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Exploring Dimensions of Educational Leadership in Times of Continuous Change

Exploring Dimensions of Educational Leadership in Times of Continuous Change
Location: Auditorium, Tourism & Leisure Building, WIT Cork Road
Cost: Free
Contact: Please reserve a place in advance
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The ‘Exploring Dimensions of Educational Leadership in Times of Continuous Change’ seminar explores key trends facing current and aspiring educational leaders across the spectrum of education. Leaders must be professionals of integrity, networked to work with colleagues within and outside their educational contexts, have a clearly developed set of values, and be able to articulate their leadership agenda.

This seminar focus is on the central role that educational leaders play in creating opportunities to engage critically with the teaching and learning process in times of continuous change.  Participants the opportunity to share experiences and explore frameworks and strategies that are being used to successfully bring about educational change.


Dr Anne Graham Cagney, Senior Lecturer, School of Lifelong Learning & Education

Dr Mary Fenton, Head of Department of Education


Dr Anne Graham Cagney, Waterford Institute of Technology

Professor Paul Conway, School of Education, University of Limerick

Dr Leslie Cordie, Auburn University

Professor Jackie Potter, Oxford Brookes University

The seminar is open to all staff of HEIs, FET, Primary and Secondary Education and interested parties who are current and aspiring educational leaders.

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Create opportunities for networked relationships across the educational sector amongst existing and aspiring leaders
  • Contribute to a discussion on the role leaders play in the ongoing improvement and transformation of education institutions
  • Identify the key trends and developments in educational leadership across the spectrum of education
  • Share experiences of national-systemic initiatives in professional learning and development directed at changing learning and teaching
  • Raise awareness of the critical role of leadership in education in times of continuous change.

09:45   Registration

10:00   Welcome and Introduction by Dr Helen Murphy, Head of School of Lifelong Learning & Education

10:15   Key note presentation: ‘Exploring dimensions of educational leadership in times of continuous change. Professor Paul Conway, University of Limerick

11.00   Tea/Coffee Break (snacks/scones)

11.15   Leading intercultural change in education. Professor Jackie Potter, Oxford Brookes University

12:00   The educational digital mindset: Dr Anne Graham Cagney, Waterford Institute of Technology

12.45   Cross-sectoral communities of practice in education: Dr Leslie Cordie, Auburn University

13:00   Panel Discussion; Q&A

13.45   Close of Seminar

Dr Anne Graham Cagney

Anne is Senior Lecturer in the School of Lifelong Learning & Education, WIT, a Fulbright Scholar in Social Sciences and a visiting professor at Henley Business School, University of Reading. She is a graduate of NCI (BA), the Open University (BSc), Keele University (MA), HMC (PGTEQ) and Trinity College Dublin (PhD). Following an early career in financial services and international consulting she became a university lecturer at UCD, OUBS, Henley Management College, Copenhagen Business School, and research fellow at Trinity College Dublin prior to WIT. Her research interests include: professional learning and development, leadership, international scholarly partnerships and cross-disciplinary collaborative research projects. Anne’s research has been funded by both national and international bodies. They include the Teaching Council, SCoTENS, the Irish Research Council, and the Fulbright Commission.

Professor Paul Conway

Paul is a graduate of St. Patrick's College (BEd), Drumcondra, Boston College (MEd) and Michigan State University (PhD). He has worked at:  University of Michigan-Flint, Cleveland State University, University College Cork prior to UL. His research interests include: learning and development, teacher education, educational policy (in two areas: e-learning; teacher education), psychology and pedagogy of literacy & mathematics, and cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives on learning. Paul’s research has been funded by a range of bodies - both national and international. His publications have appeared in a range of journals including Studies in Educational Evaluation, Teachers College Record, Teaching and Teacher Education, Identity: An International journal of Theory and Research, Irish Educational Studies, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Dr Leslie A. Cordie

Leslie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BSc), University of Texas at Austin (MBA) and Colorado State University (PhD). She has worked at the University of Maryland Asian Division (UMAC) Japan, ITI Information Technology Institute, Colorado State University, University of Denver, and Air University (United States Air Force) prior to AU. She joined the College of Agriculture where she was the Distance Learning Coordinator for several years prior to her role as Assistant Professor in Adult Education in the College of Education at AU. Leslie is on the board of the ePortfolio Steering Committee (AU) and also serves on the Board for AAACE (American Association of Adult and Continuing Education). She was presented with the AAACE President's Appreciation Award at the 65th Annual AAACE Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Her research interests include eLearning, professional development and enhancing adult teaching-learning environments. Leslie research has been funded by a range of bodies including Rural Business Enterprise Grant. Certified Biomass Procurement Specialist Program and NSF Cyber learning Grant.  

Professor Jackie Potter

Jackie joined Brookes in May 2018 to lead the OCSLD. She started her academic career as an environmental biologist working in the Arctic. She taught the theory and practice of conservation and research skills to undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate research students for more than 10 years. Throughout that period she was involved in designing and delivering training to develop academic staff’ research and teaching capabilities; her work fostered a deep interest in supporting the development of academic practice among staff as well as among students. In 2006 she moved to Trinity College Dublin to establish their centre for academic practice and student learning and has led successful staff and organisational development services since that time at the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and at Keele University in the UK.

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