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FORUM: “The Entrepreneurial Intellectual in the Corporate University” with Professor Clyde W. Barrow

November 12, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, November 12, 2021, 1:30-3p. Eastern time. See below for participation options.

While much has been written and discussed regarding the impact of neoliberal philosophies/practices on contemporary higher education, far less available are compelling interpretations of the circumstance linked directly to practical responses. That is where Professor Clyde W. Barrow and his work stand out.

Clyde W. Barrow

His impressive array of scholarly contributions includes the 2019 book, The Entrepreneurial Intellectual in the Corporate University (Palgrave Macmillan).

In a series of essays, Professor Barrow offers a contrarian take to dominant views of how to attack institutional neoliberalism in higher education. Barrow argues that it is necessary to stop viewing college/university institutionally as the focal point for change efforts. That’s because bureaucratic structures and cultural practices–endemic to the corporatization and politicization of higher education–“thwart and suppress” those efforts.

Instead, Barrow contends that faculty should conduct a good share of their work in self-organized/-governed enclaves situated beyond the boundaries of traditional structures, such as schools, departments, and colleges. While actualizing that outcome requires boundary-spanning leadership (skill, creativity, persistence, and administrative endorsement), Barrow’s own experience at UMass Dartmouth shows that it can be done successfully. In addition, that approach “does not require a massive social movement to initiate.”

Professor Clyde W. Barrow is a professor/chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He received his Ph.D. in political science at UCLA and served earlier (1987-2014) in various academic/administrative roles at UMass Dartmouth. More about Professor Barrow here.

The program will be hosted by Professor/Director Rubén Martinez with Vice President/Dean emeritus Fred L. Poston and professor emeritus Frank A. Fear serving as discussants.

You can join the conversation on Friday, November 12 by participating in our “ZOOM Room.” To do so, contact Professor Fear at frankafear@gmail.com. You can also view the program live on FutureU’s YouTube channel beginning at 1:30p. Eastern time. Here is the URL.


November 12, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Future U, Neoliberalism in Higher Education


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