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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.12 - Educational leadership in post-secondary education: what is it and how do we develop it?

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Fostering the development of educational leadership across post-secondary institutions is critical to strengthening and sustaining the quality of our teaching and learning environments (Bolden et al., 2008). Taylor (2005) illustrates the importance of educational leadership characteristics such as visioning; communicating effectively; understanding local communities and contexts; and, engaging and enabling others to help effect and enact change. Williams et al. (2013) speak to the importance of developing educational leaders that can foster the development of social networks and help to ‘weave’ institutional culture into local practice. The University of Calgary recently implemented a Teaching Scholars program to establish a community of peers that helps to advance educational leadership across the institution. The program provides academic staff with the time and resources necessary to pursue a meaningful, relevant, and research-informed initiative that is designed to have broad interdisciplinary and/or disciplinary impact. This interactive workshop will provide a brief overview of the Teaching Scholars program, and an opportunity for participants to collaboratively share and explore strategies for fostering the development of educational leadership across post-secondary institutions. By the end of this session, participants will be able to share strategies to develop educational leadership given their unique institutional contexts.

Bolden, R., Petrov, G., & Gosling, J. (2008). Tensions in higher education leadership: Towards a multi‐level model of leadership practice. Higher Education Quarterly, 62(4), 358-376.

Taylor, K. L. (2005). Academic development as institutional leadership: An interplay of person, role, strategy, and institution. International Journal for Academic Development, 10(1), 31-46.

Williams, A. L., Verwoord, R., Beery, T. A., Dalton, H., McKinnon, J., Strickland, K., ... & Poole, G. (2013). The power of social networks: A model for weaving the scholarship of teaching and learning into institutional culture. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 1(2), 49-62.

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Natasha Kenny

Senior Director, University of Calgary, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
Natasha Kenny holds a PhD in Land Resource Science and is Senior Director of the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (TI). In her role, Natasha leads and collaborates with colleagues across the TI and university to strengthen teaching and learning... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT
UCC 146