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HEDU504 Academic Leadership in Higher Education

A critical examination of academic leadership using contemporary leadership theories. Understanding how academic leadership is situated in a contemporary higher education sector.

HEDU 504 is a compulsory paper within the Master of Higher Education programme (MHEd).

Paper title Academic Leadership in Higher Education
Paper code HEDU504
Subject Higher Education
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,007.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,658.50

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Limited to
All students are required to have access to the Internet.
University teachers and researchers who are either currently working or intending to work in Higher Education, as part of the MHEd
Teaching staff
Lecturers: Dr Vivienne Anderson and Professor Kerry Shephard
Paper Structure
The paper covers three main areas:
  • Academic leadership
  • Mentoring in higher education
  • Philosophy of leadership in higher education
Teaching Arrangements
Nine 2-hour classes and a two-hour symposium.
A reading list will be provided.
Course outline
Available on request from HEDC
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper participants will be able to:
  • Critique the literature on academic leadership
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of academic mentoring
  • Apply their understanding of leadership theories in the design of a mentoring programme
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the purposes of higher education to situate academic leadership in this broader context

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41