Consultant

“Sometimes we need someone from outside to look in on our work and help us reach the next level.  Liz did that for Carthage, and she can do it for your campus, too.”-Dr. Karin Sconzert, Carthage College.

I have been in higher ed administration for over a decade. I have been a program director, president of a scholarly society, a department chair, and currently serve as a dean.  I also just finished a three-year term as the Vice President of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, where I’ve been involved in several major projects involving history curriculum, enrollments, and pedagogy.  I blog about issues in higher ed administration and teaching and write regularly for Inside Higher Ed.

I bring all this experience to bear in my work as a consultant.  I facilitate meetings and offer workshops and professional development services in two key areas:

  1. Making the workplace of higher education a supportive, constructive, and meaningful endeavor.  My work in this area focuses on helping faculty be effective administrators, enhancing the cohesiveness and effectiveness of academic departments, and promoting collaboration in higher ed work environments.
  2. Enhancing the visibility of the humanities on campuses through curricular and programmatic initiatives.

I have recently worked with colleagues at the University of California system, Hofstra University, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and Carthage College.  I was a facilitator at the American Historical Association’s 2018 Workshop for Department Chairs and will be a facilitator at this year’s workshop as well.

Skeptical about consultants?  I am, too!  But sometimes a department or a campus needs an outsider’s perspective.  And I’m the perfect combination–I’m an outsider, who’s also an insider to the academy.  So I promise no management-speak or gimmicky group work.  Just straight talk and practical solutions based on conversations with you and your colleagues.

“Liz Lehfeldt is an extremely effective facilitator…she enabled us to define more clearly what was distinctive about our approach, what we wanted to keep on doing, and what we wanted to modify,” Dr. Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University.

I have worked with colleagues in a variety of areas including:

  • facilitating professional development for administrators (work-life balance, productivity, morale)
  • providing training and preparation for department chairs, especially in the humanities
  • helping academic units identify their purpose and goals
  • addressing the concerns of women in higher ed
  • conducting program reviews, for both internal and external assessment
  • preparing faculty for careers in administration
  • guiding departments through curricular change
  • changing campus, institutional, and departmental cultures to promote collaboration

*Rates: Negotiable; depending upon the work involved and the number of participants, my daily rate begins at $1000/day + travel expenses.  Typically meetings or workshops take from 1-2 days. 

I can also provide individual consultations/coaching and I am available as a speaker on any of the topics described above (fees negotiable).

I am happy to provide references from colleagues who have worked with me.  My current cv is available here.

Interested in having me visit your campus? Contact me through this website, at talestoldoutofschool ~ at ~ gmail ~ dot ~ com, or fill out an interest form and we can start planning a visit.