I offer keynotes and workshop facilitation in four areas:
Keynotes can be facilitated as 40 minute talks or 1.5 hour interactive plenaries
Workshops are 1.25 hours each
Many of the workshops pair well with one-on-one consulting with individual participants if time allows
Writing & Publication
This workshop offers participants the tools they need to both create and maintain a scholarly writing pipeline for articles, books, and conference proposals at any stage in their academic career. In this interaction session, I share suggestions for how to create and maintain a five-stage scholarly writing pipeline. Participants are also presented with the latest research on writing productivity and have the opportunity to share strategies for maintaining writing productivity during the busy academic year.
In this workshop, participants are introduced to the best practices for designing SoTL research projects and will begin to structure problem statements, methodology, and plans for classroom implementation. Information on the relationship between SoTL research and the IRB as well as publication outlets will also be provided. *One-on-one consulting with individual participants is also available. (This is best as a three-hour workshop. A version of this workshop that focuses on pedagogical innovations with technology is also available.)
Writing is a large part of our day-to-day work. From emails to memos, reports to grants, and articles to books: writing is a central part of our professional lives. Your writing influences how you’re perceived. Crafting a message to resonate with a reader is critical to team building, negotiating, communicating, and collaborating. In this workshop, participants have the opportunity to troubleshoot their biggest writing challenges and learn strategies they can implement immediately to become more effective and efficient.
Getting an article accepted in a journal can be a mysterious process. In this more informal Q&A, participants have the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of a journal editing team and ask questions about all stages of the submission process. Participants will leave with resources, tips, and practical strategies that can help them place their papers in the right journals while avoiding the common pitfalls of article submission.
Creativity & Productivity
With deadlines looming and professional obligations piling up, we often jump from project to project without pausing to think about the true purpose of our work. Moreover, we lose sight of the creativity that is built into much of the foundation of what we do as academics and higher education professionals. In this interactive keynote, we go back to our creative roots. Through an exploration of some examples of academic creativity, we will learn how to build in time for creativity into our daily lives and discuss the relationship between risk-taking and a creative life. Participants will walk away with a personalized action plan for living a more creative academic life.
Dr. Katie Linder gave an outstanding interactive plenary presentation during the CAE’s 12th Annual Summer Conference at Fairfield University. She customized her presentation and activities around the conference theme “Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning” and to meet the needs of a diverse audience…
Participants were actively engaged in discussions and reflected on their past collaborative experiences. Dr. Linder provided rich visuals and examples to illustrate her key points, building on the current literature in higher education, prior conference sessions attended, and popular culture that participants could relate to. Her handouts provided resources that could be used immediately in various contexts.
Participants comments included the following words to describe Dr. Linder’s presentation: “insightful,” “organized,” “engaging,” “fun,” “awesome!”
Dr. Linder’s presentation delivery and preparations leading up to the conference are noteworthy, for she devotes a lot of time and energy into crafting exceptional sessions that are unparalleled in quality.
Dr. Suzanna Klaf, Associate Director, Center for Academic Excellence, Fairfield University, CT
Goals are more easily accomplished when they are clearly articulated and written down. In this workshop, participants engage in reflective activities to design their next five years of scholarship activities, professional development, and skill development. Examples of five year plans are provided as well as some best practices for making sure the plan is effectively implemented. Participants leave with a first draft of their five year plan.
It can be easy to get overwhelmed when we have multiple projects on our plate. In this workshop, participants learn strategies for getting their ideas and action items out of their heads to create space for creative thinking, explore tips for how to share the load and create accountability for their projects, and receive examples of organizational habits that keep project details at their fingertips. Participants also conduct a project audit and reflect on how best to prioritize their current projects.
Self-promotion & Personal Branding
One area where many academics have little to no experience is book promotion. In this interactive workshop, participants learn about 30+ techniques for promoting a new book via social media, an intentional web presence, the creation of bonus materials, targeting speaking engagements, and more. Workshops participants will leave the session with a detailed action plan of concrete steps they can take to promote their academic book.
