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Higher Education Leadership

Challenging Tradition and Forging Possibilities

Rozana Carducci, Jordan Harper, and Adrianna Kezar

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Sharing the new and evolving approaches to higher education leadership that foster liberatory systemic change.

Higher Education Leadership offers a groundbreaking exploration of leadership in higher education. Rozana Carducci, Jordan Harper, and Adrianna Kezar challenge traditional paradigms and ideologies that hinder progress—advocating instead for liberatory systemic change. The authors highlight new and evolving interdisciplinary leadership approaches for resisting and dismantling oppressive systems, including neoliberalism and white supremacy, within and beyond higher education...

Sharing the new and evolving approaches to higher education leadership that foster liberatory systemic change.

Higher Education Leadership offers a groundbreaking exploration of leadership in higher education. Rozana Carducci, Jordan Harper, and Adrianna Kezar challenge traditional paradigms and ideologies that hinder progress—advocating instead for liberatory systemic change. The authors highlight new and evolving interdisciplinary leadership approaches for resisting and dismantling oppressive systems, including neoliberalism and white supremacy, within and beyond higher education organizations.

This comprehensive textbook synthesizes decades of leadership scholarship and dissects the limitations of hierarchical and individual-centered models prevalent in higher education. Through critical analysis, the authors unveil process-centered, shared-power, and equity-oriented approaches that prioritize liberation. By translating classic and revolutionary theories, they empower current and aspiring higher education leaders to reimagine their roles to create more meaningful impact. The authors bring theory to life by exploring the specific context of higher education and providing practical applications. Their survey also identifies gaps in knowledge and methodologies and provides ideas for future leadership research. They invite readers to view leadership as both a problem to be interrogated and dismantled as well as a pathway to a more liberatory future. By recognizing these dual possibilities of leadership, the authors open the door to powerful insights while also offering a cautionary tale.

With enriching case studies, vignettes, and discussion questions, Higher Education Leadership serves as an essential resource for graduate classrooms and professionals seeking to critique existing leadership practices and forge new pathways that foster equity and systemic transformation. This thought-provoking textbook offers a new vision for higher education scholars and leaders committed to fostering inclusive, anti-racist, and equitable universities.

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Bringing together bodies of scholarship that are, unfortunately, rarely asked to speak to one another, Carducci, Harper, and Kezar have bestowed the most wonderful kind of gift to the field of higher education. The result is a robust framework not only for understanding the contemporary landscape of higher education leadership and practice, but for helping all of us to imagine what it can and should look like for a more just future.

This book disrupts traditional approaches to leadership. Today's leaders must understand how neoliberal forces make change hard. The authors highlight the evolution of leadership theory/research, providing a primer on how to address racial inequities in leadership. Readers will find tips for research agendas to advance more liberatory leadership, to move ideas to practice, and to reimage shared-equity leadership.

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408
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9781421448787
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Table of Contents

Section I: The Contemporary Context of Leadership in Higher Education
1. The Evolution of Leadership Research and the Work Left Undone
2. Leadership Paradigms
3. Neoliberalism and Higher Education

Section I: The Contemporary Context of Leadership in Higher Education
1. The Evolution of Leadership Research and the Work Left Undone
2. Leadership Paradigms
3. Neoliberalism and Higher Education Leadership
4. Whiteness and White Supremacy in Higher Education Leadership
Section II: Perspectives on Leadership Research and Practice
5. Transformational Leadership Perspectives
6. Cognitive Leadership Perspectives
7. Chaos and Complexity Leadership Perspectives
8. Cultural Leadership Perspectives
9. Processual Leadership Perspectives
Section III: Leadership for Liberation
10. Looking to the Future of Leadership Practice and Research
Appendix Case Studies

Author Bios
Rozana Carducci
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Rozana Carducci

Rozana Carducci (GREENSBORO, NC) is an associate professor and graduate director of the Masters of Higher Education program at Elon University. She is the author of Rethinking the “L” Word in Higher Education: The Revolution of Research on Leadership and the coeditor of Disrupting Qualitative Inquiry: Possibilities and Tensions in Educational Research.
Jordan Harper
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Jordan Harper

Jordan Harper (BALTIMORE, MD) is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy at Morgan State University.
Adrianna Kezar
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Adrianna Kezar

Adrianna Kezar (SANTA YNEZ, CA) is a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California and the director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. She is the author of numerous books, including How Colleges Change: Understanding, Leading, and Enacting Change and The Gig Academy: Mapping Labor in the Neoliberal University.