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Agile FacultyPractical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching$
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Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226463018

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226463292.001.0001

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Reimagining Paths to Faculty Vitality in Higher Education

Reimagining Paths to Faculty Vitality in Higher Education

(p.1) 1 Reimagining Paths to Faculty Vitality in Higher Education
Agile Faculty

Rebecca Pope-Ruark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how faculty stress can impede career success and the characteristics and mindsets essential to faculty vitality and professional growth. The chapter introduces Agile project management principles and the Scrum framework. Agile and Scrum evolved out of software development practices. Agile and Scrum practitioners value collaboration in cross-functional teams who have everything and everyone needed to consistently deliver small but complete increments of functional product that adds value for the users of that product. The Agile mindset and Scrum framework can be adapted to faculty career planning and faculty development. The Agile values of focus, commitment, openness, courage and respect match faculty values. Scrum can be used to set realistic and meaningful career goals and provides a flexible framework for accomplishing that work in research, service, and teaching. This chapter overviews the origins of Agile and Scrum and aligns Agile values and practices with faculty values and activities. Finally, the chapter outlines the content of the rest of the book and provides advice on how to approach reading the text.

Keywords:   faculty development, vitality, professional development, stress, mindset, values, project management, productivity, Agile, Scrum

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