Scholar-Administrators as Change Agents


  • Emily M. Janke University of North Carolina Greensboro



social change, society, college administration, higher education, scholarship, scholar-administrator, leadership


Flexibility and readiness to change are not necessarily valued or recognized traits in higher education. Yet higher education is in a period of dramatic change, because of rapid change in scholarship and society. With this change in mind, I reflect here on the role and effect of scholar-administrators as agents of change.

Author Biography

Emily M. Janke, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Emily M. Janke, Ph.D. is director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) and an associate professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department at UNC Greensboro. As the Director of ICEE, Emily leads and supports initiatives that encourage, support, elevate, and amplify faculty, staff, student, and community colleague community-engaged teaching, learning, research, creative activity, and service. Emily’s scholar-administrative work addresses multiple aspects of community engagement focused on community-university partnerships, and institutional culture and change strategies. In particular, she focuses on tracking and measuring community engagement and public service within and across institutions of higher education, the recognition of community-engaged scholarship in reappointment, promotion and tenure policies; the role of conflict management and transformation in community-university partnerships; institutional support for community engagement; innovations in scholarly communications; and reciprocity, collaborative communication, and restorative practices as aspects of high quality, ethical community engagement.

Emily was the recipient of the inaugural Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award in 2018.

Emily M. Janke
Institute for Community & Economic Engagement
UNC Greensboro
1111 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412
Telephone: (336) 256-2578