An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Faculty-Led Institutional Change and Commitments

ABSTRACT

In this article, two faculty leaders describe how they used the Define, Discover, Dream, Design and Deliver processes of Appreciative Inquiry to invite positive dialogue and strengths-based change with two institutional higher education initiatives – one focused on quality online teaching and one on a new approach to faculty mentoring and support. The authors describe strategies they used to lead each initiative in the direction of the combined positive energy and collective imagination of the group members.

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Author: Tracy W. Smith

Dr Smith is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University and Faculty Fellow for Mentoring Initiatives. In 2017, she was awarded the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research interests include mentoring, teaching excellence, and educational development in higher education; middle level education; and teacher preparation.

Contact: smithtw@appstate.edu

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Author: Krista Terry Wojdak

Dr Wojdak is a professor in the Higher Education program area in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University where she has served a variety of leadership positions focused on designing and delivering professional development inititiaves and is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

Contact: wojdakkp@appstate.edu

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