Leadership and Complexity: Implications for Practice within the Advisement Leadership Bodies at Colleges and Universities


  • Jeffrey L. McClellan Frostburg State University




As academic advising has become more central to the work of universities and colleges, especially in relation to retention and graduation, efforts are being made to improve collaboration among different advising groups within these institutions. These efforts, at a number of campuses, include the emergence of training programs and institution level leadership bodies that oversee advising processes. Many of these efforts, however, are based on older paradigms of leadership and strategy. This article proposes a new model for guiding the work of these bodies based on more recent thinking that has emerged from the fields of leadership studies and chaos and complexity science as they relate to human behavior.

Author Biography

Jeffrey L. McClellan, Frostburg State University

Jeffrey McClellan is an Assistant Professor of Management at and the former Director of Advisor Training and Development at Utah Valley State College in Orem, UT. He has worked as an advisor, counselor, faculty member, and administrator at four different institutions over the past 10 years. Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and serves as the outgoing Chair of the Commission on the Theory and Philosophy of Advising. His research interests include: Servant-leadership development, organization and individual growth development and change, academic and career advising, and conflict management. Jeffrey lives with his wife and five children in Cumberland, MD. He can be contacted at: jlmcclellan@frostburg.edu






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