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Joe D. Nichols, Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Studies in the School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Teacher as Teacher
Chapter 3 The Teacher as Leader
Chapter 4 The Teacher as Servant and Steward
Chapter 5 The Teacher as Servant Leader to Students
Chapter 6 The Teacher as Servant Leader to Parents and Families
Chapter 7 The Teacher as Servant Leader to Colleagues and the School Administration
Chapter 8 The Teacher as Servant Leader to the Community
9 Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Joe D. Nichols has crafted a book of magnanimous spirit, profound understandings of the human heart, and an enduring commitment to perhaps the most central position in every good society: that of the teacher. Teachers as Servant Leaders has such generosity, such incrementally ascending understandings of the responsibilities of the true teacher, and such a refreshing approach to being a servant leader in the core of the nation, it is a must read for all who have ever been inspired by those who give themselves to educate, mentor, and in effect, love, others.
— Shann French, editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership; Gonzaga University, editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership; Gonzaga University
Three cheers for Joe D. Nichols! Teachers as Servant Leaders is a welcome addition to the powerful and growing body of literature on education and servant-leadership, as well as being a potent reminder of the legacy of teachers who serve first, then lead.
— Larry C. Spears, author/editor of Insights on Leadership; president, The Spears Center for Servant-Leadership; servant-leader scholar, Gonzaga Un
Taking Robert K. Greenleaf's philosophy of leader as servant as a starting point, Nichols (Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.) paints a compelling image of the values and beliefs of an exemplary teacher who leads by serving students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and the community—the teacher as servant leader. This image of the teacher necessarily goes far beyond the No Child Left Behind era emphasis on test scores and rote learning that has dominated discourse about the teaching profession during the first decade of the 21st century. Drawing upon the work of such iconic thinkers such as Emerson, Thoreau, Dewey, George Counts, Howard Gardner, and Alfie Kohn, Greenleaf envisions a teacher who tends to the cognitive, psychological, and socio-emotional dimensions of students with great passion and who stimulates interest and enthusiasm in learning. Leading by serving parents and community occurs within an interconnected, ecological system paradigm instead of a deficit paradigm. Leadership theory is presented, but mainly consists of descriptions of traits, including attitudes and values. Summing Up: Recommended.
— Choice Reviews