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June 2015

  • Will Republican Leadership Change Higher Education?

    Higher Education and how we pay for higher ed has entered the political debate more and more in recent years. The issues are sure to be part of the 2016 election cycle. In this month’s interview, Andy Hibel speaks with Andrew P. Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute about the need for reform and the place of politicians in this important conversation.


    Andrew P. Kelly, Ph.D.
    AEI Resident Scholar and Director, AEI Center on Higher Education Reform

May 2015

  • The Beauty of Working at an Art Museum on Campus

    The Nasher Museum of Art opened on Duke University’s campus in 2005, just a few short years before a global recession put many museums in jeopardy. In this month’s interview we talk with Dr. Sarah Schroth, director of the Nasher, about what it’s like to run a museum on a university campus, and what it takes to lead a museum in these economic times.


    Sarah Walker Schroth
    Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

April 2015

  • STEM in Higher Education: Examining Why the "M" (Mathematics) Matters

    From grade school to grad school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a hot topic in education. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM-related jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, whereas non-STEM related jobs are only expected to grow by 9.8 percent.


    Mary Gray
    Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

March 2015

  • The Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries

    Over the past decade libraries have changed from being quiet repositories of books to active community centers "filled" with both physical and digital materials. How can libraries grow to meet changing needs while still fulfilling their original missions? How can librarians be trained to handle the unknown needs of the future? In this month’s interview we talk with Jennifer Paustenbaugh, head of Brigham Young University’s library.


    Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Ph.D
    University Librarian, Brigham Young University

February 2015

  • Opportunities for Nursing Careers in Higher Ed

    Many people know that an aging population means careers in nursing are booming. What's less well known is that an increase in nursing careers means an increase in the need to educate nurses. In this month's interview, we talked with Rita Frantz, dean of the University of Iowa's College of Nursing about the current state of nursing education and its future.


    Rita A. Frantz PhD, RN, FAAN
    Kelting Dean & Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa

January 2015

  • The State of the Union of Student Affairs - Looking Ahead at 2015

    With increased media and public attention on difficult subjects, student affairs finds itself in the public spotlight more than ever before. We talked with Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA, the leading organization for student affairs administrators, about his career path, the changes he's seen in the field, and interview advice for those interested in joining this growing career.


    Kevin Kruger
    NASPA President

November 2014

  • Interviewing at the MLA Convention: How to Prepare and Strategies for Success

    When interviewing, preparation is key. And, when it comes to interviewing at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, this advice is no different. This month, the president of the MLA and distinguished professor of English, Margaret Ferguson, discusses what to expect at the MLA Convention and tactics on how to succeed.


    Margaret Ferguson
    Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California at Davis, President of the MLA

October 2014

  • Higher Education Marketing: A Panel Discussion Part II, Careers

    What makes a successful higher education marketing professional? In part II of our interview discussing marketing in higher education, our seasoned panel of marketing professionals offers their individual lessons learned, strategies for success and other advice on ways to enhance your marketing career on a college campus.


    Beth DeMauro
    Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing at Rutgers


    David Perry
    Chief Marketing Officer at Bentley University


    Christina Haggerty
    Chief Communications Officer at McHenry County College

September 2014

  • Higher Education Marketing: A Panel Discussion Part I, Effectively Marketing Your Campus

    Higher education marketing practices and techniques have evolved dramatically over the years for every type of institution. This month we are fortunate to hear the perspectives of marketing experts from a community college, a private institution and a public university.


    Christina Haggerty
    Chief Communications Officer at McHenry County College


    David Perry
    Chief Marketing Officer at Bentley University


    Beth DeMauro
    Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing at Rutgers

August 2014

  • Student Housing: Summer Rules

    Even though the students may be away during the summer months, a lot still happens when it comes to summer housing and conference services on campus. This month we look at some "behind the scenes" activities and take a look inside the roles of professionals serving in university housing positions and their advice for professional development.


    Krystal Grace
    Assistant Director Conferences, Special Events, and Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) Building, University of Illin


    Steve Parsons
    Complex Director, Graduate Upper Division Halls, Family and Graduate Housing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

July 2014

  • Faculty to Administration, Making the Transition

    What it is like making a transition from a faculty member to an administrator? Dr. Joann Bangs, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University shares insight into her journey from teaching students to leading faculty and staff. She shares her lessons learned and wisdom gained through her transition.


    Dr. Joann Bangs
    Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University

May 2014

  • Institutional Effectiveness and Your Campus

    Institutional effectiveness on campus is a complex recipe of such areas as assessing current status, designing a change process, educating leaders, working together to create goals and the commitment to implementing change. Our guest expert this month, Dr. Paula Gill, describes how her institution, Belmont University and other campuses are becoming more intentional about institutional effectiveness.


    Paula A. Gill
    Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Belmont University

April 2014

  • Commencement Ceremonies and Event Planning on Campus

    There is rigorous planning and behind the scenes work that takes place before a commencement ceremony or other event on campus happens. But, as our guest this month explains, all of the hard work and dedication is well worth it when the final result occurs. Melissa Werner, director of University Ceremonies at Arizona State University, says the most exciting part of her job is "watching the students 'turn the tassel' and see the excitement and happiness of families and friends celebrating an incredible achievement." Read more about event planning on campus in this month's HigherEd Careers interview.


    Melissa Werner, CSEP
    Director of University Ceremonies and Protocol Officer at Arizona State University

March 2014

  • Measuring the Impact of Engineering Education

    "Engineering is a poorly understood profession," states this month's HigherEd Careers guest expert, Dean Gary May from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. May discusses the importance of highlighting engineering education and explores how colleges and universities can succeed in retaining and graduating STEM students. The partnership between the American Society for Engineering Education and President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and its mission to further awareness of engineering education is also discussed.


