A leading voice nationally on emerging forms of digital scholarship, the changing role of the humanities in the digital age, the importance of curricular innovation, and MOOCs (massively open online courses), Alison Byerly has lectured widely on these topics at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the biennial Media in Transition conference, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Communications Forum, and other venues. Her essays have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Higher education articles, essays, talks and interviews

“With petitions and lawsuits, some students demand lower tuition for online instruction.”  ABC News, July 31, 2020

“Equity in Remote Education.” Chronicle of Higher Education Virtual Forum, July 22, 2020.

“Trump’s Coronavirus Testing Chief Concedes a Lag in Test Results. New York Times, July 31, 2020.

“This Pa. College President Raises Money by Doing Cannonballs and Rapping ‘Hamilton.’” Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 2, 2020

“Presidential Perspectives: Alison Byerly,” American Talent Initiative, Nov. 5, 2019

“Leading Higher Education into the Future.” Forbes, April 12, 2019

“Liberal Educators Look Inward.” Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2016.

“Who Gains from College Diversity?” Letter to the editor, New York Times, May 19, 2016. 

“Two College Presidents, On Education,” Letter to the editor, New York Times, July 29, 2015.

“Liberal Arts vs. STEM: The Right Degrees, The Wrong Debate.” Quoted, Forbes, June 19, 2015.

Book discussion on The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.” Video commentary (begins 01:29), C-SPAN, March 18, 2015.

Panelist, Forum on the Future of Higher Education. State University of New York and Rockefeller Institute of Government. March 18, 2015

“Lehigh Valley Liberal Arts Colleges Warm up to Online Education.” Quoted, Morning Call, July 4, 2014.

“Digital Humanities, Digitizing Humanity.” Commentary, EDUCAUSE Review, May 19, 2014.

“Role of Humanities, in School and Life,” Letter to the editor, New York Times, Nov. 4, 2013.

“Affordability and Value.” Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2013.

“Formerly Known as Students.” Inside HigherEd, Oct. 29, 2012.

Before You Jump On the Bandwagon…” Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 3, 2012.

“Pass-Fail Option For Professors.” Inside HigherEdAug. 7, 2012

“The Online Checklist.”  American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Conference, Atlanta, January 2013.

“What Do CAO’sThink? A Dialogue About Inside HigherEd Survey Findings.” Panel with Scott Jaschik and Debra Humphreys, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Atlanta, January 2013.

“The Faculty Role in the Digital Age.” Invited lecture, The College of New Jersey, May 8, 2013. Faculty Role in the Digital Age

“Institutional and Public Policy Contexts in Higher Education.“ Panel presentation, ADE (MLA) Summer Seminar West, Boulder, June 2012.

“A Provost’s Guidelines for Writing External Letters of Evaluation.” ADE Bulletin 152, forthcoming.

Media/digital humanities essays and talks

“Formerly Known as Students.” Inside HigherEd, Oct. 29, 2012.

“You Are Here: Locative Media and the National Parks.” Paper to be presented at the Modern Language Association annual conference, January 2013.

“Evaluating Digital Scholarship,” NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education) Online Seminar,  October 2012.

“Information Networks in Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and BBC’s Sherlock.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference, Madison, September 2012.

“Everything Old is New Again: The Digital Past and the Humanistic Future.”  Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, January 2012.

“Humanities in the Digital Age.” Video. Panel discussion with Steven Pinker and David Thorburn. MIT, Oct. 20, 2010.

“What Not to Save: The Future of Ephemera.” Media in Transition (MiT) 6 Conference, MIT, April 2009


“Battlestar Sinatraca.” Podcast #56, Various Breads and Butters, Dec. 23, 2015.

“Lafayette’s Leader Takes to Twitter,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2014.