ERIC Number: ED496457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-28
Searching for Higher Education Leadership: Advice for Candidates and Search Committees. ACE/Praeger Series on Higher Education
Dowdall, Jean A.
This book offers sample documents for candidates as well as for the search committees, and includes a substantive bibliography. From her vantage point outside the institution, the author is able to provide a unique point of view and insightful comments on the complex and often daunting process of the academic executive search. Key selling points include: The eagerness for career advice that exists, both from candidates (Part I of the book) and search committees (Part II of the book); a visible author, who writes a monthly column in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" and lectures often at leadership seminars; and information on this subject which covers all institutional types, including liberal arts colleges, comprehensive institutions, research universities, and community colleges. This book focuses on searches for executive positions in higher education administration, and should be useful whether the reader's focus in on searches for presidents, chancellors, or vice presidents/vice chancellors for academic affairs, student affairs, advancement, enrollment or finance. Readers from a range of institutions--elite national research and liberal arts institutions, regional comprehensive institutions, public and private institutions--will all find advice here. This book divides into two parts, 15 chapters, and 11 appendices. Part I, Advice for Candidates, contains chapters: (1) Before You Start Looking; (2) Preparing Your Application; (3) Preliminary Interviews; (4) Second-Round Interviews; (5) Building Relationships with Committees and Consultants; (6) Considering an Offer; (7) If You Are Not Selected; and (8) Transition to the New Appointment. Part II, Advice for Search Committees, contains chapters: (9) Understanding the Leadership Opportunity; (10) Assembling Strong Search Committees; (11) What Search Consultants Do; (12) Preparing for the Search; (13) Recruiting Candidates; (14) Evaluating Candidates and Selecting Finalists; and (15) Transition to New Leadership. Appendices include: Professional Development Programs; Reference Lists; Interview Guide; Items to Consider When Reviewing an Offer; Search Committee Code of Ethics; Search Schedule; Reviewing Applicants; Candidate Rating Sheet; Reference Questions; Campus Response Sheet; and Role of Spouses and Partners.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Leadership, Consultants, Search Committees (Personnel), Research Universities, Liberal Arts, College Presidents, College Administration, Employment Interviews, Job Applicants, Strategic Planning, Personnel Selection
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Praeger (Frederick A.), Inc., New York, NY.