Angela Linse, Ph.D.
Position: Executive Director & Assoc. Dean, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Institution: Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
What does leadership mean to you?
To me the term leadership encompasses responsibility, creativity, and inspiration. Too often these days we hear about leaders shirking or shrinking from taking responsibility for issues that arise in their organizations. I believe that responsible leaders in academe help their students, faculty, and staff build an institution that is defined by trust and transparency that goes both ways. Responsible leaders do not exert their institutional power, they are given power through the respect of the people they lead. Responsible leaders address organizational and people problems as they arise, they do not let them fester or avoid difficult conversations. Creative leaders unleash creativity in their organizations by encouraging experimentation and allowing failure. Creative leaders surround themselves with smart and capable people and let them do their jobs. They do not compete with employees for the limelight, they shine the light on others’ accomplishments. By being both responsible and creative, leaders can inspire the same in others. But most importantly, responsible, creative, and inspirational leaders listen to the people who make up their organization.
Why is networking/mentoring important?
Mentors are advisors, supporters, teachers, experts, sources and role models. Everyone needs people who have these roles. I have learned that it is wiser to see these qualities in multiple mentors, rather than expect one person to fulfill all roles, which is why we also need networks. Networks provide us with opportunities to identify peers and elders who can serve as mentors in both personal and career functions. Good mentors, engage in ongoing conversations, demystify the faculty or administration, provide constructive and supportive feedback, as well as encouragement and support. Mentors look out for their mentee’s interests and treat them with respect, when others may not.
Why are you a member of PAACE?
I am a member of PAACE because I believe that I believe that women’s voices need to be heard and that we can make substantial contributions to higher education. Despite that we have made significant inroads into higher education leadership, in the 21st century, we are continue to be underrepresented in positions of authority and respect in academe. I believe we need to work together to redefine what it means to be a leader, we need to create new processes for identifying potential leaders, and we need to initiate new pathways to academic leadership. Together we can create a culture of inclusion where we are no longer labeled as bossy, strident, and b—-y. Together we can redefine ourselves as forthright, sincere, and persuasive. Together we can envision new trajectories to leadership beyond the those defined before women were allowed in the academy! ACE is the premier leadership organization in higher education and we need to make a place for ourselves in it.
Angela Linse has been involved in faculty, instructional, and organizational development since the late 1990s. She has expertise in enhancing teaching and learning at research universities and an extensive record of faculty professional development in university teaching centers. She has written and presented widely on enhancing teaching and learning, diversity, and assessment. Her current areas of specialization are inclusive teaching and diversity in higher education (especially in the STEM disciplines), assessment of student learning for accreditation, strategic planning, academic leadership, and professional development for teaching and learning center directors.
She is the former Director of Temple University’s Teaching and Learning Center in Philadelphia. She held a variety of faculty and TA development positions at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle including with the Center for Instructional Development and Research and the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching. Dr. Linse has been successful obtaining funding from government organizations and private foundations to support faculty development and the integration of teaching and research.
Dr. Linse received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Her archaeological research focused on prehistoric settlement pattern changes and geoarchaeology. She has experience teaching graduate seminars, upper-level undergraduate, large introductory courses, laboratory, and field courses. She has taught courses in anthropology, archaeology, and statistics.