President Mildred García: A Vision for the 21st Century Professoriate
California State University, Dominguez Hills President Mildred García was selected to participate in an ongoing collaboration that will explore how the professoriate will need to transform to meet future challenges. This select group of scholars, education leaders and representatives from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching elected to engage in future dialogue after meeting at “Toward a Vision for the 21st Century Professoriate,” a conference held at The Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, Calif., last October. Founded in 1905, The Carnegie Foundation is an independent policy and research center with a mission to advance the teaching profession and the cause of higher education.
Lee Shulman, president of The Carnegie Foundation, provided opening remarks at the event, which brought together participants to examine perspectives on faculty professionalism and the feasibility of a cohesive professoriate that integrates faculty roles at diverse institutions.
Several sessions were held to examine perspectives on a vision for future models for educators. Peter Ewell, vice president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, facilitated “Institutional Context,” a session that explored how a vision of the 21st century professoriate could be applied in different institutional and disciplinary settings. Carnegie Senior Scholars William Sullivan and Mary Huber led an open discussion on what kind of professionalism is needed to go beyond the conflict between meritocracy and markets as models for the professoriate. Gene Rice, senior scholar at the Association of American Colleges and University, and Bill Plater, chancellor’s professor and director at Purdue University, facilitated discussion about designing an agenda for the future of the professoriate.
García says she looks forward to further discussion of new models and the implications for defining the skills required for success and enhancing faculty professionalism, status and influence in the new century.
“Our faculty at Dominguez Hills is poised to role model the life of the 21st century professor,” says García. “Our active participation in the endeavor will ensure that the committed excellent work of our faculty sets the agenda for the new model.”
- Brenda Knepper