Empowering Faculty to Facilitate Distance Education
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 1 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-1-January-2006
Traditional education has undergone major changes over the past decade. Higher education has
evolved from brick and mortar to virtual campuses. Technological advancements in communication
have changed the way information is presented. The manner in which students learn has also evolved.
Educational leaders must also evolve to meet the needs of both students and faculty because, faculty
members struggle with changing curricula, non-traditional learning environments and new technology.
They need their leaders to assist them with the transitions (Tjosvold 2006). This paper attempts to
provide a research-based framework through which educational leaders might empower faculty to
better meet the mission, purpose and needs of the institutions based upon established leadership
theories. This topic is important because by empowering faculty, it enables them to take on roles in
leadership and improve the educational system. It encourages ownership for the faculty with greater
participation in school governing and a more positive attitude. Additionally, “When employees perform
at a high level, managers may well find they can easily support and encourage their employee”