Future-ready directors: Owning a new educational development leadership role

  • Martha Kalnin Diede
  • Laurel Willingham-McLain


This article focuses on educational developers who direct centers for teaching and learning (CTL) in new-to-them institutions. Professional guidance exists for entering educational development (Gillespie, et al, 2010; McDonald, 2010) and starting centers (Dickens et al., 2019), but not for transitioning into directing roles. Experienced educational developers in new director roles must develop self-awareness and a thorough understanding of their new environments. This article starts with an appreciative inquiry approach for identifying directors’ strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results (SOAR, Stavros & Hinrichs, 2019), and then outlines questions for analyzing institutional strategic positioning.