February 21, 2020

Hear from these inspirational speakers at the 2020 Provost’s Conference and Shared Governance Summit.


Meet Our Speakers


Adrianna Kezar

Adrianna Kezar

Adrianna Kezar is a national expert on change, governance and leadership in higher education. Her research agenda explores the change process in higher education institutions and the role of leadership in creating change. She is an international expert on the changing faculty and directs the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success. 

She is regularly quoted in the media related to her research including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, PBS, NPR (national and local stations), Al-Jazerra, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education, among others.  She also regularly consults for campuses and national organizations related to her work on non-tenure track faculty, STEM reform, change, collaboration, leadership development and change.

Kezar is the co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Kezar holds a PhD and an MA in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at USC in 2003. She has several years administrative experience in higher education as well both in academic and student affairs.

Kezar is well-published with 18 books and monographs, over 100 journal articles and over a hundred book chapters and reports. She has acquired over $13 million dollars in grant funding and has worked on grant-funded projects exceeding $26 million dollars on a variety of projects to fundamentally improve higher education.  

She is an AERA fellow and has received national awards for her editorial leadership of the ASHE-ERIC report series from ASHE, for developing a leadership development program for women in higher education from ACE, and for her commitment to service learning from the National Society for Experiential Learning.

Matthew Hartley

MAtthew Hartley

Matthew Hartley is the Associate Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School Education, as well as a Professor of Education. He holds a PhD and MA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Hartley’s research and writing focus on how colleges and universities are governed. His areas of expertise include academic governance and leadership in higher education, institutional mission, civic engagement and the democratic purposed of higher education, and higher education reform.

Dr. Hartley is the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at Penn GSE. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the  Review of Higher Education and the  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He also serves as a trustee at Widener University in Chester, PA. 

From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Hartley served as an expert for the World Bank on a project examining the governance of universities in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked with the Council of Europe in Strasburg, France, exploring the relationship between universities, schools, and civil society. In 2011, he completed a Fulbright in Bratislava, Slovakia, in partnership with the Slovak Governance Institute examining the launch of community-based learning efforts at several universities.

Dr. Hartley’s current work explores how university leaders are responding to major education reforms. He is examining how Kazakhstan is creating a system of increased institutional autonomy along with an alternative system of accountability, including the establishment of boards of trustees. He is also working with Alan Ruby on a major study exploring how disparate nations including Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Singapore, and India have sought to establish world-class universities. With Alan Ruby and Professor Henrik Bresman from INSEAD, he has been engaged in a project aimed at helping senior academic leaders in Southeast Asia develop communities of practice with the support of the HEAD Foundation, Singapore.

Brendan Cantwell

Brendan Cantwell

Brendan Cantwell is an associate professor and coordinator of the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. His research interest is in the political economy of higher education and addresses topics including organization and governance, policy, and academic labor. Much of his work takes an international and comparative perspective. Brendan teaches courses on a variety of topics including higher education organization and administration, finance, and comparative higher education. In recent projects he has addressed problems related to academic research enterprise including science policy and the role of postdoctoral researchers as well as problems related to competition among higher education organizations.

Jeni Hart

Jeni Hart

Jeni Hart is the Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri. She is also Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA). Dr. Hart joined ELPA as an assistant professor in 2003. She completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Arizona. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she worked for 9 years as a student affairs educator at a number of colleges and universities, and one year as a faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Hart’s scholarship centers on three mutually reinforcing themes: faculty work, gender and feminisms, and campus climate. Specifically, she is interested in how organizational structures in academe mutually shape the experiences of those in higher education, particularly women and feminist faculty. Dr. Hart serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.