Academic Leadership Module
Moving into Academic Leadership – an autoethnographic approach
The autoethnographic approach allows the participant to focus on their academic leadership by exploring their personal academic identity and leadership approach.
The module focuses on providing a structured yet flexible approach to allow participants to reflect on their role as a developer of others and to articulate an explicit conceptual foundation upon which they can build future professional development. As there are no set routes into academic leadership, the trajectories for colleagues entering this field are personal and idiosyncratic. This module will, therefore, focus on participants’ auto-ethnographic analyses of their academic journeys. This will be considered in the context of professionalism, expertise, culture, and gender, discipline etc.so that participants may better articulate the origins of their identity as a ‘developer of others’ and how this contributes to their perceptions of their development role. This module focuses on leadership through academic activity not on formal management roles.
Over the 15 weeks of the module (12 teaching weeks) you will develop your autoethnographic academic leadership case study. You will be encouraged to consider your leadership development through disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses, within your national context and the communities of practice you belong to. Using a series of formative assessments, guided study and appropriate articles/ readings, you will be provided with ample feedback and direction on how to critically reflect and explore how your past and current events shapes your leadership approach and how you can strengthen your leadership in the future.
Chang, H. (2008) Autoethnography as method. Left Coast Press Inc.
Winkler, I. (2013) Moments of identity formation and reformation: a day in the working life of an academic. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 2(2): 191-209.
This is a postgraduate level course. Applicants should normally be a member of staff (e.g. tutors and lecturers) or academic-related staff at an educational institution. This is a postgrduate level course. Minimum English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Head of Department of Higher Education