Staff Recognition and Development Day

May 5, 2022

The 2022 Staff Recognition and Development Day was held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 5, at the Wood Center. The morning schedule featured coffee and muffins, followed by breakout sessions, the longevity and Cornerstone awards ceremony and grab-and-go lunches. A special guest speaker and more breakout sessions rounded out the afternoon schedule.

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Dr. Kevin McClure, keynote speaker

A More Caring University: Higher Education Leadership in the Age of Low Morale and Burnout

Dr. Kevin R. McClure, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Communications for the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, will give a keynote presentation titled "A More Caring University: Higher Education Leadership in the Age of Low Morale and Burnout" during Staff Recognition and Development Day on May 5, 2022.

In this presentation, Dr. McClure argues why working culture and conditions can no longer be an afterthought in higher education. Drawing on research and insights from his public writing, McClure explains the causes and consequences of burnout, demoralization, and disengagement in higher education. And using critical hope as a solutions framework, he shares principles and promising practices to build a more caring university.

Dr. McClure is an expert on college leadership, management, and finance, especially at broad-access institutions. He is the co-editor of Regional Public Universities: Addressing Misconceptions and Analyzing Contributions and Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions. Dr. McClure’s public scholarship covers a range of topics, and throughout the pandemic, he has written viral articles on morale, burnout, disengagement, staffing, and leadership in higher education.

To learn more about Dr. McClure and to read his work, visit https://linktr.ee/kevinrmcclure


The 2020 Staff Recognition and Development Day was held online May 7, 2021. The chancellor’s welcome and presentation of the longevity and Cornerstone awards was followed by a keynote speech by Ash Beckham. Grab-and-go lunch was offered after the program, as was campus cleanup volunteering. The awards were streamed at media.uaf.edu.

Ash Beckham, keynote speaker

The Art of Inclusive Leadership

"In this entertaining and provocative talk, Ash will explore the 5 pillars of inclusive leadership. With wildly funny and poignant stories, and a tough yet compassionate stance, Ash tells us how to take off the armor and be our authentic selves. She tells us how to get REAL.

Rather than serving up candy-coated optimism, Ash gives us permission to relate to each other as direct, authentic, unapologetic human beings by elevating her audience beyond empathy into the realm of personal discovery, and challenging every listener to take personal responsibility for creating a bigger societal shift."

— Kirkland Productions

The 2020 Staff Recognition and Development Day was held online Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The chancellor’s welcome and presentation of the longevity and Cornerstone awards took place at 10 a.m. Sessions were offered from 1-1:45 p.m. (Google Apps, yoga, pickles, potatoes) and 2-2:45 p.m. (Outdoor Adventures, composting, home energy efficiency).

The 2019 Staff Recognition and Development Day was held Wednesday, May 8, with the presentation of the Chancellor’s Cornerstone Award and the Longevity Awards from 10-11:30 a.m., and a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 2019 event featured three 45-minute presentations instead of classes, as had been done in recent years. The afternoon session included video “tours” of a number of UAF’s rural campuses and remote sites throughout Alaska. A wellness session was offered by Valerie Gifford from the School of Education and Mark Oldmixon from Nanook Recreation, and the final presentation was from Geoff Welch, owner of Date-Line Copies. An ice cream social followed.