The Innovation Pathway

While many higher education professionals practice innovation in their day-to-day work, roles in the innovation pathway are squarely focused on innovation to advance their institution's teaching, learning, and student success mission. These roles often support this work across the organization, either through the cutting-edge application of new technologies or learning science, through new instructional models, or through the direction of transformation initiatives that support institutional strategic goals.

The pathway at a glance
Timeline graphic previewing the transition from early to institutional executive level throughout the lifespan of your career

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Explore pathways in innovation to help you determine your goals—or guide others to define theirs. Utah Valley University President Astrid Tuminez speaks on the urgency of digital transformation.

The EDUCAUSE Innovation Pathway Toolkits provide individuals and mentors an opportunity to identify strengths and gaps, then select activities to leverage those strengths and develop in select areas. The toolkits support the development of an action to improve immediate performance and foster readiness for long-term professional goals. Select the appropriate toolkit for your needs below to get started.

Early Level

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Entry-level positions in cybersecurity include job titles like information security specialist, information security analyst, network technical specialist, and computer forensics analyst. In these roles, your duties and responsibilities may include helping to prevent data breaches, network attacks, and other threats. You work to protect your institution's digital resources and information technology systems and to prevent hackers from disrupting normal business activities. Additionally, you help faculty, staff, and students learn and engage in good information security practices on the job and at home.

Recommended Education

Degree in Computer Science or related area and/or equivalent of education and experiences; select network and security certifications; and experience working with select compliance standards.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Performing operational security duties in support of security rules and procedures based on university policies, state and federal requirements, and contractual obligations.
  • Assisting in the triage of incoming security events.
  • Acting as an escalation point for information technology security incidents.
  • Providing direction and guidance on available security services and tools.
  • Monitoring current trends, making recommendations and evaluating solutions to close gaps in security processes.

Entry-level positions for teaching and learning include job titles like assistant instructional technologist, computer learning lab coordinator, learning management system administrator, instructional technologist, multimedia designer, and faculty development specialist. You may support faculty to apply learning technology to courses, coordinate and maintain digital resources for the institution, or assist in curriculum or instructional design.

Recommended Education

Associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience

Other options From Here

Interested in an innovation-focused work? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway's early level for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Contributing to the effective implementation and function of digital learning tools.
  • Collecting and analyzing relevant learning data to recommend data-informed decisions for the unit.
  • Offering guidance and advice to teaching faculty on learning design with digital platforms.
  • Collecting learning outcome and evaluation data to inform future digital learning decisions and designs.

Entry-level positions in innovation include job titles such as instructional innovation specialist, business transformation project manager, and systems integration and innovation coordinator. These positions work in some capacity helping to support innovation to advance institutional strategies.

Recommended Education

Associates degree, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Consulting and advising an instructional team on appropriate technological tools best suited to meet learning objectives.
  • Providing technical solutions for highly interactive learning environments.
  • Working with faculty on the design, development, and production of learning materials using digital media.
  • Following change management policies and procedures for configuration and application changes, including obtaining approval for release into production.
  • Leading systems, services, and infrastructure projects.
  • Providing administrative and/or project management support for innovation projects or initiatives.

Early level positions in information technology include job titles such as user support specialist, data analyst, desktop support technician, and network operations analyst. These positions work in some capacity helping to support institutional technology or data operations, or to maintain the institution's digital environment.

Recommended Education

Associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.

Other options From Here

Interested in exploring an alternative career? Take a look at the Information Security Pathway's early level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Assisting in the collection and analysis of data to inform decisions for information technology and the institution.
  • Administering technology training and facilitating help for students, faculty, and other institutional stakeholders.
  • Supporting and maintaining institution technology solutions such as labs, mobile technology, classrooms, and more.
  • Supporting and maintaining software applications across campus.
  • Contributing to decisions regarding institution technology adoption and implementation.

Academic Technology/Innovation Coordinator

Salary Range:
$36,000–$78,000

Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to integrate the use of technology into curricular, cocurricular, and extracurricular learning. Administer the design, development, implementation, and reporting of digitally-mediated content and support technology within the Institution.

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Instructional Innovation Specialist

Salary Range:
$42,000–$75,000

Work collaboratively with faculty, instructional designers, and other staff to build and maintain online, remote, hybrid, and enhanced courses and programs, focusing on innovative techniques and practices. Provide support and assistance to faculty and students in the use of teaching and learning technologies through workshops, documentation, email, and real-time support.

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Innovation and Collaboration Specialist

Salary Range:
$45,000–$96,000

Incorporate innovation methodologies (such as design thinking and agile practices) across institutional initiatives. Identify and implement approaches for further integrating innovation-related activities into the daily fabric of work. Track outputs from innovation initiatives and initiate activities that work toward staff engagement and realization of staff ideas.

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Academic Innovation Research Specialist

Salary Range:
$39,000–$100,000

Support research and professional development programs that help faculty and/or staff effectively integrate education technology tools in their on-campus and online courses in ways that that promote student engagement, learning, and success. Coordinate data collection and communications of findings around emerging practices.

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Business Transformation Project Manager

Salary Range:
$65,000–$83,000

Help institutional leadership focus on achieving business results by aligning internal team workflows across the organization, by integrating across teams, and by analyzing key performance indicator data and dashboards, with the goal of aligning projects with the institution’s mission and objectives.

