Academic Personnel Review and Engagement

December 18, 2013    12:00-1:30 PM (Eastern)


        Michael Bernstein        
Tulane University 

About this Session:

In recent years, much has been written and discussed about the need for U. S. colleges and universities to aggressively and creatively engage society’s most pressing challenges—from questions of technology and globalization to the cultures of capitalism and personal identity to the long-term implications of climate change and environmental degradation. Thus, increasing numbers of colleges and universities have undertaken innovative efforts to reinvigorate civic engagement or a "covenant" with society that commits faculty, students, and administrators to apply their skills, resources, and talents to address important issues affecting local communities, the nation, and the world. Furthermore, as Ernest Boyer and others have argued for the past 15-20 years, engaged scholarship is also predicated on the idea that major advances in knowledge production tend to occur when we consciously work to solve the central problems confronting society. In light of this renewed focus, institutions must recognize and reward faculty engagement if they are to maintain their excellence and relevance well into the present century. This webinar considers how colleges and universities can integrate faculty engagement in academic-review processes and emphasizes the importance of expanding institutions’ understanding of the traditional review categories of research, teaching, and service to reflect achievements and successes in the area of public engagement.

About the Presenter:


Professor Michael Bernstein was appointed the 11th Provost of Tulane University in July of 2007. He came to Tulane from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where he served as the Dean of Arts and Humanities and as a Professor of History. In the past several years, he has been a principal leader in the deployment of Tulane's "Renewal Plan" – the blueprint for recovery that has both sustained and transformed the University in the wake of the tragic impacts of Hurricane Katrina. 

The holder of four advanced economics degrees from Yale University, Professor Bernstein's teaching and research interests focus on the economic and political history of the United States, macroeconomic theory, industrial organization economics, and the history of economic theory. His publications explore the connections between political and economic processes in modern industrial societies, as well as the interaction of economic knowledge and professional expertise with those processes as a whole. Along with numerous articles and anthology chapters, Bernstein has published four volumes: The Great Depression: Delayed Recovery and Economic Change in America, 1929-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 1987); Understanding American Economic Decline [co-edited with David Adler] (Cambridge University Press, 1994); The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of the National Security State [co-edited with Allen Hunter] (a special issue of the Radical History Review 63 (Fall, 1995); and A Perilous Progress: Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 2001).

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