The Changing Nature of the Professorate

The title of this brief piece is one of those now conventional titles by which a series of developments and questions in higher education is discussed and agonized over. It is not a topic that is neutral; the title attempts to blunt the emotion that often goes with it. A little background—historically (I always like […]

Shared Governance: Start Here

In this post, I will outline what I think is commonly understood about shared governance in universities, and I will use some examples along the way of how Fresno Pacific practices it. I will also explain how I routinely practice it.  This is difficult given the various ways in which the phrase is used and […]

The Ecology of Higher Education and Fresno Pacific

Trends over the last twenty years have changed our academic environment and the population of students we serve.  This is sometimes referred to as the new “ecology” of higher education. These trends have increased in speed and extent. It is not uncommon to hear one of us say that we have experienced more change in […]

Sunbird Athletics

Questions about the purpose, status, and level of support that an athletics program in a university ought to have are raised periodically and the answers may change with the growth or development of a particular university. Universities and colleges sometimes have distinctive missions; they serve within an educational and social environment which place expectations on […]

“Lost in Transition”

I spent the last few days in Phoenix with the Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) at our annual meeting. There are two elements that I really enjoy about these meetings. First I get to catch up with friends and colleagues from around the country. It is always […]

Academic Administration

What a catchy title and stimulating topic! Now that I have been in this area of higher education for about eight years, it seems like it is time for me to explain what it is that we as academic administrators do. I actually came up with this a few years ago, when I was Dean […]

Leadership Qualities

I am in San Antonio, Texas, this weekend at a conference of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC), the annual gathering of “Chief Academic Officers.” I have been before, and looked forward to coming. It is one of the best professional development opportunities for academic leaders in independent, non-profit institutions I have come across. The […]

Board Meeting, Fall 2012

I am sitting in a meeting of the FPU Board of Trustees, yesterday afternoon and this Saturday morning, our third for the year and our first with our new President, Dr. Pete Menjares. The discussion has been at times fairly intense, wonderfully good humored and forward thinking. Right now they are discussing admissions standards for […]

AICCU Annual Planning Retreat

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities met last week for a planning retreat. About 40 Presidents and Provosts attended, about 2/3 were Presidents—it was my first time at this event. AICCU is composed of all of the private, non-profit colleges and universities in California, from the big research universities, like Stanford and USC, to […]

Starting an Academic Career

Today Dr. Kevin Reimer, Dean of Humanities Religion and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and who has taken on responsibility for guiding faculty development for the university, met with professors new to FPU to talk about how to create and sustain a professional academic career. Our work does not stop with the doctorate—that is the […]