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Systems Integration and Innovation Coordinator

Salary Range:
$50,000–$78,000

Act as a lead technical and consulting resource to various institutional departments and units with respect to the planning, implementation, and maintenance of information technology systems, with a focus on the development of new products, services, or processes.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Begin to develop foundational skills by focusing on critical areas such as academic communication, data-driven solutions, digital leadership and transformation, and technology initiatives.
Become familiar with and explore how to utilize the EDUCAUSE Student & Faculty Technology Studies to leverage data in decision-making.
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Communication
  • Identify ways to expand your professional network and understanding of your organization by volunteering to serve on local committees or task forces.
  • Incorporate an understanding of your target audience into your communication approach.
  • Develop strategies to communicate abstract concepts and build consensus.
Finance
  • Understand how higher education business models evolve to reflect a data-informed and a continuous-improvement approach to management and decisions.
  • Learn how to support institutional leaders in initiatives that emphasize institution-wide data governance, prioritizing institutional benefits over departmental or individual benefits.
Learn how to prepare your institution to leverage the coming shifts in culture, workforce, and technology to their advantage.
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Project Management & Strategy
  • Understand how project management supports nearly every aspect of technology planning, acquisition, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Develop strategies for developing and leading high-performing project teams.
  • Apply project management skills to ensure projects are completed on time and under budget.
Become familiar with the best practices and fundamentals of project management.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Develop an understanding of stakeholder dynamics and organizational culture.
  • Promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
  • Foster innovation by seeking people from different backgrounds, sectors, and experiences.
Become familiar with and be able to explain to others the ways that digital transformation can support higher education's evolution.
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Make Connections

Join the Young Professionals Community Group, which is specifically for those in the early stages of their career.

Make Connections

Become an EDUCAUSE ambassador and help your organization get the most out of its membership by connecting colleagues with resources.

Engage in Mentoring

Find a mentor who can provide guidance, support, and growth on your career journey. Look for a mentor who has a role that you might want eventually and who can speak about the professional advancement journey.

Engage in Mentoring

Meet with other professionals in a group mentoring format to discuss the latest in digital transformation and other innovations.

Give Back

Support innovation projects in domains such as digital transformation, which help advance your institution’s mission.

Give Back

Look into our informal volunteering opportunities such as participating in a community group or contributing content related to your work or professional journey.

Think & Speak

Read the latest research and ideas in a higher education IT-related publication, such as the Teaching and Learning or the Digital Transformation channel of the EDUCAUSE Review. Have a topic you'd like to see covered or an article to contribute? Become a contributor.

Think & Speak

Consider a proposal for a session and/or poster at a higher education event such as the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference by leveraging our facilitation and presentation resources available on the Presenter Concierge site.

Show Up

Attend in-person or online professional development opportunities focused on key topics in innovation.

Show Up

Go to the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, designed for, and attended by, the global community of higher education professionals.

Learn

Attend the Learning Lab on Designing a Collaborative Instructional Technology Support Model to help you design and implement a support model in collaboration with academic service providers across your institution.

Learn

Explore our Technology Strategy toolkit and jump-start your understanding of technology’s role in advancing the core mission of the academic institution.

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Mid Level

Mid-level positions in cybersecurity include job titles like information security analyst, information security penetration tester, information security engineer, information security consultant, information security advisor, information security manager, information senior security engineer, manager of information security and systems operations, and senior manager of research computing. In this role, your duties and responsibilities may include designing security systems, conducting reviews and audits, assessing systems for gaps, and recommending solutions.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, communications, or related fields, or similar certified coursework in applicable fields of study. Foundation knowledge and skills may include working knowledge of common software application packages, equipment platforms, reference database systems and sources, and training methods and a basic understanding of networks, data communication, and multimedia systems.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Managing identity and access management infrastructure.
  • Partnering with teams across the university, information security office, server operations, and integrations and application teams to create solutions that meet security and business requirements.
  • Working closely with clients and other ITS staff in support of the university’s mission and strategic direction.

Mid-Level teaching and learning roles include job titles like project manager, instructional designer, and faculty development manager, and typically require expertise in educational technology and learning design. People in these positions are beginning to have leadership responsibilities and may coordinate teams or training. At this level, people continue to develop the competencies and relationships they will need to assume senior and executive roles in the field.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's or master’s depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in career focused on innovation? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway Mid-Level track for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Designing and facilitating academic training and development for institutional teaching faculty.
  • Providing expertise in educational technology and offering input into institutional adoption.
  • Coordinating a team of learning professionals, including positions in library services, teaching and learning centers, and educational technology units.
  • Advocating for student-centered learning and design across the institution.
  • Providing project management support to course design or educational technology projects.

Mid-level positions in innovation include job titles such as digital innovation librarian, associate director of research and innovation, and program manager for innovation and digitization.  Professionals in these positions are often in management-oriented roles with responsibilities for supporting or maintaining a specific area related to innovation. They may also supervise entry-level staff.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Implementing digital learning initiatives.
  • Serving as project manager for innovation projects.
  • Supervising instructional design staff.
  • Managing an analytics team.

Mid-level positions in information technology include job titles such as operations support manager, manager of client services, or manager of reporting and analytics. Professionals in these positions are often in management-oriented roles with responsibilities for supporting or maintaining a specific area within information technology. They may supervise entry-level staff.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent experience) depending on career goals and institutional requirements.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative career? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway's mid-level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Collaborating with stakeholders across the institution to set strategic direction for information technology initiatives.
  • Leading a team of specialists to support information technology programs through the technology lifecycle.
  • Managing information technology projects including hardware and software infrastructure implementation and support.
  • Providing oversight for systems including enterprise applications, data management, and learning technology.

