Michelle R. Weise, Ph.D.
Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. She directs Strada Education Network’s workforce strategies as well as its innovation and thought leadership priorities. Weise leads Strada Institute for the Future of Work, dedicated to advancing our understanding of the future of learning and work, so that we may begin to build the learning ecosystem of the future.
Weise’s research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives. She also is a regular columnist for EdSurge and a senior adviser to Entangled Solutions. She serves on the Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the Commission on the Future of Higher Education for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the education advisory board for Village Capital.
Before joining Strada Education in September 2017, she designed and led the Sandbox ColLABorative, the research and development lab of strategy and innovation at Southern New Hampshire University. Before SNHU, Weise was the senior research fellow in higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, vice president of academic affairs at Fidelis Education, and taught at Skidmore College and Stanford University. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Harvard University and Stanford.
Her book, “Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution,” co-authored with Christensen, describes the disruptive potential of online competency-based education aligned to workforce needs. Weise’s commentaries and research have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Inside HigherEd, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and “PBS Newshour.”