Edna B. Chun is an educational leader and award-winning author with more than two decades of strategic human resource and diversity leadership experience in public higher education. Dr. Chun holds the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees with High Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, the Master of Arts degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Oberlin College. Dr. Chun currently serves as Chief Learning Officer for HigherEd Talent, a national human resource and diversity consulting firm that specializes in talent management. She is also Lecturer in Human Capital Management in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University.
Dr. Chun’s award-winning books include Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity, coauthored with Alvin Evans (Jossey-Bass, 2007), and Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Both books received the prestigious Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for their contribution to the human resource profession. Chun and Evans’ co-authored book, The New Talent Acquisition Frontier: Integrating HR and Diversity Strategy in the Private and Public Sectors and Higher Education (Stylus, 2014), received a silver medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards and is the first book to provide a concrete road map to the integration of HR and diversity strategy.
Recent publications include Diverse Administrators in Peril: The New Indentured Class in Higher Education (Paradigm, 2012), the first in-depth examination of the work experiences of minority, female, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender administrators in higher education, and Creating a Tipping Point: Strategic Human Resources in Higher Education (Jossey Bass, 2012), a research-based approach to the development of strategic HR talent management practices in higher education. Dr. Chun’s co-authored book, Department Chairs as Transformative Diversity Leaders: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education (Stylus, 2015) is the first research-based resource on the academic department chair’s role in diversity transformation. Other publications include, Affirmative Action at a Crossroads: Fisher and Forward (Jossey-Boss, 2015), Rethinking Cultural Competence in Higher Education: An Ecological Framework for Student Development (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Leading a Diversity Culture Shift in Higher Education: Comprehensive Organizational Learning Strategies (Routledge, 2018). Her most recent co-authored books are Conducting an Institutional Diversity Audit in Higher Education (Stylus, 2019), that lays out a framework for systematic evaluation of diversity progress on nine key dimensions, and Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education (Routledge, 2019) that seeks to reframe understandings of forms of everyday exclusion that affect members of nondominant groups on predominantly white college campuses.
Dr. Chun is author and co-author of numerous articles on talent management, diversity, and inclusion in leading professional journals and newsletters including The Academic Leader, The Department Chair Newsletter, Diverse Magazine, Hispanic Outlook, INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine, and The Higher Education Workplace. She is a sought-after speaker on diversity, human resources, and talent management strategies at national and regional conferences such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAED), and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Dr. Chun was awarded the Excellence in Human Resources Award by the South Florida Business Journal for her accomplishments in recruitment, retention, and teambuilding. She was also the recipient of the Multi-cultural Achievers Award by InFOCUS Magazine.
Dr. Chun serves as a member of a number of influential national and local boards including the Advisory Board of the Department Chair Newsletter (Jossey Bass); Board of Directors of Kendal-at-Home; Board of Directors, Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access, and Diversity, American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity; and the Board of Directors of the Leadership in Higher Education Conference. She was elected for two successive three-year terms to the Editorial Advisory Board for the Higher Education Report Series of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.