Associate Director for Digital Innovation

Salary Range:
$59,000–$109,000

Direct and facilitate the development, commercialization and transfer to practical uses of software, content and other digital technologies. This role may also support the use of data from various institutional departments in a manner consistent with institutional policies and values; provide oversight of all institutional functions, activities and units that participate in the technology transfer process.

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Senior Curricular Innovation Specialist

Salary Range:
$48,000–$97,000

In collaboration with faculty, develop and improve existing curricula for academic programs. Support academic improvements made through research, development, and testing of new curricula and teaching and learning methods. Analyze student data to assess and improve implementation and evaluation of learning materials. Identify innovative ways to improve learning assets for students and educators using education technology with the goals of improved student engagement, an improved student experience, and improved student outcomes. Responsible for suggesting innovative ideas that will enhance teaching and learning with a desire to enhance and improve the education system.

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Project Manager, Campus Innovation

Salary Range:
$68,000–$86,000

Manage projects related to institutional innovation and transformation. Communicate with internal and external staff and stakeholders, develop and monitor project timelines and outcomes, and track next steps.

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Associate Director of Research and Innovation

Salary Range:
$77,000–$184,000

Work with faculty to develop and secure funding for research projects related to innovation; help develop and refine research concepts and funding proposals to ensure they match the needs of sponsor organizations. Develop and sustain strong working relationships with target sponsor organizations, faculty, and with other universities and relevant industry partners.

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Associate Director, Innovations and Partnerships

Salary Range:
$50,000–$176,000

Advance innovation initiatives through the innovation life cycle and help develop partnerships with local business to create relevant programs or policies.

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Program Manager, Innovation and Digitization

Salary Range:
$45,000–$88,000

Provide support, management, and coordination for projects in the institution's innovation and digitization portfolio.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Identify tools, resources, and communities that can help you to develop your expertise and awareness of innovative practices and applications of technology in support of teaching and learning.
Explore resources and examples related to innovative practices and creative applications of educational technology in support of teaching and student learning.
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Communication
  • Apply communication strategies to engage a diverse set of stakeholders across campus to support innovation.
  • Cultivate methods of promoting cross-institutional partnerships and collaboration.
  • Engage in communication practices that strengthen trust with internal and external partners.
Consider a course in Project Communications and Stakeholder Management to prepare you to be effective in all project-related communications, from initial planning through closure and to apply best practices for identifying and engaging stakeholders.
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Finance
  • Manage unit-level costs to achieve organizational goals.
  • Grow knowledge of organizational infrastructure, financial processes, and funding models.
Learn about different approaches to keep college affordable, from guidelines on college costs for prospective students to new higher education business models.
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Project Management & Strategy
  • Use planning techniques to manage project budgets, stakeholders, and deliverables.
  • Assess strategies for reducing risk and monitoring the progress of technology projects.
  • Analyze continuous improvement processes to ensure the long-term success of technology projects.
Understand what digital transformation means for higher education and for your institution, how to identify signs of readiness and lend support.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Apply leadership practices that use personal leadership traits and abilities.
  • Build influence and trust with senior team members.
  • Implement strategies for overcoming enterprise-level challenges.
  • Assemble and retain a team to create a high-performing organization.
  • Implement proactive strategies to advocate for change and innovation.
  • Understand the importance of a clear vision and the elements that go into one.
Learn how to assess the institutional capacity for change and apply the right change tools and tactics that will work for you in your current role and unique situation.
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Assess

Take our competency self-assessment for mid-level teaching and learning professionals to evaluate your skills and abilities and to help you identify your strengths and growth opportunities in the areas of academic communication, data-driven solutions, digital leadership and transformation, technology initiatives and more.

Assess

Assess your data literacy skills and abilities by taking the Data Literacy competency self-assessment. Understand your strengths and weaknesses in the areas of data security and privacy, data management, data analysis, and more.

Make Connections

Lead and facilitate a Community Group that dovetails with your interests and expertise, like a DEI-or a leadership-focused community group.

Engage in Mentoring

Find a mentor who can speak to the challenges of being in a role where you are leading innovation. Consider a mentor who is in a different size institution or organization from yours to learn about different innovation cultures and approaches.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to an entry-level IT higher ed professional.

Engage in Mentoring

Create and lead an EDUCAUSE Mentoring Circle around innovation.

Give Back

Become a Working Group member and collaborate closely with your peers from a variety of institutions to define solutions and create useful resources for the community.

Give Back

Support EDUCAUSE conference planning by reading proposals for special topic events or serving on a program committee.

Think & Speak

Give a presentation at a local campus or regional event or participate in a panel discussion to develop your professional profile.

Think & Speak

Take a deep dive into Emerging Technologies and Trends, a channel of the EDUCAUSE Review or propose an article you'd like to see covered.

Show Up

Attend in-person or online professional development opportunities focused on key topics in innovation.

Show Up

Go to the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, designed for, and attended by, the global community of higher education professionals.

Learn

Check out our Enterprise Summit Summaries for the highlights from past summit series hosted by EDUCAUSE, the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the Association of Institutional Researchers (AIR).

Learn

Earn your microcredential at the Data Literacy Institute, which empowers higher education professionals at all levels to use data confidently.

Learn

Attend one of our online Learning Labs on topics such as Digital Transformation, HyFlex Learning, Data Governance, Gamification, and more

Advanced Level

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Advanced-level information security positions include information security manager, information security associate director, information security officer, information security architect, information security engineer, assistant director of information security, information security senior director, and others. People in those roles monitor the organization's information technology security system, are in charge of the institution's security risk management program, and act as advisors to executives.

Recommended Education

Bachelor’s degree in Information Security, Information Systems, or Computer Science or relevant experience. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or other equivalent certifications typically preferred. Information security, networking, server administration, and project management experience typically preferred.

