The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education

The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education

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ISBN-13: 9781620362389
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 1,133,587
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edna Chun is Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is, with Alvin Evans, award-winning authors and human resource and diversity leaders with extensive experience in complex, multi-campus systems of higher education. Two of their books, Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity (2007) and Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education (2009) were recipients of the prestigious Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award by the national College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Their most recent publications include The New Talent Acquisition Frontier (2013), Diverse Administrators in Peril: The New Indentured Class in Higher Education (2012) and Creating a Tipping Point: Strategic HR in Higher Education (2012). Evans and Chun have published a number of journal articles in leading professional and diversity journals on talent management and diversity strategies.

Alvin Evans serves as Interim Vice President of Human Resources for Kent State University. He is, with Edna Chun, award-winning authors and human resource and diversity leaders with extensive experience in complex, multi-campus systems of higher education. Two of their books, Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity (2007) and Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education (2009) were recipients of the prestigious Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award by the national College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Their most recent publications include The New Talent Acquisition Frontier (2013), Diverse Administrators in Peril: The New Indentured Class in Higher Education (2012) and Creating a Tipping Point: Strategic HR in Higher Education (2012). Evans and Chun have published a number of journal articles in leading professional and diversity journals on talent management and diversity strategies.

Walter H. Gmelch is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Formerly he served as Dean of the College of Education at Iowa State University and Interim Dean of the College of Education, Professor, and Chair of the Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology Department at Washington State University. Currently, Walt Gmelch also serves as Director of the National Center for the Study of Academic Leadership.

As educator, management consultant, university administrator, and former business executive, Gmelch has conducted research and written extensively on the topics of leadership, team development, conflict, and stress and time management. He has published numerous articles, books, and scholarly papers in national and international journals. Gmelch is author or co-author of eleven books. Today, he is one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education, serving as editor of two journals and on the editorial board of a half dozen other journals including The Department Chair, Innovative Higher Education, Academic Leadership, and the Center for Academic Leadership Newsletter. He has directed two national studies of 1,600 university department chairs in the United States, one study of 1,580 Australian department heads, another investigation of 1,000 community college chairs, and recently has completed an international study of 2,000 academic deans in Australia and America.

Gmelch has received numerous honors including a Kellogg National Fellowship, the University Council for Educational Administration Distinguished Professor Award, the Faculty Excellence Award for Research, and the Education Press Award of America. In addition, he served in the Danforth Leadership Program; has been an advisor to the Salzburg Seminar on Higher Education; and has been an Australian Research Fellow.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword—Walter H. Gmelch
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Prelude
Chapter 2: Retooling the Educational Playing Field
Chapter 3: The Chair’s Vantage Point on Diversity
Chapter 4: Building a New Taxonomy for Diversity in the Academic Department
Chapter 5: The Chair’s Leadership Role in Formal and Informal Processes
Chapter 6: Bridge Building: The Chair’s Role in Fostering Diversity Learning Outcomes and Student Identity Development
Chapter 7: Developing a Departmental Action Plan for Diversity
Chapter 8: Summation and Recommendations
Appendix A: Distribution of Chairs by Discipline, Region, and Institutional Type
Appendix B: Blind Spots and Levers
About the Authors
Index

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