Student Affairs Leadership
Defining the Role Through an Ecological Framework

Foreword by Cynthia Cherrey
Paper: 978 1 62036 332 4 / $35.00
Published: September 2016  

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Published: October 2016  

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Published: September 2016  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
216 pp., 6" x 9"
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Kuk and Banning offer readers a new lens for viewing leadership, one that goes beyond a focus on the behavior and values of leaders as individuals to examine how positional leaders interact with their environments to engage in leadership “in context”.

This book is addressed to aspiring and senior student affairs officers and offers a new “ecological” framework that recognizes that today’s leaders are affected by factors they may not control, and work within an environment they cannot expect to mold solely through their execution of skills and strategies.

Based on research supported through a grant from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation, this book explores leadership as an interactive process within varied environmental contexts, and through an analysis of the transactional process between the leader, the organizational members and the various components of the organizations environment.

It describes how leaders deploy differing competencies, skills and strategies in varied contexts, and how they choose to use past experiences, their training and personal characteristics to set priorities and navigate the cultural, social, physical, legal and political, resource, and ethical environments of their organizations.

Several chapters conclude with an account of how the experiences of the SSAO participants in the research informed their practice of leadership and understanding of how leadership actually works.

Table of Contents:

Part One: Introduction to the Ecology of Student Affairs Leadership
1) The Evolving Concept of Leadership
2) The Ecological Model for Leadership in Student Affairs
3) The Identity of Leaders: How Do They View Leadership?

Part Two: The Environmental Influences of Leadership Engagement
4) The Cultural Environment
5) The Social Environment
6) The Physical Environment
7) The Political/Legal Environment
8) The Resource Environment
9) The Ethical Environment
10) Integrating Leadership Engagement: The Ecological Perspective

Part Three: The Future of Student Affairs Leadership
11) The Environment for Organizational Change
12) Voices on Leadership Issues: The Future
13) Collection of the Voices

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"In my 28th year as a SSAO at the same institution who teaches leadership courses, this book resonates with me on many levels. After outlining the many streams of thought flowing through leadership literature, these two distinguished scholars cogently establish a new stream of research fully capturing and explaining my professional and informal work for my institution, colleagues, and students. It rigorously outlines the many components of leadership engagement from an ecological perspective capturing the wholeness of our working spaces. This results in a holistic parameter for decision making, leading, and meeting the challenges in today’s increasingly complex student affairs management environment."
- Frank P. Ardaiolo, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life & Associate Professor , Winthrop University
"This work opens new doors into the study of leadership for the student affairs profession. 'Contextual leadership' is a developing area to be applied differently than the governmental and corporate settings. This concept, researched and aided by the theory of the ecological perspective, will help future administrators prepare and execute their leadership roles well for years to come. Kuk and Banning’s research will impact and strengthen the student affairs profession."
- John R. Laws, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor Student Affairs , Ivy Tech Community College