The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 16th, 2014
Their relationships are often characterized by skepticism, mistrust, or, in the worst cases, outright antagonism.
divide between administrators and professors is legendary in higher
education, where the model of shared governance seems to fuel tensions
as often as it resolves them.
Does some of the problem boil down to simple misunderstandings, or a lack of understanding? Could training help?
the idea behind an annual institute for rising faculty leaders started
by Richard A. Detweiler, president of the Great Lakes Colleges
Association and president emeritus of Hartwick College. Over a weekend,
more than two dozen professors from the 13 small private colleges that
make up the association attend a workshop designed to educate them about
how their institutions run and what it is like to lead them. Now in its
ninth year, the Academic Leadership and Innovation Institute includes
briefings about how various stakeholders, including students, donors,
and trustees, view a college. The participants compare their colleges’
concerns. And they go through exercises designed to better their
negotiation skills so they can help their colleagues back home find
common ground, whether in departmental turf wars or institutionwide