Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education
Ph.D., Stanford University
Dr. Tierney earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in administration and policy analysis. His research interests pertain to faculty productivity, decision making, organizational re-engineering, and issues of equity. Some of his publications include Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm (2004); The Responsive University: Restructuring For High Performance (1998); Official Encouragement, Institutional Discouragement: Minorities in Academe – The Native American Experience (1992); and Building Communities of Difference: Higher Education in the 21st Century (1993). He has recently received funding for a three-year project that looks at how to improve financial aid strategies for low income youth and their families. He also is involved with project to improve governance in four-year colleges and universities, and an additional project to determine the effective parameters of college preparation programs for low income urban youth. He teaches graduate courses on curricular theory, administration, policy, organizational behavior, and qualitative methodology.
Tierney brings with him both administrative experience as an academic dean at a Native American community college in North Dakota, and cross-cultural insight from Peace Corps work in Morocco, as well as a year in Central America as a Fulbright Scholar. He received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) for his work. CHANGE magazine recognized him as one of 40 “young leaders in the academy.” He is chair of the University Committee on Academic Review, a member of the Provost’s Committee on Strategic Change, a member of the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure, and a member of the University Grievance Committee.