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The Role of Faculty in Economic Sustainability with Professor Audrey Bilger

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AudreyBilgerPhDAudrey Bilger, Ph.D.
Faculty Director, Center for Writing & Public Discourse
Professor of Literature
Claremont McKenna College
Photo Credit: Greg Allen

Dr. Audrey Bilger serves as professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. This summer, she authored “It’s Not Us versus Them,” published in Business Officer magazine, in which she outlines the gap between faculty and administration in her attempt to answer a simple central question: How do faculty members think about the financial situation of our institutions? It turns out, as Dr. Bilger discovered, faculty don’t think much about institutional finance.

This week on NACUBO In Brief, she makes the case for faculty to embrace institutional reality, to learn more about their place as educators beyond their departments, and get involved in discussions that will move their institutions forward sustainably. This is a wide-ranging conversation about the economic models that serve higher education, about taking back the dialog in the media, and about our shared role as advocates of higher education as a public good. Listen in!


      On My Desk Right Now:
Sharpened pencils, Post-Its, and chocolate.
                     What I do when I'm not at work:
Go to concerts with my wife.
My Media Mix:
Vinyl records and a first-generation iPod.
Favorite Quote:
"Pictures of perfection...make me sick and wicked" – Jane Austen


Biography: Audrey Bilger is the faculty director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. Her most recent book, Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, coedited with Michele Kort, was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is the author of Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen. She is a member of the Ms. Committee of Scholars and serves on the editorial boards of Pickering and Chatto’s Gender and Genre series and the Burney Journal. Her work has appeared in Ms., the Paris Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Follow her on Twitter at @AudreyBilger.

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