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Institutional readiness to respond and even thrive amid rapid change is dependent on the ability to cultivate a culture of collaboration and embrace transformative change. Indeed, institutional speed of response ultimately depends on shared vision, shared agreement, and shared leadership. Ann Hill Duin urges those involved with planning throughout all levels of an organization to actively foster a culture of collaboration. Doing so will ready your institution to tackle complex challenges and transform them into opportunities for reinvention and re-invigoration. As a professor of writing studies, Ann Hill Duin studies the language of the transactions that occur through networks of individuals engaged in collaborative, strategic work. During her 15 years in higher education administration, she has worked to build shared leadership across colleges, institutions, and academic and administrative realms. In her study of multiple inter-institutional partnerships, she found that a key component of fostering a collaborative culture is increased access to and shared understanding of “smart” change and “shared” leadership. During this Shared Academics seminar, you will gain increased understanding of these concepts and examine an action plan for strategic partnering.