HigherEdJobs Author in Residence
Combine the academic staple of a scholar in residence and the online interaction of a blog and you've got the HigherEdJobs Author in Residence. The blog series focuses on relevant topics related to higher education with discussions that follow trends and opinions of the higher education community.
The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer
A go-to resource to help provosts, deans, presidents, and trustees effectively meet the challenges of leading a college or university.
As the chief academic officer, the provost plays the central role in the contemporary university or college. He or she leads the faculty and serves as their key representative to the administration while simultaneously acting as the administration's spokesperson to the academic faculty. How has this essential leadership position evolved over the past few decades, and what are the best practices to adopt for succeeding in specific operational areas?
College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education
For nearly two decades, pundits have been predicting the demise of
higher education in the United States. Our colleges and universities
will soon find themselves competing for students with universities from
around the world. With the advent of massive open online courses
("MOOCS") over the past two years, predictions that higher education
will be the next industry to undergo "disruption" have become more
frequent and fervent. Currently a university's reputation relies heavily
on the "four Rs" in which the most elite schools thrive--rankings,
research, real estate, and rah! (i.e. sports). But for the majority of
students who are not attending these elite institutions, the "four Rs"
offer poor value for the expense of a college education.
The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance
Larry G. Gerber is a specialist in twentieth century American history, with a particular interest in public policy, political ideology, and the role of government in society as well as college and university governance. As our next Author in Residence, Gerber will discuss such topics as: the issue of contingent appointments and deprofessionalization of the faculty; corporatization of the university and the threat to the ideal of liberal education as well as the relation between "shared governance" and the rise to prominence of American colleges and universities.View More
Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America
Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. She writes about race relations, government and inequality in America. As our next Author in Residence, follow Cashin as she discusses her new book, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, and argues that affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people and offers a new framework for true inclusion.
Over the next three months, she will focus discussions on placed-based affirmative action and higher education, segregation and opportunity hoarding in higher education as well as how to create and promote multicultural coalitions for fairness and investment in k-16 education.
Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Searches
Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR is an expert when it comes to the higher education search process. His book, Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty Staff and Administrative Searches proves that. For our summer Author in Residence series, Dr. Lee will flip the tables and focus his blog posts on the job seeker. He will provide insight to the candidate on how a search committee works as well as how to navigate the job search process.
Finding the right candidate for administrative, professional and faculty positions is one of the most important tasks that any institution or enterprise undertakes. However, few higher education professionals receive training on the search committee process, but are expected to serve on or lead committees.
The Idea of the Digital University
It is widely believed that higher education is not what it used to be. Politicians are calling for a complete overhaul and the public is losing confidence in the institution. Many will agree that U.S. colleges and universities are in crisis. Authors Frank McCluskey and Melanie Winter, who have a combined 70 plus years in higher education, are optimistic about the future of the academy with one caveat. Institutions must come to terms with the digital revolution and the changes that have been imposed on the acquisition, storage and transmission of information, all while remaining true to its fundamental mission. In The Idea of the Digital University, the authors argue that the forces that have brought about these changes are the very tools we need to solve them.View More
Generation on a Tightrope
Examining college student expectations, aspirations, academics, attitudes, values, beliefs, social life, and politics, Generation on a Tightrope paints a portrait of today's undergraduates based on a study of 5,000 college students and 270 higher education professionals from various college campuses. Authors Diane R. Dean and Arthur Levine discuss the needs and attitudes of today's undergrads, with a look at how colleges and universities can address them.View More
Conversations with Great Teachers
What makes a great teacher? How do teachers connect with students? Why do teachers choose to teach? If you've ever thought about these questions or are interested in learning insight into the world of teaching, Dr. Bill Smoot's book, Conversations with Great Teachers, will interest you. Our most current author in residence has a written an intriguing book of interviews with educators of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Smoot shares what he has learned from various teachers from elementary school to university professors and others outside k-12 and higher education. It is a delightful book that offers the reader appreciation for the ever important role of the teacher.View More
Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction
In Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction, Dr. King discusses how jurisdictions are able to fluctuate and how turf battles occur and their potential effects. Drawing on his expertise in these matters, our next author in residence will discuss how the potential results of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections may affect higher education policy.View More
We're Losing our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education
According to Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh, co-authors of We're Losing our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education, "America is being held back by the quality and quantity of learning in college. This is a true educational emergency." Based on years of experience working as faculty, administrators and consultants in academia, Keeling and Hersh offer an honest and straightforward dissection of the educational system, but also propose meaningful solutions on how to overcome this crisis in higher education and make our students of today the sound leaders of tomorrow.View More
The Innovative University
The Innovative University, written by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring, discusses how universities can be cutting-edge in their thinking and functioning, while still maintaining tradition. We are fortunate to have Henry Eyring as our next Author In Residence blogger for 2011. A recent review of the book states, "This superbly documented book is a must read for anyone who cares about America's universities and colleges and the invaluable role they play in our contemporary society. Henry Eyring and Clayton Christensen remind us of higher education's history and thoughtfully examine the critical strands of its DNA that require 're-engineering' to insure survival and good health for our richly diverse system. Perhaps the best feature of this volume is that it goes beyond analysis to offer what is possible through models that are scalable, transferable, and responsive to the needs of learning, discovery, and engagement."View More
The Heart of Higher Education
The Heart of Higher Education, written by Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc, inspires the reader to look beyond the traditional thinking of higher education and examine the student as a whole. We are fortunate to have Arthur Zajonc as our first Author In Residence blogger for 2011. A recent review of the book states, "Palmer and Zajonc have issued a compelling call for change and renewal in higher education. They show us how colleges and universities can be transformed by taking a more integrated approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the inner lives of their students." As stated by the authors, "The Heart of Higher Education is for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses."View More
The Great American University
HigherEdJobs is pleased to introduce the Fall Semester 2010 Author in Residence blogger, Jonathan R. Cole, and his book, The Great American University. A review from The Economist states, "His book is really three, each a magisterial work. First, he sets out an admirably comprehensive history of how America's great universities came into being. Then, he trawls for examples of the enriching inventiveness of these institutions, listing the extraordinary range of innovations in technology and in thinking that have sprung from their research. Finally, he outlines the forces that threaten America's research universities."View More
Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System
Peter Weddle's book, Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, has been called the What Color is Your Parachute? for the 21st century. It explores what it takes to achieve and sustain career success in the modern American workplace. Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it introduces both a new way of looking at work and a regimen of practical activities to increase the strength, reach and endurance of one's career.View More