Exclusive To DET/CHE Members

About the Program

The DET/CHE Leadership Program aims to support DET/CHE members in developing essential leadership skills for higher education. In this eight-month-long, cohort-based program from April to November, participants attend monthly online presentations and discussions led by California higher education leaders. These monthly online events highlight the challenges, successes, skills, and issues facing today’s ed-tech leaders. The program then culminates at the DET/CHE Conference in December, where program participants and the monthly presenters will have the opportunity to meet and connect.

All DET/CHE community members are invited to participate.

All participants may freely attend the monthly speaker sessions and access the shared LMS space. 

Participants that wish to earn a certificate of completion must:

  • Attend all of the monthly leadership program meetings.
  • Participate in discussion forums within the LMS space.
  • Create a final project that describes a personal leadership plan.
  • Share the final project with the other participants.

All participants should complete the registration form to receive the monthly event details and gain access to the LMS space.

Participants who wish to earn the certificate of completion should complete the optional statement of intent question within the registration form:

DET/CHE Leadership Program Registration Form

Topics & dates


April 14, 12:00-1:00 PM

Welcome to the program, meet your cohort, introduction to the Canvas course

April 28, 12:00-1:30 PM

Leading the Future: Strategic Planning and Transformational Leadership (Rudy J. Sanchez, Fresno State)

This interactive session will cover the basics of strategic planning. Topics will include practical ideas on how to facilitate strategic planning in the higher educational technology space; SWOT analysis; developing metrics for assessing progress on strategy; and communicating strategy across the university. We will also explore transformational leadership as a possible resource to facilitate strategic planning.

Rudy J. Sanchez, Ph.D., serves as a Professor of Management in the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. Rudy has held several administrative roles at Fresno State including Interim Associate Vice President for Academic and Institutional Effectiveness. In that role, Rudy was responsible for facilitating the vision and strategic direction for the Center for Faculty Excellence and Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Rudy provided strategic and operational leadership to Fresno State’s COVID-19 pivot to virtual instruction. He was the co-developer of Fresno State’s University-wide President's Leadership Academy and faculty/staff mentoring program. He also served as the university’s senior academic technology officer. He led the development of the teaching and learning aspects of Fresno State's mobile learning program (DISCOVERe) launched in 2014.

Rudy previously served as president of the Directors of Educational Technology in California Higher Education (DET/CHE). Rudy currently serves on the board of directors for the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation. At Fresno State Rudy has facilitated or participated in the development of strategic plans for the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Division of Research and Graduate Studies, and Technology Services; three colleges; and several administrative units. He is a Prosci certified Change Management Practitioner. Rudy is an award-winning teacher and highly rated trainer. He conducts research and facilitates workshops in the areas of leadership, innovation, strategy, and educational technology.

May 12, 12:00-1:30 PM

Project Management Techniques for Leaders in Educational Technology (Jennifer Kienzle, SF City College)

Project Management requires leaders to use their skills and knowledge to organize appropriate projects to propel their programs and university/college goals. As Educational Technology continues to evolve in light of the pandemic and increase in student need for learning flexibilities, leaders are tasked with managing multiple projects simultaneously. In this presentation, Dr. Kienzle will present common Project Management processes and apply them to current and past projects she has carried out such as educational technology tool adoption and creating sustainable online pathways for degrees and certificates.

Dr. Jennifer Kienzle attained her Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication, specializing in emerging media in online spaces from University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Kienzle has researched and taught about emerging media and new technologies at community colleges and at public and private universities in Communication Studies departments. Right before the pandemic, Dr. Kienzle worked as a Distance Education Coordinator and held many positions in shared governance committees locally and statewide related to distance education before taking the role of Associate Dean of Online Learning. Dr. Kienzle is passionate about transparent leadership and ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have a voice at the decision making table.

June 9, 12:00-1:30 PM

UC Online, A System-Wide Program: Building Consensus to Support and Promote Collaboration (Ellen Osmundson, Ph.D., UC Online)

In this interactive presentation, participants will learn about the history of UC Online, and the strategies and approaches to working with stakeholders at all levels of the system, to build consensus and collaboration.

As the Program Director for the UC Online (formerly Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, ILTI), 2013 - present, a systemwide program operated from UC’s Office of the President, Ellen has 10+ years working with all 10 UC campuses, including students, faculty, senior administrators, staff as well as external audiences. She has organized and hosted three all-campus UC meetings (2013, 2016 and 2021). Osmundson works closely with the systemwide Academic Senate, as well as various Senate committees. Ellen served as a Senior Researcher at UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation Standards and Testing (CRESST) for 15 years. There, she focused on professional development projects on statewide implementation of formative assessment systems across the United States, and evaluation of various NSF-supported projects.

July 14, 12:00-1:30 PM

Technology Implementation (Maggie Beers, UC San Francisco)

August 11, 12:00-1:30 PM

Planning and Budgeting (Kathy Fernandes, Chico State)

September 8, 12:00-1:30 PM

Colleagues and Mentoring (Laura Rantala, Long Beach City College)

October 13, 12:00-1:30 PM

Attracting, Retaining and Working with Diverse Technology Leadership (Marina Aminy, California Virtual Campus)

Marina Aminy is an equity-minded leader, strategist, and speaker in higher education, with expertise in instructional technology, online education, teaching, and learning. She is currently the Executive Director of the California Virtual Campus, a state-wide initiative to help students accelerate completion of their educational goals through access to high-quality online courses and programs across the 115 California Community Colleges. Marina is passionate about supporting students in all environments through intentional, equity-minded practices, design, policies, and innovations. She holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and has over 20 years of experience in education and technology.

This session will explore ways in which institutions (and individuals) can attract, support, retain, and work with diverse leaders in instructional technology. We'll discuss both how institutions can do this work, as well as the role that individuals can play on individual college teams. Strategies include paying close attention to the language that we use in our outreach, the ways in which we speak to and about our diverse colleagues, acknowledgements of experiences, and revisiting the very nature of the work that we undertake to ensure representation and inclusion.

November 3, 12:00-1:30 PM

TBD (Michelle Pacansky-Brock, California Virtual Campus)

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