Leadership in Place: How Academic Professionals Can Find Their Leadership Voice
December 2006, Jossey-Bass
Leadership in Place calls for a shift in attitude about leaders and leadership. It departs from the hierarchical view that academic leadership flows from a leadership position, and instead embraces a more lateral view where leadership roles are available to everyone. It calls for a rethinking of how our colleges and universities are led and organized by discussing the following:
- Importance of strong academic communities in preserving the integrity of academic programs
- Empowerment of part-time faculty by combining adaptive and transformative learning models
- Opportunities for, benefits of, and challenges in collaborative leadership
- Problems that can emerge in times of leadership transitions and possible solutions
- Concept of leadership as an attribute of the many rather than the few
Advocating for academics to reengage and recommit to their institutions, the book creates an agenda for what higher education must do to create conditions under which leadership in place is the norm rather than the exception.
1. Why We Need Leadership in Place (Jon F. Wergin).
2. Legacies of Leadership in Place (Susanne Morgan).
3. (Leading?) From the Core ("Professor X").
4. Adaptive Leadership and Transformative Learning: A Case Study of Leading by Part-time Faculty (Shelley A. Chapman, Linda M. Randall).
5. Creative Redesign for Change (Mark Hower, Shana Hormann).
6. Leadership Stymied (Victoria Hardy).
7. Sharing Leadership in an Academic Health Center School of Nursing (Carol A. Reineck).
8. Following the Leader and Leading the Followers (Joseph Barwick).
9. Leadership Is Action: Learning to Lead in Place (Willis M. Watt).
10. Leadership as Place (Ellen Russell Beatty Robert Page).
11. Conclusion (Jon F. Wergin).
Dr. Wergin is past Divisional vice president of the American Educational Research Association (Division I, Education in the Professions), and has served as chief evaluator of two national centers for research in higher education. In 2003, he completed work on a project funded by the Pew Chartable Trusts aimed at integrating efforts to assess student learning by the eight regional accrediting associations. He is a member of the National Academy for Higher Education Leadership, and has consulted with scores of national associations, accrediting bodies, and colleges and universities on issues related to evaluation and change in higher education.
—David W. Leslie, Chancellor Professor of Education, The College of William and Mary
"Leadership in Place provides ground-breaking insights
into the practice of leadership in higher education. The
constraints on authority in cultures that select for people who
place a premium on their own autonomous research and teaching pose
special demands for leadership, and Wergin's volume sheds
penetrating light into these challenges. An immensely practical
—Ronald A. Heifetz, King Hussein Bin Talal Lecturer in Public Leadership, and Co-Founder, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University