The Innovating Together Podcast

Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University. As we welcome North Carolina A&T as one of our newest UIA members, Dr. Martin shares his wisdom about the unique benefits that our new partnership brings to his already unique institution. Topics include:

  • The resource sharing differences between schools in the UNC system and schools in the UIA
  • The benefits of treating HBCUs as a brand
  • Best-case scenarios for federal funding in 2021 and beyond
  • The growth benefits of patience and perseverance
  • The power of stable leadership in higher ed institutions

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance speaks with Samuel Stanley, President of Michigan State University. Dr. Stanley was selected to lead M.S.U. out of difficult circumstances, and his high-profile experience with infectious disease research made him the ideal leader in a pandemic year. He shares his wisdom about balancing safety and administrative concerns, restoring institutional trust, and the mindset of servant leadership. Topics include:

  • Recognizing the institution's broader concerns during a public health crisis
  • Setting an example through honorable engagement
  • Leadership style and the messages it sends
  • Impact and encouragement
  • It's all about the team

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Mark Becker, President of Georgia State University. As Dr. Becker prepares to retire from his long and celebrated tenure, he shares his wisdom about the best mindset for leadership, how elevating the entire institution is a measure of personal success, and the ongoing need for education at any stage in one's career. Topics include:

  • The advantage of studying other leaders before becoming a leader
  • Advice that he's received and given
  • The power of building a stellar team and enabling them to shine
  • The disconnect between many critics and the subject of their speculation
  • A continuing practice of professional development

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