Degree Programme Leader roles and identities in changing times

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Title Degree Programme Leader roles and identities in changing times
Author Krause, Kerri-Lee Dawn; Bath, Debra Mary; Lizzio, Alfred Joseph; Albert, Louis Raymond; Clark, Jo-Anne; Campbell, S.; Scott, G.; Fyffe, J.; Spencer, D.
Publication Title Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Research Conference 2010
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Society for Research in Higher Education
Abstract This paper empirically examines the pivotal role of degree programme leaders as change agents in higher education. Programme leaders are responsible for managing whole degree programmes, including a complex combination of curriculum, administrative and staff coordination roles. The paper analyses responses from 176 programme leaders in three multi-campus Australian universities, investigating their role conceptions, sources of role stress, and institutional factors influencing role enactment. Challenges of leading academic programmes in multi-campus university settings were also explored. The majority of respondents found the role rewarding, yet expressed frustration at the lack of role clarity and recognition, accompanied by high administrative burdens. The paper explores the significance of these boundary-spanning roles that combine academic and administrative functions, leaving many incumbents uncertain about their role identity and its contribution to future career paths. Implications for supporting programme leaders to achieve a balance between managing information and engaging in wise, strategic thinking are explored.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference's website or contact the authors.
Conference name SRHE 2010
Location Newport, Wales
Date From 2010-12-14
Date To 2010-12-16
Date Accessioned 2011-05-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Griffith Institute for Higher Education
Subject Higher Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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