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Higher Education Administration for Social Justice and Equity

Critical Perspectives for Leadership, 1st Edition

Edited by Adrianna Kezar, Julie Posselt


316 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Higher Education Administration for Social Justice and Equity empowers all administrators in higher education to engage in their work—to make decisions, hire, mentor, budget, create plans, and carry out other day-to-day operations—with a clear commitment to justice, sensitivity to power and privilege, and capacity to facilitate equitable outcomes. Grounding administration for social justice as a matter of daily work, this book translates abstract concepts and theory into the work of hiring, socialization, budgeting, and decision-making. Contributed chapters by renowned scholars and current practitioners examine the way higher education administration is organized, and will help readers both question existing structures and practices, and consider new and different ways of organizing campuses based on equity and social justice. Rich with case studies and pedagogical tools, this book connects theory to practice, and is an invaluable resource for current and aspiring administrators.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Robert Sternberg



1. Introduction: A Call to Just and Equitable Administrative Practice

Julie Posselt and Adrianna Kezar


2. Renewing and Revitalizing Shared Governance: A Social Justice and Equity Framework

Adrianna Kezar and Jude Paul Matias Dizon

3. Making Decisions With and For Equity in Higher Education: Choose Wisely

Julie Posselt, Theresa Hernandez, and Cynthia Villarreal

4. Empowerment as a Goal: Purposeful Budget Building and Asset Allocating

Christopher M. Mullin

5. Working in Topsy-Turvy Higher Education Environments

Vasti Torres


6. Rethinking Mentoring: Integrating Equity-Minded Practice in Promoting Access to and Outcomes of Developmental Relationships

Kimberly A. Griffin

7. Reconceptualizing "Merit" and "Fit": An Equity-Minded Approach to Hiring

Roman Liera and Cheryl Ching

8. Social Justice and Collective Bargaining in Higher Education: Untangling the issues

Dan Julius

9. Leading Social Justice in Enrollment Management and Policy 

Jerry A. Lucido


10. Leadership for Equity-Minded Data Use Towards Racial Equity in Higher Education

Alicia C. Dowd and Branden D. Elmore

11. An Examination of Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies and Practices: Legal Administration for Socially Conscious Campuses

Jeffrey Sun

12. Feeding the Data Hungry: The Role of the IR Professional in Ensuring Social Justice

and Equity in Higher Education

Jennifer L. Ivie


13. Navigating Neoliberal Organizational Cultures: Implications for Higher Education Leaders Advancing Social Justice Agendas

Samuel D. Museus and Lucy A. LePeau

14. Developing Equitable Work-Life Policies on Campus: The Importance of Addressing Power and Hierarchy

Jaime Lester

15. Words Matter: Social Justice and Policy Discourses in Higher Education

Magdalena Martinez and Deanna Cooper

16. Equity Minded Leadership Perspectives for Community Colleges

Luca E. Lewis

Contributor Bios

About the Editors

Adrianna Kezar is Dean’s Professor for Higher Education Leadership at the University of Southern California and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education, USA.

Julie Posselt is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California and Research Director of the California Inclusive Graduate Education Network, USA.

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