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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30094

Title: Motivations and Experiences of Elected Governing Council Members
Authors: Kanga Fonseca, Renu
Advisor: Jones, Glen A.
Chambers, Tony
Department: Theory and Policy Studies in Education
Keywords: University
Governance
Elected
Governor
Student
Staff
Faculty
Alumni
Governing
Board
Council
Senate
Motivation
Experience
Trustee
Member
Issue Date: 29-Nov-2011
Abstract: This qualitative study explores the motivations and experiences of individuals elected to serve on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. Elected governors include alumni, students, staff and faculty. Six semi-structured interviews were conducted with 2 alumni governors, 2 student governors, and 2 staff/faculty governors. Interview questions helped to examine personal motivations behind serving in university governance, activities and duties of governors, self-perceptions of effectiveness and improvements to the experience of elected members. The responses were used to create interview summaries and discover common themes in the experiences of elected governors. Four theme areas emerged. They are (1) initial motivations, (2) learning and informal communication, (3) personal benefits, pride and positive experience, and (4) approach to governance. This study includes a discussion of the unique position of alumni governors and suggests improvements to the governor experience as recommended by the research participants.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30094
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