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Leading and directing the activities of integrated risk management team leads, analysts, coordinators, and other information security professionals.
  • Advising information technology and other executives on the status of technology risk and compliance issues.
  • Contributing to enterprise-level policies and standards, leading incident response activities, and remediating security issues.
  • Implementing, designing, managing and allocating all the technology security measures within an organization.
  • Monitoring the organization's information technology system to look for threats to security, and establishing protocols for identifying and neutralizing threats.

Advanced teaching and learning positions include job titles like senior instructional designer, director of academic technology, teaching and learning center director, and director of online learning. Professionals in these roles provide strategic oversight at the departmental level and usually lead teams. While not at the executive level yet, people in these roles are often the most senior representative subject matter expert in educational technology or learning design.

Recommended Education

Master’s, EdD, or PhD depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in a career focused on organization-wide innovation? Take a look at the Innovation Pathway's advanced level.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Leading a team of learning professionals through the processes of course design, digital learning platform implementation, curriculum development, and staff training.
  • Maintaining current and relevant knowledge of higher education learning science.
  • Communicating with institutional leaders regarding the importance of student-centered teaching and learning practices.
  • Assisting with, or assigning team members to assist with, classroom technology, learning space design, faculty development, learning approaches, and evaluation needs.
  • Contributing to the institutional mission and vision regarding student success and teaching excellence.

Advanced-level positions in innovation include job titles such as director of innovation and instructional technology, director of lean transformation, and director of digital innovation and ecosystems. Professionals in these positions are responsible for directing and leading the operations of large innovation-related projects, often with managers and other staff reporting to them.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations

Other options From Here

Interested in a career path that focuses more specifically on teaching and learning? Take a look at the Teaching and Learning Pathway in the advanced level for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Directing an innovation center or an office for teaching effectiveness.
  • Directing work and/or initiatives supporting transformation across the organization.
  • Establishing a strategy for and operationalizing the scholarship of innovation on your campus.
  • Leading library innovation initiatives.

Advanced level positions in information technology include job titles such as director of analytics, director of client services, and director of network work services. Professionals in these positions are responsible for directing and leading the operations of large areas of information technology, often with managers and other staff reporting to them.

Recommended Education

Bachelor's or master's degree (or equivalent experience) depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative career? Take a look at the Teaching and Learning Pathway's advanced level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Leading a team charged with the supervision of institutional information technology systems, including data, client experience, and web services.
  • Leading and developing central information technology teams of staff and student employees to oversee client relationships, service and help desk support, classroom technology, and information technology project management.
  • Collaborating with institutional stakeholders to make decisions for technology procurement and implementation.
  • Providing insight and leadership for institution web applications.

Director of Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence Center

Salary Range:
$67,000–$150,000

Guide faculty to achieve student learning outcomes through development of faculty members’ expertise in teaching methodologies and pedagogies. May be responsible for the learning management system application, assuring education of new and returning faculty to use the system to its greatest advantage.

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Director, Center for Innovation

Salary Range:
$85,000–$227,000

Direct operations of an innovation center. Provide leadership in program design, implementation, and oversight, as well as the development and coordination of a virtual higher education center. Work collaboratively with other institutional departments to further foster quality of programming as well as support student enrollment and retention.

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Director of Design Thinking Research

Salary Range:
$42,000–$136,000

Apply a design thinking approach to innovation projects. This includes bringing a design-based approach to facilitations and conducting qualitative research for strategic innovation initiatives, while growing the practice of design thinking at the institution through trainings and consulting.

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Director for Innovation and Analytics

Salary Range:
$76,000–$136,000

Partner with campus departmental and unit leadership to develop and monitor strategic plans designed to maximize student success and measure progress through data and analytics. May coordinate the mapping and integration of data and information across the stages of the student life cycle to help ensure student success.

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Director, Strategy and Transformation

Salary Range:
$93,000–$167,000

Advance the university’s strategy and vision through change initiatives that deliver measurable business improvement. Direct change management operations to ensure business capabilities and operating model are as efficient and effective as possible, being fit-for-purpose in achieving strategic aims.

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Director, Digital Innovation and Ecosystems

Salary Range:
$49,000–$149,000

Oversee and implement technologies across the institution in support of the strategic mission and innovation-related goals. Work with institutional leadership to develop technology resources; design programs; develop/deliver training for faculty, staff, and students; and research, recommend, and implement solutions to further innovation goals.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Identify ways you and your team can support and address high-level campus-wide issues and priorities. Look for opportunities to connect the value of your division to organizational goals.
Communication
  • Identify ways to expand your professional network and organizational influence.
  • Incorporate your audience's needs and understanding into your communication approach and deliver presentations to increasingly higher level audiences.
  • Find communication strategies to communicate long-term vision and build consensus.
Participate in the Senior Directors Institute to develop your skills and techniques to effectively communicate, to motivate and engage employees, to spearhead strategies for institutional change, to exercise strategic decision-making, and to lead the way in overcoming enterprise-level challenges.
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Finance
  • Manage departmental costs to achieve organizational goals.
  • Understand your organization's budgetary infrastructure, financial processes, and funding models. Develop relationships with those in your organization who have finance roles.
Project Management & Strategy
  • Describe how a service mindset applies to leadership in technology.
  • Practice and demonstrate to those around you, your creative problem-solving, pattern recognition, and design thinking skills.
  • Use relevant data to make effective decisions, propose solutions, and benchmark.
Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Adopt hiring and recruiting practices that support the growth of a talented and diverse team that can execute on innovation.
  • Successfully navigate campus politics and develop conflict resolution and negotiation abilities.
  • Develop strategic goals through research, planning, and systems-thinking that will improve organizational results.
  • Think broadly about higher education and future technology trends to anticipate institutional needs.
Lead design thinking initiatives that serve key stakeholders in a way that is centered on supporting students and the institutional mission.
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Assess

Take our competency self-assessment for mid-level teaching and learning professionals to evaluate your skills and abilities and to help you identify your strengths and growth opportunities in the areas of academic communication, data-driven solutions, digital leadership and transformation, technology initiatives and more.

