Spring Great Expectation Faculty Conference



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The 2018 Great Expectations Spring Faculty Conference featured a talk by John C. Burkhardt, drawing on his work to talk about how faculties can be more inspired and effective.

John C. Burkhardt is a professor of clinical practice in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. He was the founding director and currently leads the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, which was established in 2000 to better understand and influence the changing role of higher education within a diverse, dynamic, democratic society. For three years, 2013-2016, John directed the National Center for Institutional Diversity. He served for eight years as a program director for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was the vice-president for administration and planning at the University of Detroit and Mercy College during the five years of their merger, had roles in the Detroit Public Schools, at Eastern Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. He serves on several non-profit and community boards including nine years as chair of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital System, the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and is currently president of the Alliance of Leadership Fellows, an international group committed to expanding opportunities for leadership in communities and institutions across the world.

In 2017, John published two books one focused on the changing meanings associated with diversity in higher education, and a second that examines intersections between scholarship and practice related to advancing the public good in U.S. society. In 2017 he was chosen by COURSERA to develop a massive, open on-line course entitled "Leadership for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion". To this point, thousands of individual participants have interacted with one another around the themes of this course.

After the talk, breakout sessions were lead by various departments and groups. The day ended with a group poster session and social hour.

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Otterbein University




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2018 Great Expectations Spring Faculty Conference: Otterbein University and the Public Good