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Higher Education Administration for Social Justice and Equity
Critical Perspectives for Leadership

ISBN 9781138351684
Published November 4, 2019 by Routledge
298 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

List of Contributors

Foreword - Robert Sternberg



1. Introduction: A Call to Just and Equitable Administrative Practice
Adrianna Kezar and Julie Posselt


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

Adrianna Kezar and Jude Paul Matias Dizon

3. Choose Wisely: Making Decisions With and For Equity in Higher Education
Julie Posselt, Theresa Hernandez, and Cynthia D. Villarreal

4. Elevating Equity through a Strategic Finance Approach: Empowerment as the Goal
Christopher M. Mullin

5. Practitioner Reflection: 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
Daniel J. Julius

9. Practitioner Reflection: Leading for 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. Practitioner Reflection: 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. Practitioner Reflection: Equity Minded Leadership Perspectives for Community Colleges
Luca E. Lewis

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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, USA and Research Director of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network.


"I am confident you will find the essays in this book as provocative, edifying, and practically useful as I did as you learn how colleges and universities can do much more to create within their gates the same equity and social justice that many of us would like to see permeate our society. "
from the Foreword by Robert J. Sternberg, Cornell University