Journal of Faculty Development

Theme: Faculty Leadership Development

As faculty members advance in their careers, they need new skills and strategies for managing and leading complex academic initiatives. Higher education institutions provide faculty members with programs to support prospective academic leaders with the resources they need to guide colleagues, units, and committees through change.

Some leadership initiatives focus on faculty members at specific levels based on academic rank with responsibility for program coordination, curriculum development, university-wide committee leadership, or aspire to such academic roles. Other initiatives, however, focus on leadership within the academic administrative ranks (e.g., Directors, Chairs, and Deans). Program outcomes might include strengthening skills applicable in current and future academic roles and work; enhancing knowledge of academic committee and program leadership and how differences in style, strategy, and approach affect collaborative work; improving skills for those leading academic programs and committees at the department, college, and institution levels; enhancing ability to identify faculty for committee work and future academic leadership roles; and increasing interactions among faculty across departments.

This call invites scholars to highlight, examine, and theorize successful faculty leadership development programs and initiatives. Authors might consider best practices implemented or in process on their campuses along with challenges or opportunities involved with engaging faculty and academic administration in faculty leadership development.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

  • What are the current and evolving needs among faculty developers organizing leadership-focused programming?
  • What do you envision faculty leadership development looking like in the future?
  • How might faculty leadership development programs incorporate or build upon existing or popular leadership, personality, or self assessments?
  • How might we prioritize faculty leadership development programming offerings?
  • What new practices are evolving to best meet faculty leadership development needs?

This call encourages practical, specific programming efforts. Preference will be given to proposals that fully develop a single aspect (vs. sweeping abstractions). Please send 500-word proposals and questions to Russell Carpenter at russell.carpenter@eku.edu. Authors of accepted proposals will receive detailed guidelines for manuscript submission.

Deadlines

  • May 1, 2017: 500-word proposals due
  • June 15, 2017: Authors notified of review results
  • September 15, 2017: Full articles of approximately 3,500 words returned to guest editor
  • November 15, 2017: Article revisions sent to authors