Peak Performance for Deans and Chairs: Reframing Higher Education's Middle (American Council on Education Series on Higher Education)

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Deans and chairs, like other leaders everywhere, often rely on narrow views of their organizations that capture only part of the real picture. As a result, they miss out on a rich array of options available to them. Peak Performance for Deans and Chairs molds deans and chairs into better leaders by teaching them a new way of thinking about their universities, colleges, and departments. Reframing is the ability to examine a situation through multiple lenses, which not only enhances understanding of challenges leaders face but also suggests strategies for moving forward. Entertaining and realistic scenarios show deans and chairs grappling with common problems as they attempt to implement change, manage the faculty, deal with budget cuts, and win over the 'higher-ups.' Some leaders are successful; others fail. This book analyzes the behavior of chairs and deans through the political, structural, human resources, and symbolic frames. Lessons learned from the negative as well as the positive scenarios are highlighted, enabling deans and chairs to easily adapt them to their own situations.

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Susan Stavert Roper served in the roles of both dean and department chair for 19 years in California and Oregon. She taught in an annual leadership academy for new deans across the country, served as chair of her state's association of education deans, and organized a network of chairs and deans to support educational reform K-16. Terrence Deal is the author of more than 30 books on leadership including, Reframing Organizations (2003). He has served on the faculty of Stanford, Harvard, Vanderbilt and the University of Southern California and is an international consultant to educational, business, health-care and religious organizations.

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During this economic period when colleges and universities have to do more with less, this timely book presents a multiple frame lens to assist chairs and deans in providing leadership that minimizes conflict and promotes solutions. Through the use of scenarios that are thoughtful, practical, and often humorous, the authors illustrate a broad range of possible strategies for analyzing complex problems in ways likely to be valued and respected by faculty. This highly readable book is a solid contribution to the field. (Ann S. Bayer, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Hawaii)

Peak Performance is essential reading for college and university deans and chairs. Reader-friendly, the stories of failure and success are well told and provide new insights into solving seemingly intractible problems in leading faculty and providing exemplary leadership. This is the book for both aspiring and new deans (and seasoned and retiring leaders) to read to enable them to rethink and reenvision their roles and responsibilities. It offers new ways of doing so in helpful and meaningful ways. (David Imig, president emeritus AACTE and professor of practice, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park)

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