Dean of Continuing Education and University Extension, Senior Lecturer on English
Dr. Michael Shinagel served as Dean of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard from 1975 to 2013. When he retired in 2013 he was acknowledged as the longest-serving dean in the history of Harvard University. The Division of Continuing Education, which he headed, consisted of the Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, and the Institute for English Language Programs. These academic units enrolled more than 20,000 students annually from the United States and 120 countries.
Academically, Dr. Shinagel received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard in 1964. He taught at Cornell University and Union College (Schenectady, NY), where he was Professor and Chairman of the English Department before returning to Harvard in 1975. For more than 30 years he was a Senior Lecturer on English, teaching courses in the College on the novel and on satire. He was also a Lecturer in Extension since 1975, teaching graduate courses on the English and American novel. From l986 to 2001 he served as Master of Quincy House.
Over the years he led a team of Harvard Extension School faculty to deliver executive seminars on such topics as strategic planning, information technology, total quality management, leadership, and conflict resolution. This Harvard team taught successful seminars in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cypress, Ecuador, Israel, Peru, Uruguay, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Shinagel served a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Computer Academy in Bangalore (1990-93) and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Harvard COOP in Cambridge. He was Editor of the Continuing Higher Education Review and Publisher of the Harvard Review for many years. Among his many honors, he is a recipient of the Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and the Special Recognition Award from the Association' for Continuing Higher Education. He also received the Petra Shattuck Excellence; in Teaching Award from the Harvard Extension School as well as several honorary degrees from South American universities.
He remains a Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension at Harvard, teaching graduate seminars on the English and American novel as well as Professional Development Seminars in the Division of Continuing Education. He has been a Lecturer and Study Group Leader for more than a dozen HAA travel tours over the years, and looks forward to more travel adventures with the HAA.