Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair



Every three years, a HALE faculty member is selected to hold the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. Dr. Ann Austin held the chair from 2006-09. Dr. Austin developed opportunities and programs, sponsored by the Erickson Chair, designed to enrich the experiences of students and faculty in higher and adult education.  (To learn more about the history of the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, click here).


A year-long conversation exploring the changes, challenges, cutting-edge issues, and opportunities confronting today’s professoriate

The quality of an institution’s faculty relates directly to the effectiveness of universities and colleges in facilitating student learning, creating new knowledge, and linking research and practice in ways that benefit society. Yet changes are occurring that dramatically affect faculty work—changes in faculty demographics, changes in the expectations facing faculty as they do their work, changes in the pattern of faculty appointments, and changes in society’s perspectives on work. The Colloquium on the Changing Professoriate is sponsoring symposia and seminars with nationally recognized scholars and leaders to explore opportunities, changes, and challenges occurring in faculty careers and the academic workplace. The programs are of interest to a wide audience: institutional leaders including provosts, deans, and department chairs; faculty members; faculty developers; and graduate students studying issues in higher education or planning for faculty careers in a range of fields.


One day events addressing cutting-edge topics related to the professoriate featuring nationally recognized speakers. Each symposium will begin with a keynote address/workshop. Following a luncheon, participants will choose between multiple concurrent sessions facilitated by leading scholars in the field. The audience will include institutional leaders from the state and national community, as well as MSU faculty, administrators, and graduate students.