From the Classroom to the Boardroom

A Guide to the Successful Transition from Teaching to Administration for ESL and Beyond
Gerald L. Boyd and Mary E. O'Neill


Have you considered moving into an ESL administrative position? Have you wondered if you would make a good administrator? If you answered yes to these questions, this book is for you. From the Classroom to the Boardroom was written for the teacher contemplating a move to administration. The book is full of important advice and issues to consider regarding this career move. To help, Self-Reflection Questions close each chapter of the book.

In From the Classroom to the Boardroom , the authors draw on their many years of experience in ESL program administration to help potential or new administrators understand how to successfully transfer their instructional skills and abilities to the new role. Since most institutions do not provide any formal administrative training, the authors have written this useful manual for exploring the road to educational administration.

The book covers topics such as understanding the organizational structure and different administrative positions, determining when to move into an administrative role, the qualities of an effective administrator, the administrator's quest for resources, and tips for revamping the resume for a new role. The book also contains useful case studies specific to working with international students.

Gerald L. Boyd is currently Dean of Languages and Literature at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). As Division Dean, he oversees the English and Developmental English Department, the ESL Department, the American Sign Language and Interpreting Department, and the Foreign Language Department. This represents about 6,000 students and 160 administrative staff and instructional faculty members. He received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 1999 for exemplary service to the college. He has also co-authored The Accent for Success: A Practical Guide for International Students.

Mary E. O'Neill has been an instructor of ESL since 1990. After three years as an instructor at NVCC, Mary entered into administration in a part-time capacity. By the eighth year, Mary assumed the responsibilities of Assistant Coordinator of Community Education ESL Program at the Annandale Campus in a full-time capacity. Within two years she was selected as the Coordinator of the same program.

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 184pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2006
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03069-9

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  • program administration, professional development, education, educational administration, case studies, understanding organizational structure, institutional mission, organizational theory, course evaluation, classroom management, prioritizing resources, allocating resources, leadership, decision making, conflict resolution, qualities of an effective administrator, maintaining morale, resume writing, job applications, interviewing, international students, academic misconduct, cultural conflict, self-reflection