Increasing your power and influence as a senior developer

Session Time and Location

Tue, 5 Jun 2018
2:00pm to 5:00pm
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Maplewood A
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Session Format


The capacity to influence university leaders, policy and institutional practice is an important facet of the senior developer role, requiring a strategic approach to positioning of academic development services in universities.  This workshop will explore politics, power and influence in terms of guiding and promoting development strategy. Participants will evaluate their portfolio impact and influence, and review their political capabilities with respect to building partnerships and sponsors. The workshop will explore some ways in which increased reach and influence might be achieved, including the development of partnerships, building persuasive cases for funding and evidence-gathering of needs, impact and outcomes.     
  • Session References +
    Debowski, S. (2017). Developing Academics: The Essential Higher Education Handbook. Routledge. Di Napoli, R. (2014). Value gaming and political ontology: between resistance and compliance in academic development. International Journal of Academic Development, 19,1: 4-11. Johnson, L.K. (2008). Sharpen your political competence. Harvard Business Review, February.