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dc.contributor.authorZenger, Sheahon
dc.descriptionx, 209 leaves ; 29 cm. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 202-207).
dc.description.abstractThe study of leadership in higher education has emerged as a field of research that is attracting a great deal of attention. However, very little if any research has been conducted on interim leaders in institutions of higher education. In an effort to fill this gap within the knowledge base, this study of the professional life history of Dr. Delbert M. Shankel was conducted. During Dr. Shankel's thirty-seven year career as a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Kansas, he served in thirteen administrative positions. Seven of these positions were on an interim basis and two others began as interim appointments. It was believed that this study was at the forefront of studying interim leadership and studying the professional life history of an individual who served in interim positions of leadership on a repeated basis provided an information-rich case and an opportunity to gather in-depth data.

In an effort to describe interim leadership from Del Shankel's perspective, it was necessary to investigate why and how he became an interim leader, his experiences as an interim leader, his definition of interim leadership, and his style of interim leadership. As the data were analyzed from this vantage point, five themes emerged: career path, institutional fit, professional influences, definition of interim leadership, and style of interim leadership. From these five themes three major implications for the literature were discovered. It was found that Del Shankel was a symbolic leader who represented the institutional culture during times of uncertainty such as periods of interim leadership. It was also found that while his definition of interim leadership was transactional, his practice could be viewed as vigorational. Finally, it was discovered that Shankel evolved into a consensus builder over the course of his thirty-seven year career.
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.titleInterim Leadership: The Professional Life History of Dr. Delbert M. Shankelen_US
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineEducational Policy and Leadership
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