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Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive

By Susan Resneck Pierce, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, May 2014. ISBN: 978-1-118-73849-8 As pressures mount in the academic world, more …

On Being Presidential: A Guide for College and University Leaders

By Susan Resneck Pierce, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, November 2011. ISBN 978-1-118-02776-9 Adequate training is hard to come by and …

Ellison’s Invisible Man (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)

By Susan Resneck Pierce (Parr), Modern Language Association of America; 1 edition (January 1, 1989). ISBN: 978-0873525060 …

The Moral of the Story: Literature, Values and American Education

By Susan Resneck Parr, Teachers College Pr (September 1982). ISBN: 978-0807727164 …

Talking Presidents Off the Ledge

Originally published: "Talking Presidents Off the Ledge," Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2018 College presidents today are confronting challenges that they did not create and often can’t control, writes Susan Resneck Pierce. I’ve been receiving an unprecedented number of...

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Becoming Acquainted With Ambivalence

Originally published: "Becoming Acquainted With Ambivalence," Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s assertion that faculty members tell students what to say and think distorts a basic fact: most professors are dedicated to...

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Hope and Denial are Not Strategies

Originally published: "Hope and Denial are Not Strategies," Inside Higher Ed, January 31, 2017 Today a great many American colleges and universities -- ranging from those that, at least for now, seem reasonably secure to those that are hanging on by just a slight...

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Shared Governance in Crisis

Originally published: "Shared Governance in Crisis," Inside Higher Ed, February 16, 2016 The events in recent weeks at Mount St. Mary’s University and Suffolk University have abruptly shattered notions of shared governance, to the detriment of their campuses, argues...

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Merger Causes and Consequences

Originally published: "Merger Causes and Consequences," Inside Higher Ed, September 18, 2014 In unprecedented ways, those in higher education leadership positions are now genuinely worried about both the viability of many good colleges and universities and the...

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A New Partnership

Originally published: "A New Partnership," Inside Higher Ed, May 5, 2014 Although to my knowledge no one has tracked in a given year much less over time the number of faculty votes of no confidence in their presidents, readers of Inside Higher Ed will observe that...

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Lessons from Virginia

Originally published: "Lessons from Virginia" Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2012 Only University of Virginia Rector (a.k.a. board chair) Helen E. Dragas and Vice Rector Mark J. Kington and perhaps the four other members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors...

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Presidents and Mission

Originally published: "Presidents and Mission," Inside Higher Ed , September 21, 2011 Several years ago, as I began the process of learning about a faith-based college in my role as the institution’s presidential search consultant, a member of the campus community...

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Producing Academic Leaders

Originally published:  "Producing Academic Leaders," Inside Higher Ed, January 26, 2011 There has recently been increasing attention in higher education circles to what some fear is a looming crisis for the college presidency: the large number of anticipated...

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Advice for the New Administrator

Originally published: "Advice for the New Administrator," Inside Higher Ed, November 4, 2009 When I became an academic vice president and then a president, I was fortunate. A good friend and former president agreed to be my sounding board. In the beginning, I am...

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