Community College Leadership: A Multidimensional Model for Leading Change

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“Pamela L. Eddy’s book deserves our time for two simple reasons: first, the multidimensional model for leading change transcends community colleges and is applicable broadly within and beyond education; and, second, the author’s thoughtful inclusion of vignettes and case studies provides the day-to-day grounding to make her model relevant to readers of all professions. Yes, community college readers have the advantage of knowing many of the leadership challenges firsthand and will be more interested than most in sections such as ‘Challenges of

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Overview

“Pamela L. Eddy’s book deserves our time for two simple reasons: first, the multidimensional model for leading change transcends community colleges and is applicable broadly within and beyond education; and, second, the author’s thoughtful inclusion of vignettes and case studies provides the day-to-day grounding to make her model relevant to readers of all professions. Yes, community college readers have the advantage of knowing many of the leadership challenges firsthand and will be more interested than most in sections such as ‘Challenges of Community College Leadership,’ but this book adds sufficiently to leadership literature that it should find itself on the bookshelves of professionals across education and the private sector.”?The Department Chair

“This is an excellent resource for all aspiring community college leaders as well as those serving as senior leaders in our institutions. The book is well written and contains an exceptional combination of theory to practice ideas and thoughts. It is sure to become required reading in community college leadership development programs.”?Larry H. Ebbers, Community College Leadership Programs, Iowa State University

Recognizing that future community college leaders – at all levels– will manage increasingly complex organizations, and face very different challenges than their predecessors, this book provides a multidimensional model of leadership suited to these new demands and environments.

Through over 75 individual interviews with leaders and campus members, Eddy is able to provide examples of the model’s components in practice and to illuminate which experiences proved the most relevant for these leaders on their route to upper administration.

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"Pamela L. Eddy’s Community College Leadership: A Multidimensional Model for Leading Change deserves our time for two simple reasons: first, the multidimensional model for leading change transcends community colleges and is applicable broadly within and beyond education; and, second, the author’s thoughtful inclusion of vignettes and case studies provides the day-today grounding to make her model relevant to readers of all professions. Yes, community college readers have the advantage of knowing many of the leadership challenges firsthand and will be more interested than most in sections such as “Challenges of Community College Leadership,” but this book adds sufficiently to leadership literature that it should find itself on the bookshelves of professionals across education and the private sector."

“Pamela Eddy has done seminal work in creating a multidimensional model for leading change in the community college. This is an excellent resource for all aspiring community college leaders as well as those serving as senior leaders in our institutions. The book is well written and contains an exceptional combination of theory to practice ideas and thoughts. It is sure to become required reading in community college leadership development programs.”

“The author has raised the bar on our thinking about community college leadership by presenting us with a dynamic multidimensional model. In this model leaders are viewed as unique life-long learners who lead with great skill embedded in a deep understanding of context, attend to how they create meaning for themselves, and effectively communicate such meaning and work with their constituents.”

“A significant contribution to the field of community college leadership. Pamela Eddy has written a book that will prove to be useful to current leaders as they continue to learn and to improve their effectiveness. Her audience also includes aspiring leaders who want to learn more about career pathways and how to overcome barriers. Scholars of leadership development, policy makers, and, in general, those who are concerned about the future of America’s community colleges, and who will lead them, will find this book to be valuable and thought provoking.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579224165
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 601,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela L. Eddy is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William and Mary. Her area of research concerns community colleges, organizational change, gender equity, and faculty work. Eddy is recognized as a key scholar on community college leadership and received recognition as the 2006 Emerging Scholar and the 2013 Senior Scholar from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. Additionally, her scholarship was acknowledged by Central Michigan University when she received the 2007 Provost Award for her research and by the College of William and Mary when she received the 2011 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence. She received a 2009 Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research on college partnerships in Ireland. Eddy is the author of Community College Leadership: A Multidimensional Model for Change, and Partnerships and Collaborations in Higher Education. She served as editor of New Directions for Higher Education—International Collaborations: Opportunities, Strategies, Challenges, and of New Directions for Community Colleges—Leading for the Future. Eddy was recognized for her teaching and received the 2008 Central Michigan University Teaching Excellence Award.

George R. Boggs

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword George R. Boggs xi

1 The Need to Re-Envision Community College Leadership 1

Challenges of Community College Leadership 3

Traditional Thoughts on Leadership 5

Case Studies and Methods 7

Looking Forward 14

2 Multidimensional Leadership 16

Leadership in the Community College Context 16

A Brief Overview of Leadership Philosophies 27

Multidimensional Leadership 31

Conclusion 37

3 Learning To Lead 38

Career Pathways 39

Leadership Development 48

Learning Styles 54

Leadership Development From a Multidimensional Perspective 58

4 Communicating and Framing Information On Campus 62

Communicating as Sensemaking 64

Framing the Message 71

Role of the Messenger 75

Getting the Message Across 78

Communicating as an Element of Multidimensional Leadership 84

5 Leadership Competencies 91

AACC's List of Six Competencies 91

Cultural Competency 101

A Holistic Perspective of Leadership Competencies 110

Role of Competencies in Multidimensional Leadership 118

6 Gender, Leadership, and the Community College 119

Social Construction of Gender 122

Gendered Organizations 124

Gendered Communication and Leadership 127

Gender and Multidimensional Leadership 134

7 Planning or the Future 137

Revisiting the Propositions 138

Multidimensional Leadership Model 142

Succession Planning 147

Next Steps for Community College Leadership 150

Conclusions 157

Appendix A Empirical and Theoretical Foundations for Multidimensional Leadership 161

Appendix B Case Studies in Leadership 170

References 191

Index 203

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