A Handbook for Leaders in Higher Education
Transforming teaching and learning
Written to assist those seeking to understand the key global drivers, and an overview of key challenges facing senior leaders and managers today, this book focuses on the complex and highly politicised area of teaching and learning in higher education. Providing tried and tested tips and techniques for addressing the ‘why, what and how’ of leadership and management theory and practice, it is firmly grounded in the context of the teaching and learning arena. A Handbook for Leaders in Higher Education: Transforming teaching and learning can be dipped into to provide knowledge and understanding of theory, best practice examples, case study exemplars and reflective practice activity.
It is structured in four main parts:
- A view from the top
- The leadership and management perspective
- Engendering a change culture
- Looking to the future.
This handbook is informed by senior leaders and experts with expertise in delivering excellent practice in teaching and learning at international, national and institutional levels.
Responding to the need of universities to take the lead in changing cultures and working practices, this book is an essential and forward-looking text for both scholars and practitioners in the senior teams of higher education institutions.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction Section 1: A View From the Top 1. Drivers & change – SM 2. Governance and Leadership 3. Academic leadership – SM Section 2: The leadership and management perspective 4. Selecting and developing top leaders 5. Building and developing effective teams 6. Managing performance 7. Alumnae engagement Section 3: Engendering a change culture 8. Leading transitions 9. Leading across the sector Section 4: Looking to the future 10. Towards leadership careers 11. Future scenarios – thinking the unthinkable
Stephanie Marshall is Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.
‘…I have no doubt that you should go ahead with this proposal. It identifies a substantial gap in the market and centres on a role whose specificity is very clear, and clearly delineated for the future. It hits the mark in understanding the need to be a handbook (which the proposal quite rightly says ‘can be dipped into’) and a guide rather than a piece of homework that one feels obliged to read. This is a refreshing spirit in which to tackle the task, and I think it will produce an attractive, helpful and quite possibly essential text.’
Peter McCaffrey London Metropolitan University
The proposed book is well-organised and thoughtfully structured – past, present and forward-looking and covers a more extensive range than I was anticipating while drawing extensively on a very good range of important research sources. Its distinctiveness lies in – what’s different about the leadership of teaching and learning; academic leadership et al. It will also be an essential resource – equally important to be read in its own right or dipped into as required on an individual reader’s needs basis.
Professor Sir Bob Burgess, Vice Chancellor, University of Leicester
This proposal comes from an experienced author in the fields of leadership, management and teaching and learning in higher education. Stephanie Marshall also has the expertise, the networks and the key role in the HE sector to make this book a great success. She has worked for the Leadership Foundation and more recently as the CEO of the Higher Education Academy. From this position she is well acquainted with the issues and will be right up to date with the latest thinking.
The author is right to aim this volume at top teams among whom there is a demand for assistance on key issues concerning teaching and learning. The fact that the book is designed as a handbook that can be dipped into or used for reference purposes is a real plus alongside being read from cover to cover.