Betty J. Overton-Adkins

Clinical Professor; Director, National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good

Betty J. Overton-Adkins, School of Education

Betty Overton-Adkins collaborates on projects sponsored through the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, including the development of a body of research specifically around student success and institutional effectiveness within U.S. minority-serving institutions.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Overton-Adkins served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Spring Arbor University. She earned her PhD in higher education leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Overton-Adkins teaches courses in the following program(s):
Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Higher Education Management and Organizations


Selected Publications

Beebe, Gayle, Jonathan Kulaga, Betty Overton-Adkins, ed. Keeping the Concept; Christian Higher Education and the Integration of Faith, Living, and Learning. Spring Arbor, MI: Spring  Arbor University Press, 2004.

"Drucker Could Be Right, But: New Leadership Models for Institutional-Community Partnerships," with John C. Burkhardt, in Applied Developmental Science, volume 3, no. 4, 1999.

"Beyond Managing and Celebrating Diversity: Implications for Women's Leadership," Women  in Leadership: A Leadership Journal, volume 2, no. 1, Fall 1997.

"Higher Education and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Focus on the Future," in Focus, volume  9, no. 1, 1995, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Journal.  (Served as editor for this issue)

Robert K. Rittenhouse, Calvin Johnson, Betty Overton, Shirley Freeman, and Kyle Jausi.  "The  Black and Deaf Movements in America Since 1960: Parallelism and an Agenda for the Future," American Annuals of the Deaf, 1991.

"Women, Leadership and the College Presidency," in Focus, volume 5, no. 3, 1991, W.K.  Kellogg Foundation Journal.



Research Affiliations


1/1/2015 - ongoing Higher Education Consultation to Greenleaf Scholars Program
Granting Agency: The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015 Minority Serving Institutions Project Evaluation
Granting Agency: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

9/1/2012 - 12/31/2014 Marygrove College BOLD Initiative
Granting Agency: Marygrove College

1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014 Leadership for Higher Education's Role in Promoting Diversity and Social Transformation-Extending Pathways of Inclusion in the U.S.
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

9/1/2013 - 5/31/2014 2013 Operation Global Goodwill Program Consultation
Granting Agency: Ford Motor Company Fund

1/15/2013 - 12/31/2013 Fostering Community Based Commitments to Support Educational and Career Opportunities for Youth in a Detroit Neighborhood: The Role of a Center for Public Life
Granting Agency: Kettering Foundation

9/1/2012 - 12/31/2013 The PhD Pipeline Opportunity Program
Granting Agency: Duke University

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2014 EDUC 873. Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education EDUC 873. Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education

Fall 2015 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Minority Serving Institutions

Fall 2013 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Diversity and Social Justice Education and Research

Fall 2015 EDUC 561. Introduction to Higher Education EDUC 561. Introduction to Higher Education