The University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education is seeking to add a postdoctoral scholar to our Refining Resources in Leadership Teams for Institutional Transformation research project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our ongoing work with institutional transformation seeks to understand more about the effective models that integrate the essential components of transformation into a comprehensive, coherent, and cohesive institutional strategy.
This position is responsible for research-practitioner partnership activities as part of a project to create tools for higher education leaders to execute transformational changes. The work involves knowledge of higher education leadership literature and equitable student success, qualitative research skills (interviews and focus groups), ability to create practitioner tools, and project management to create convening of leaders to test the tools and resources.
The main activities in the role include:
Case Studies: Assist case study authors in writing up their leadership case studies (and in some cases write up case studies) using the leaders moves and context tools in order to have a set of cases to help assist change leaders.
Tool Revision: Revise the tools for the purpose of assessing and planning for change rather than just as a tool for retrospectively understanding and documenting change leadership.
Leaders Moves by Role: Conduct research to explore variation by role, as well as develop a set of tools that documents variation in leaders moves by role.
Resource Support: Create additional tools in terms of detail and definition around the change leader constructs with back up support and readings around the core leader moves.
Leadership Team Development Tool: Create a set resource for leaders to create a transformational leadership team.
Convenings: Bring together leaders in different roles for a second round to revise tools based on role. Confirm the final tools with key leaders that have led institutional transformation efforts at college campuses.