Tag Archives: Higher Education

Football and Diversity in Higher Education

The Super Bowl is next weekend, so I have football on the mind for this blog post. I’ve been thinking of two topics recently—hiring more diverse faculty and administrators and the Pacific Islander pipeline to college. Many NFL teams, including my Philadelphia Eagles, are moving past their disappointing seasons and looking to the future. After […]

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Three Less Recognized, but Critically Needed, Skills of Leadership in Higher Education

There are few organizations as complex in terms of mission, structure and stakeholders as a university. And while shared governance is clearly an operational necessity in higher education, administrative leadership is also required to produce optimum outcomes for students, faculty, staff and the broader community of an institution. Among many other duties, leaders in higher […]

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Why International Travel Changed My Life

This past winter break afforded me time to reflect on why I decided to be a higher education researcher, rather than continue my previous career in music. Immediately after completing a Masters degree in music, I “lucked” into a full-time, visiting professorship at a regional university in rural North Carolina.  The job was extremely gratifying […]

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Phyllis Schlafley and I Go Way Back

Phyllis Schlafley and I go way back. She plagued me in the late 1970s when I was a college student. I had been sexually assaulted in the first semester of my freshman year, and was struggling with feelings of shame and rage. I watched her almost single-handedly engineer the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment […]

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On the Job Market, Part Two

I was fortunate to get invited to a campus interview this past fall. It was another marathon in its own way.  Here’s what I learned. The interview days I was flown out the day before my interview. So, when they say that the interview starts the moment you land at the airport that was exactly how […]

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My Higher Ed Wish List

The past year was an exciting yet troubling time for higher education. Those of us who are dedicated to making institutions more accessible and equitable places for students have a long road ahead in 2016, but we also saw some signs of progress in 2015. As we engage in the holidays and the beginning of […]

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Semester in Review and Students as Change Agents

The semester is ending. Students are submitting papers. Professors are grading papers. And, hopefully, all had a great four months. As I reflect, I am thankful for a challenging and rewarding semester. I am grateful to have a career that allows me—via research, teaching, and service—to interact with an array of people and, along the […]

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Selective Silence

About two weeks ago, I shut down my Facebook to the bare minimum. I use Facebook as a means to communicate with friends and family, but also with the academic community that I am a part of. Between the terrorist attacks globally, the ongoing murders of men of color in the US, and the ongoing […]

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Going Off Campus: What Any Employee Wants

Part of the work I do with the FDA is helping units understand their scores on the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The process we use is a series of focus groups with different levels of employees to explore the top and bottom ten items, according to their responses, from that survey. Over the last […]

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Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts – Higher Education’s Next Mission

Americans don’t seem too concerned with “Exaggerations.”  Donald Trump saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the collapse of the World Trade Center.  Ben Carson is certain that the Biblical Joseph built the pyramids to store grain.  Birthers are certain that our president was born in Africa even after he produced a birth certificate issued in Hawaii.  We […]

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