Nancy Chism

Professor Emerita

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Academic Programs:
Higher Education and Student Affairs; Social Studies Education
Research Areas:
Professional and organizational development in higher education

About Me


  • Ph. D. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Educational Policy and Leadership, December 1984.
  • Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, M.A.T. in English Language and Literature and Education, May 1971.
  • Fordham University, Bronx, New York, B.A. in English with minors in Philosophy and French, May 1969.

Academic Employment

  • 2012: Professor Emerita, Indiana University
  • 2005-2011: Professor of Educational leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington (Associate Professor, 1999-2004)
  • Concurrent administrative employment: (1999-2006: Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of the Faculties, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (AVC for Professional Development, 1999-2004)
  • Associate Professor and Director of Faculty and TA Development, The Ohio State University (1985-99)

Previous Employment

  • Policy researcher, Ohio Department of Education
  • Paperback editor and promotion copywriter, Princeton University Press
  • Editor, William Wise and Company
  • High School English Teacher, Brockton, MA.


Over 90 publications, including edited books or journals, book chapters, refereed articles, invited articles and technical reports. Most recent work in retirement is on the biography of Father Boniface Hardin, social activist and founder of Martin University.

External Presentations

140 presentations listed in full C.V. These have occurred at major professional conferences and campuses throughout the United States and the world, including Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, England, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya.

Awards (selected)

  • P.A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching, Indiana University, 2012
  • Burton Gorman Teaching Excellence Award, Indiana University, 2010
  • Robert Menges Award for Excellence in Research, Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, 2009
  • Fulbright Scholar to Thailand, 2008
  • Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity, IUPUI, February 22, 2005
  • Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award, Highest service award of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, 1998.

Grants and Contracts

Twelve listed on full C.V. totaling approximately 2.8 million dollars from such sources as the Lumina Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Ameritech Foundation, Lilly Endowment, POD Network, and U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Served as consultant to higher educational systems in many U.S. state systems and several countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.


Past president of national professional organization and consistent leadership service in other roles; reviewer on major journals; member of many committees at Indiana University on academic issues; Interim Director of Center for Urban and Multicultural Education in 2006-07; extensive past service as administrator and doctoral advisor to over 25 students.

In retirement, service to Wheeler Mission; Chair, Martin University Board of Trustees; Secretary, Franciscan Hermitage Board of Directors; Secretary, Greater Naples American Association of University Women Charitable Foundation; and Literacy Volunteers of Naples, Florida.

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