ALE Online Writing Community - Fall 2016
Purpose & Overview
The mission of the Association of Leadership Educators, is to strengthen and sustain the expertise of professional leadership educators. Our vision is to “establish the bridge between research and practice in Leadership Education through an inclusive and engaging community of dynamic leadership educators, committed to consistently growing, thriving, and advancing the field of Leadership Education.”
“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” - Immanuel Kant
One way to bridge the gap between research and practice is to see ourselves as practitioner-scholars (or, scholar-practitioners); more specifically, to engage in scholarship of leadership education practice. This may include forms of educational research, innovative ideas for our classrooms and programs, case-studies of best-practices, community-engaged scholarship, theoretical explorations, or critical reflections on practice. For example, The National Leadership Education Research Agenda emphasizes a set of priorities to help frame important questions for our field.
For some leadership educators, scholarship may be an expectation of their role. For others it is an area of interest, but not a professional expectation. We may struggle to “find the time” to write. For some of us, producing scholarship may be an intimidating process, or there may be lack of access - or an entry point - into scholarship.
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
Whether it is your first effort or you are well published, writing can feel like a risky endeavor - and often, an isolating task. We want to create a writing community that supports leadership educators who desire to improve their writing and contribute to our field through scholarship. The ALE Fall Writing Community is a program to connect our members and provide on-line/virtual accountability and encouragement toward the production and submission of a scholarly work (e.g., journal article, book chapter, newsletter feature, book review, conference paper, work of art, etc.).
How it Works
It’s an experiment - and we hope you’ll join us!
Please direct questions to: Kerry Priest, firstname.lastname@example.org