Servant Leadership in Higher Education: Principles and Practices

The book focuses on the importance of Servant Leadership to higher education by providing ten principles for those who either want to develop it  or those  continuing their journey as a servant leader.  Examples are provided across a range of institutions and at various levels of leadership.  A number of myths are addressed. The final chapter looks at ways to continue development as a servant leader. Some institutions are using the book as a basis for addressing ways servant leadership can make a difference in their institution.

A Faculty Development Program for Change and Growth

Daniel W. Wheeler
University of Nebraska – Lincoln,

This paper is posted at DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

NUPROF has broken barriers to imagining and thinking about job changes, large or small, and about ways of accomplishing goals. It has sanctioned opening the doors of opportunity for change.” This quote from a mid-career professor captures the essence of a program that encourages reflection, continuing growth, and possible redirection at a time many faculty are searching for ways to make changes. As you read about the design and development of a program called Nebraska University Program for Renewal of Faculty (NUPROF), recognize that this process can apply to other adult educators who confront continuing development and potential stagnation issues.

Scale Development and Construct Clarification of Servant Leadership

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

This article presents an integrated construct of servant leadership derived from a review of the literature. Subscale items were developed to measure 11 potential dimensions of servant leadership: calling, listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, growth, and community building. Data from 80 leaders and 388 raters were used to test the internal consistency, confirm factor structure, and assess convergent, divergent, and predictive validity. Results produced five servant leadership factors—altruistic calling, emotional healing, persuasive mapping, wisdom, and organizational stewardship—with significant relations to transformational leadership, leader-member exchange, extra effort, satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness. Strong factor structures and good performance.

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Field Guide to Academic Leadership (Diamond ED)

A comprehensive, edited book that addresses a range of important issues in education and has chapters focused on particular roles (Presidents,VPs, Deans, Chairs) in Academe. I wrote the chapter on Chairs as Institutional Leaders and was a co-author on the chapter Requisites for Sustainable Institutional Change. If you were to buy one book that covers much of the administration of higher education, this would be it.

Defining Leadership Training for Physician Assistant Education

The article (Huckabee & Wheeler) makes the case that servant leadership is the appropriate philosophy of leadership for physician assistants. Servant leadership attributes are aligned with leadership qualities described in the PA competencies. Specific application for teaching the five reliable servant leadership characteristics of altruistic calling, emotional healing, wisdom, persuasive mapping and organizational stewardship are presented.

Enhancing Faculty Careers: Strategies of Development and Renewal

An edited book that identifies exemplary programs that address important faculty development issues. The book (Schuster & Wheeler) also provides a framework to view these programs. In addition to being co-editor of the book, I wrote a chapter on Career Consulting with Faculty which outlines a process for working with faculty. There is also a chapter that describes NUPROF an innovative renewal and development program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Academic Chair’s Handbook (2nd Ed.)

A comprehensive guide for department chairs seeking to develop themselves and others. Practically focused, easily accessible and directly relevant to the academic environment that chairs operate, this book includes interviews with chairs at 38 institutions – both public and private- across the US and Canada. In depth interviews address overarching issues chairs face: quality, change, culture and leadership.