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Jay Halfond
JayHalfond has worked at Boston University since 1997. He served as Dean of Metropolitan College and Extended Education for twelve of those years. Previously, he was associate dean of Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration and held various administrative positions at Harvard University. Halfond has published about two hundred articles, and contributed a monthly column, “On Ethics,” for the Boston Business Journal over a five-year period and has a been a regular contributor to the New England Journal of Higher Education.

He served as trustee of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and as the Board chairman from 2003 to 2005. In addition to over forty presentations at professional conferences, Halfond has taught frequently at the undergraduate and graduate level on social and ethical aspects of management and conflict resolution and negotiations. He also chaired the President’s Council for a Global University at Boston University.

He is currently transitioning from the deanship to a full-time faculty role. He is also a Research Fellow at Bentley University's Center for Business Ethics, Wiley Deltak Facutly Fellow, and the 2013-14 Innovation Fellow at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Entries by Jay Halfond

The Exclamatory Cycle of Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 5:36 PM

I now understand the fundamental difference between academic administration and faculty life. Being a dean was typically punctuated with semi-colons. Work was an ongoing continuum with slight changes along the way. Being a full-time professor, though, is punctuated by exclamation points. A semester begins (!) and then, fifteen weeks later,...

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An Encore Professor

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Encore careers are becoming far more common -- as we live longer, with more interests and options, and with the need to work for both the pleasure and income it provides. After four decades as a university administrator, I am now following in the footsteps of my father and my...

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The Innovation Seesaw

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Warning: Unchecked innovation may be hazardous to your health. As a recovering innovator myself, I continue to revere Bob Dylan's adage that "he not busy being born is busy dying." But I have also come to appreciate that innovation must be tempered by prudence. There is just so much innovation...

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Distractions, Disruptions, and Distance Learning

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 5:46 PM

A commonly recognized megatrend across the academic landscape camouflages a perhaps even more important, though often overlooked micro-trend. It is well-know that a significant share of America's college students are enrolling in something called "online." Most are doing so as an occasional course within an otherwise on-campus program. Others are...

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Future Bernie Madoff, Meet Immanuel Kant

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Roughly every decade, a fresh wave of scandals reignites a spotlight on ethics in business. Typically, we lament a recent decline of ethics in our corporate leaders as if somehow new, and criticize those business schools that educated them. Business schools then mobilize to demonstrate that they do, indeed, care...

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The Small New England College: Endangered or Sustainable?

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:59 PM

New England's rich mosaic of over 150 colleges and universities is potentially at risk. This region of the United States has been the world's academic mecca for much of the past century. But there are early warning signs and concerns of possible upheaval. And the decade ahead will test whether...

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Noble Causes, Ignoble Means: When Executives Live Well Off Non-Profits

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:41 PM

A self-described "visionary" (at least according to his own web site), college president Evan Dobelle is now under intense scrutiny for his lavish spending at Westfield State University, an otherwise obscure local state school in western Massachusetts. He sought notoriety for this school, though not necessarily through publicity...

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As the Spirit Moves Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 3:32 PM

This is the first time in more than a half century when I am not planning a return to school after Labor Day. I don't need to get a new lunch box, wardrobe, or haircut, or face the annual apprehension about the challenges that lie ahead. I am on sabbatical...

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Blame and Punishment: When Mea Culpas Are Simply Not Sufficient

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:00 PM

There are those misdeeds committed against organizations, and there are those committed on their behalf. Those of individual disloyalty and dishonesty, and those misguided attempts to serve the greater organizational good.

Assigning responsibility and consequence becomes even more difficult and controversial when individuals believed at the time that they...

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The Circumstances Behind the Pomp -- Reflections From a Dean in Transition

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 10:15 AM

I estimate I have shaken hands with perhaps 8,000 graduating students. That is the role of a dean -- and one I relished during a dozen years of deanship. I presided at about 100 graduation and recognition ceremonies over this time, and thought of myself (for those readers over the...

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Future Nostalgia in the Rush to Re-imagine the University

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:13 PM

In the January 2013 issue of Science, Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman of Lockheed Martin, contributed a brief, but poignant editorial on the potential for dramatic transformation in higher education. Libraries and traditional classrooms will disappear, he argues, as will faculty departments and tenure. Teaching will be consolidated...

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If You Want a Revolution, Just Announce One

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 1:49 PM

I can picture a 14th-century newspaper headline: "Today the Hundred Years War has begun." Were only our current journalists so clairvoyant, though some certainly claim to be. We can always count on columnist Thomas Friedman to declare a revolution after a provocative discussion with a few executives. In this case,...

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The Campus As Office: Thoughts on University Space

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:33 AM

I have been thinking a lot recently about office space. As I transition from a deanship to faculty life, I am vacating a palatial office while entering my encore career as professor. My decanal office was originally occupied by the university president -- a fact I confirmed from the label...

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A Reality Check on Academe's Adjuncts

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Teaching part-time for America's universities must be something akin to blogging for the Huffington Post. More a privilege than a career. You cannot feed a family doing either, yet many crave the opportunity.

Especially at America's most renowned urban research universities, there are as many adjuncts as mainstream faculty....

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The Vanishing American Professor

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Among the fears and myths of online learning is that students will now become detached from their faculty and fellow students -- that technology will further isolate and fragment the academic community. The sad truth is that this detachment had already occurred. There has been a slow and steady erosion...

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Caveat E-Emptor -- Let the Online Student Beware

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:02 PM

When it comes to online learning, the public conflates a complex and varied attempt at innovation into one gross oversimplification, thanks to an indiscriminate media. Pity the poor reader trying to make sense of the barrage of newspaper and magazine articles about this evolving, significant realm of higher education.

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