The Chief Diversity Officer
Strategy Structure, and Change Management

Foreword by Mark A. Emmert
Cloth: 978 1 57922 235 2 / $49.95
Published: May 2013  

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Published: October 2013  

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Published: October 2013  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
450 pp., 6" x 9"
This volume addresses the role of chief diversity officers as coordinating and integrating diversity leaders in higher education and other sectors.

Having established in a companion volume the parameters for an effective diversity strategy, the authors address such questions as: What is a chief diversity officer? How might we create dynamic chief diversity officer infrastructures? What models of CDO structure exist in the academy? What misperceptions often confound the work of officers and the institutions they work within? What key competencies are necessary to lead as a CDO? How does the CDO role compare across higher education, non-profit, and corporate sectors? And how might the role serve as an important contributor to a collaborative vision for change and transformation in the academy?

This book begins by delineating the evolution of the chief diversity officer role in the academy. Drawing on extensive qualitative and quantitative research on CDOs conducted for the purposes of this volume, it describes how the scope and responsibilities are variously defined at the organizations where the position has been created, and offers insights into the complexities and challenges of the role.

On the basis of this data and the literature on organizational design and change management, the authors define the requisite skills, knowledge and background to be effective, review the alternative organizational and governance structures under which CDOs operate, and in so doing present the Chief Diversity Officer Development Framework as a basis for recruiting candidates, for structuring the position to succeed, and for providing prospective and incumbent CDOs with a realistic sense of the scope of the role.

This title is also available in a set with its companion volume, Strategic Diversity Leadership.

Table of Contents:
INTRODUCTION: The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management

PART ONE: Defining, Designing, and Optimizing the Role of the Chief Diversity Officer
1. Emergence, Definition, and Evolution of the Chief Diversity Officer
2. Running the Triangle Offense: The Integrative Leadership Role of the Chief Diversity Officer
3. The Chief Diversity Officer Development Framework: A Tool to Aid Design
4. More Than Symbolic Leadership: The Critical Role of Vertical Structure

PART TWO: The Strategic Diversity Leadership Movement
5. The Strategic Diversity Leadership Movement
6. Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education
7. Best Practices for Improving Faculty Diversity Recruitment and Retention
8. The First 100 Days and Beyond: Guidance for New Chief Diversity Officers and Institutional Leadership
9. Higher Education and Corporate Chief Diversity Officers: A Preliminary Comparison


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"This is an incredibly valuable contribution to both higher education and to our working knowledge of the CDO role and how to position, support and create an environment in which diversity flourishes as a resource on our campuses."
- Mark A. Emmert, President, National Collegiate Athletic Association
The Chief Diversity Officer provides an extremely thorough and thoughtful overview of the importance of the evolving role and responsibilities of this position in higher education. This timely volume includes a sophisticated discussion of the structural issues involved in diversity leadership, incorporating both educational theory and practical wisdom and advice. It will be a valuable resource for academic leaders across the country who care about the educational imperatives of diversity in higher education.”
- Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University
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