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Contemporary Colleges and Universities: A Reader (Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society) First Edition
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«Joseph L. DeVitis has skillfully put together a volume of enormous importance for all of us who work in higher education. This is a ‘must have’ book. The highly informative chapters form a remarkably illuminating whole. You will be glad to have this work on your desk for ready reference and careful reflection.» (William T. Greer, Jr., President, Virginia Wesleyan College)
«The essays in this volume aptly capture the ambivalence, the joy, the sorrow, the confidence, the consternation, the optimism, and the equally profound perplexities of living and working in the contemporary college and university.» (Wayne J. Urban, Paul W. Bryant Professor, 2009-2010, Associate Director, Education Policy Center, Professor of Higher Education, The University of Alabama)
«In his preface to this extraordinary collection of essays, Joseph L. DeVitis writes that ‘This book is both a celebration of colleges and universities and a challenge to readers to take a hard look at where they are going […]’ It includes a remarkable range of topics on the contemporary college and university. The volume’s illustrious contributors and editor are to be commended for the wisdom and sensitivity reflected in their insightful, hopeful, splendidly written essays.» (Robert H. Deluty, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
«Written by some of the academy’s most respected thinkers and leaders, this welcome book affords an authoritative overview of crucial themes in today’s postsecondary landscape. The essays examine a wide range of current issues and strategies and offer critical commentary on higher education’s ‘new normal.’ The volume also provides reflective historical context and useful policy recommendations that make it must reading for all those who care about, study, work in, and lead our colleges and universities.» (Sandra Jordan, Chancellor, University of South Carolina, Aiken)
About the Author
Joseph L. DeVitis is Visiting Professor of Educational Foundations and Higher Education at Old Dominion University. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is a past president of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), the Council of Learned Societies in Education, and the Society of Professors of Education. Author or editor of 14 books, he has written extensively on moral development, liberal education, and collegiate service-learning. His most recent books are a series of notable readers for Peter Lang Publishing: Critical Civic Literacy (2011); Character and Moral Education, edited with Tianlong Yu (2011); and Adolescent Education (2010), edited with Linda Irwin-DeVitis. The latter two books won Critics Choice Awards from AESA as outstanding books of the year.