November is turning out to be quite a month.
Here I don’t mean for the world. The world is definitely having a major November, especially in the US. We’ve seen a major national election in the United States, a booming pandemic in America and Europe, and more. No, today I mean November for me, personally.
Earlier this month I was honored by an Association of Professional Futurists award for Academia Next. The APF deemed my most recent book to be one of 2020’s Most Significant Futures Works. It was a great honor.
Now it’s not even December yet and another award has come my way.
I’ve written about the Council of Independent Colleges previously. CIC is a 64-year-old association of nearly 700 private American campuses. For example, in 2015 and 2016 I described their innovative inter-campus humanities seminar collaborations. In 2016 I noted their hosting a fine, radical discussion for college presidents. CIC brings together folks to think hard, network well, and get things done. They do important, good work.
So I was truly delighted to receive the 2020 Council of Independent Colleges Academic Leadership Award last week.
They announced it thusly:
Bryan N. Alexander is the recipient of the 2020 Academic Leadership Award for his visionary scholarship and creative contributions to digital learning and pedagogical innovation.
Since the event was virtual, I recorded a video acceptance:
I am indeed honored and humbled by this award. The recognition from academic leaders tells me my unusual work is of value to those thoughtfully guiding campuses through hard times.
I also love that the award text draws attention to networking and communities. These people are why I do this work, and the reason the work can succeed. That includes you, dear reader, reading and sometimes writing back to this blog.
Thank you, CIC. I wish you and your affiliated institutions the very best 21st century. I hope I can help you to the best of my abilities.