Heterodox Academy selects Dr. Debra Mashek to lead initiatives increasing intellectual diversity, improving research, and calming campus rageNEW YORK, N.Y. – Heterodox Academy (HxA), a collaborative organization dedicated to increasing intellectual diversity in higher education, has chosen Dr. Debra Mashek (@DebMashekHxA) to be its new Executive Director. Dr. Mashek is a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts at Harvey Mudd College, where she teaches, among other courses, a first-year writing seminar about psychological perspective: “I’m Right; You’re Wrong.” Dr. Mashek has spent two decades studying how people form relationships, as well as the challenges and rewards of doing so.
“Heterodox Academy could not have found a better Executive Director,” remarked Dr. Peter Uvin, Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College and HxA member. “Deb Mashek is a great leader: deep scholarly insight into the chasms that divide humans and the bridges they can build to cross them; lots of practice bringing together people from different backgrounds and disciplines to create something they didn’t think possible; and a great sense of leadership, organization, and, maybe most importantly, good humor, to keep it all together and moving forward.”
“Deb Mashek is the ideal leader for Heterodox Academy,” said Heterodox Academy co-founder Jonathan Haidt. “She is a full professor of psychology who understands academic life. She has experience in university administration and knows how HxA can be of maximal help to students, faculty, and administrators. Deb focuses on the study of relationships, and much of what we do is improve connections among people who view the world differently, and who could benefit from interacting in positive ways within academic settings. Deb has already laid out a vision for the organization that is going to surprise and delight our members and many friends throughout the academy. Under Deb’s leadership, 2018 will be a year of transformation on American college campuses.”HxA was founded to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement. Dr. Mashek has set forth the following priorities for the organization:
- Creating networks of engaged scholars and teachers
- Developing and disseminating more tools for use by campus constituencies
- Engaging more fully in the broader societal discourse about the importance of viewpoint diversity in research and education
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