Patching Up the “Leaking Leadership Pipeline”: Fostering Mid-career Faculty Succession Management

  • Vicki L. BakerEmail author
  • Laura Gail Lunsford
  • Meghan J. Pifer


The research presented here contributes to research and practice focused on faculty leadership development by examining the leadership pipeline for mid-career faculty in a consortium of 13 liberal arts colleges. Research findings revealed that mid-career faculty members are in the leadership pipeline, with the department chair position serving as an entry point. However, leadership aspirations beyond the department chair position decline serving as a source of the leaking leadership pipeline. Differences were found by gender. Further, issues of lack of preparation for current and future leadership roles was connected to few mid-career faculty members aspiring to executive leadership positions. Implications for research and practice are discussed.


Faculty leadership Mid-career faculty Succession management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki L. Baker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura Gail Lunsford
    • 2
  • Meghan J. Pifer
    • 3
  1. 1.Albion CollegeAlbionUSA
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaWilmingtonUSA
  3. 3.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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