Learning, Practicing, and Honing Our Leadership to Shape Our Work and Our Field

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 10:30am in Cotton Creek I on Monday, November 12.



  • Scott Marshall, Associate Director for Instructional Technology and Accessibility, University of Minnesota
  • Janet Smith, Instructional Designer, University of Arizona

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Leaders are made, not born. The future of our field is worthy of our best efforts to practice our leadership. We can shape our field in powerful ways: Do we see problems or possibilities? Want compliance or commitment? Rely on leadership or citizenship? We seek answers by first looking inward at ourselves, then outward toward our communities.


Compliance isn't our destination. It is one important point on our path to accessibility but stopping at compliance falls short of what's really necessary to create sustainable accessibility: Commitment. To what extent does our leadership reflect commitment as our goal? We’ll first shine a light inward to explore who we are, our default behaviors, and the gifts we share and withhold. Then we’ll turn outward to our organizational communities and what it means to practice leadership by sharing our gifts. With these reflections in mind, how can we shift the mindset on our campuses from problem to possibility? Do we place responsibility for progress on leaders and experts, or on citizens? How can we encourage fellow citizens to choose accountability for the well-being of the whole? How we understand ourselves and our leadership has a profound impact on the viability of our work. We’ll explore our leadership through these questions and define ways each of us can lead, or lead differently.


  1. Understanding ourselves is a critical first step toward effective leadership.
  2. Ubuntu.
  3. We need to encourage fellow citizens to choose accountability for the well-being of the whole.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Scott Marshall

Dad, husband, disc-thrower, reader, woodworker: Scott is practicing using his privilege and gifts to make higher ed digitalia more accessible to more people.

Janet Smith

Janet Smith serves as an Instructional Designer leading quality assurance initiatives at the University of Arizona with the Office of Digital Learning. She manages a multitiered and collaborative quality assurance process to ensure that courses developed for UA Online are designed for student success and engagement. Janet works with partners across campus to integrate best practices around course design, copyright, UDL, and accessibility into the instructional design process and leads the Quality Matters program for the university.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, her master's degree in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Northern Arizona University, and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University.

In her free time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and practicing and teaching yoga.