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The Provost’s Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer

As the chief academic officer, the provost plays the central role in the recent university or college. She or he leads the faculty and serves as their key representative to the administration whilst concurrently acting as the administration’s spokesperson to the academic faculty. How has this essential leadership position evolved over the past few decades, and what are the best practices to adopt for succeeding in specific operational areas?

In seventeen essays written by one of the vital most successful chief academic officers in america, The Provost’s Handbook outlines key topics related to the changing environment of higher education whilst explaining what constitutes effective leadership at the college and university level. How, for example, does the provost lead in a time of disruption and shifting needs? What skills must She or he nurture in new faculty? What role must data and institutional research play in decision making? How can a provost navigate the regularly stormy situations of shared governance? These questions―and many more challenges presented by this role―are addressed in this essential volume.

Assembled by James Martin and James E. Samels, accomplished authors and scholars of leadership in higher education, The Provost’s Handbook is destined to transform the go-to resource for deans, presidents, trustees, and chief academic officers far and wide.

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