Driving Change Through Diversity and Globalization
Transformative Leadership in the Academy

Foreword by Ronald A. Crutcher
Paper: 978 1 57922 099 0 / $29.95
 
Published: August 2008  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
208 pp., 6" x 9"
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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.


Table of Contents:
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.


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"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