The Evolution Revolution

The Application of a Leadership Adaptation Continuum to the Future of Global Higher Education Post COVID-19



Viewing the COVID-19 crisis with the application of a leadership adaptation continuum provides insight into tracking systemic and environmental issues that could affect future educational sustainability. Leadership in higher education involves hedging in response to punctuated bursts that challenge educational stasis. Principles from the evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium illustrate leadership speciation that emerged during the fall of 2019 in Wuhan, China. Using an interdisciplinary phenomenological approach, the authors pulled concepts of evolutionary biology, business, and higher education leadership to understand the leaders’ position on our leadership adaptation continuum model before and after the crisis, along with the association to varying leaders’ response strategies; prevention-focused leadership, promotion-focused leadership, pragmatic leadership, and progressive leadership. By cross cutting our approach through different disciplines, new approaches to identifying future leaders that are adaptable and responsive can assist educators in surviving and succeeding during uncertain times.

How to cite this chapter:

Silveus, A., & Ekpe, L. (2022). The evolution revolution: The application of a leadership adaptation continuum to the future of global higher education post-COVID-19. In  R. Ammigan, R. Y. Chan, & K. Bista, (eds)., COVID-19 and higher education in the global context: Exploring contemporary issues and challenges (pp. 11-24). STAR Scholars.


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Author Biographies

Allison Silveus, University of North Texas Health Science Center: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Allison Silveus, EdD, is an educational program manager for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Development Center. Prior to this role, she was a research assistant at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she performed DNA typing. While at Texas Christian University (TCU), she had the privilege of being accepted for the TCU Global Outlooks Leadership program, publishing work on English Language Learners’ use of hybrid language (2018), and presentation of research on in-group bias in a STEM program (2018). Allison is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and a reviewer for the Journal for the American Board of Family Medicine. She received her bachelor of science in biology (2005) and from University of Texas at Arlington, a master of science in forensic genetics at UNT Health Science Center (2007), and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Texas Christian University (2021). She co-founded Unbent Inc, which is a neurodiversity tool for assessing decisionmaking. E-mail:

Leslie Ekpe, Texas Christian University

Leslie Ekpe is a PhD student at Texas Christian University, where she is pursuing her degree in higher educational leadership. Her work aims to access for marginalized students at the K-12 and post-secondary education levels. Leslie holds a BS degree in Management from Alabama A&M University, an MA degree in Communication Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MBA degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. 0002-1353-5560 E-mail:




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Silveus, A. ., & Ekpe, L. (2021). The Evolution Revolution: The Application of a Leadership Adaptation Continuum to the Future of Global Higher Education Post COVID-19. STAR Scholar Books, 11–24. Retrieved from