Beginning as a fourth generation Nevadan, Jill Derby, Ph.D. has built a long and distinguished career; one that has allowed her to work, and visit, amazing places all around the world. In this podcast, Jill will focus on issues regarding the sustainability of Higher Education to continue evolving as the beacon of our American Marketplaces of Ideas.
After completing her undergraduate degree at Berkeley and UCSF, Jill worked abroad in Saudi Arabia for three years. When she returned to the U.S., she went back to academia, completing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology with specialization in the Middle East.
Jill has also been involved in politics for years, and ran well as a Democrat in a very Republican District, demonstrating her expertise in bridging political gaps. Jill also has 30 years experience in higher educational governance and is highly respected for her work both nationally and internationally.
In 2011, she received a U.S. Senate appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on higher education policy and oversees the accreditation process. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the University Of Iraq, Sulaimani.
Follow up with Jill on June 29, 2021:
“I was delighted to speak about the world of higher education because it is not a subject many know much about except as students and former students. I can’t emphasize the importance of a marketplace of ideas in an independent higher education setting. This environment is critical in supporting a fully functioning democracy.
Let me pick up on something that Tom said regarding 'feedback'. In addition to understanding how people see us, I agree completely that feedback is an important contribution to our individual leadership and that we should always welcome it. Women particularly tend to take things personally such that others are afraid to offer feedback. Seeing feedback as contribution to your competence shifts the context to something powerful and useful. The context is decisive!! Others like to contribute to you, but often hold back feedback that would be invaluable. Being open to this feedback is really critical to long term success in leadership.”
"Right now I’m reading the book, Clementine. Clementine gave Winston Churchhill feedback which really enhanced his leadership and helped him to avoid pitfalls. I highly recommend this book. It’s really good!”