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Educational Research Colloquium Series

Published on: Fri, 02/10/2012
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Faculty of Education

Educational Research Colloquium Series

Achieving Maturity in Higher Education Administration:Discretion, Conscience and Practical Wisdom

The administration of educational institutions requires mature leadership from those charged with the responsibility of providing that leadership. The argument in this presentation is that such leadership requires evidence of good judgment, ethical sensibility and practical wisdom – what Aristotle referred to in the Nicomachean Ethics as phronesis. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the connections between these elements of administrative behavior on the part of educational administrators. To this end, the basis for the analysis is a substantial body of literature drawn from studies in various social science disciplines that describe and document the use of discretion and ethical deliberation in organizational life.
In simple terms, the conclusion is that the use of judgment (together with experience in its use) is the foundation of acquiring maturity in administrative decision-making, that such use leads to an appreciation of the ethical nexus in such decision-making, which in turn yields – over time and through experience and reflection – a sense of practical wisdom. The presentation, thus, is an explication of a theoretical position that is philosophically grounded but psychologically relevant to our understanding and practice in leadership in higher education.
Dr. Michael E. Manley-Casimir is professor of the Faculty of Education at Brock University. He received his Ph.D.  1976) from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Brock University in 1998, Dr. Manley-Casimir taught at Simon Fraser University for 24 years where he created the endowed Centre for Education, Law & Society; and conducted a number of funded research studies on the socio-legal context of educational policy and practice. One SSHRC funded study culminated in the publication of Teachers in Trouble (1998).
Given his interest in the intersection of law and educational policy, Dr. Manley-Casimir confronted his own lack of formal education in law by spending a sabbatical year in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia as a graduate student. In 2004 he completed his LLM and wrote a thesis on the meaning of ‘freedom of  onscience’ in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He recently edited The Courts, the Charter, and the  chools: The Impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Educational Policy and Practice, 1982-2007 (2009),    ollection of essays by legal scholars and educational commentators which considers the influence that Charter  ases have had on educational policies and practices by discussing cases involving fundamental freedoms, legal  rights, equality rights, and minority language rights.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Education Building, Room 2222
Michael E. Manley-Casimir