Kiernan Mathews (Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania, Ed.M. Harvard University) is the Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Kiernan's research and writing explores the condition of faculty at colleges and universities, with particular emphasis on midcareer faculty and on the effective engagement of all faculty in organizational change. He also studies the magnitude and implications of nonresponse in organizational surveys of faculty climate and job satisfaction. In 2010 and in 2014, he received the Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. His prior research experience includes work on faculty resource allocation, Harvard's most recent curriculum review, and on Derek Bok's title, Our Underachieving Colleges.
At COACHE, Mathews leads the project's strategic planning, research, and development. In these roles, he also provides counsel for senior administrators about the academic workplace and the use of faculty data in a shared governance context. His work intersects variously with the activities of provosts, deans, institutional researchers, diversity officers, sponsored projects, general counsel, institutional review boards, finance officers, faculty senates, and department chairs. At national conferences and on COACHE campuses, Mathews regularly leads workshops, guides discussions, and provides counsel for academic policymakers.
Prior to his work in the academy, Mathews launched new technology and education projects at Routledge Publishing and The LEGO Company. He holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s from Harvard, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Houston.