Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Frank Grosso


Faculty can never do enough. We need them to teach, write, advise, mentor, network, and conduct groundbreaking research. And when we are faced with extremely limited budgets, hiring freezes, and increased pressure to bring in research funds, university faculty are counted on to pick up the fallen pieces. Academic leaders find themselves asking faculty to give more time and effort to assist in advancing their institutions, but at what price? Typically, as leaders demand more of the faculty, morale tends to decrease and grumbling skyrockets. In actuality, it is like that in any organization. However, it is no secret that leader-subordinate relationships in academic settings are not quite the same as those in business and commerce. Academic leaders do not have the same managerial dynamic with their faculty as a vice president of a manufacturing company would with his or her employees. The power and authority those professionals use to motivate their employees is not the best way to engage faculty in higher education.


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