Teaching and Academic Leadership: is it possible to lead from the front in a research intensive University?

Teaching and Academic Leadership: is it possible to lead from the front in a research intensive University?

Simon Forrest, Durham University - Download slides here

This talk seeks to explore if it is possible to combine academic leadership and a teaching focus in traditional University context. Academic leadership is widely perceved to constrain academic activity, supplanting scholarship, research and pedagogic engagement with administration and strategic labor. However aspirational it may be, leadership roles often acknowledge time for research - what would the equivalent be for academics with a teaching focus? This talk proposes that clarifying expectations and recognition of the role of pedagogic presence of leaders is an important task in order to clear the ground for future development of equivalence and opportunity for the scholar to occupy senior University roles.