Australian higher education leaders in times of change: the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
AuthorScott, Geoff; BELL, SHARON; COATES, HAMISH; Grebennikov, Leonid
Source TitleJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
PublisherRoutledge(Taylor & Francis)
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education, LH Martin Institute
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsScott, G., Bell, S., Coates, H., & Grebennikov, L. (2010). Australian higher education leaders in times of change: the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 32(4), 401-418.
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This paper discusses responses provided by 31 Pro Vice-Chancellors (PVCs) and Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVCs) who were part of a larger study of more than 500 higher education leaders in roles ranging from DVC to head of programme in 20 Australian universities. Using both quantitative and qualitative data the paper gives an insider’s perspective on what the roles of DVC and PVC are like at the daily level. It identifies the key focus of the roles, highlights the criteria these leaders use to judge that they are effectively performing them and outlines the relative impact of different influences on their work. It then discusses their views on what being in such a role is like, including its key satisfactions and challenges; and identifies the capabilities seen to be central to managing in such a context. Finally, it provides insights into how such leaders have gone about learning their role. The paper indicates how these findings can be used to address the current succession crisis for leaders in such critical roles. It shows how the data generated can be used to build leadership from within by identifying leaders with potential early on in their career, how the findings can be used to give selection processes more focus and how leadership development programmes can best be shaped to be effective. Having a high level of emotional intelligence is identified as a key ingredient in the successful delivery of such roles.
Keywordschange management in higher education; selection and learning; university leadership
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