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The Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

Mildred B. Erickson PictureThe Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education Program at Michigan State University is very fortunate to have received a generous gift from the late Dr. Bruce Erickson, the son of Dr. Mildred Erickson, to establish a distinguished chair supporting the work of faculty members. The purpose of the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education is to enhance scholarship and to support activities consistent with the values and ideals of Dr. Mildred Erickson. Every three years, a HALE faculty member is selected to hold this chair.

 

About Mildred Erickson

Dr. Mildred Erickson, following the passing of her husband, MSU Provost and former College of Education Dean Clifford E. Erickson, enrolled as a doctoral student in administration and higher education. She became director of adult student advising and assistant dean for lifelong education programs at MSU, working as a tireless advocate for the adult student. Dr. Erickson believed in giving non-traditional students a chance at higher education—not just financially, but through strong encouragement as well. She dedicated a great portion of her life to helping women attend college and attain the self-respect and credibility that accompany an education. Dr. Erickson was the recipient of numerous titles, distinguished honors, and awards as a result of her illustrious career in teaching, counseling, and community service.

The Erickson Chair

Mildred B. Erickson PictureProfessor Marilyn Amey is the current Erickson Chair, having assumed the position in November 2017. Dr. Amey’s work focuses primarily on leadership and organizational change including cross-institutional education partnerships and forms of interdisciplinary collaboration. She is currently studying a multi-year cross-institutional network improvement community (NIC), factors that foster or inhibit its development, the leadership needed to support it, and its ability to expedite organizational change. NICs and other learning communities are increasingly seen as vehicles for rapid improvement and capacity building, but without sufficient evidence to support these contentions in higher education. Research supported by the Erickson Chair will provide useful conceptual and practical knowledge to those looking for ways to foster collaboration across units and build capacity for improving educational systems.

The following faculty members previously served as the Erickson Chair:

Dr. Roger Baldwin (2015-2017)

Dr. Ann Austin (2005-2008), (2014-2015)
Dr. John Dirkx (2011-2014)

Dr. James Fairweather (2008-2011)