Durham Centre for Academic Development at Durham University hosted a Professional Issues Meeting on the following topic: Leadership and Management in EAP: Insights, Issues and Experiences.
EAP exists in institutions in all kinds of forms and, as many practitioners are aware, our position in the institution, our roles and our status can be complicated. Because of this and because ‘leadership and management’ happens in different forms and at many different levels across the sector, issues in leadership and management are relevant to all practitioners, not just Heads or Directors of EAP provision. In the PIM, therefore, our goal is to explore a wide range of issues from a wide range of perspectives.
Professor Melinda Whong from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology delivered the plenary lecture: Leadership (and management) in EAP: Whose job is it?
Leadership can easily be seen as something to do with others. I argue that there is an urgent need for EAP as a profession to accept responsibility for needed leadership, and much potential for higher education more broadly if it does. In this talk I will explore parallels between teaching and leading to suggest that taking ownership of leadership starts with EAP practitioners themselves. Turning to the profession more generally, I argue that failure by EAP as a profession to own leadership contributes to marginalisation within higher education. I will end with concrete suggestions of what we can be done to foster leadership, from individual practitioners, to within programmes and centers. Through fundamental rethinking of who we are and what we are in a position to do, we can increase the chances of improving the precarious position that, unfortunately, continues to characterise our profession.
Durham PIM Programme provides the details of the talks.
A few talks were recorded and they can be accesed here, including the plenary talk by Prof. Melinda Whong: