Reflections on What Would Have Been the Third Annual Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty

by Kiernan Mathews

Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty scholar imagesLast week, I was supposed to have launched the third annual Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty, the institute I host at Harvard for provosts, vice provosts for faculty, and deans. The curriculum included three extraordinary scholars with exactly the equity agenda that academic leaders need right now.

After careful consideration and in response to the developing COVID-19 situation, my team here at the Harvard GSE and I made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s offering. Our highest priority is the safety and health of our participants and staff; we were guided in this decision by the advice and most current models provided by public-health authorities. We knew that many of our registrants, too, were and are wrestling with similarly difficult decisions in their own institutions.

I don't second-guess my decision to cancel the institute, but I do regret that it was necessary. I invite everyone in the COACHE network to acquaint yourselves with this year’s intended, award-winning Seminar faculty. They were all so eager to learn from our community of practice! I offer here links to a few video clips that capture some of their work.


Dr. Estela Bensimon
University of Southern California
Dr. Kimberly Griffin
University of Maryland
Dr. Sam Museus
University of California San Diego
Please do not hesitate to contact them for help making your campus more just, equitable, and culturally-engaged. "While I breathe, I hope" -- that they and you and I will be together in Cambridge next summer for another deliberately developmental edition of the Seminars.



See also: Kiernan Mathews