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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, speaks with Dr. Frank Dooley, Chancellor of Purdue University Global. Having recently transitioned from senior vice provost at Purdue University to his current leadership position, Chancellor Dooley shares his wisdom about the differences – in both administrative practices and student expectations – between traditional brick-and-mortar universities and universities that were designed specifically for remote learning. Topics include:

  • How student needs differ between Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Purdue University Global
  • Skills required for effective virtual leadership
  • Sharing of ideas and goals between traditional and virtual faculties
  • Ensuring that all students feel seen and heard

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed's Contributing Editor, speak with Dr. Alexander Cartwright, President of the University of Central Florida. As a first-generation college student in his own family, Dr. Cartwright has advocated for student success initiatives, diversity, equity, and higher graduation rates throughout his leadership career. His wisdom, compassion, and calm are truly refreshing. Topics include:

  • Building relationships at a distance as a new leader at U.C.F.
  • Advice for first-generation college students
  • Higher education's transformative role in shaping America's future
  • What servant leadership means
  • A post-pandemic balance between technology and interpersonal relationships

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Education's Contributing Editor, speak with Dr. Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Since 2013, Dr. Wilcox has overseen record improvements in Pell-eligible student success and the growth of an increasingly diverse faculty. He shares his wisdom about the unknowns and realities of beginning a new academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic. And amid all the uncertainties, he finds plenty of reasons for optimism and inspiration. Topics include:

  • Starting the new academic year with caution
  • Working within the realities of a tight budget
  • Models for decision-making and interaction
  • The power of supportive campus culture
  • Envisioning post-pandemic hybrid models for academics and admin
  • Understanding and celebrating the arc of success stories

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