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This volume provides a source for doctoral students who want toknow the nature of higher education administration, for professorswho seek insight into the roles and functions administratorsfulfill, and for administrators who want to learn more about how tobe effective in their jobs. Composed of chapters written byexperienced academic administrators, this volume offers insightinto the complex and vital role that administrators play in theacademy. Not only do readers learn that effective academicadministration is at the heart of the entire academic enterprisebut also that effective administrators possess a blend ofperserverance, dedication, imagination, problem-solving skills,knowledge about myriad aspects of the academy, human relationsskills, political savvy, and determination.
This is the 124th issue of the quarterly journal NewDirections for Higher Education.
EDITORS’ NOTES (Sherry L. Hoppe, Bruce W. Speck).
1. Identifying and Nurturing Potential Academic Leaders (SherryL. Hoppe)
Ensuring a pipeline of new academic administrators requires carefulidentification of candidates with desirable characteristics andmultiple ways to develop needed skills.
2. From the Other Side of the Academy to Academic LeadershipRoles: Crossing the Great Divide (Patricia C. Land)
Shrinking pools of applicants and changing leadership requirementsfor chief academic officers may open doors for aspiring academicleaders outside traditional career paths.
3. Six Critical Issues for Midlevel Leadership in PostsecondarySettings (Gary L. Filan, Alan T. Seagren)
Six principles of leadership form the basis for training at theAcademy for Leadership Training and Development in Arizona.
4. The Role of Professional Development in Preparing AcademicLeaders (Shirley C. Raines, Martha Squires Alberg)
Academicians-turned-administrators need professional development tofacilitate their transition and to prepare them to serveeffectively.
5. The Role of Doctoral Programs in Preparing Faculty forMultiple Roles in the Academy (Bruce W. Speck)
Doctoral programs currently prepare faculty for research andscholarship but fail to include preparation for collegiality andservice, thus leaving faculty with deficits in areas requisite foradministrative roles.
6. Faculty Governance and Effective Academic AdministrativeLeadership (Susan Whealler Johnston)
Effective academic administrators need to understand and respectthe role of faculty governance in decision making and in achievingdesired ends in the academy.
7. Selected Legal Aspects of Academic Administrative Leadership:An Orientation for New Academic Administrators (Charles R.Jenkins)
Academic administrators face an almost overwhelming body of legalparameters governing their actions. This chapter is a good primerfor those new to leadership roles in the academy.
8. Promoting Diversity in Academic Leadership (Oscar C.Page)
Servant leadership can form the basis in colleges and universitiesfor a commitment to a diverse culture where constituents’needs are recognized and served.
9. The Rewards of Academic Leadership (Christina Murphy)
Extrinsic rewards for academic leaders are easily identifiable butmay provide less motivation than intrinsic factors in influencingcommitment to organizational and societal priorities.
10. Bedside Manner and Effective Academic AdministrativeLeadership (Daryl Gilley)
Effective bedside manner hinges on an understanding of thepersonalities of the varied characters in a college oruniversity’s landscape and a willingness to adaptcommunication and interpersonal interactions to fit theirneeds.