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Joseph P. Zolner

Adjunct Lecturer on Education

Joseph P. Zolner

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1996)
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Vitae/CV:   Joseph P. Zolner.pdf
Faculty Assistant:  Tilman Freitag


Joseph P. Zolner is an Adjunct Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).  From 1999 to 2018, he served as Senior Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE), a role that included service as Educational Chair of multiple HIHE offerings and responsibility for the quality, relevance, and variety of executive education programs offered by HGSE for the higher education community. Prior to his work at Harvard University, Zolner served as Director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College and Director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University. He has also held appointments as Assistant Dean of the College at Dartmouth College and Assistant Dean of Students and Assistant Director of Admissions at Union College. Zolner also worked for Goodmeasure, Inc., a corporate consulting firm focused on innovation, creativity, and the management of strategic organizational change that served a Fortune 100 client base.

Zolner is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (where he serves on the Program and Development Committees) and the New England College of Optometry (where he serves as Chair of the Development and Alumni Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee).

Zolner received a Doctor of Education degree in higher education and a Master of Education degree in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Public and Private Management degree from the Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College. His interests include leadership, the higher education curriculum change process, team effectiveness, and higher education leadership development.

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Areas of Expertise

Cortes, Carlos E. & Zolner, Joseph. “Teaching Diversity Across Generations at Harvard.” American Diversity Report, March 3, 2022.

“Becoming a More Creative and Innovative Leader: Pursuing a Different Kind of Professional Development.” Book Chapter in Disruptive Transformation: Leading Creative and Innovative Teams in Higher Education. Washington, DC: NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, 2020.

“The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education: Thirty-Five Years of Fostering Leadership Development for Administrators of Color.” Book Chapter in Lessons In Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs For Advancing Diversity In Higher Education. Elsevier Science Publisher, 2005.

“Transformational Change at Babson College: A View From the Outside,” Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2003.

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