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Book Discussions at CDLC: Reframing Academic Leadership

Resources, schedules, and questions for CDLC book discussions.

About Reframing Academic Leadership

Our discussion of Reframing Academic Leadership by Lee Bolman and Joan Gallos is facilitated by Liz King, Associate Director at RPI and takes place over the course of 2 in-person and 3 online sessions, June 25 - August 20, meeting every other Tuesday from 10 am - 11:30 am.

Anyone interested in navigating leadership roles in higher education, and/or developing and implementing successful projects within higher education institutions might find this interesting. Reframing Academic Leadership is a no-nonsense guide for academic administrators at all levels in colleges and universities and for those who seek to understand the unique challenges and opportunities in leading institutions of higher education today. This title has also been discussed at the annual Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and the Library Senior Fellows at UCLA.

Due to the potentially sensitive nature of the material, Zoom meetings will not be recorded.  Attendees are asked to participate with audio (microphone) at a minimum but are encouraged to participate with video!

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Title Information


There are a few copies of this title available at CDLC member organizations but a number of copies available throughout NYS. Check with your Interlibrary Loan office to see you they are available to request.

The purchase price of this title ranges from $13 for the audiobook to $38 new.

Discussion Facilitator

Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
Part I Leadership Epistemology: When You Understand, You Know What to Do

1. Opportunities and Challenges in Academic Leadership
2. Sensemaking and the Power of Reframing
3. Knowing What You’re Doing: Learning, Authenticity, and Theories for Action

Part II Reframing Leadership Challenges

4. Building Clarity and Capacity: Leader as Analyst and Architect
5. Respecting and Managing Differences: Leader as Compassionate Politician
6. Fostering a Caring and Productive Campus: Leader as Servant, Catalyst, and Coach
7. Keeping the Faith and Celebrating the Mission: Leader as Prophet and Artist

Part III Sustaining Higher Education Leaders: Courage and Hope

8. Managing Conflict
9. Leading from the Middle
10. Leading Difficult People
11. Managing Your Boss
12. Sustaining Health and Vitality
13. Feeding the Soul

Epilogue: The Sacred Nature of Academic Leadership
References
Name Index
Subject Index

Resources for June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 25
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: In Person, CDLC Green Room​
Agenda: Introductions, identify attendees’ goals, knowledge outcomes, discussion of chapters 1, 2, and 3​
Preparation: Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (47 pgs)
Optional Activity: Take an online leadership quiz (e.g. https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/leadership-style-quiz.htm

Questions to Consider:

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Resources for July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 9
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Zoom Call​
Agenda: Discussion of chapters 4 & 5​
Preparation: Read Chapters 4 & 5 (40 pgs)

Questions to Consider:

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Resources for July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Zoom Call​
Agenda: Discussion of chapters 6 & 7​
Preparation: Read Chapters 6 & 7 (38 pgs)

Questions to Consider:

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Resources for August 6

Date: Tuesday, August 6
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Zoom Call​
Agenda: Discussion of chapters 8, 9 & 10​
Preparation: Read Chapters 8, 9 & 10​ (50 pgs)

Questions to Consider:

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Resources for August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: In Person, CDLC Green Room​
Agenda: Discussion of chapters 11, 12, 13, & Epilogue​, action items, summaries
Preparation: Read Chapters 11, 12, 13, & Epilogue (36 pgs)

Questions to Consider:

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