Today I speak with my friend Marybeth Gasman. Marybeth is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. Prior to that she spent just shy of 18 years at UPenn where she concluded her service to the University as the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education.
Marybeth holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from St Norbert College and an MS and PHD in Higher Education from Indiana University Bloomington.
I met Marybeth for the first time in 2019 when she volunteered to support me with building CONNECTed's EdTech & Strategy for Higher Education micromasters and what immediately struck me me was how down to earth and fun she was for such an accomplished academic ... not that academics aren't generally fun. Deeply empathetic, sincere and forthright, Marybeth has an incredible ability to navigate through prickly and sensitive topics with wisdom, respect and love. She is a devoted mother, a tenacious researcher and a diligent worker who is committed to action to see that the plight of underserved and marginalised communities are substantively improved.
We cover a broad swath of topics in our energetic conversation including:
the role of tenure, the road to a PHD and the role of a professor
Higher Education as the great enabler
the value of hard work, grit and drive
the value of a liberal arts qualification
transferable skills in the workplace
the need for a college degree
the privilege of STEM
freedom of speech
and the lens through which we need to see our leaders, Grace
I'm grateful to have Marybeth in my life and I'm sure this conversation will illuminate why.
I look forward to having her on the show again soon and for us to dive way deeper into several of the pressing movements and issues of our time.
With that somewhat extended introduction, I bring you Marybeth Gasman.
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