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President Tiefenthaler Contributes to Book on Women Leaders in Academia

Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler is a contributor to an upcoming book, “Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.”

This groundbreaking collection features the perspectives of di­verse women academic leaders who discuss their rise to key leadership positions and effective change-making in higher education, despite underlying structural barriers and bias that disadvantage women.

President Tiefenthaler’s chapter is titled “Is Leadership for You?” and appears in the second section of the book, Leadership Realities: Strategic Vision, Resistance, and the Double Bind.

Contributors highlight the revolutionary power and innovation that women leaders bring to bear to improve upon business as usual in the academy — even in the “glass cliff” scenario when their risk of failure should be highest. Women across leader­ship positions — presidents, provosts, deans, and department chairs — discuss leading strategic planning, culture change, and navigating the “double bind,” along with strategies for success­ful negotiation, networking, mentoring, and work-life balance.

Contributors also underscore strategies for leading powerful in­novation and change in the academy early in their careers when they do not hold formal administrative roles and experience marginalization by “the system” due to identity.

The book, published by Cognella, is edited by Callie Rennison, a professor who also has served as associ­ate dean of faculty affairs in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, and Amy Bonomi, director of the Children and Youth Institute at Michigan State University.