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Leadership in Academic Health Centers: Core Concepts and Critical Cases

Forthcoming, January 2021

Ralph A. Gigliotti
Christine Goldthwaite

Leadership in Academic Health Centers: Core Concepts and Critical Cases introduces current and aspiring academic leaders to key dimensions of effective leadership in an academic health context. Drawing upon critical incidents derived from the experiences of academic health leaders, the cases and concepts presented in this book explore connections to the leadership, communication, and higher education/academic health literatures and encourage readers to apply the content to their experience of leading in a challenging and complex environment.

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Crisis Leadership in Higher Education: Theory and Practice
Ralph A. Gigliotti

There was a time when crises on college and university campuses were relatively rare. Much has changed, and it has changed quite rapidly. Rather than being isolated incidents requiring the sole attention of presidents, chancellors, or communication professionals, the proliferation of crises across campuses means that crisis leadership has now become fundamental to the work of university personnel across levels, disciplines, and institutions.

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Leadership, Communication, and Social Influence: A Theory of Resonance, Activation, and Cultivation
Brent D. Ruben
Ralph A. Gigliotti

Can you identify five political leaders whose ideas you don’t share but for whom you still have respect? Or multiple media channels and news outlets you tend to disagree with but still listen to? In an age of heightened and polarized ideologies and viewpoints, it is becoming increasingly important to engage in critical self-reflection about the dynamics of social influence in our personal and professional lives, and the responsibility we each bear as agents of social influence in local and global groups, teams, organizations, and communities.

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Competencies for Effective Leadership: A Framework for Assessment, Education, and Research
Ralph A. Gigliotti

What do leaders need to know? What must they do? During this moment of great change, complexity, and conflict facing formal and informal leaders across sectors, it has become increasingly important to understand the competencies associated with effective leadership, and to be able to apply the appropriate methods through which to develop, assess, analyze, and enact these competencies.

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Leadership: Communication and Social Influence in Personal and Professional Contexts
Ralph A. Gigliotti
Brent D. Ruben
Christine Goldthwaite

Regardless of one’s formal leadership title, academic major, or desired career path, leadership and communication are critical for success. This book provides a point of entry into the study of leadership theory and practice and can be useful as readers interrogate what leadership means, why it matters, and the ways that one can improve his or her effectiveness as a leader—all of which involve a deeper, more nuanced, and greater appreciation for communication.

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Brent D. Ruben
Richard De Lisi
Ralph A. Gigliotti
Foreword by Doug Lederman

At a time when higher education faces the unprecedented challenges of declining revenues and increased scrutiny, questions about access, cost, and the value of degrees, and the imperative to educate a more diverse student body, there is an urgent need for leadership that is conversant with, and able to deploy, the competencies, management tools, and strategic skills that go beyond the technical or disciplinary preparation and “on the job” training that most leaders have received.

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Brent D. Ruben

The new (eighth) edition of the Excellence in Higher Education Guide: A Framework for the Design, Assessment and Continuous Improvement of Institutions, Departments and Programs updates and extends the classic EHE series. This edition includes a broad and integrated approach to design, assessment, planning, and improvement of colleges and universities of all types, as well as individual academic, student affairs, administrative, and service units.

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Brent D. Ruben

This Workbook accompanies the new (eighth) edition of the Excellence in Higher Education Guide: A Framework for the Design, Assessment and Continuous Improvement of Institutions, Departments and Programs. It is generously illustrated with PowerPoint presentations for use in facilitating workshops and includes additional background on the each of the EHE categories and structured exercises that can be used by individuals or a group context to support the assessment and planning process within a particular program, department or institutions.

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Strategic Planning in Higher Education, 2nd Edition
Sherrie A. Tromp
Brent D. Ruben

Strategic Planning in Higher Education unveils a comprehensive approach to planning that has proved successful at Rutgers University. The framework, developed by authors Sherrie Tromp and Brent Ruben, provides a blueprint for planning a step-by-step approach that guides leaders on strategic thinking; helps them align organizational goals with the mission, vision, and values of the department or program, as well as the larger organization; and offers practical approaches for advancing each planning phase.

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Assessing the Impact of the Spellings Commission: The Message, The Messenger, and the Dynamics of Change in Higher Education
Brent D. Ruben
Laurie Lewis
Louise Sandmeyer
Travis Russ
Stacy Smulowitz
Kate Immordino

What impact has the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education and its work had on higher education? A NACUBO-sponsored project, this book takes a close look at this question from several perspectives, based on interviews with 36 stakeholders. NACUBO hopes that this systematic analysis of the impact of the Commission will contribute to policy formation and communication well into the future.

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What Leaders Need to Know and Do: A Leadership Competencies Scorecard
Brent D. Ruben

Brent Ruben introduces readers to a framework that surveys, summarizes, and synthesizes a broad cross section of the contemporary writings on leadership. The book organizes that literature into five broad competency areas, each of which is composed of a number of themes, and provides a Leadership Competencies Scorecard Inventory that allows readers to assess their leadership knowledge and skills in 35 critical competency areas.

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Brent D. Ruben

In this book, Brent D. Ruben proposes an inclusive view of excellence for higher education that emphasizes the importance of higher standards in the service and operational dimensions as well as in academics. Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education offers an in-depth examination of eight key challenges for the academy.

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Quality in Higher Education
Brent D. Ruben

The concept of quality in higher education is by no means a new one. By one set of definitions or another, colleges and universities throughout the world have always held the pursuit of excellence as their primary goal. Why then has the quality approach, developed and popularized in industry, and how increasingly applied in health care and government, receiving so much attention in higher education at this moment? What does this perspective add to the approaches to excellence with which they have long embraced? These are the two primary questions that this book seeks to address.

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