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Kiernan Robert Mathews

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Degree:  Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, (2013)
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Kiernan Mathews is the executive director and principal investigator of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he has led strategic planning, research, and development since 2008. Through COACHE, Mathews provides counsel for senior administrators about the academic workplace and the effective use of data in a shared governance context. His work intersects variously with the activities of presidents, trustees, provosts, deans, institutional researchers, diversity officers, faculty senates, department chairs and, of course, faculty. Prior to his work in the academy, Mathews launched new projects at Routledge Publishing and The LEGO Company. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. from HGSE, and a B.A. from the University of Houston.

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Areas of Expertise

Robert Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development,(2014)

Robert Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development,(2010)

Sponsored Projects

Project on Academic Workforce Mobility (2015-2016)
University of California

Can a university president or trustee find out in one phone call how many tenure-stream faculty members left the university in the last five years and how that compares to other universities? Where is the hemorrhaging worst? Are there universal or particular reasons? And how much are departures costing the institution?

Such win/loss and attrition rate data are elementary to admissions and development officers; they know where their constituents came from and where they went—and why. The answers for faculty, one of the largest cost centers in higher education, are more elusive.

To fill this gap in knowledge, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, endeavors (a) to standardize, across many institutions, the data collected and stored about faculty upon their departure, and (b) to understand the causes and patterns of faculty mobility.

Broadly, the project will consist of:
•Meetings with representative stakeholder groups;
•Studies of existing literature(s) on faculty turnover;
•Agreement on specifications that define/code faculty departures and other institutional data for analysis;
•Development of survey and phone interview protocols;
•Administration of those protocols; and
•Publication and widespread dissemination of findings.


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