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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: Portland, Chicago, Baltimore—CIO and Executive IT Leader Roundtable
EDUCAUSE 2014 - September 29–October 2, 2014 | Orlando, Florida and Online
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
- Podcast: Kenneth Spelke on CIO Strategies for a Twelve College System
March 22, 2012
In this podcast, Ethan Benatan , vice president for information technology & CIO at Marylhurst University, interviews Ken Spelke , CIO for the Board of Trustees of Community Technical C…
- Aspiring and Residing IT Leaders: A Legacy for the Future
January 23, 2012
Keith W. McIntosh ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at Pima Community College. The winner of the inaugural EDUCAUSE Rising Star Aw…
- Filling the IT Leadership Pipeline: A Panel Discussion
January 23, 2012
Bruce Maas is CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to June 2011, he was the CIO at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brian Paige i…
- Information Technology: A View from Both Sides of the President's Desk
January 23, 2012
Michael A. McRobbie ( email@example.com ) is President of Indiana University. A university president who was also his institution's vice president for information technology and…
- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow
December 1, 2011
What is the CIO's role and how is it changing? Who is doing these jobs? Who will aspire to these positions when today's CIOs retire? What skills are needed? Might you seek this excit…
- EDUCAUSE Now - #48 - 1) Using Metrics 2) Indiana University's E-Text Program
February 9, 2012
Subscribe to the EDUCAUSE NOW RSS feed This episode of EDUCAUSE Now features: Using Metrics (:35-5:08) Using metrics is crucial to the success of your organization . B…
- Getting Our Attention: Building a Successful Relationship w/CIOs
October 12, 2011
Learn the basics of how higher education is organized, how institutional decisions are made and communicated, and characteristics and examples of successful higher-ed IT campus-corporate partner…
- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrowâ€”Slide Presentation
September 28, 2011
This slide presentation illuminates findings from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) 2011 research on the role of the higher education CIO and the state of the IT workforce. Th…
- The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow, 2011
October 3, 2011
Key Findings The CIO role in higher education continues to inspire, perplex, and fascinate those who examine it. The 2011 ECAR study of information technology leaders in colleges and universit…
- Making the Case for the Information Strategy
September 6, 2011
Whether improving access to learning resources and research collections, developing management information systems to support decision making, or facilitating better communication, the informa…