Driving Change Through Diversity and Globalization

Transformative Leadership in the Academy

August 2008
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  • Publisher
    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    4th August 2008
  • ISBN 9781579220990
  • Language English
  • Pages 208 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images charts

This book significantly advances discussion of the mission of higher education in today’s multicultural environment and global economy. It sets out the challenges and considerations that must be addressed by administrative leaders, by trustees, and others who shape the vision and direction of the institution – but most particularly by academic deans and faculty.

The author makes the case that the inclusion of a diversity and globalization in disciplinary work contributes to the research agendas of individual faculty and their departments, aligns with scholarly values, and promotes such student learning goals as tolerance of ambiguity and paradox, critical thinking and creativity. He offers a strategic vision of success, backed by theory and examples of effective application, for creating transformative change; and provides a roadmap to implementing inclusive pedagogical practices and curricula.

With implementation dependent on leadership and participation at every level of an institution, everyone with a stake in its future should read this book.

"Faculty will profit from reading this book because student success in the twenty-first century is at the heart of their vocation. If Anderson is correct, and I think he is, diversity and globalism is central to that success. The great value of this book is the delineation of the scopre of the work needed and the introduction to the many efforts that have been undertaken."

Richard Nysse, Luther Seminary - Teaching Theology and Religion

“On rare occasions one finds a book that reframes prior visions. Such books one does not merely read, but one returns to study. Anderson’s Driving Change is such a book. The first three chapters provide a framework for understanding diversity and globalization, which moves beyond the limits of affirmative action, ethnic studies, and overseas study tours. The theoretical discussion is rooted in the premise that universities’ (read also society’s) ability to work with diversity and globalization will determine the nature of their futures. Following a discussion of principles, Anderson moves from theory to practice, giving illustrations of campuses that have embraced some facet of this new vision applying it either in terms of teaching strategies and methods, curricular organization, and/or student development. The fact that Anderson is able to draw on working applications gives credence to his theoretical propositions.”

Irene Hecht, Director, Department Leadership Programs, ACE

"Along with solid insights and vision, he suggests some tools for incorporating inclusiveness into the fabric and the curriculum of institutions of higher education."

- Black Issues in Higher Education

“The key to a college or university meeting 21st-century demands for greater excellence and improved national competitiveness, Anderson argues, is the ability to successfully incorporate diversity and globalism in the institution’s basic philosophy and infrastructure. He offers a practical handbook to these challenges [and] calls for leaders to move beyond the current level of discourse about diversity and begin the work of changing the teaching and learning paradigm, transforming the curriculum, and empowering the voices of diverse students.”

Book News

"Drawing on his many years of teaching and research about teaching and learning, as well as his broad experience at levels in higher education institutions, Anderson presents a guidebook for transformational change in our institutions. However, rather than simply espousing lofty ideals, Anderson’s book presents both thorough analyses of the challenges as well as practical examples and recommendations for successful implementation."

from the Foreword by Ronald A. Crutcher, President of Wheaton College

Foreword—Ronald A. Crutcher; Introduction; 1) Defining Diversity in Learning-Centered Contexts; 2) Shifting the Organizational Perspective on Diversity—Institutional and Academic Change; 3) Shaping the Academic Discussion about Diversity; 4) Accounting for Diversity within the Teaching and Learning Paradigm; 5) Practical Teaching Strategies that Engage Student Differences; 6) Balancing the Traditional Curriculum with Inclusion and Diversity; 7) Empowering the Voice of Diverse Students in the College Classroom; 8) Responsibility and Accountability—A Willingness to Examine Our Promises and Processes; Appendix A: Summary of Findings in Relation to Research Questions; Appendix B: Perceptions of Academic Leadership and Competency and Diversity Outcomes; Appendix C: Organizational Assessment of Diversity and Leadership; Appendix D: Student Survey on Classroom Environment; Index.

James A. Anderson

James A. Anderson is Chancellor of Fayetteville State University. He is also Professor of Psychology. He was previously Vice President for Student Success and the Vice-Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity at the University at Albany.

global economy; globalization in higher education; diversifying higher education