Demystifying How Georgia Tech Works Registration - November 27

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Professional Development Programs for Faculty and Staff ​
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • 11 a.m. to noon 
  • ISYE Main Building, Room 228

Georgia Tech and the University System of Georgia (USG) offer a number of professional development programs for faculty and staff, such as the Emerging Leaders Program, Leading Women@Tech, Adaptive Leadership Program, ACC Academic Leadership Network, and USG Executive Leadership Institute. The panel is composed of program administrators and participants who will talk about the content and goals of these programs. 


Pearl Alexander
Executive Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement, Institute Diversity

Pearl Alexander, JD, PCC, ACC serves as executive director of diversity, inclusion, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a visionary leader who has navigated a progressive 29-year career catalyzing transformations in culture and organizational leadership practices. Currently, Alexander leads learning curricular innovations, professional development, and engagement experiences designed to build and nurture global leadership capacity and model inclusive excellence. She is a certified professional coach and facilitator integrating her expertise in diversity and inclusion principles within her coaching, practices, and coaching consultancy services. 

Julie Ancis
Associate Vice President, Institute Diversity

Julie Ancis, Ph.D. serves as Georgia Tech's associate vice president for Institute Diversity. She provides operational leadership for strategic planning and assessment to identify appropriate action agendas to achieve Georgia Tech’s inclusive excellence vision and its diversity and equity goals. Ancis develops and leads campus collaborations to support its goals for an inclusive campus community and enhanced campus climate.

LaTrese Ferguson
Manager, Workplace Learning and Professional Development 

LaTrese Ferguson leads the Workplace Learning and Professional Development team responsible for faculty and staff professional development at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has been afforded lots of opportunities in her life that have equipped her to lead a dynamic team of seven learning professionals here at Georgia Tech. Throughout her career she has worked for the Federal Government (Central Intelligence Agency), a large world class consulting firm(Booz Allen Hamilton) as well as in the non-profit world (Teach for America). LaTrese has expertise in instructional design and delivery, project management, quality management, and people management. She received her education from George Mason University (M.Ed Adult Education) and Clark Atlanta University (B.S. Computer Science).

Tim Lieuwen
Executive Director of the Strategic Energy Institute, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Tim Lieuwen, Ph.D. holds the David S. Lewis, Jr. Chair and is the executive director of the Strategic Energy Institute at Georgia Tech. His interests lie in the areas of acoustics, fluid mechanics, and combustion. Lieuwen works closely with industry and government, particularly focusing on fundamental problems that arise out of development of clean combustion systems or utilization of alternative fuels. If you like making fire, making noise, and saving the planet all at the same time, these are all great problems to work on.

Leslie Sharp
Associate Vice Provost, Graduate Education and Faculty Development

Leslie N. Sharp, Ph.D. is the associate vice provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development at Georgia Tech. She teaches historic preservation in the College of Design, where she formerly served as the assistant dean of Academic Affairs and Outreach. Sharp holds a Ph.D. in history and sociology of technology and science and a master's in history of technology from Georgia Tech. Her research explores the impact of technology on people and places within the framework of historic preservation, gender, and race. Sharp came to Tech from Middle Tennessee State University, where she held a joint appointment as an associate research professor for the Center for Historic Preservation and History Department. Sharp earned her bachelor's in history from the University of Georgia and her master's in history with an emphasis in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University.

Bob Thomas
Professor of the Practice, Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business

Robert (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D. joined Georgia Tech in January 2006 to develop curriculum and create programming for the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He joined the faculty as professor of the practice and currently teaches courses in servant leadership, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance in the Scheller College of Business. He is active in the servant leadership community and currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Thomas has an MBA from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.