COACHE Announces Three New Members of its National Advisory Council

May 15, 2018

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Cambridge, MA (May 15, 2018) – The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) announces the appointment of three new members to its National Advisory Council, to serve three-year terms. Joining the Council are Dr. Susan Carlson, Dr. Patrick Farrell, and Dr. Tracey Hucks.

They join continuing members Dr. Debasish Dutta, Chancellor of Rutgers University - New Brunswick; Dr. Joseph Klesner, Provost of Kenyon College; and Dr. Vita Rabinowitz, Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost of the City University of New York.

“The COACHE research-practice-partnership needs the best thinking of the best minds to help our partner colleges and universities create the conditions in which faculty do their best work,” said Kiernan Mathews, Executive Director and Principal Investigator of COACHE. “That’s where the Council comes in. We are very fortunate to welcome these three higher education leaders to help COACHE scale its impact.”

“The Harvard Graduate School of Education is strengthened when outstanding educational leaders share the breadth and diversity of their experience,” said Jim Ryan, HGSE Dean. “I am pleased to count Susan, Pat, and Tracey among the Council and look forward to their service in collaborative leadership with COACHE.”

Dr. Susan Carlson is the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at the University of California System. Carlson has partnered with COACHE since 2005, when she was Associate Provost at Iowa State University. She is now a collaborator on COACHE’s Faculty Retention and Exit Study, whose pilot was supported by a grant from the University of California Office of the President.

Dr. Patrick Farrell has been, since 2009, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Lehigh University, which is a three-time participant in COACHE studies. Farrell also serves as Principal Investigator for Lehigh’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant. He brings both the private and public university perspective, having previously served as the chief academic officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Tracey Hucks is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Colgate University, also a three-time participant in COACHE surveys since 2006. Hucks brings the point of view of a new chief academic officer just arrived from Davidson College and, previously, a professor at Haverford. At Davidson, Hucks served on a committee overseeing a $1.2 million Mellon grant on reimagining humanities curricula.

COACHE also expresses its thanks for dedicated service of five members whose Council terms have concluded, Dr. Beverly Davenport, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville; Dr. Junius Gonzales, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of North Carolina System; Dr. Robert Groves, Executive Vice President and Provost of Georgetown University; Dr. Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology; and Dr. Muriel Poston, Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pitzer College and Chair, Education Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research-practice partnership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is dedicated to the discovery of and insight into the postsecondary faculty experience. By partnering with COACHE, academic leaders at more than 250 colleges, universities, community colleges, and systems have strengthened their capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and to implement informed changes. Offering survey and administrative data comparisons to peer institutions, innovative approaches from exemplary campuses, and one-on-one and team consultations, COACHE helps presidents and provosts create the conditions in which faculty do their best work.