Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Developing Faculty for Academic Leadership

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Developing Faculty for Academic Leadership

Article excerpt

LAST | WORD

There are many challenges confronting higher education in the 21st century. These challenges range from cyclical state and federal support, legislative oversight and accountability to a changing student population and the need for more effective leadership in academia. One key to addressing these and many other challenges is the continuous development of leadership skills for junior and senior faculty, and the need for administrators to find innovative solutions to fulfill university missions and serve its customers.

At historically Black colleges and universities, the need for leadership development of faculty is more pronounced. Recent changes in high-level leadership and administrative positions at HBCUs have caused some concern for many. But for Black colleges and universities as a whole, the need to "reinforce" an academic leadership pipeline is critical and essential to producing talented graduates consistent with the missions of these institutions. "The pipeline needs to be strengthened," says Dr. George Ayers, president of an academic search and consulting firm focused on recruiting and developing Black leaders in higher education. Due to an aging faculty and staff at many HBCUs, it may become difficult to recruit and retain future administrators in the face of competition from corporate America and other educational institutions.

The two challenges facing HBCUs in developing faculty for academic leadership positions are increasing the pool of graduates with advanced and terminal degrees, and training faculty for administrative responsibilities in higher education. In recent years, many academic-focused organizations and universities have created programs for developing faculty for administrative positions. For example, the University of Illinois has a "Faculty Fellow in Academic Administration" program for tenured faculty allowing them to complete one-year half-time assignments to gain experience in administration. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.