I invited Katie Linder to Lehigh University in order to help our graduate students in English think more about their professional development, both in the realm of their writing and their teaching. I also asked her to offer a presentation on jobs in academia, both faculty and non-faculty positions.
Her presentations were fantastic, offering concrete strategies and practices by which students (and faculty members, for that matter) could become more self-aware of their writing and teaching habits and improve on those habits to become more productive and effective.
Katie also went above and beyond the call of duty in reading materials for students on the market–both while she was here and after she left!
Dr. Dawn Keetley, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Program, LeHigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Many academics feel uncomfortable with self-promotion and have never received formal training in how to share about their work and projects. In this interactive workshop, participants learn about a range of ways to promote their work and projects via social media, an intentional web presence, public speaking, media engagement, and more. Workshop participants will leave the session with a concrete action plan for promoting their portfolio of work using strategies that fit their career stage and professional goals.
The concept of branding no longer applies just to higher education institutions. As the marketplace becomes more and more cluttered, academics need to differentiate themselves in important ways. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the components of an individual professional brand, identify aspects of their own personal brand, and leave the session with an action plan for clarifying and communicating their brand to a range of stakeholders.
Teaching & Learning with Technology
Our students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels. Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this session, we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students experience on a daily basis and discuss how we can help our students develop effective strategies for learning in the midst of this Age of Digital Distraction.
Columbia Southern University holds two virtual conferences each year. We were seeking a keynote speaker for our Excellence in Higher Education conference held in September, 2016. We reached out to Dr. Linder to provide this service, and we were extremely pleased and impressed with our return.
Through the use of contemporary cognitive studies and digital data trends, Dr. Linder helped shine a light on the dynamic digital environment educators and learners find themselves in today and promoted an emphasis on utilizing technology to leverage learning in the classroom, rather than distract from it.
We hope we get another opportunity to work with Dr. Linder in the future.
Dr. Kim Langham, Director of Faculty Development, Services, and Support
Peter Eggebraaten, Training and Development Coordinator
In this workshop, participants examine common definitions of assessment, feedback, grading, and testing to better understand how assessment tools can help our students learn. Through discussion and a small group activity, participants develop strategies to hold conversations with their students about learning. Participants leave the workshop with ideas that may revolutionize their personal philosophies of assessment.
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, participants in this workshop explore best practices for transitioning a course from a traditional, face-to-face environment to one that is blended. Topics include writing course goals and objectives, developing assessments, designing learning activities, and effectively leveraging technology for student success. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the alignment of their blended course using evidence-based backward design methods.
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide this interactive workshops focuses on creating effective online activities that are student-centered, engaging, and aligned with the face-to-face activities of a course. Participants will review their course goals and learning objectives, choose an online platform and/or tool for their activity, and leave the workshop with at least one online activity that they can immediately implement into their course.
Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide this interactive workshop focuses on designing impactful online assessments that are both engaging for students and accurate measures of the goals and learning objectives of a course. Using their own course goals and learning objectives, participants will have the opportunity to design an online assessment that they can immediately implement into their course.
Selected Workshop Participant Feedback
I so appreciated the level of experience, expertise and understanding of the faculty role that [Katie] brought to the workshop. I don’t think you could have had a more perfect speaker. I expect to be using much of the material in [The Blended Course Design Workbook] and am looking forward to following her future research work.
Katie was canny as a subject matter expert. I was impressed that she had good evidence-based answers for many of the questions that came from the attendees.
It was clear that she knew what she was talking about, but it was also nice that she is someone who is early enough in her career that poignant lessons are still in close reach.
She was very good. Lots of experience to draw from, and she was organized and spoke well. I’ve given workshops before and I’ve been to many others in my career in higher ed and she was one of the better presenters and the workshop was among the most useful.