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Tumultuous waters and turbulent times: JEDI, humanities, and intellectual leadership in American higher education

Tumultuous waters and turbulent times: JEDI, humanities, and intellectual leadership in American... This study aims to raise the issue of the president as the intellectual leader of the university in that they are the voice of the importance of the Humanities, both in inclusion and diversity measures, in decolonizing the curriculum and recognizing the importance of teaching life skills to students.Design/methodology/approachDiscussion focuses on unrealistic workloads of university and college presidents which have engendered a move away from the president as central to the academic mission. It is drawn from the author's 30 years of service in senior leadership posts at institutions, very diverse in their scope, size and mission.FindingsNo matter how much data is produced in support of the importance of the Humanities to the mission of the undergraduate degree, support continues to decline. Because we are all enmeshed in the sound bite approach, perhaps we can take back the narrative through organizations, social media outlets, but mostly to install presidents as the intellectual leadership of the institution.Originality/valueThe author’s perspectives are those having served a variety of institutions over time in senior-level positions, including vice-presidential support to presidents, but also from the experience of being a university president. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Tumultuous waters and turbulent times: JEDI, humanities, and intellectual leadership in American higher education

On the Horizon , Volume 31 (1): 7 – Feb 2, 2023

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1074-8121
eISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/oth-08-2022-0042
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Abstract

This study aims to raise the issue of the president as the intellectual leader of the university in that they are the voice of the importance of the Humanities, both in inclusion and diversity measures, in decolonizing the curriculum and recognizing the importance of teaching life skills to students.Design/methodology/approachDiscussion focuses on unrealistic workloads of university and college presidents which have engendered a move away from the president as central to the academic mission. It is drawn from the author's 30 years of service in senior leadership posts at institutions, very diverse in their scope, size and mission.FindingsNo matter how much data is produced in support of the importance of the Humanities to the mission of the undergraduate degree, support continues to decline. Because we are all enmeshed in the sound bite approach, perhaps we can take back the narrative through organizations, social media outlets, but mostly to install presidents as the intellectual leadership of the institution.Originality/valueThe author’s perspectives are those having served a variety of institutions over time in senior-level positions, including vice-presidential support to presidents, but also from the experience of being a university president.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 2, 2023

Keywords: Liberal arts; Decolonizing curriculum; Role of president; Humanities; JEDI

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