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Career Development for New and Aspiring CIOs
EDUCAUSE supports those in the IT profession with information and skill development. To keep the higher education “CIO pipeline” strong, our community must ens ure that qualified individuals are attracted to senior IT roles, are prepared to assume more responsibility, and are supported in these positions. Below are career development resources for aspiring and new CIOs. To suggest additions, contact us.
Challenge Accepted! Why CIO Is the Best Job on Campus, EDUCAUSE Review Online, April 21st, 2014. In our inaugural transmedia piece, EDUCAUSE asks the question, is the CIO position the pinnacle of a technology career—or a powerless position? Five CIOs tell us why they think they have the best job on campus.
Today's Higher Education IT Workforce, ECAR Study, January 2014. This ECAR research incorporates results from a comprehensive survey on more than 2,000 IT professionals as well as focus groups to provide a description of the current state of today’s IT workforce, how it has changed in the past three years, and what changes may need to be implemented to retain and strengthen IT staff.
- Learn how successful CIOs got their start and how they were able to advance.
- Prepare for the CIO role by developing your skills and knowledge.
- Focus on your performance and what you can do to succeed.
- Learn what to focus on the first 90 days, the first year, and the first five years.
Professional Development Activities for New and Aspiring CIOs
A Portfolio for Strengthening IT Leadership Skills. EDUCAUSE Vice President Julie Little and Leadership Director Norma Holland discuss the current EDUCAUSE professional development programs in an EDUCAUSE Review Leadership column (June 3, 2013).
CONNECT: San Diego, San Antonio, —CIO and Executive IT Leader Roundtable
Resources for New and Aspiring CIOs
Preparation for Becoming a CIO
- In the June 2013 EDUCAUSE Review Online article and video The CIO: Defining a Path for the Future, Mark Askren, CIO for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, discusses the perceived and actual role of CIOs.
- Aspiring and Residing IT Leaders: A Legacy for the Future, EDUCAUSE Review, January 2012. Keith W. "Mac" McIntosh, winner of the inaugural EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award, talks about becoming a leader and developing future leaders in the IT professional community. He outlines three steps that aspiring leaders can take to cultivate their leadership skills and three steps that residing leaders can take to leave a lasting legacy.
- Filling the IT Leadership Pipeline: A Panel Discussion, EDUCAUSE Review Online, January 23, 2012. Six CIOs and senior technology leaders discuss their backgrounds, the strengths and skills future CIOs will need to do the job, and the challenges of preparing the next generation of CIOs. They list the most critical competencies for current and future CIOs and debate whether these competencies are changing.
- The Importance of Mentors on the Journey to a First CIO Position. This EDUCAUSE 2012 session covers different mentoring styles that can be used during the different steps in the journey toward that first CIO position.
- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow, 2011. This ECAR report examines the CIO role—past, present, and emergent.
- Spurring Others Toward Leadership in Our Profession. This EDUCAUSE 2011 session offers approaches, thoughts, and ideas to spur others toward leadership within higher education IT, focusing on two audiences with differing perspectives: those who aspire to be leaders, and those who are residing leaders.
- Does It Really Take One to Be One? Melissa Woo, an EDUCAUSE blogger, asks the questions she feels an aspiring CIO needs to ask oneself.
Interviewing for the Job
- CIO Open Space Session: The Insider's View on the Recruitment of a CIO. This EDUCAUSE 2012 session, presented by the managing partners of Next Generation Executive Search, offers insights and discusses preparation for sitting and rising CIOs considering new leadership opportunities.
- Land That Job! Preparing to Interview for Your First CIO Position. Preparing to interview for your first CIO position can be intimidating. In this EDUCAUSE 2012 session, current and former CIOs provided advice on preparing for interviews.
The First Year as a CIO
- The First 90 Days in a New CIO Position, HBR Blog, August 2013. Steve Gallagher blogs about his new CIO position at the Harvard Business School.
- Being CIO: 5 tips for surviving the first 90 days, O’Reilly Radar, November 2010. Jonathan Reichental discusses how CIOs can set the tone during their early days with a new organization.
- Four panelists talk about a CIO's first year in this session video from EDUCAUSE 2012 and this accompanying EDUCAUSE Review Online article, EDUCAUSE 2012 Panel: A CIO's First Year (June 3, 2013).
- CIO "Advice" Focus Groups: First Year of a CIO and CIO Search Committee Strategies. These notes (Word document) from a 2013 Southeast Regional Conference session include advice on getting the CIO job and how to navigate the first year in the role.
- Onboarding CIOs and other Executive Level IT Staff. This 2013 Midwest Regional Conference session includes a checklist for preparing your new CIO to lead on day 1.
- The CIO Minute: George Claffey Jr. In this July 2013 video, George Claffey Jr., CIO for Charter Oak State College, talks about 10 things new CIOs can do to be more effective.
- CIO Bookshelf, a list of resources gathered by the EDUCAUSE CIO list.
CIO Constituent Group. This EDUCAUSE constituent group is designed for discussion of issues and challenges that affect chief information officers in higher education: the role of the CIO, financing and funding strategies, planning and organizing for information resources (especially information technology) within the institution, human resource issues, policies for the networked information environment, and the future of higher education. This group meets at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and uses the electronic discussion list to discuss issues throughout the year.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for CIO
- Beyond the CIO Position
December 6, 2013
David Lassner is currently Interim President of the University of Hawaii, where he served as the first Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since 2007.…
- Both Sides Now: The Search for a CIO
February 23, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference 2011
Whether you are aspiring to become the CIO of an academic institution or lead that institution's search for a CIO, you will benefit from participating in the interactive presentation highlight…
- Business Models, Higher Education, and the CIO - Sponsored by Wowza Media Systems
October 1, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Much has been written about the disruption of higher education's business model. The term "business model" has been used many times recently, but it seems to have many definitions.…
- Can We Talk? The Faculty and the CIO: A Conversation
January 1, 1997
This paper summarizes a series of conversations and confrontations between an actual senior faculty member and an associate vice chancellor for information technology. The authors each present the …
- Career Planning for CIOs
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
IT leaders in higher education spend a lot of time focused on the new normal of increased demand, reduced resources, and constant change, which has an impact on their career growth and survival str…
- CAUSE's CIO Constituent Group: Sharing Experience and Expertise
January 1, 1996
When the CAUSE constituent group for CIOs meets -- whether at the association's annual conference or online throughout the year -- the interaction is always stimulating. This article reports t…
- Challenge Accepted! Why CIO Is the Best Job on Campus
April 21, 2014
Is the CIO position the pinnacle of a technology career—or a powerless position? Five CIOs tell us why they think they have the best job on campus. …
- Changing Jobs in Difficult Financial Times
July 30, 2009
Key Takeaways Starting a new job as CIO in these challenging financial times requires immediate attention to your new institution’s IT problems — and successes. A simple checklist o…
- CHECS CIO and Technology Leader Research Results for 2014
October 1, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Virtual Conference 2014
The CHECS CIO and technology leader (TL) research results for 2014 revealed a number of positive changes including the recognition by CIOs and TLs of the importance of mentoring and on-the-job tr…
- Chief Information Officer Effectiveness in Higher Education
February 23, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2006
The number and complexity of the issues the CIO deals with regularly are vast and complicated. This doctoral study in four-year or above higher education institutions in the United States examined …