Acta Didactica Napocensia
Volume 10 Number 4, pages 79-92
Published: 25 December 2017
The Senior Managers’ Opinions on the Academic Leadership Process
Abstract. The purpose of the present study is to describe the roles and responsibilities of academic leaders. Specifically it aimed to provide answers to following questions: What are the competencies of academic leadership? What are the approaches determined by academic leaders in the management of organizational process? A phenomenological research design of qualitative research was used. The participants of the study consist of 13 senior managers from various positions in a university in Turkey and they were determined through maximum variation sampling method. In collection of the data, a semi-structured interview model was used. According to the results of the study, the managers participating in the study categorize the tasks on the focus of academic leadership role into three groups, “bureaucratic works”, “the works about instructors” and “educational works”. When the views of the managers about the factors shaping the academic leadership role were studied, scientific and techonological advances, socio-cultural background and personal factors played important role in the process.
Key words: Leadership, academic leadership, higher education.