ERIC Number: ED317130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
A Group-Centered Leadership Model for Academic Departments.
Brightwell, D. Shelby; George, Anita P.
The organizational model was designed to allow faculty members in a large academic department to participate in decisions concerning courses, curriculum, and programs. Rather than encouraging faculty to work independently on teaching and committee assignments, the model promotes the sharing of information, teamwork, and interdepartmental cooperation. This group-centered model resulted from the merger of two departments in a university in which strict collective bargaining guidelines constrained all aspects of faculty work and roles. The organizational matrix clusters faculty across content areas and programs, each of which is represented by an academic coordinator or facilitator. At the start of a new year, department faculty identify and vote on goals to be achieved. The leadership to attain those goals is the responsibility of the coordinators, working in pairs. The preparation of the coordinators as leaders is essential to the success of the model. Meetings should be scheduled so that any faculty member may attend without conflict in the regular teaching schedule. All in-depth discussions take place within the smaller cluster meetings, with recommendations brought to the total faculty meetings. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 8-10, 1989).