Lived Experience of University Continuing Education Leaders


  • Janice Landry



This article is based on a study that explored the professional lives of eight leaders of continuing education in Canadian universities, with a focus on their administrative role, to provide a deeper understanding of how they live within their practice (lived experience). A practical listing of 56 horizons of experience was identified, useful as an evolving checklist for university continuing education units and as a self reflection tool for current and future continuing education administrators and leaders. The study provides insight for those considering leadership positions and for those interested in understanding the complexities of the role of leader. On a philosophical level, six essences of lived experience were revealed: responsibility, balance, connectedness, impact, voice, and passion. The experience of leadership through individuals who experience the phenomena provides critical understanding of the realities of practice.

Author Biography

Janice Landry

Janice Landry is the director of continuing and distance education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Her doctoral work explored the lived experience of administrative leaders of university continuing education using a phenomenological perspective.