The Executive Projects Unit and PhillipsKPA successfully received funding from the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (formerly the Australian Learning and Teaching Council) to produce A Handbook for Executive Leadership of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
The Handbook is welcome in reminding higher education leaders of their importance in facilitating students' learning and in filling a gap in the literature in describing how leaders may discharge their important role in inspiring excellent teaching and learning. It provides guidance on leadership of learning and teaching for senior university executives and meets a widely acknowledged need for a resource to support professional development activities as well as tools for individual leaders.
The Handbook was an initiative of the Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program funded in 2011 by the ALTC, the OLT’s predecessor. The first section sets out five core principles and elements that focus on what successful leaders can do to promote excellence in learning and teaching. The second section, a background briefing, provides a primer on the body of evidence that informed the development of the five principles, along with some suggested key works for further reference.
The primary audience for the handbook is provosts, deputy and pro vice-chancellors (including those newly appointed) whose responsibilities centre on the governance and management of teaching and the student experience, as well as those who aspire to such positions. Its focus is on strategic leadership— on an institution’s distinctive vision for student learning across subject areas and the means by which the vision can be realised.
The Handbook was launched at an event hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Birgit Lohmann on Friday 8 February 2013. The related USC news article can be accessed .