Transforming Leadership Pathways for Humanities Professionals in Higher Education
292 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 1 Illustrations
Transforming Leadership Pathways for Humanities Professionals in Higher Education includes thirteen essays from a variety of contributors investigating how humanities professionals grapple with the opportunities and challenges of leadership positions. Written by insiders sharing their lived experience, this collection provides an authentic look at the multiple roles humanities specialists play, as well as offers strategies for professional growth, sustenance, and satisfaction. The collection also considers the relationship between disciplinary areas of study, academic training, and the valuable skill sets and habits of mind that serve higher education leaders.
While Transforming Leadership Pathways emphasizes that a leadership route in higher education can be a welcome and positive professional move for many humanities scholars, the volume also acknowledges the issues that arise when faculty take on administrative positions while otherwise marginalized on campus because of faculty status, rank, or personal identity. This collection demystifies the path into higher education administration and argues that humanities scholars are uniquely qualified for such roles. Empathetic, deeply analytical, attuned to historical context, and trained in communication, teachers and scholars who hail from humanities disciplines often find themselves well-suited to the demands of complex academic leadership in today’s colleges and universities.
"Effective leadership in higher education requires the ability to analyze, synthesize, collaborate, innovate, and engage in meaningful communication with others—skills that are rooted in the tradition and training of the humanities. Drawing upon their humanities background, the authors in this volume provide an honest account of the joys and tribulations associated with higher education administration. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in pursuing leadership opportunities across the academy. Transforming Leadership Pathways for Humanities Professionals in Higher Education may also be a source of inspiration and insight for graduate students in the humanities who are beginning to map their own career pathways." —Ralph A. Gigliotti, Assistant Vice President, Office of University Strategy and Director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
"The essays in Transformations reflect how 'scholarship' and 'leadership' are aligned for humanities scholars who become higher education administrators. This volume provides a point of reflection and a call to action for those of us committed both to our fields of study and to the broader aims of higher education." —George Justice, Provost, The University of Tulsa