Dr. Roger Casey serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost and a Professor of English & Media Studies at Rollins College in Winter Park (Orlando), Florida. Rollins is ranked first among all master’s-level universities in the South by U.S. News, the Most Engaged Campus in Florida by Campus Compact, number-one MBA in Florida by Forbes, and a top-25 university in America for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur. Since coming to Rollins in 2000, Dr. Casey has helped launch new academic programs in biochemistry, marine biology, media studies, film, Asian studies, sustainable development, community engagement, international studies, and the arts; reduced the student/faculty ratio to 10:1; designed and implemented an eight-million-dollar faculty scholarship and development initiative; and received major grants from ADM, Surdna, Mellon, DuPont, and others to support this work.
Dr. Casey teaches courses in media studies, postmodern culture, drama, and leadership theory. He has spoken to hundreds of organizations and is the author of numerous articles and the book, Textual Vehicles: The Automobile in American Literature. His analysis of popular culture has appeared in places such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, and on CNN, ABC and CBS. Roger’s two current scholarly passions are studying the impact of generational issues on higher education and examining literary and media depictions of the complex relationships between teachers and students.
A Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Roger has traveled to over sixty countries: from Buddhist monasteries in Thailand to the Dalai Lama’s home in India, from Maya villages in Guatemala to the Rapa Nui society of Easter Island. The focus of this journey has been a study of the role of vision in the creation and sustenance of diverse communities. Recently, he has been leading study tours to the Galapagos Islands and developing an extensive presence in China for Rollins. This internationalization work was recently profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Roger’s work in the theatre has led to both acting and directing awards. Among his credits include acting the lead in David Mamet’s Oleanna and directing the Southern premieres of Pulitzer-Prize-winners Three Tall Women and How I Learned to Drive. He most recently appeared as F. Scott Fitzgerald in a new adaptation of Scott’s letters to his wife Zelda.
Prior to becoming Provost, Roger served as Rollins’ Dean of the Faculty and as an Associate Dean and professor at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. He formerly co-founded and directed the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop. He received Distinguished Teaching awards from Birmingham-Southern and Florida State University and was a nominee for the Carnegie National Professor of the Year.
Dr. Casey holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and a B.A. from Furman University in his native South Carolina, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He is married to Robyn Allers, a writer, actor, and arts administrator.
“Minding the Millennials”
Millennials are the most protected, watched-after, structured, achievement-driven generation in American history. To their parents, many are (as one Millennial father actually said to me): our little investment. Born 1982 and after, their formative years saw unbridled American economic prosperity. Millennials have never known a world without personal computers. Information has always been a click away (a double-click for hard-to-find things). Music has always been something you can “see” (“Have you seen Justin Timberlake’s latest song?”). Phones are devices for taking photos. And a TV with 13 channels? Please—that’s so twentieth century! While no generation can be defined with monolithic characteristics, several key and often paradoxical themes dictate the overwhelming majority of Millennials’ experiences. Dr. Roger Casey will explore the dramatically different worlds of the Millennials from previous American generations and suggest what their twentieth-century ancestors such as Boomers and Gen-Xers must do to connect to this enigmatic Next Great Generation.
“Leadership Lessons from a Global Citizen”
In traveling to over sixty countries—from Buddhist monasteries in Thailand to the Dalai Lama’s home in India, from Maya villages in Guatemala to the Rapa Nui society of Easter Island—I’ve learned some valuable lessons about leadership in some of the most unlikely places: riding a taxi, crossing a bridge with a blind man, painting a roof, buying a train ticket. In this conversation with a global citizen, Dr. Roger Casey discusses looking for leadership in all the wrong places and the lessons to be learned when grace and serendipity put us in the right place.
“Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be!: Your Guide to the Postmodern World”
When a shoeless villager sells you a Coke at sunrise atop a remote volcano on an Indonesian island, when an eight-months’ pregnant Peruvian watches Madonna’s video for “Material Girl” on a black-and-white TV atop a banana crate in her floorless, tomato-box-walled home in Lima, the notion of a flat world becomes real in a powerful way. In this presentation, Dr. Roger Casey, a frequent media analyst on popular culture, examines what it means to live in a postmodern world and how the reality we once thought existed may not be so real anymore.