Dr. Jeffrey Buller

2023 Saskatoon Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey Buller

Dr. Jeffrey Buller

Keynote Session
Director, Leadership and Professional Development Program
Florida Atlantic University; Senior Partner ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership and Assessment Services
The Cultures of Higher Education: Managing Change Across Boundaries

Universities have not one culture but many. In addition to the ways in which students and professors see the world, governing boards, fundraisers, alumni, and parents all have distinct perspectives. Each group brings its own vocabulary, concerns, and priorities to any discussion about setting the university’s agenda or even what the purpose of a university is. Focusing on some of the key differences in cultural expectations between board members and faculty members, the presentation will explore ways in which these differences are actually healthy and, by spanning boundaries, members of all the different cultures in higher education can work together to promote and manage change.