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ATHE Updating Creative Leadership Handbook

Thursday, June 19, 2014  
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ATHE’s Governing Council has endorsed a proposal by the Professional Development Committee to produce a new handbook on academic leadership for theatre departments. Since 2001, Creative Leadership: A Handbook for Theatre Department Chairs has been distributed to all participants in the ATHE Leadership Institute ®. The Handbook has been central to defining the personal qualities and resources necessary for strong departmental leadership. However, significant changes in higher education present chairs and other academic leaders with new challenges and opportunities. The new Handbook will update and expand this important resource. It will be edited by ATHE Leadership Institute ® co-founders and co-directors, Mark Heckler and Bobbi Korner. The chapters will be written by former participants in the Leadership Institute and will reflect the ATHE Leadership Institute's ® dual approach: to nurture both the holistic and practical needs of chairs and other academic leaders. In addition to Heckler and Korner, other members of the task force that crafted the proposal include Travis Malone (Chair), Randy Colborn, Jay Edelnant, Marjorie Gaines, Kelly Gordon, Gail Humphries-Mardarosian, Barbara Parisi, and James Peck. While the new Handbook will primarily serve the Leadership Institute and ATHE’s membership, ATHE also plans to find ways to make it broadly available as a service to the field of theatre in higher education.

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