Wednesday Lunch Talk - Making Collective Sense of Academic Priorities: How Deans Stimulate Dialogue with Their Senior Teams

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, 215 LeChase

Meetings! Meetings dominate the schedules of administrators in higher education. Despite this reality, research in higher education has rarely investigated how administrators leverage meetings, including those in which senior administrators and their colleagues make sense of complex issues and problems. During Wednesday's lunch talk, Nate Harris will present findings from a case study of how academic deans shape priorities during the confidential annual budget review at a prominent American research university. After engaging in small-group discussion, he will explore how deans stimulate dialogue to create a collective sense of academic priorities with their senior administrative teams. Specifically, Nate will specify five discursive practices that deans enact to stimulate dialogue with their senior teams. The research findings challenge our understanding of what it means to "take charge" during meetings - and reveal opportunities for scholars and practitioners to reconsider the nature of leadership in higher education.

Presented by Nathan Harris, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the Warner School of Education.

A chili bar from Formula One will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program will begin promptly at noon.

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