ERIC Number: EJ1027354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
The Last Judgement: Exploring Intellectual Leadership in Higher Education through Academic Obituaries
Macfarlane, Bruce; Chan, Roy Y.
Studies in Higher Education, v39 n2 p294-306 2014
The literature on leadership in higher education is focused mainly on senior academic leaders with managerial roles. It largely excludes informal and distributed forms of intellectual leadership offered by full professors among others. This article explores the concept of intellectual leadership using academic obituaries. A total of 63 obituaries were collected from "Times Higher Education" published between 2008 and 2010. These identify the importance of personal characteristics and academic achievements in the formation of reputation. Four elements of intellectual leadership are suggested, linked to academic obituaries: a passion for transformation, possessing a balance of personal virtues, a commitment to service, and overcoming adversity. Despite the limitations of obituaries, it is argued that they provide a valuable and under-utilised "last judgement" on intellectual leadership.
Descriptors: Reputation, College Faculty, Instructional Leadership, Death, Newspapers, Individual Characteristics, Achievement, Transformational Leadership, Values, Teacher Attitudes, Coding
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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