Higher Education Articles

Authored by Dr. Shai 

Dr. Shai L. Butler is the Vice President for Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer at the College of Saint Rose, a private, non-sectarian College in Albany, New York. Dr. Shai, (as she is affectionately called by her students) was educated at the University at Albany/State University of New York where she earned both bachelor's and master’s degrees and at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a doctorate in Law & Policy. She has been progressively employed as a leader in higher education management for over two decades. Dr. Shai’s background informs who she is as a writer, blogger, speaker, professional, and mentor. As a writer for the global industry publication Higheredjob.com, Dr. Shai shares some of her favorite articles below and encourages you to visit her site on the higheredjobs.com website and discover more.

The What of It All: Understanding Words and Meanings in Fighting the Nation’s Pandemic of Racism

by Dr. Shai L. Butler

July 16, 2020

In addition to a COVID-19 global pandemic, there's another public health crisis that we are facing -- the crisis of racism in the United States of America. Like COVID-19, it has its own language that is important to understand. Dr. Shai L. Butler offers a primer on the terms used in the language of racial and social justice, including "diversity," "inclusion," "equality," and "equity." "If we plan to eradicate a pandemic," Butler says, "we must accurately understand what we are fighting and appreciate its distinct definitions." Click here to read more


Positioning Yourself for Your Next Job in Academia

by Dr. Shai L. Butler

February 13, 2020

Positioning is an important part of creating a path to upward career mobility in higher education. If your goal is to advance, it’s important to have a plan that will help position you for success. After twenty-three years in higher education, Dr. Shai L. Butler is sharing three truths she has learned from her mentors, mentees, and her own experiences with search committees. These pieces of advice can help you play a winning hand and land the job. Click here to read more

A New Generation of Failures: Let’s Show Them How It’s Done

by Dr. Shai L. Butler

September 3, 2019

Experts, like Dr. Shai L. Butler, have often observed a heightened fear of professional failure among millennials. In fact, Butler says this fear extends beyond failing on the job to failure in an entrepreneurial venture, career change, job search, and professional and personal relationships. So, how can we help a generation that for the most part has been affirmed, supported, rewarded for winning, and applauded when they lose? What's the key to failing forward? Click here to read more