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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for CIO
- Reflections on a Career as a Four-Time CIO
October 11, 2005
This research bulletin is a personal account of the career of James Penrod, who served as chief information officer at four higher education institutions for over 25 years. Well known as an exper…
- Reminiscences of an Accidental Programmer
October 20, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2005 Annual Conference
Life is a series of choices, occasional accidents, experiences, and more choices. In this session, the presenter will recall key career choices, accidents, and experiences that led her from her fir…
- Research and Experience: The Role of the Strategic and Adaptive Chief Information Officer in Higher Education
May 18, 2012
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2012
The session combines extensive analysis on the updated role and expectations of a higher education IT leader, along with a CIO's observations on how this is playing out for those in the field.…
- Restructuring a Large IT Organization: Theory, Model, Process, and Initial Results
January 1, 1995
Three years ago the University of Wisconsin/Madison merged three existing but disparate technology-related units into a single division, reporting to a chief information officer. The new Division o…
- Rethinking Academic Technology Leadership in an Era of Change
February 13, 2008
Rethinking Academic Technology Leadership in an Era of Change © 2008 Michael J. Albright and John Nworie. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComm…
- Run IT as a business -- why that's a train wreck waiting to happen
January 18, 2010
Author Bob Lewis says "Everything you've been told is wrong: What IT should do instead". Author Bob Lewis says "Everything yo…
- Seamanship of the CIO: Fish vs Cut Bait ... or Bail vs Abandon Ship
January 1, 2001
IT leadership in higher education can be confusing. This session will share information about management techniques and political diplomacy. We will cover developing consensus in IT strategic plann…
- Selecting a CIO
January 1, 2004
© 2004 Brian L. Hawkins EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 6 (November/December 2004). Brian L. Hawkins Brian L. Hawkins is President of EDUCAUSE. Comments on this article can be sent to…
- SEM02-Senior Leadership Forum: Ready or Not (separate registration required) - Sponsored by Atrion Networking Corporation
March 24, 2014
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
Please join us for our annual Senior Leadership Forum. The afternoon will begin with a networking lunch, where you can catch up with colleagues and develop new connections. Our program will featu…
- Seminar 01A - Aligning IT Leadership with Institutional Missions: The Reality of Being a CIO PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee is required to attend this seminar.
October 23, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Senior IT leaders in higher education function at the intersection of two worlds. CIOs serve as the interface between the processes and practices of the technological world and the ambiguities and …