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Radiologic Technology Faculty Attend Leadership Academy for Educators

Posted: August 6, 2015 — Karlyn LaBate

Each year the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) selects 20 candidates from the United States and Canada to attend the ASRT Leadership Academy for Educators on a full scholarship. This experience is a unique opportunity for technologists in the educator role to build a foundation of shared values and resources to ensure the continued success of the radiologic technology profession. Last year my colleague, Cindy Close, Assistant Professor and Director of Radiologic Technology, was selected and attended the Academy. This year, I was selected to attend the Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ASRT’s description is this: “Attendees develop skills to enhance their personal leadership growth, learn strategies to improve instruction and student engagement in the learning process, and network with fellow educators to foster dialogue and discovery. The academy also will provide a great opportunity for dialogue with invited guests from the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, the Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.”

It was an honor to represent FM’s Radiologic Technology program at this event. A wealth of information was shared between programs across the nation. One of the best points about the experience was the ability to meet and discuss educational ideas with other programs. Dr. Kevin Powers, national director for Radiography curriculum, spoke about engaging students for success in the classroom and building future leaders. We were able to interact with innovative software for creating lectures and PowerPoints adaptable to various classroom methods including the Flipped Classroom Model. We used Snagit, TubeChop, Socrative quiz builder, and TechSmith Fuse to create lively interactive lectures. We were given homework assignments to join and participate in nationwide community forum discussions on topics related to the Medical Imaging profession.

Prior to attending, each attendee was required to seek anonymous leadership assessments from their colleagues and supervisors. This data was collected and measured against the national statistics for The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. After careful review of an extensive, individualized analysis, a leader met with each of us to determine our leadership strengths and weaknesses. The five leadership practices in this model are; Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Encourage the Heart, Challenge the Process, and Enable Others to Act. After the review, we were given the opportunity to brainstorm effective, specific strategies to improve our lowest ranking traits and share how we achieved our highest ranking traits.

We are looking forward to bringing the skills, tools, and information we gained at the ASRT back to the classroom to develop our students as progressive, future leaders in Medical Imaging not only for our surrounding communities but nationwide.

Karlyn LaBate is Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology.

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