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IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently underway. Our guests will include college and university leaders and faculty, innovators, and other professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.

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IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently underway. Our guests will include college and university leaders and faculty, innovators, and other professionals who are experimenting with new approaches and ways of thinking about higher education.

    Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

    Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

    Faculty often talk about how busy, overwhelmed, and stressed they are. Unfortunately, these qualities are often seen as badges of honor in a capitalist culture that values productivity above all else. But for many college faculty, and women in particular, exhaustion and stress go far deeper than end-of-the-semester malaise.

    According to this week's guest, burnout, a mental health syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress, is endemic to higher education in a patriarchal, productivity-obsessed culture.  Author, coach, and seasoned academic Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark shares her own burnout experience, as well as what she's learned from collected stories of faculty in various roles and career stages, interviews with coaches and educational developers, and extensive secondary research to address and mitigate burnout. Pope-Ruark also shares her four pillars of burnout resilience: purpose, compassion, connection, and balance.   Pope-Ruark is the author of Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal (2022) and Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (2017).  She is also the host of the podcast The Agile Academic.


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    Lessons in Turnaround Leadership and University Strengthening: Simmons University President Emerita Helen G. Drinan

    Lessons in Turnaround Leadership and University Strengthening: Simmons University President Emerita Helen G. Drinan

    When Helen G. Drinan assumed the presidency at Simmons University in 2008, the school was on a downward spiral.  During her 12-year tenure, Simmons was transformed on just about every level resulting in a significant strengthening of the school's financial condition.  Recently, Drinan came out of retirement to lead a similar turnaround effort at Cabrini University (PA) where she serves as Interim President.  In our conversation, Drinan speaks candidly about what it takes to improve a college's financial performance and offers valuable guidance for other leaders on how best to navigate challenges and find and leverage opportunities.


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    Through the Provost's Window: Crisis Management 101 with Kristine Barnett

    Through the Provost's Window: Crisis Management 101 with Kristine Barnett

    Chances are, you’ve faced a campus crisis. In fact, it’s possible that some of you are dealing with one right now or have one brewing and just don’t know it. Whether classified as minor, major, or catastrophic, crises of all magnitudes are unavoidable for the higher ed leader.  In case of crisis, do you know who to call, and what steps to take on your campus?  In her latest IngenioUs Through the Provost's Window blog article, Kristine Barnett shares her own experience along with some advice for a proactive strategy that will serve you well when you face that inevitable crisis.  Read more here.  


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    An IngenioUs Mini: Relationship-Building and the Intersection of Enrollment, Marketing, and Technology

    An IngenioUs Mini: Relationship-Building and the Intersection of Enrollment, Marketing, and Technology

    To achieve your goals—to make your higher education institution sustainable even through calamities—you need to offer relevance to build relationships with people who will generate revenue for you. Your livelihood as an institution depends on your meaningful exchanges with a wide array of audiences—and individual constituents—every day. These exchanges are your tools to build relationships that, in turn, build sufficient trust that leads to transactions that build revenue.  In this episode, we get a sneak peek into our January 25 Leading Edge Thinking webinar.  Led by RHB professionals Rob Zinkan, EdD, Alex Williams, Erin Gore, and Ken Anselment, these seasoned practitioners will address how enrollment, marketing, and technology can come together for your institution to most effectively build these critical relationships.  To register and receive a follow-up link to the webinar, see here.


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    The College of Human Flourishing: An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley

    The College of Human Flourishing: An IngenioUs Mini with David J. Staley

    In his latest IngenioUs blog article,  David J. Staley   asks whether the pursuit of happiness might be considered "higher learning?"  Citing the work of economist, author, and academic Paul Anand, Staley wonders what might happen if we were to place human flourishing as the mission and purpose of a college education.  Citing the rise in the number of college students experiencing mental health challenges,  Staley makes a compelling case to consider a different and perhaps more enduring solution to a challenge that is on the minds of so many college and university leaders these days.  Read more here.


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    Next Gen Leader and Changemaker Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams: Kaplan Educational Foundation Executive Director Nolvia Delgado

    Next Gen Leader and Changemaker Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams: Kaplan Educational Foundation Executive Director Nolvia Delgado

    Twelve years after being accepted into the Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF)’s highly selective Kaplan Leadership Program, first-generation college student Nolvia Delgado assumed the helm of the Foundation in May 2022 as its next leader: a living testament to the program’s mission of providing high-potential community college students with the opportunity to attend top four-year universities, and to become leaders in their professions and communities.  In our conversation with this inspiring leader, Novia shares strategies that colleges and universities can adopt to better support first gen and underserved students in completing their education.

    For the College Transfer Guide mentioned during this episode, see here.

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Great Ideas for Higher Education

Melissa run a thoughtful and creative podcast that shares ideas and innovations in higher education. Great speakers, fresh ideas, and effective moderation make the podcasts well worth listening to.

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Best higher ed podcast

Anyone interested in higher ed innovation should listen to this podcast. It’s miles above the other ones out there. Melissa in not only brings in the most relevant innovators as guests, but asks them questions that dig deeper into all the pressing challenges in this space, moving the conversation past the usual talking points.

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