Patti Gumport Leadership 'n Lunch

April 9th at noon: The Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Theme: What Makes Collaboration Work?

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Patricia J. Gumport was appointed Stanford University's first Vice Provost for Graduate Education in January, 2007. She is concurrently serving as Vice Provost, Professor of Education, and Director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research at Stanford University.


As a sociologist of higher education, Dr. Gumport has focused her research and teaching on key changes in the academic landscape and organizational character of American higher education. She has studied the dynamics of academic change in several arenas, to illuminate what facilitates it and what impedes it, within different types of colleges and universities. Driven by an abiding interest in knowledge change, she has analyzed how organizational, intellectual, political, economic and professional interests redefine the content, structure, and relative legitimacy of academic fields. Specific studies include: the conditions in which new areas of knowledge emerge and become institutionalized, the professional socialization that occurs during graduate education across disciplines, the tensions arising within organizational restructuring as academic fields attempt to weather rounds of budget cuts and selective investment, and the ascendance of industry logic within public higher education during the last quarter of the 20th century. Her research in the U.S. and the European Union examines how universities that are ostensibly competitors determine when and how to collaborate.

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Thursday, April 9th, 12pm

Cardinal Room (Rm 101), Clubhouse, Old Union Complex

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What is Leadership n' Lunch?

  • Weekly lunch series held throughout spring based on The Leadership INITIATIVE

  • Lunch provided; 12-1 pm

  • 15 minute informative lecture and 40 minute Q & A

  • Location varies

  • Lunch series speaker, dates, and locations depend on room availability

  • Each session is limited to 25 students per session

  • CardinalSync sign-ups will open and be posted on this page the Monday of the week before the scheduled topic


Lecture Themes: INITIATIVE

  • Improvisation: How do I learn to learn to lead without a script?
  • Navigating Ethics: What is ethical leadership?
  • Inspiration: What makes a leader inspiring?
  • Teaching and Mentoring: How do I teach and mentor others?
  • Identity: How do my social identities affect my leadership?
  • Allyship: What does it mean to be an ally for others as a leader?
  • Truth seeking: How do I validate the information I learn?
  • Innovation: How do I lead in an ever-changing world?
  • Values: How do my personal values affect leadership?
  • Entrepreneurship: When and how should I take risks in my leadership?


Each of the themes ties into one of the four “Aims of Stanford University” in the SUES report:

  • Adaptive Learning (Improvisation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship)
  • Personal and Social Responsibility (Identity, Allyship, and Values)
  • Owning Knowledge (Navigating Ethics and Truth Seeking)
  • Honing Skills and Capacities (Inspiration and Teaching & Mentoring)

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Adopt specific skills and knowledge and apply them to current leadership practices
  • Discover different perspectives on leadership from guest speakers
  • Connect with other student leaders
  • Begin to understand how to develop a leadership template for the remainder of their college careers

Spring 2015 Speakers

  • President Hennessy
  • David Shaw
  • Aleta Hayes
  • John Powers
  • Patti Gumport
  • Jeff Chang
  • Harry Elam
  • Michael McFaul
  • Steve Loughlin
  • Sheri Sheppard