Among the topics covered are:
o Navigating through rank n’ Role: Junior-Senior, Associate-Full, Beyond Full, Senior Departmental and Institute Roles
o Timing, Negotiation and Objectives in Transitioning Your Academic Position to Administration
o Building a better Mouse Trap: Starting Programs, Institutes, and Not For Profit
o And many more!

• Working lunch discussions on topics that bridge Professional Development and Transformative Group Change (topics include: Maximizing Community and Local Impact, Engaging with Ford Foundation on Policy, Brainstorming a Ford Fellows Publication, Mentoring Across the Faculty Lifespan, Building Our Scholar Pipeline: From Undergrad to Professor and others)

• Moving from Me to We - Strategies and Visions for Transforming Institutional Culture, Influencing Public Policy and opinion and Cultivating Allies. These sessions are designed to address collective and community strategies that build on the collective wisdom and energy of ‘senior’ Ford scholars to effect permanent positive change in academic and public institutions and practices.
  Among the topics covered are: 
  o Getting Buy-In: Strategies and techniques for Changing practice and interaction on search and Admissions committees, and at the water cooler
  o The Inclusive Classroom: Recognizing and dismantling cognitive and implicit bias in the classroom
  o Confronting Un/Conscious Bias at Senior Levels
  o Transformative Leaders: Strategies for building Change that will outlast you
• Interactive Plenary Discussion: Leveraging senior Ford Wisdom—Vision for Moving Forward
The closing plenary session this year aims to explore how the experience and expertise of the community of Ford Fellows can be leveraged to create lasting change in the academy. The interactive panel will address topics on which collectively Senior Ford Fellows can make a difference and begin to articulate a vision for so doing.

Click here to view the Draft Agenda. In addition to THE SENIOR CONFERENCE ON SUNDAY THE 25th, a reception for Conference of Senior Ford Fellows attendees will be held THE NIGHT BEFORE on Saturday, September 24th at 6:30 PM at the National Academy of Sciences building.

Registration & Hotel Information:

Registration for the 2016 Conference of Senior Ford Fellows is now open. Please click here to register for this event. The deadline for registration will be August 1, 2016.

There will be no registration fees and all costs of the meeting itself will be covered by the Ford Foundation. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.

Senior Ford Fellows who are participating as volunteers at the 2016 Conference of Ford Fellows may arrange to extend their stay at the Ford Fellows Conference hotel, but will be required to pay separately for the additional nights(s).

Questions may be directed to the Fellowships Travel Office at 202.334.2909 or