The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has provided funding to AIBS to support a study designed to identify programmatic elements for STEM Faculty Leadership Development. During 2013, AIBS will explore research questions related to identification of programmatic elements that are important for the development of departmental leadership capacity among STEM faculty.
The project is an extension of the work that the AIBS Education Committee began last year with its survey of leaders within undergraduate life sciences departments. The results of that fall 2012 survey revealed that faculty at a range of institutions would like to build their own capacity to lead change and implement the principles in the 2011 report published by AAAS: Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action. The new study will allow AIBS to investigate questions related to faculty leadership for change, the academic leadership skills faculty need and want, existing general higher education leadership programs, and how AIBS might develop a program to support individuals leading institutional change.
AIBS will conduct interviews, hold focus groups, review the literature, follow-up with a second survey, and convene a meeting in spring 2014 with a diverse group of individuals involved in scholarship about leadership and implementation of leadership development programs to synthesize findings. Results from the study will be shared so that the undergraduate STEM education community is aware of existing research about faculty change, leadership, and evidence about key elements of lasting change in leadership development. Ultimately, the project will allow AIBS to determine how to develop a leadership program for building capacity for change leadership.
To participate in the study, please take the 2013 Faculty Leadership Development Survey before November 5th
If you would like to learn more about the study as our work progresses, please contact Susan Musante, AIBS Education Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.