Make Connections

Attend a Member QuickTalk to connect with others on timely innovation topics, like digital transformation.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to higher education professionals who are early in their careers.

Give Back

Join an advisory or program committee and help shape content for the EDUCAUSE professional community. You can provide guidance and support to a particular area, lend your expertise to the development of our flagship events, or volunteer to review presentation proposals.

Give Back

Start or lead enterprise or innovation projects in domains such as digital transformation, which help advance your institution’s mission--check out our Dx library page.

Think & Speak

Propose an article for the EDUCAUSE Review.

Think & Speak

Present at an EDUCAUSE event such as the ELI Annual Meeting or the Annual Conference.

Think & Speak

Give guest lectures or talks at your institution to engage with, raise awareness of, and better understand teaching and learning concerns and opportunities for students and faculty.

Think & Speak

Facilitate QuickTalks, ELI Webinars, Learning Labs, and Institutes to stay connected and share knowledge. Find out more about how to apply to be Institute faculty.

Show Up

Go to the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, designed for, and attended by, the global community of higher education professionals.

Show Up

Take part in our innovation-related webinars featuring lively panel debates and cutting-edge insights. You can sign up for forthcoming webinars or review recordings and slides from past presentations.

Give Back

Download the Building a Culture of Innovation in Higher Education report, which includes a tool for leaders to assess their organization's progress in building a culture of innovation.

Give Back

Explore EDUCAUSE’s library pages of relevant resources about Innovation, and Infrastructure and Research Technologies.

Give Back

Participate in this Learning Lab to practice human-centered design methodologies and user-experience principles to nurture ideas from inception to prototyping and prove the viability of an idea.

Unit Executive Level

Executive Level

11-27 years
11-50 years
11-27 years
11-27 years

Unit executive level positions are typically members of the senior leadership team and work with constituents across the institution—faculty, staff, and students—to develop and deliver a comprehensive security and privacy program, including liaising with the campus general counsel on risk management and compliance activities. These positions may exist in Colleges of Medicine, Colleges of Law, or perhaps at a campus within a multi-campus district. Unit executives will need to have some familiarity with each level of information security work, from the strategic to the technical.

Recommended Education

Advanced degree in computer science, information technology, or related field. CISSP, CISM, GIAC, or equivalent certifications, depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative leadership career? Take a look at the information technology pathway's executive level for options.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Directing the development and delivery of an awareness and training program for students, faculty, staff, vendors, and other parties interacting with the institution’s data and services.
  • Planning and overseeing information security audits and risk assessments, such as penetration testing, tabletop exercises, and threat modeling, to drive information security prioritization and contribute to the institution’s risk management program.
  • Advising the institution’s counsel and leadership team on information security matters.
  • Defining and maintaining policies, standards, and practices for information and data security throughout the institution, encompassing on-premises and cloud technology, third-party engagements, and academic systems.
  • Serving as an active contributor and subject matter expert on projects that have security/privacy implications.
  • Reporting regularly on the posture of information security at the institution to the senior staff and the board of trustees.

Unit executive level roles in teaching and learning include job titles such as associate vice president online education, and associate provost for academic technology and innovation. These roles are often referred to as the Chief Academic Technology Officer, which can be a formal job title or a more informal institutional designation. Leaders in these roles guide institutional strategy in academic technology and learning innovation.

Recommended Education

PhD or EdD depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in an exploring an alternative career? Take a look at the Information Technology Pathway's executive level.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Providing strategic leadership for teaching and learning and academic technology across the institution, often overseeing multiple functional units.
  • Overseeing professional development programming for institutional teaching faculty.
  • Advocating for digital learning practices and informing academic colleagues of implementation processes.
  • Supervising academic planning, budget cycles, and digital learning plans for the institution and advising the president's office on teaching and learning needs.

Executive-level positions in innovation include job titles such as assistant vice chancellor for instructional innovation and support, chief digital transformation officer, and chief innovation architect. Professionals in these positions are responsible for providing leadership for large areas and sometimes multiple departments within the institution, usually involving strategic planning, budget oversight, and institutional leadership for innovation initiatives.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Establishing and providing strategic direction for innovation initiatives on campus.
  • Reporting out results of innovation initiatives.
  • Overseeing all of the digital learning units on campus.
  • Guiding innovation priorities at the system level.

Executive level positions in information technology include job titles such as chief data officer, chief information officer, vice president for IT, and assistant vice president for information technology. Professionals in these positions are responsible for providing leadership for large areas and sometimes multiple departments within the institution, usually involving strategic planning, budget oversight, and institutional leadership for digital initiatives. These positions work closely with other campus executives.

Recommended Education

Master's or doctoral degree (or equivalent experience) depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in pursuing an alternative career? Take a look at the Information Security Pathway's executive level for ideas.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Directing the overall information technology strategy for the institution and advising senior leadership related to digital initiatives.
  • Serving as an active contributor and subject matter expert on institutional projects involving technology.
  • Making strategic information technology operations and staffing decisions to align with the institutional mission and learning needs.
  • Collaborating with other senior leaders to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction for institutional digital efforts.

