Dr. James Lipuma

Dr. James Lipuma is a faculty member in the Humanities and Social Science Department at NJIT and Director of the Collaborative for Leadership Education, and Assessment Research (CLEAR).


In his role as director, Dr. Lipuma has completed curriculum development, assessment design, program evaluation, and program design and development projects for public schools, universities, the NJ Department of Education, Us Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation.  He has also taught more than 5,000 students in more than 200 courses in his 25 years at NJIT.  He has completed work on nearly $6M worth of grants including over $2.5M as lead Pi or CoPI as well as received over $250K worth of donations.

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Teamwork: Teamwork is individuals cooperating towards the successful attainment of a common goal, through a shared vision, distributed leadership, commitment, agency, and action.

Agency: Agency is taking action to attain your end and make positive change through self-efficacy and self-directed learning leveraging partnerships and collective action.

Innovation: Innovation is the vision, perseverance, and inspiration needed to imagine and integrate new ideas or new ways to apply and existing idea through research and development.

Responsibility: Responsibility is taking charge of the successful outcome of a project ensuring respect, equity, and motivation to fulfill the project.

Coherence: Coherence is aligning and clarifying ideas, attitudes, motivations, and interests of project members to enhance collaboration, communication, and learning towards the successful attainment of visions, missions, and goals.


Collaboration: Effective individuals work with others in teams with a shared vision to attain a common goal together.

Collaborative change: To truly create large-scale sustainable change, individuals and organizations must come together mindfully to change the situation and the system.

Social responsibility: Individuals and organizations have an ongoing and committed ethical obligation to act to benefit society at large.

Collective impact: Leadership and organizational support through a strong backbone is essential for programs to harness individual inputs to reach scale and be successful.