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Academic Leadership: A Reflective Practice Guide for Community College Chairs

Sue Wells, MEd and Dr. Marilyn Herie, PhD RSW

Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-145755-358-5
List Price: 20.95
Category: Prof. Reference & Textbooks
Available: May 2017
Edition: Perfectbound

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The true measure of your own leadership capacity is the extent to which you are able to support your team in becoming leaders themselves.

Community College Chairs have dual roles. On one hand, they need to manage their own and others’ work to advance the strategic and business directions and commitments of the college. On the other hand, they need to lead their department team in ways that mobilize, inspire and develop each individual, such that all employees are highly engaged in working to their full capacity. Complex, challenging and exciting, the Chair’s role is vital to the success of the college as a learning-centered organization.

This manual distills the practice wisdom of two seasoned academic leaders, providing a menu of reflective leadership practice activities, tools for eliciting feedback from others, and practical tips for creating a high-functioning and positive departmental culture. Illustrated throughout with personal leadership stories and case examples, the manual provides a roadmap to leadership success for both new and experienced Academic Chairs.

“The hallmark of an effective academic leader is their ability to promote leadership in others – horizontal leadership in the creation of communities of practice. The tools and strategies in this practical, user-friendly manual offer indispensable guidance to Chairs as they lead their department teams to realize their fullest potential and peak performance.” Dr. Sandra Murphy, RN, PhD Vice-President, Academic & Chief Learning Officer “This manual is something that I wish I was given on my first day as a new Chair! It is insightful, thorough and allows us to plan and work towards our own goals as we evolve in our Chair role”.

Amanda Stone, M.Ed Chair, Business & Management Studies, School of Business “Through actions, example, and words, Marilyn and Sue inspire me to be a better leader. Their book is a collection of real, rubber-meets-the-road ideas and practices that get you better results, immediately and enduringly. Get yourself a copy, and find your work transformed.” Tim Roy, BCOMM, CPCC, TESOL Chair, Part-time Learning, School of Advancement

Sue Wells I have been an academic Chairperson for almost 20 years and I am still excited and challenged by the role. Being innovative, creative and experimenting with new ideas motivates me. I have used this strength to help my department propel the strategic direction of the college forward and take leadership in implementing new ideas. I do, however, recognize that it is important to ‘check in’ with others along the way. I have sometimes felt restricted by traditional evaluation and feedback methods. In response, I have created a few tools that I have used to inform my own reflections and learning. I am inspired by what I learn through reflective practice and am sharing the tools and ideas in this manual in the hope that others will become inspired as well.

Marilyn Herie My career began in clinical social work nearly 20 years ago, and I have always been interested in motivation and behaviour change—two key elements that also relate to successful learning and successful leadership! Over the past eight years in academic administration, I have been consistently engaged, inspired and humbled by the fact that on a daily basis, I have the opportunity to make a difference as I learn the limits of my knowledge and expertise. The complex and myriad issues, challenges, situations and people that make up the work of the academic administrator represent ongoing opportunities for growth and development. The challenge is how to maximize these ‘learning moments.’ By reflecting on our practice as academic leaders, we can identify what we did well and where to improve. By reflecting in practice in the moment, we make decisions informed by our values, our vision and our commitment to our colleagues and our students. The tools and ideas in this manual helped me to make a positive difference in my role as Chair, and I hope that you find the menu of choices offered here to be a support in your own leadership development.

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