CPL Faculty Co-Director Brigadier General (ret.) Dana Born Awarded 2017 Innovation in Teaching Award by Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf

September 11, 2017

The Center for Public Leadership is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, CPL Faculty Co-Director Brigadier General (ret.) Dana Born received the Harvard Kennedy School Innovation in Teaching Award for her outstanding leadership of the Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program. General Born is the sole recipient of the 2017 Innovation in Teaching Award, having been chosen from 129 faculty members at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The Innovation in Teaching Award “honors significant new developments in improving student learning at [HKS]. Such innovations may take a variety of forms, including (but not limited to) uses of instructional technology, approaches to student collaboration, or strategies for integrating active learning into traditionally lecture-based courses.”[1] In leading the program, Gen. Born has incorporated innovative experiential learning and engagement with senior executives around the globe, implemented metrics to measure alumni satisfaction and learning, and integrated new curriculum and technology to enhance program quality and impact.

Named faculty chair of the SEF program in 2016, Gen. Born leads several sessions annually, producing nearly 250 graduates per year. These sessions target U.S. federal employees seeking the Office of Personnel Management Executive Core Qualifications to prepare for promotion to Senior Executive Service. For more information about Gen. Born’s leadership of the SEF program, and samples of her innovative teaching, click here. Gen. Born was also named Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership in June, 2017. Since assuming this role, she has initiated new direction for the Center with the goal of propelling CPL from excellence to impact for global development.

In coming months, Gen. Born will lead her annual Executive Education leadership seminars in Bahrain for the First Deputy Prime Minister and in Australia at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

In addition to her leadership roles at CPL and the SEF program, Gen. Born is Faculty Advisor to the National Security Fellows, an HKS Lecturer in Public Policy, and a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Presidentially-appointed Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department.  Previously, Dana served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/Staff Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For her full biography, click here.