Jay A. Halfond
Professor of the Practice of Continuing and Distance Education
PhD, Boston College
MA, Brandeis University
BA, Temple University
Dr. Halfond has worked at Boston University since 1997, and was dean of Metropolitan College from 2001 through 2012. Previously, he served as associate dean of Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration and held various administrative positions at Harvard University. Halfond has published over a hundred articles, including regular contributions to the New England Journal of Higher Education and Huffington Post, and, for a five-year period, a monthly column, “On Ethics,” for the Boston Business Journal. He served as trustee of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and as the Board chair from 2003 to 2005. In addition to over forty presentations at professional conferences, Halfond teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels on social and ethical aspects of management in American institutions and culture. He also chaired the Boston University President’s Council for a Global University. He is currently a Research Fellow at Bentley University’s Center for Business Ethics, and was the first Wiley Senior Faculty Fellow and Senior Fellow at the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy. He holds a secondary appointment in BU’s School of Education, where he teaches courses in the Higher Education Program.
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“A Case of Do or Die? The Fundamental Things that Apply to Online Leadership.” New England Journal of Higher Education (June 30, 2014).
“Online Leadership at the Vortex of Academic Destiny.” New England Journal of Higher Education (June 16, 2014).
“From Arab Spring to Academic Blossoming? Transforming Nations after their Liberation.“ New England Journal of Higher Education (April 10, 2014).
“The Same Old Story with a New Cover: Growing Controversy over Online Learning Leadership.” The Evolllution, Monday, March 10, 2014,
Boyd, D. P., Halfond, J. A., Johnson, P. C., and Kainen, T. L. “A Family Affair: A Case of Altruism or Aggrandizement?” Journal of Business Ethics 113 (2013): 157-161.
“Wallflowers at the Revolution: Evolving Faculty Perspectives on Online Education.” New England Journal of Higher Education (November 25, 2013).
“Gotta have arts at heart of Hub.” Boston Herald (September 22, 2013). With Richard G. Maloney.
“New England Colleges Under Stress: Presidential Voices from the Region’s Smaller Colleges.” New England Journal of Higher Education (September 3, 2013). With Peter Stokes.
“Quants at the Gate: The Unique Education of Actuaries.” New England Journal of Higher Education (August 27, 2012). With Lois K. Horwitz.
“The American University in Metropolitan and Worldwide Service.” Bildung und Erziehung (Formation and Education) vol. 65 (2012).
“The Vanishing Neighborhood Campus.” New England Journal of Higher Education (May 14, 2012).
“Just Like Starting Over: Advice for Faculty to Make the New Semester’s Teaching Endure.” New England Journal of Higher Education (January 16, 2012).
“Projecting Project Management’s Future within the Academic Landscape.” New England Journal of Higher Education (November 28, 2011).
“From Kitchen to Classroom: The Serious Study of Food.” New England Journal of Higher Education (October 5, 2011).
“From Fortress to Vista on the World.” New England Journal of Higher Education (May 2, 2011).
“Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff: Academic Innovation in all Shapes and Sizes.” New England Journal of Higher Education (April 5, 2011).
“Biting the Hand: A Commentary on Academe’s Books About Itself.” New England Journal of Higher Education (February 15, 2011).
“Distance Learning 2.0: It Will Take a Village.” New England Journal of Higher Education (January 18, 2011).
“Distance Learning: Untried and Untrue.” New England Journal of Higher Education (November 12, 2010).
“The Profit Prophets in Higher Education.” New England Journal of Higher Education (September 30, 2010).
“Weird Science: Further Thoughts on the STEM Educational Challenge.” New England Journal of Higher Education (August 9, 2010).
“A Very Fragile STEM: Why We Are Stifled in the Sciences.” New England Journal of Higher Education (July 12, 2010).
Conferences and Presentations
“The Changing Structure of Distance Education Organizations: Increasing Efficiency and Driving Innovation with the Team Approach.” University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Boston, Mass., April 4, 2013. Co-presented with Coleman, N.
“Parting Wisdom: Perspectives on the Profession from Four Leaders in Their Final Year as Deans.” University Professional and Continuing Education Association. Boston, Mass., April 3, 2013.
“Will Broadband Succeed in Changing the DNA of Universities?” Broadband Breakfast Club, Boston, Mass., May 21, 2012.
“Traditional Universities and Online Education.” Credit Suisse Global Services Conference, Scottsdale, Ariz., March 13, 2012.
Keynote Address, Faculty Orientation, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Mass., February 27, 2012.
“The Meaning of America: From Revolution to Civil War.” Humphrey Fellows Program, Boston University, Boston, Mass., September 7, 2011.
Graduation guest speaker, MSAS Cherry Point, Havelock, N.C., June 2, 2011.
“Online Learning in American Higher Education.” Audencia School of Management, Nantes, France, April 13, 2011.
“Students’ Perspectives on Distance Learning at Boston University.” 3rd Annual Boston University Distance Learning Conference, Boston, Mass., April 8, 2011.
“A Dean’s Perspective on the Institutional Value of Teaching Project Management.” Society for the Advancement of Management National Conference, Orlando, Fla., April 1, 2011.
“Building Global Citizenship: The Role of the University.” Panelist, Pardee Center for the Longer-Range Future, Boston University, Boston, Mass., October 6, 2010.
“The Meaning of America: From Revolution to Civil War.” Humphrey Fellow Program, Boston University, September 30, 2010.
“Business Program Opportunities and Challenges.” Eduventures Roundtable, Boston, Mass., November 10, 2010.
“BU and the Global University.” Presented at the Boston University International Alumni Advisory Board. London, UK. June 6, 2009.
“Project Management in Higher Education.” Boston University Project Management Conference. Boston, MA. May 18, 2009.
“What Is Online Learning at Boston University?” Opening presentation for the Boston University Distance Education Conference. Boston, MA. May 13, 2009.
Panelist, “What Is Leadership in Higher Education?” University Continuing Education Association. Boston, MA. April 1, 2009.
“Academe Makes for Strange Bedfellows: How Continuing Education and Schools of Management Collide and Cooperate.” University Continuing Education Association. Boston, MA. April 2009.
“The Meaning of America: From Revolution to Civil War,” Humphrey Fellows Program, Boston University. Boston, MA. September 17, 2008.
“Manipulating History.” Constructing the New Humanist Conference, Boston University. Boston, MA. April 18, 2008. Co-presentation with Braude, E.
Research Fellow (2013), Bentley University Center for Business Ethics.
Innovation Fellow (2013-2014), University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).
Wiley Deltak Faculty Fellow (2013).
What advice do you have for new students?
You should plan to work hard and be engaged—challenge yourself, your professors, and your fellow students. Communicate early and often in each of your courses. Get to know others in your program. If you are working as well, try to bring your work experience into your courses and to bring what you learn in class back to the workplace. Plunge into your program and enjoy!