Dr. Carol A. Blackshire-Belay
has been in higher education for over 25 years as a faculty member, and in senior
administrative leadership and management positions. In these roles, Dr. Blackshire-Belay has successfully provided oversight
and direction in total restructuring of major academic programs, establishing new programs and revitalizing existing ones,
reorganizing administrative units for cohesiveness and enhanced visibility, producing substantially increased productivity,
including increases in enrollments, strengthening recruitment and retention efforts, enhancing the quality of educational
offerings, and increasing the support and resource funding of faculty research projects and activities.
In her capacity as an administrative leader, Dr. Blackshire-Belay’s focus is, first and foremost, on bringing a uniquely
humanistic perspective to decision-making, with an emphasis on ethics, integrity, and transparency in institutional behavior.
She also gives primary attention to the importance of global thinking in both education and to society-at-large. In addition, she
believes that integrating technology into education is vital to the success of higher education today. She was particularly
instrumental in establishing a process to facilitating the development and offering of on-line courses (including revising the
fee structure), at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and in establishing a new assessment method for these courses
bringing processes in line with North CentralAccreditation requirements.
As a university leader, Dr. Blackshire-Belay has dealt effectively with regulatory agencies and state and federal policies on
a variety of issues, including strategic planning, evaluation, compliance, higher education program development and planning,
and human resource management.As a very engaged and dedicated academic administrator, she is highly recognized for the
instrumental role she has played in General Education reform, institutional and programmatic accreditation, and program and
student outcomes assessment. Also, she has been successful in the development and execution of community/technical
college transfer-articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions.
Currently, Dr. Blackshire-Belay is working on a significant and timely research project examining many of the challenges and
policy issues facing institutions of higher education in the 21
century, in particular the changing demographics of students
and how this impacts the work of the faculty. The primary purpose of this book project, tentatively entitled “Constructive
Models and Implementation Strategies for Faculty Professional Development in Higher Education,” is to develop and propose
successful strategies within higher education for implementation in order to ensure substantial support and training available
to the faculty for their preparedness in the classroom. Prior to this research endeavor, she served as Provost and Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Fayetteville State University; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State