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Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy Revised Edition

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The approaches suggested are appreciative inquiry and the ironic perspective, applying paradox and polarity to theory. (The Journal of Continuing Higher Ed, 06/08)


"In this book, Bergquist and Pawlak expand the analysis of the interaction of academic cultures on campus and introduce the kinds of creative strategies required to address the complex challenges confronting twenty-first century institutions in a globalÑtechnologically sophisticatedÑcontext. Those committed to improving institutional quality will find this book intellectually substantive and directly applicable to their own campuses."-- Eugene Rice, senior scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.

"William Bergquist's The Four Cultures of the Academy, has long been an indispensable guide through my career in academic administration. I was delighted to see that Bergquist and his collaborator Kenneth Pawlak not only updated this book and expanded it to include the virtual and the tangible cultures, but they also explained how the cultures are integrated on a campus. . . . It is a rare gift and a must must-read."--Joseph L. Subbiondo, president, California Institute of Integral Studies

“In this new book Bergquist and Pawlak . . . . provide critically important insight for understanding the six different cultures now found in post-postsecondary education and the subtle leadership practice adjustments that need to be made to engage all six cultures. This one is definitely on my ‘required required-read’ list!”—Dr. Jan Lindsay, vice president, education, Douglas College

“This book offers a compelling strategy for handling the challenges of living and working in academic institutions—an appreciative perspective that builds on the strengths and values of the six cultures within the academy. This should be required reading for anyone in contemporary higher education.”—Jessica Muller, anthropologist and medical educator, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco

“Educational institutions are complex organizations and have become more complex in recent years. In particular, community colleges, with their diverse student and faculty populations incorporate many equally diverse cultures. Scholarly, efforts to analyze and critique these multi cultures have come important contributors to the understanding of organizational behavior. Hence, the book is a welcome tool to deeper understanding the complexity of organizations in the field of higher education.”—John Dennison, professor of higher education, University of British Columbia

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised edition (October 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787995193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787995195
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you work at a college or university and want to understand your professional environment, Bergquist and Pawlak's book may help. They propose that the university comprises several interacting cultures. These cultures define reality for faculty and administrators, and govern their roles, attitudes and behaviors in their engagements with one another. The six cultures, with some key concepts related to each one, are:

Collegial culture: faculty autonomy, decision-making and change by way of faculty committees, faculty-controlled governance;
Managerial culture: specification of educational outcomes, efficient teaching and management of instruction, established criteria for judging performance;
Developmental culture: faculty learning and professional development, organizational change and development, classroom research;
Advocacy culture: equitable means for the distribution of resources, formal structure and procedures, collective bargaining;
Virtual culture: online education and communication, use of technology, electronic media;
Tangible culture: rootedness, physical facility, class attendance.

Some of the cultures tend to be complementary. For example, a managerial culture meshes well with measures toward professional and organizational development. Others tend to be in conflict, such as when a managerially-inspired effort to introduce institution-wide assessment and evaluation measures runs up against the desire for autonomy characteristic of the collegial culture. Being aware of 'where people are coming from,' that is, which of the cultures they are enacting, can be of great help to institutional leaders in understanding how to effect change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G. Tucker on April 22, 2014
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As a long-term college faculty member and doctoral student in adult education, I have grown professionally from reading this book and have used it in my dissertation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stewart on November 29, 2013
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If you are in higher education this is a must read, it discusses all aspects of the cultures in higher education.
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