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Edna Chun, D.Mus.


Dr. Edna B. Chun is an award-winning author and educational thought leader with more than two decades of strategic human resource and diversity leadership experience in public higher education. Dr. Chun has co-authored thirteen books and numerous journal articles in the areas of talent management, human resources, and diversity. Two of her books, Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity and Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education received the prestigious Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). The New Talent Acquisition Frontier, the first book to lay out a concrete roadmap to the integration of HR and diversity strategy, was awarded a silver medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards. Her co-authored books include Creating a Tipping Point: Strategic Human Resources in Higher Education and Leading a Diversity Culture Shift in Higher EducationComprehensive Organizational Learning Strategies.  Her most recent books are Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education with Joe Feagin and Conducting an Institutional Diversity Audit in Higher Education and Leveraging Multigenerational Workforce Strategies in Higher Education with Alvin Evans.

Dr. Chun holds the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees with High Distinction from Indiana University, the Master of Arts from Columbia University, and the Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She currently serves as Chief Learning Officer for HigherEd Talent, a strategic leadership and organizational development consulting firm. She is a sought-after speaker on talent management and diversity strategies and serves on a number of national advisory boards.


  • D.Mus., M.Mus., Indiana University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Oberlin College