Making Change, Lessons Learned: A Primer for Change-Agents, By Douglas Reimondo Robertson
2017 [ISBN: 1-58107-299-6; 154 pages soft cover; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch] $16.95
Here is an insightful work – part autobiography and part practical guide — about working as a change-agent in higher education. In this thought-provoking book the author shares what he has learned over his life that seems particularly useful, at least in his experience, for aspiring change-agents? The author organizes these experiences into seven themes, each of which is explored in a single chapter: development, change, systems, vision, motivation, arcs, and balance. The chapters follow a pattern of integrating ideas and experience, theory and practice that the reader will find useful and engaging. “With unwavering frankness, the author reveals what works and too often doesn’t work at American universities, and he offers real-life solutions that have been earned through years of experience.” – Timothy M. Renick, Vice Provost and Professor, Georgia State University
Douglas Reimondo Robertson (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1978) is Professor of Higher Education at Florida International University. He has authored over 70 scholarly publications and presentations, including a well-received book on intentional change in adult life, which has entered its 3rd printing (Self-Directed Growth, 1988). Professor Robertson has helped to start three university faculty development centers (Portland State University, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and Eastern Kentucky University), and has served as founding director at two of the centers (UNLV and EKU). He is the Senior Editor of the book series on college teaching published by New Forums Press. Recently, he was named to a four-year term as Editor of To Improve the Academy (two years as Associate Editor and two years as Editor). He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, as well as providing frequent guest reviews for Innovative Higher Education. He is a founding member of the Editorial Board for a new electronic and print journal, The Kentucky Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and Learning. In addition, he has served on the Awards Committee for the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education and has chaired its Regional Organizations Sub-Committee. An active consultant since the 1970s, Dr. Robertson has provided over 110 trainings or consultations to a wide range of educational, health care, human service, governmental, and business organizations. Recently, he received a five year appointment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and will be providing consultations for overseas universities through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).