Jack H. Schuster is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Education and Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. He is the 2007 recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Distinguished Career Award and the 2008 recipient of the American Education Research Association’s Exemplary Research Award (Div. J/Postsecondary Education).
Prior to joining the Claremont Graduate University faculty in 1977, he was the Assistant Director of Admissions, Tulane University (1963-66), Legislative Assistant, and then Administrative Assistant, to Congressman John Brademas (1967-70). He next served from 1970 to 1977 as Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of California-Berkeley and as Lecturer in Political Science.
While a professor at CGU, he has also held appointments on sabbatical leaves of absence as Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (1985); Guest Scholar in the Governmental Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. (1988); at the University of Oxford as Visiting Fellow at Brasenose College and as Research Associate in the Department of Educational Studies (1992); Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1996); Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne (1999), and, most recently, as Fulbright Senior Specialist and Visiting Professor, University of Haifa (2006).
Dr. Schuster is author or co-author of various publications. His most recent book is The American Faculty: The Restructuring of Academic Work and Careers, co-authored with Martin J. Finkelstein, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, (2006). This research was supported by TIAA-CREF and four national foundations.
His earlier books include American Professors: A National Resource Imperiled, (co-authored with Howard R. Bowen) published by Oxford University Press (1986) for which they received the Association of American Colleges’ Frederic Ness Book Award; Governing Tomorrow’s Campus: Perspectives and Agendas (with Lynn H. Miller and Associates,ACE/Macmillan in 1989); and Enhancing Faculty Careers: Strategies for Development and Renewal (with Daniel W. Wheeler and Associates, published in 1990 by Jossey-Bass).
He wrote Preparing Business Faculty for a New Era (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, 1994) and is co-author of Strategic Governance: How to Make Big Decisions Better (ACE/Oryx, 1994). In 1998 two books were published out of the Project on the Future of the American Faculty, both co-authored with Martin J. Finkelstein and Robert K. Seal: The New Academic Generation: A Profession in Transformation (Johns Hopkins University Press) and , New Entrants to the Full-time Instructional Faculty of Higher Education Institutions (U.S. Department of Education).
One of Professor Schuster’s articles, “The Politics of Education in a New Era,” received a 1983 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America. He is the fourth recipient of the Research Achievement Award of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (1989).
He has been Chair of the Claremont Graduate University Faculty and its Executive Committee, 1993-95. He formerly chaired the American Association of University Professors’ Committee T (1985-91), which addresses campus governance policies, and Committee D on Accreditation (1996-98). He has served on various advisory groups and panels at national and state levels.
He has long been active in regional accreditation activities. Prof. Schuster has served on several higher education editorial boards and is former chair of the Journal of Higher Education’s editorial board. He has lectured in the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Mexico, and Japan, Australia and Israel.
Prof. Schuster has been actively engaged in the larger community. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mount St. Mary's College (Los Angeles, CA). Previous activities include having been the founding chair of the City of Claremont’s Committee on Human Relations, on which he contunues to serve. Previously, he served for two years as president of Temple Beth Israel, Pomona, CA.
His Bachelor of Arts degree is from Tulane University (major in history, minor in philosophy), and he holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in education (higher education emphasis) from the University of California, Berkeley.