Today’s higher education challenges necessitate new forms of leadership. A volatile financial environment and the need for new business models and partnerships to address the impact of new technologies, changing demographics, and emerging societal needs, demand more effective and innovative forms of leadership. This book focusses on a leadership approach that has emerged as particularly effective for organizations facing complex challenges: shared leadership. Rather than concentrating power and authority in an individual leader at the top of an organization, shared leadership involves multiple people influencing one another across varying levels and at different times. It is a flexible, collective, and non-hierarchical approach to leadership. Organizations that have implemented shared leadership have been better able to learn, innovate, perform, and adapt to the types of external challenges that campuses now face and that will continue to shape higher education in the future. This book brings together the two foremost scholars of higher education who have studied, described and evaluated the impact of shared leadership, a university chancellor with prior experience of facilitating systemic institutional change at two university systems, and the former president of three universities where she coordinated processes that led to the transformational changes needed renew institutional mission and purpose. Opening with four chapters that define the nature of shared leadership, describe its key characteristics, and how to build institutional capacity, the book then presents ten institutional cases. Ranging from institution-wide initiatives at four year colleges and a community college, to examples of managing change in a college, a center, and across STEM departments, the contributing authors describe the context and drivers of the need for change, the building of shared vision to create coalitions, lessons learned, and outcomes. Intended as a resource for leaders at the highest levels such as Presidents and Provosts as well as mid-level leaders such as deans, directors, and department chairs, the book is also addressed to faculty and staff who are interested in collaborating with campus leaders on institutional decision-making or creating new change initiatives. It is intended to build capacity for shared leadership across institutions and for use in leadership courses and programs.
Foreword - Nancy Cantor Introduction 1. A Changing Academy and a Changing World. Why Shared Leadership Is Important 2. The Nature of Shared Leadership 3. Understanding the Outcomes and Uses of Shared Leadership 4. Creating an Environment of Support. Building Organizational, Team, and Individual Capacity 5. A Faculty-Lead Effort to Build Campus Community Around Inclusive Excellence STEM —Amy Sprowles and Matt Johnson 6. Improving Student Success and Enrollment at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater —Susan Elrod, Matt Aschenbrener, and Beth John 7. Creating a Shared Leadership Approach to Managing a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences —Fletcher Beaudoin, Matthew Carlson, DeLys Ostlund, and Todd Rosenstiel 8. Many Spiders, One Web. Distributing Leadership for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Richmond —Ashleigh M. Brock, Patricia Herrera, Amy L. Howard, and Glyn Hughes with Ronald A. Crutcher, David Hale, and Jeffrey Legro 9. Changing Minds. Integrative Tutoring and Institutional Transformation at SUNY Geneseo —Joe Cope, Robert Feissner, Beverly Henke-Lofquist, Gillian Paki, and Lisa Smith 10. Portland State University's Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative (HRAC). A Shared Leadership Journey —Maude Hines, Jacen Greene, Greg Townley, Marisa Zapata, and Todd Ferry 11. Creating the Capacity to Work on Complex Problems at Winona State University —Judith A. Ramaley 12. Shared Transformation. The One Door Approach at Cuyahoga Community College —Alex Johnson and Karen Miller 13. Shared Leadership in a National-Scale Network. The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL. as a Case Example —Ann E. Austin and Robert D. Mathieu 14. Reflections on Shared Leadership in Action Appendix A. Getting Started With Shared Leadership on Your Campus Appendix B. Building Capacity for Shared Leadership Editors and Contributors Index
“The harder the challenges get for higher education, the more we must learn the lessons of shared leadership. Refreshingly, in a time when we all feel pressed for answers, the wisdom in this volume is wide-ranging, crossing lessons learned at very different institutions, touching on topics as varied as maximizing student success, managing budget constraints, fostering high-impact practices and pedagogy in STEM, strategically distributing DEI ownership, collaborating on community-engaged problem solving, and more. This trenchant volume sparkles with both honesty and hope—and has lessons from which we can all surely draw.”
From the Foreword by Nancy Cantor
Chancellor of Rutgers University—Newark