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Leaders, not administrators in training

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education featured leadership development programs for faculty at Rutgers and Macalester, among other universities. The article [paywall alert] focused on the need to train faculty for roles as department chairs and deans. At BMCC we have taken a different approach, one that recognizes that faculty lead from where they are. Our week-long seminar last week did not attempt to train administrators but to develop leaders at many levels of the organization. The story below ran earlier this week…

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Fourteen Leadership Fellows — full-time Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) faculty from 12 academic departments — participated in the inaugural Faculty Leadership Fellows Program, January 9 through January 13, at BMCC.

The program was funded by a grant from the American Express Foundation. The goal of the LeadershipProgram is to develop faculty leadership and strengthen the participants’ ability to contribute to BMCC’s vision of becoming a leading community college.

“We recognize our faculty as leaders in the classroom, department, College and beyond, based on our belief that leadership rests within the person; not within a title, position or office,” says Jim Berg, Associate Dean of Faculty.

Faculty fellows with BMCC leadership and American Express sponsor.
Faculty fellows with BMCC leadership and American Express sponsor.

Read the full story.

Dean Jim Berg on Twitter

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