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New book by Fenwick English combines science and art of educational leadership

Fenwick W. English, R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, recently published a book titled The Art of Educational Leadership. In the new work,English argues that effective moral leadership in education can only be achieved through a reconnection with the humanities rather than a sole dependency on the social sciences. The book is being touted as the first work in educational leadership to outline a balance between the science and the art of the field.

The Art of Educational Leadership provides one of the most complete examinations of leadership that I have encountered. I admire the way it urges students to think and reflect. This text is a fresh, new look at leadership,” says Louise MacKay of East Tennessee State University.

The book is meant to be used by students participating in formal graduate preparation programs. Reflective questions and definitions of key terms at the end of each chapter guide students’ reading. With its emphasis on a reconnection to the humanities, the book also features films and videos that can be used as classroom teaching tools in leadership, such as Malcolm X (1992) and Frida (2002).

The Art of Educational Leadership joins more than 20 books and 100 journal articles authored or coauthored by English during his career. Having held numerous positions in kindergarten through 12th-grade education and higher education, English is immediate past president of the University Council for Educational Administration.