Associate Vice Provost for Pedagogical Innovation and Effectiveness

Salary Range:
$102,000–$198,000

Provide leadership in shaping campus strategy and provide campus-wide support for innovation in face-to-face, blended and online education. Duties include assisting academic units in developing new types of educational programs, especially online programs, guiding campus policies around online programs, and promoting the use of data-informed research and analytics to improve program quality and enhance teaching and learning for our campus.

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Dean of Library and Academic Innovation

Salary Range:
$100,000–$203,000

Provide innovative leadership in the development, execution, evaluation and improvement of library, academic support, and student engagement strategies that result in increased student success, equity, and goal attainment. Organize and execute intentional and broad engagement across the institutional community.

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Executive Director of Innovation

Salary Range:
$89,000–$180,000

Collaborate with functional units to capture and prioritize ideas for innovation. Oversee experimentation and new initiatives within the organization to support positive student, faculty, and staff experiences, and drive growth across key performance indicators. Influence key decisions and business processes, leading to increased measures of institutional success.

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Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Innovation

Salary Range:
$89,000–$167,000

Lead institutional strategic innovation efforts, and develop, implement, and direct a comprehensive effort to assess program and institutional effectiveness that fosters a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

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Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Salary Range:
$142,000–$200,000

Advise institutional leadership on all issues, processes, and organizational questions pertaining to digital transformation. Lead efforts related to coordinating, integrating, and managing the comprehensive digitalization of learning and teaching, research, and administration at the university.

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Assistant Vice President, Technology and Innovation

Salary Range:
$69,000–$160,000

Develop and implement innovative experiences and services for clients end users. Design and execute a strategic vision aligned with the overall institution's strategic plan for end user experience, enterprise solutions, and research support and services. Oversee activities relating to coordination of resources, services, and budgets pertaining to these areas.

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Chief Innovation Architect

Salary Range:
$46,000–$126,000

Lead innovation initiatives using project management best practices and enterprise architecture frameworks. Lead design efforts, oversee and perform research studies, and make recommendations for proposed implementations.

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NOTE: Salary data varies significantly by location, institutional type, and many other factors and should not be used for benchmarking. Job descriptions should be consulted for specific salary information. Average salary ranges sourced from various employment sites and active listings.

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John O'Brien, EDUCAUSE CEO and President, talks with Mike Corn, CISO for the University of California San Diego, and Cheryl Washington, CISO, for the University of California Davis, about the increasing relevance of the Chief Information Security Officer role.

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Freeman Hrabowski and Jack Suess on Successful President/CIO Collaboration

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Lifelong Learning
  • Continue to build your network with executive-level professionals inside and outside your division and institution. Look for opportunities to lead your profession.
Stay current with key trends, emerging technologies, and practices shaping the future of higher education.
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Communication
  • Deliver presentations to increasingly higher-level audiences.
  • Identify communication practices that strengthen trust with internal and external stakeholders and partners.
Learn and apply a process to help you imagine new strategic possibilities, to test and de-risk these possibilities, and to build compelling business cases to grow confidence and consensus.
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Finance
  • Demonstrate advanced business acumen, including the ability to plan through strategic thinking; to understand all areas of operations and how they are interconnected; and to recognize critical financial elements.
  • Engage with strategic partners and funders outside the institution.
Project Management & Strategy
  • Show creative problem-solving, pattern recognition, and design thinking skills.
  • Use relevant data to make effective decisions, propose solutions, and benchmark.
  • Use planning techniques to manage project budgets, stakeholders, and deliverables.
Understand and leverage the ways in which analytics can help higher education derive the information needed for strategic decision-making and meaningful change through a comprehensive data governance strategy.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making and behavior.
  • Develop strategic goals through research, planning, and systems-thinking.
  • Plan for sustainable organizational change through global thinking and the development of a culture of innovation.
Learn how to develop a digital transformation strategy.
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Assess

Complete this self-assessment to understand your institution’s capabilities for digital transformation in strategic innovation; data and analytics; institutional alignment, flexibility and agility; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and transformation of work and skills.

Assess

Use our Analytics Services to identify peer institutions, learn more about technology solutions, and benchmark resources through the Core Data Service (CDS).

Make Connections

Seek an executive coach to support critical transitions. EDUCAUSE offers one-on-one coaching at its annual conference.

Make Connections

Join the CIO Community Group to discuss issues and challenges that affect executive leaders in higher education.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to an experienced professional looking for career support.

Give Back

Serve on consortiums and nonprofit committees and boards, including the EDUCAUSE board. Learn more about the nomination process and how to apply.

Give Back

Volunteer for leadership and board roles with professional associations.

Give Back

Lead through volunteerism and chair an EDUCAUSE committee.

Think & Speak

Give guest lectures to engage with, raise awareness of, and better understand opportunities and needs for innovation.

Think & Speak

Facilitate QuickTalks, ELI Webinars, Learning Labs, and Institutes to stay connected and share knowledge. Find out more about how to apply to be Institute faculty.

Think & Speak

Prepare to present at an EDUCAUSE event, such as our annual conference, by leveraging our facilitation and design resources to polish your approach—or leverage our Presenter Concierge services.

Show Up

Attend trainings and conferences outside the higher education sector.

Learn

Stay apprised of user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities. EDUCAUSE’s Center for Analysis and Research uses data, analysis, and actionable recommendations to help you improve your IT service delivery and increase the strategic value of IT for your institution.

