Getting faculty governance right in higher education can be a difficult endeavor. There are multiple models that can be employed, personalities always play a role and leadership has to agree on the value that the faculty’s experience contributes. Getting it right in the world of professional military education (PME) adds a whole new twist. Nicholas J. Rowland and Matthew Woessner are back in the studio with podcast editor Ron Granieri to discuss shared governance in PME. Their conversation builds on their previously published work Shared Governance for Intellectual Overmatch as they still strive to provide the best form of governance to create the finest strategic leaders in the world.
There are senators that we have that have put in multiple decades of contribution and with 200 faculty members on the senate at any one time you could have upwards of eight hundred to a thousand years of experience all working together on these issues and you don’t get that overnight…that is the outcome of 100 years work there’s no question.
Dr. Nicholas J. Rowland is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University where he is the University’s Academic Trustee on the Board of Trustees and where he is a Past-Chair of the University Faculty Senate. In his research, he studies the future, the state, and the conduct of science.
Dr. Matthew Woessner has served as the Professor of Institutional Research at the United States Army War College since 2019. His scholarship explores the impact of ideology on American higher education and how shared governance can promote cooperation between the professoriate and the administration. From 2017 to 2018 he served as the 52nd Chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate.
Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: The Last Senate of Julius Caesar by Raffaele Giannetti
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