Uttam Gaulee, Ph.D., is a trusted leader of American higher education. Dr. Gaulee currently serves as the Chair of University Council at Morgan State University. He brings together the administration, faculty, professional staff, and students together to advance the mission of his institution forward. His research agenda includes international higher education systems, diaspora studies, interdisciplinary perspectives on education policy, global citizenship, and cross-cultural issues in international development and geopolitics. An associate professor in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University, Dr. Gaulee is an advocate of community college as a vehicle for social progress and economic development in and beyond the U.S. He recently edited a volume on Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure.
Dr. Gaulee has devoted two decades of his academic and professional life promoting solutions related to student success, workforce development, and institutional effectiveness. While serving in increasingly higher capacities of the Community College Futures Assembly and Bellwether College Consortium between 2012 and 2016, he collaborated with multiple national commissions and affiliated councils of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to evaluate and promote best practices among community colleges and hosted national policy summits on workforce development, reverse transfer, and talent pipeline management.
A recipient of the Fulbright (2010) and Cross Award (2016) from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Dr. Gaulee is actively promoting and developing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in various developing countries. As a native of Nepal, Dr. Gaulee has been directly contributing to the advancement of higher education sector of his homeland. A global survey of Nepali diaspora scholars led by him has generated ideas of Brain Gain for the context of Nepal. His article Leveraging Diasporic Power for Nation Building has been well received in Nepal’s policy circle. Additionally, his idea of developing technical and vocational colleges to engage the youth in communities and creating pathways for the diaspora to contribute to the social and economic progress by humanizing information and communication technology is becoming popular in developing countries. Dr. Gaulee is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress.
Dr. Gaulee serves as president of the Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR), which aims to advance global social mobility through innovative research and progressive advocacy efforts. Recently, STAR network is contributing to the quality enhancement initiatives in universities in South Asia, including the Tribhuvan University, Mid-Western University, and Nepal Open University.