ATHE Leadership Institute at SETC


The ATHE Leadership Institute at the 2020 SETC Annual Convention has been CANCELLED.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

About ATHE Leadership Institute at SETC

The ATHE Leadership Institute® provides professional development opportunities for faculty members to prepare for leadership roles in higher education and serve more effectively. Since 2000, more than 400 faculty members have participated in the workshops and mentoring program.

This year we are pleased to announce that ATHE will host an abbreviated version of the Leadership Institute at SETC. ATHE LI at SETC will feature one day of intensive training with two follow-up sessions scheduled during the SETC Convention.

Session Schedule

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020: 8 a.m. – Noon and 1-5 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 28, 2020: 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 29, 2020: 9-10:15 a.m.

71st Annual SETC Convention | Louisville, KY
Kentucky International Convention Center


Registration Fee: $250
Online Registration Opens:
Oct. 15, 2019 @ Noon ET
Deadline to Pre-Register: Jan. 22, 2019 @ Noon ET or until spots sell out
Limited Enrollment: 25-30 Participants (who will be paired with 20-25 pre-selected mentors)

After registration, participants will be asked to complete an assessment and provide a letter of recommendation from their Chair or Dean.


The Leadership Institute® provides an invaluable opportunity for exchange with peers from other institutions for sharing of ideas, best practices and partnerships, but the core of its value comes from the mentorship relationship.

Each participant will be matched with a mentor who is an established leader/administrator in the field. Mentors and participants will work together during the workshop and arrange to talk periodically during the year following the workshop. These opportunities can be invaluable for professional development and support — and they are integral to the Leadership Institute’s mission.

Who Should Attend?

The Leadership Institute® is built around an explicit philosophy of “lead from where you are.” Its programming is useful and appropriate for faculty at almost any stage of leadership development, from “just thinking about it” to those already in a leadership position. Sometimes, the most valuable outcome of attending the Leadership Institute® can be finding out “leadership isn’t for me.” More often, potential and current leaders emerge energized and with new purpose.

SETC members attending the 2020 SETC Convention should register for this training session online with your SETC account. If you’d like to attend this training without signing up for the convention, please call the SETC office at 336-272-3645.

Meet the Presenters

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Kristin Sosnowsky

Kristin Sosnowsky serves as the Executive Associate Dean of the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts; Chair of the School of Theatre and also oversees Swine Palace, the School’s affiliated Equity theatre company. In 2015, she served as the Interim Executive Director of the LSU Museum of Art. During her tenure at LSU, she has produced over 50 major professional productions including THE HEIDI CHRONICLES which was performed at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Beijing Central Academy of Drama; the world premiere of COCKTAIL which was one of 36 productions selected to represent the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, and the world premiere of SPILL, a multi-media theatre event and visual art installation based on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. In 2006, Swine Palace was recognized for its work on issues of social justice with the Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Large Arts Organization and the 13th Annual YWCA Greater Baton Rouge Racial Justice Award.

Ms. Sosnowsky is a member of the National Association for Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation; serves on the Board of the University Resident Theatre Association and is the Co-Director of the Assocation for Theatre in Higher Education Leadership Institute. Ms. Sosnowsky teaches courses on arts marketing; fundraising and development for the arts; nonprofit financial management; and board development.

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Jake Pinholster 

Jake Pinholster is the Associate Dean for Enterprise Design and Operations in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and the Founding Director of the ASU Creative Futures Laboratory at Mesa City Center. In this capacity, he is a designer and facilitator of numerous local, regional, and national projects, including art-science-engineering-design collaborations, FilmSpark, the Arizona Creative Communities Institute, extended and professional education programs, project-/inquiry-based learning programs, and strategic partnerships with more than thirty partner organizations. As an associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and former director of that School, Pinholster has been involved in a number of long-term initiatives that fuse technology, interdisciplinarity, and curricular innovation, including serving on the original design team for the nationally-recognized Digital Culture program. He heads two graduate programs in design and interdisciplinary digital media.

As a creative artist, Pinholster’s efforts have centered on projection and media design and technology for performance. He has been an associate artist with Les Freres Corbusier, a resident video designer for the David Dorfman Dance company, and a consulting associate with SK Design and Consulting, specialists in performance facilities and systems for education. His professional media design credits include The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (national tour/HBO), Current Nobody (Woolly Mammoth), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Center Theatre Group) and many other productions at off-Broadway, regional, and academic venues.

Current major projects include: Luna City, the design, development and production of a large-scale immersive installation prototype for the first permanent human community on the Moon, developed in collaboration with more than 180 participants, including scientists, engineers, artists, and students; academic program development for the ASU Creative Futures Laboratory, a transdisciplinary center devoted to using advanced visualization and prototyping technologies to address complex problems through collaborations between artists, designers, scientists, engineers, and policymakers (a partnership with the city of Mesa for a combined investment of more than $100m); and project direction for the Earth Operations Center, a collaboration between NASA, MIT and the ASU.