Learn

Participate in EDUCAUSE’s Executive Leaders Academy that focuses on how leaders can successfully develop individuals and teams, exhibit leadership in change and innovation, develop strategic goals for optimal outcomes, and advance their own leadership skills.

Learn

Renew your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review EDUCAUSE’s DEI book recommendations list for suggestions provided by community members, and watch this CIO Minute video about understanding your DEI story.

Institutional Executive Level

19-50 years
3-11 years
19-50 years
19-50 years

Under the general direction of the vice chancellor, president, and/or CIO, institutional executive-level positions are typically responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive, university-wide or district-wide information security and privacy program. These positions help inform and provide strategic guidance around information security to the CIO, the members of the institutional senior management team, the Board of Trustees, and the broader institutional community.

Recommended Education

Advanced degree in computer science, information technology, or related field. CISSP, CISM, CCSP, CEH, GIAC, or equivalent certifications, depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Staying current on the latest security and privacy legislation, regulations, advisories, alerts, and vulnerabilities pertaining to the institution and its mission.
  • Coordinating the development of institutional information security policies, standards, and procedures. Working with key information technology offices, data custodians, and governance groups in the development of such policies. Ensuring that university policies support compliance with external requirements.
  • Serving as the university compliance officer with respect to institutional, state, and federal information security policies and regulations, and submitting required reports to external agencies.
  • Leading and overseeing incident reporting and response systems to address security incidents, responding to alleged policy violations, or complaints from external parties, and serving as the official contact point for information security, privacy, and copyright infringement incidents, including maintaining relationships with law enforcement entities.

Institutional Executive Teaching and Learning include job titles such as Chief Online Learning Officer; Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs; and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. These roles are typically positioned at the institutional or district level of the organization and are responsible for providing institution-wide leadership, supervision, guidance, and direction for all educational programs, faculty and staff, and instructional policies and procedures. They may also provide leadership and supervision for academic support services, including tutoring, testing and assessment, and library services.

Recommended Education

PhD or EdD depending on career goals and institutional expectations.

Other options From Here

Interested in other senior leadership options? Consider the Innovation Pathway's institutional executive level.

You May Be Responsible For

  • Overseeing university curricula.
  • Providing leadership for evaluating and ensuring quality in all aspects of instructional and educational programs.
  • Directing budget preparation for the academic and academic-related programs.
  • Recommending, developing and implementing instructional policies, procedures, and practices that foster and promote student learning throughout the organization.
  • Building an innovative culture and guiding innovation process throughout the organization.

Institutional executive-level positions in innovation include job titles such as chief learning and innovation officer, vice president for research and innovation, and vice president for strategy and innovation. Professionals in these positions work with other executives and provide leadership for institution-wide initiatives and strategy.

Recommended Education

Master’s, MBA, or doctoral degree based on personal goals and institution’s expectations.

Other options From Here

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You May Be Responsible For

  • Representing the institution externally.
  • Directing institutional strategic planning and goal-setting.
  • Guiding partnerships with other institutions or industry.
  • Overseeing the transformation of every business process.

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Chief Learning and Innovation Officer

Salary Range:
$81,000–$273,000

Lead the rethinking and reimagining of student and adult learning across the institution. Supply the vision, ideas, innovations, and practices that will allow the institution to transform and modernize teaching and learning over time. Develop the vision, strategy, messaging, alignment and resource base to transform the University for a digital future. Collaborate with internal and external partners to build an innovative, enterprise-wide digital ecosystem that maximizes value, and minimizes silos. Bring a strategist mindset to the fore, anticipating future trends, adapting to new conditions and advising stakeholders on better opportunities. Ensure technologies reflect and advance the University's enduring commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Chief Innovation Officer

Salary Range:
$104,000–$275,000

Provide leadership as a member of a collaborative team to ensure that curriculum and instruction initiatives are aligned with institutional innovation priorities. Invest in and engage with internal and external stakeholders in discussions about innovative business models and educational practices.

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Vice Chancellor for Innovation

Salary Range:
$104,000–$280,000

Developing an innovation strategy and garnering support from business stakeholders, such as fellow C-level executives, employees, and partners; creating an innovation portfolio and roadmap to drive growth and spur investment; overseeing new innovations as they are introduced to the marketplace; ensuring innovation provides value to stakeholders and cultivates long-term relationships with those stakeholders; driving action on innovation plans in collaboration with relevant team members; building a strong network of connections who can support collaboration and provide valuable feedback innovation processes; establishing clear processes for generating ideas, creating prototypes and producing them; evaluating and balancing risk/reward for innovation and organizational objectives; supporting staff development; championing change management; and assessing competition and maintaining overall market awareness.

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Vice President for Research and Innovation

Salary Range:
$115,000–$290,000

Lead the strategic growth of research activities and oversee the management of research operations in the institution. Lead activities that enable and support innovation in research. Foster creativity and innovation by providing new insights into situations, questioning conventional approaches, encouraging new ideas, and supporting the design and implementation of new or novel programs/processes. Develop and share institutional expertise on contemporary library research consulting services, information pedagogy, data services, open educational resources, and/or access services.

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Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Salary Range:
$138,000–$285,000

Further strategic innovation at the institution by identifying, analyzing, and recommending ways to address emerging trends in the higher education ecosystem. Provide oversight of approved long-term plans and strategies; recommend priorities and resources to other campus leaders; and play a central role in realizing the institution's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Vice President, Digital Innovation

Salary Range:
$111,000–$258,000

Lead cross-departmental efforts to develop innovative, agile, and flexible services that support the institution's digital ambitions. Serve as a central advisor and strategic partner in implementing the institution's strategic vision.

