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 Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor at University of California, Los Angeles. She discusses community-engaged scholarship, an area of study focusing on the sensitive interface between an institution of higher learning and the real-world, non-academic community that exists just outside the gate – and why proactive leadership is critical in how they engage. Topics include:

  • What community-engaged scholarship is
  • How academic leaders should (and shouldn't) engage with communities
  • Spatial entitlement and representation for BIPOC members of academia
  • The beloved community vs. the culture of incarceration
  • A starting point for proactive leadership in community engagement

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President of Dillard University in New Orleans. He shares his wisdom about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (H.B.C.U.s), African American student experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and social media platforms as essential tools for higher education leaders in the 21st century. Topics include:

  • Students balancing public health risks with a desire for the college experience
  • The necessities and hazards of social media for higher ed leadership
  • One of the biggest obstacles to college enrollment among Black students
  • How incoming higher ed leaders need to study history and interrogate reality

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. Ten months after his previous visit to the Innovating Together Podcast, President Quinn shares his most recent wisdom about leading a Historically Black College or University (H.B.C.U.) through a turbulent year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and a national protest movement against institutional racism. Topics include:

  • Putting a human face on leadership
  • Finding optimism amidst adversity
  • Being an upstander for the moral role of higher ed
  • Embracing the opportunity to make a difference for the disadvantaged

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