The Ethical Challenges of Academic Administration

Editors: Englehardt, E.E., Pritchard, M.S., Romesburg, K.D., Schrag, B. (Eds.)

  • Features the work of contributors who have a rare combination of experience in academic administration as well as formal academic background in ethics and ethics education
  • Examines the ethical issues faced by academic administrators
  • Answers a range of questions such as: When a donor calls the president and requests a favor, what are the implications to the campus, internally and externally?
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About this book

This book is an invitation to academic administrators, at every level, to engage in reflection on the ethical dimensions of their working lives. Academics are very good at reflecting on the ethical issues in other professions but not so interested in reflecting on those in their own, including those faced by faculty and administrators. Yet it is a topic of great importance. Academic institutions are value-driven; hence virtually every decision made by an academic administrator has an ethical component with implications for students, faculty, the institution, and the broader community. Despite this, they receive little systematic preparation for this aspect of their professional lives when they take up administrative posts, especially when compared to, say, medical or legal training.

The authors intend this work to be a first, rather than a final word, on the subject. This is because the practicalities of academic administration have not been the subject of much sustained ethical reflection. Surprisingly little has been written about the ethical challenges that academic administrators are likely to face. Most of the literature relating to academic administration focuses on "leadership" and draws heavily on management and social science theory. The importance of focusing on ethical deliberation and decision-making often goes unrecognized. What is needed is in-depth analysis informed by the general principles of professional ethics, as well as the more than 2000-year-old body of philosophical work on ethics.

It is clear that academia should examine its own domain. In focusing on ethics in academic administration, this book explores the issues that are faced every day by those managing seats of learning. What challenges does a new chair face when suddenly she is no longer simply a friend and colleague, but now the person adjudicating disputes, evaluating performance, and recommending career-impacting action? How does a dean respond to the struggles of balancing a budget and promoting his college’s interests? When a donor calls the president and requests a favor, what are the implications for the campus, internally and externally? It is these conflicts, and others, that are analyzed in this much-needed volume.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Ethical Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

    Romesburg, Kerry D.

    Pages 1-11

  • Academic Ethics in Higher Education Administration: The Dimensions of Decisions

    Englehardt, Elaine E.

    Pages 13-24

  • Through the Looking Glass: Ethics and Academic Administration

    Schrag, Brian E.

    Pages 25-36

  • On the Dark Side: Lessons Learned as Interim Dean

    Werner, Donna

    Pages 37-47

  • Caught in the Middle: On Chairing a Department

    Pritchard, Michael S.

    Pages 49-62

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Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9062-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ethical Challenges of Academic Administration
Editors
  • Elaine E. Englehardt
  • Michael S. Pritchard
  • Kerry D. Romesburg
  • Brian Schrag
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2841-9
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2841-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2840-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9062-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 196
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