ERIC Number: ED433892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
The Community College First-Line Dean: Management and Leadership Skills for Instructional Innovation.
This qualitative dissertation examines how first-line "area" or "division" deans at community colleges promote instructional innovation among faculty. Community colleges must find ways to provide innovative instruction to a diverse student body, to train working students in new technologies for community economic development, and to be accountable for student learning outcomes. The management and leadership skills of first-line deans are critical for successful innovations. This study examines management and leadership of the instructional innovation cycle: (1) planning and initiating change; (2) monitoring; and (3) evaluating the change effort. The study was conducted at one urban community college. Three departmental deans' management and leadership of instructional innovation were examined. In each department studied, deans and faculty were interviewed about perceptions of management and leadership, and classes were observed. Innovations focused on curriculum change, distance learning, and student success. Findings suggest that effective deans lead and manage the innovation process. They anticipate new directions, plan continuously for instructional innovation, encourage faculty to stay current in disciplines, foster faculty interaction, and persuade upper management to provide resources for innovative projects. During the innovation process, effective deans monitor instructional change, solve problems that arise, and evaluate the success of the innovations and make any necessary adjustments. Contains 59 references. (RDG)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon.