All posts by Dr Sean Joseph

Sean Joseph Creighton, Ph.D., is the President of SOCHE, a regional association of colleges and universities dedicated to educating, employing, and engaging citizens. SOCHE coordinates programs for over 20 diverse members of higher learning with an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion, serving over 120,000 student and more than 36,000 employees. SOCHE received the Dayton Business Journal’s Non-Profit Business of the Year Award in 2012 and Innovation Index Award in 2015. Sean is currently in his second term as an elected member of the Board of Education for the Yellow Springs Public Schools, where he has been president, chaired the 2020 Strategic Plan, and served as the district’s legislative liaison. He also serves on advisory committees and boards for several local and national organizations, including Dayton Literary Peace Prize, International Leadership Association, TEDxDayton (license holder and co-chair), ThinkTV Public Broadcasting, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Community Partnership Leadership Council. Sean has published and presented extensively on higher education, collaboration, civic engagement, and talent retention. He is also a principle investigator for the Kettering Foundation on several research projects concerning the civic mission of higher education. A higher education advocate and voice for collaboration, he posts regularly at creightoncollaborative.com. Sean holds degrees from Marist College and New York University, and earned his PhD from Antioch University. He lives in the charming village of Yellow Springs with his wife, Leslee, and his five fun children, Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and Juliette. sean.creighton@soche.org @seancreighton

Higher Collaboration

Higher Collaboration is the title of a book I am currently working on with my colleague Ty Buckman. The table of contents are emerging along these lines:

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Brief history of collaboration
  3. Contemporary challenges to higher education
  4. Collaboration as THE strategic future
  5. Common practices
  6. Unique possibilities
  7. Pipedream solutions
  8. Collaborative ROI
  9. Parochial obstacle
  10. Getting to higher collaboration through Leadership
  11. Conclusion

Stay tuned for snippets in the coming months. In meantime, send examples of practices you’ve seen work or not work in higher ed.

Together, we are an ocean.

One of my favorite quotes is by the Japanese poet Ryonuske Satoro, who said “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” This quote perfectly captures the power of collaboration, acknowledging the possibilities are limitless when we approach creativity, challenges, life through collaborative thinking.

Creative Class (old posts)

This seems like a good place to capture a few old blog posts I (and also David Miler) wrote for Richard Florida’s Creative Class Group back in 2009-10 during the height of the great recession, which is evident in a few of them in terms of the focus of the content. While the thoughts held relevance then, they still do today as higher ed continues to ponder how to innovate its way into the future. If only higher ed would spend more time pondering how to collaborate its way into the future, because the future is highly dependent on employing deliberative collaborative thinking.

http://www.creativeclass.com/_v3/creative_class/tag/higher-education/