The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine perspectives of attorneys who have transitioned into community college leadership. The study sought to answer questions concerning why attorneys decided to change careers, how they transition into new careers, and to what extent their legal backgrounds helped them in educational leadership. Interviews were conducted of 20 former attorneys across America on their perspectives about career transition and leadership competencies to determine whether they might serve as a viable source for leadership. Participant perceptions revealed a transition to make a difference, the transition process was smooth, and transition was made for a better work environment. Participants recommended for career changers coming from law to informally learn about community colleges, gain work experience therein, and to earn another degree. Participants reported high abilities in communications and professionalism, which are current AACC leadership competencies. Some participants reported low collaboration competencies. Participants also recommended positive reinforcement, teamwork, and problem-solving as additional AACC leadership competencies. Moreover, participants reported other transferable skills including legal expertise, business sense, and analytical skills. Recommendations from this study include a policy and practice of considering lawyers for educational leadership provided they demonstrate work and commitment toward a transition into community college leadership.
|Advisor:||Floyd, Deborah L.|
|Commitee:||Maslin-Ostrowski, Patricia, Morris, John D., Mulder, Anne E.|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|Department:||Higher Education Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||American Association of Community Colleges, Attorneys, Higher education transition, Lawyers, Leadership competencies, Work environment|
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