Holley Locher

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Holley Locher, PhD is the Chief of Staff in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She earned both a masters and doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in Higher Education Policy and Administration. Dr. Locher’s research interests focus on academic freedom and tenure, and their intersection with faculty diversity, in addition to diversity in higher education more broadly. Her professional expertise includes administrative leadership, strategy, governance, and communications.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Higher Education Administration, University of Minnesota, 2013.
  • MA: Higher Education Administration, University of Minnesota, 2006.
  • BA: Spanish, University of North Dakota, 2003.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • University Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, University of Minnesota: 2014 - 2020
  • Campus Accreditation Advisory Committee, University of Minnesota , 2014 - 2016
  • Equity Policy Review Committee, University of Minnesota: 2018 - present
  • Wearing You Down: The Influence of Racial Battle Fatigue on Academic Freedom for Faculty of Color: Locher, Holley, Ropers-Huilman, R. , Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America, pp. 113-124, 2014.
  • Rising Alumni Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • Outstanding Contributions to Equity and Diversity, College of Design, University of Minnesota, 2015