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NOTE: Salary data varies significantly by location, institutional type, and many other factors and should not be used for benchmarking. Job descriptions should be consulted for specific salary information. Average salary ranges sourced from various employment sites and active listings.

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Explore Job Postings

NOTE: Salary data varies significantly by location, institutional type, and many other factors and should not be used for benchmarking. Job descriptions should be consulted for specific salary information. Average salary ranges sourced from various employment sites and active listings.

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Explore Job Postings

NOTE: Salary data varies significantly by location, institutional type, and many other factors and should not be used for benchmarking. Job descriptions should be consulted for specific salary information. Average salary ranges sourced from various employment sites and active listings.

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Two IT leaders discuss a cyberattack that occurred at each of their institutions and share insights into preparing for future threats.

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Looking at info techas a career path can be intimidating, but many working in this field didn't start out with intentions to work in cybersecurity. In this podcast, we ask several higher education cybersecurity professionals how they would encourage others to consider cybersecurity as a career option.

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Watch this video with Keith McIntosh, Vice President & Chief Information Officer at the University of Richmond, as he discusses the 3 most important relationships to develop at your institution.

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Lifelong Learning
  • Consider pursuing formal training to deepen your business knowledge.
  • Seek out 360-degree feedback to help you deepen your understanding on your own performance from the perspective of your peers, subordinates and superiors.
  • Seek developmental job assignments to help you focus on honing a newly acquired skill from formal training and have the opportunity to concretely apply what you’ve learned on the job.
  • Practice self-directed learning through structured curriculum, a reading list, or a sequence of tutorials.
Communication
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with an ability to speak to a variety of audiences, transform ambiguity into clarity, and articulate campus needs and aspirations with persuasiveness and conviction; excellent listening skills; and the capacity and willingness to engage in intellectual debate and discussion and change course based on new information and persuasive argument.
  • Strong diplomacy and negotiation skills; ability to bring key stakeholders together across differences to achieve goals.
  • Strive to be a clear communicator with a knack for translating complex issues into common understanding.
Finance
  • Demonstrated organizational abilities working in a complex academic organization, including strategic planning and budgeting, budget management, personnel management, labor relations, proposal development, and grant management.
Learn an accessible and actionable process to do the work of innovation. Learn and apply a process to help you imagine new strategic possibilities, test and de-risk these possibilities, and build compelling business cases to grow confidence and consensus.
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Project Management & Strategy
  • Develop an understanding of digital transformation in higher education and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
  • Assess strategies for reducing risk and monitoring the progress of technology projects across the organization.
  • Analyze continuous improvement processes to ensure the long-term success of technology projects.
Review the EDUCAUSE Digital Transformation (Dx) research on how the Dx phenomenon is playing out in higher education.
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Leadership, People, & Change Management
  • Elevate leadership ability and performance by developing traits such as situational awareness, influence, agility, transformational change management, emotional intelligence, and resilience.
  • Lead and educate on critical issues in higher education, such as new sources of competition, uses of technology in teaching and learning, online learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, and the student experience.
  • Good political acumen with a keen sense of how and when to engage the participation of different constituencies and the ability to build productive alliances.
The Leading Change Institute brings together higher education information sector leaders, including deans, librarians, and information technologists who seek to inspire, advocate for, and advance change in today’s rapidly changing higher education environment.
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Assess

Complete this analytics capabilities institutional self-assessment to understand your capabilities in the areas of Workforce, Data Governance, Data Management, Leadership, and Data-Informed Culture.

Make Connections

Look for opportunities to build relationships with innovators outside of higher education by participating in leadership and networking programs.

Make Connections

Seek an executive coach to support critical transitions. EDUCAUSE offers one-on-one meetings with professional executive coaches at its annual conference and online.

Engage in Mentoring

Become a mentor through our One to One Mentoring program and help provide guidance to an experienced IT professional looking for career support to get to the executive level.

Give Back

Contribute to advancing higher education by becoming a member of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors.

Give Back

Serve on consortiums and nonprofit committees and boards.

Give Back

Volunteer with professional associations.

Think & Speak

Facilitate Webinars, Learning Labs, and Institutes to network and share knowledge. Find out more about how to apply and serve as a faculty member at EDUCAUSE.

Think & Speak

Attend or speak at higher education and industry events to advocate for higher education needs and learn of innovative practices.

Show Up

Attend trainings and conferences outside the higher education industry.

Learn

Expand your view of innovation by reading books and articles on the topic from the corporate or nonprofit sectors.

Learn

Explore EDUCAUSE’s Executive Leaders Academy that focuses on how leaders can successfully develop individuals and teams, exhibit leadership in change and innovation, and advance their own leadership skill levels.

Learn

Stay apprised of user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities. EDUCAUSE’s Center for Analysis and Research uses data, analysis, and actionable recommendations to help you improve your service delivery and increase the strategic value of information technology for your institution.

Ways to Keep Growing

Throughout and beyond your innovation career, there are ways to keep contributing and providing thought leadership to the profession that may fall outside of the particular career levels identified above. Explore ways to make connections, to continue leading, and to support other professionals and institutions with your hard-earned expertise and experience.

Make Connections

Look for opportunities to build relationships with innovators outside of higher education by participating in leadership and networking programs.

Show Up

Attend trainings and conferences outside the higher ed world.

Show Up

Facilitate webinars, Learning Labs, and institutes to network and share knowledge. Find out more about how to apply and serve as a faculty member at EDUCAUSE.

Learn

Interested in tackling the most critical issues in higher education? The Leading Change Institute brings together leaders who seek to inspire, advocate for, and advance change in today’s increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing higher education environment.