    Gary S. May, Ph.D.
    Professor and Dean, Georgia Institute of Technology

February 2014

  • How to Appropriately Use Your Network During Your Job Search

    Are you looking for a job? Don't underestimate the power of using your network in your job search. In this month's interview, we discuss the importance of effectively utilizing your network. Tips on properly utilizing your contacts through respectful and professional interactions are discussed as well as pitfalls to avoid.


    David Lewis
    President/CEO/Founder of OperationsInc

January 2014

  • Careers in Student Conduct

    Student conduct is a critical topic addressed on university campuses across the country. This month we talk with Dr. Jennifer Waller from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Topics discussed include resources available and tips for dealing with conduct issues as well as suggestions for success for higher education professionals working in the area of conduct administration and conflict resolution.


    Dr. Jennifer Waller
    Executive Director for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)

November 2013

  • Native American Students in Higher Education - The Past, Present and Future

    Improving the success of students on campus, especially Native American students, is Karen Francis-Begay's passion. Our guest expert this month who is Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations at The University of Arizona explores topics related to the Native American student in higher education such the importance of the recruitment, retention, and graduation of these students. She advises what campus administrators can do to help the Native population become more visible on campus.


    Karen Francis-Begay
    Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations in the Executive Office of the President at the University of Arizona

October 2013

  • Faculty Sabbaticals at Colleges and Universities

    Is a sabbatical just paid "time off?" As we continue to discuss important faculty issues in our next HigherEdCareers interview, Dr. Edwin Dove explains the purpose of sabbatical leaves, also called professional development awards, at the University of Iowa. He discusses the award process as well as the benefits received on behalf of the faculty, university and the community from these professional development awards.


    Edwin L. Dove, Ph.D
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa

September 2013

  • Tenure in Academia, the Past, Present and Future

    This month we explore the topic of tenure in higher education and ideas surrounding it. Why was the tenure system created, what purpose does it hold and in what direction is it headed? Dr. Gregory Scholtz from the American Association of University Professors discusses these questions and shares enlightening information on the sometimes controversial subject.


    Gregory Scholtz, Ph.D.
    Director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance at the American Association of University Professors

August 2013

  • Budgets in Higher Education -- The Keys to Successful Financial Management

    There is an abundance of information that is necessary to successfully prepare and ultimately manage university budgets. Each college may approach the process differently but with the proper questions asked, appropriate forecasting completed, and institutional support provided the process is manageable. Our expert this month, George S. McClellan, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne discusses the intricacies of the budgeting process.


    Dr. George S. McClellan
    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

July 2013

  • Top Traits of an Academic Advisor

    An academic advisor does more than tell a student where the bookstore is or in which class to enroll. An advisor is responsible for supporting students and partnering with them so they can make informed decisions and create the right goals in order to excel. Dr. Joshua Smith discusses the top qualities that will help academic advisors be successful in this role in our next HigherEd Career Interview.


    Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D.
    Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland

June 2013

  • How to be an Effective Online Professor

    With the number of students taking online classes increasing, the need for instructors to be versed in the world of online teaching also increases. What are some best practices of online teaching? Do MOOCs have a place in the higher education learning market? How will the virtual classroom evolve? These questions and other useful topics are discussed in this month's interview with online teaching expert, Dr. Rena Palloff.


    Rena M. Palloff, Ph.D., LCSW
    Owner of Crossroads West

May 2013

  • Molding Glass and an Academic Career

    Sculpting glass can be similar to molding a career as an art professor. It takes time, dedication, creativity, patience and, of course, special techniques both in the classroom and the studio in order to be successful. Professor Chad Holliday, this month's HigherEd Careers Interview guest, discusses his passions of being a professional artist as well as teaching art and spreading awareness to our colleges and local communities.


    Chad Holliday
    Assistant Professor of Art at West Texas A&M University

April 2013

  • From Outer Space to Cyberspace: The Astronaut Turned Online Academic Dean

    Dr. James Reilly has traveled to many different places - Antarctica, the deep ocean waters and even into space as an astronaut with NASA. However, his most recent expedition has led him to the position of associate vice president of strategic relations, STEM programs, for American Public University System, where he previously served as dean of the school of science and technology. Dr. Reilly shares his interesting background, discusses the world of online learning, as well as offers inspirational words and career advice for all to consider.


    Dr. James Reilly
    Associate Vice President of Strategic Relations for American University Public System

March 2013

  • Do You Lose the Education of Athletes in the Madness of March?

    How is a successful balance between academics and athletics reached on campus? Our guest this month, Beth Goode, senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Stanford, explains how her university focuses on developing a student-athlete as an overall person, which means cultivating and strengthening values to succeed both in the classroom and in the student-athlete's chosen sport. She also shares the ins and outs of working in the highly competitive, but exciting field of intercollegiate athletics.


    Beth Goode
    Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Stanford University

February 2013

  • What We Can All Learn About Careers From Female Leadership in Academe

    When we started HigherEd Careers interviews years ago, we aspired to find experts who can help members of our community reflect, shape and act on their career plans. This month we are proud to share one of our most inspirational and practical interviews featuring leadership and ethics professor Susan Madsen of Utah Valley University. Her insights provide a detailed current look at women in higher education leadership as well as the characteristics of women leaders.


    Dr. Susan R. Madsen
    Professor of Management, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University

January 2013

  • New Student Programs: A Look Inside Orientation, Transition and Retention Programs

    There are many factors that help a new student flourish when arriving on campus and remain prosperous once there. New student programs aid in the successful transition for students who are eager to start their new experience and continue successfully through their college journey. Dr. Cynthia Hernandez of Texas A&M University discusses what makes these programs effective as well as the roles that students, parents, administrators and faculty all play in the transition to college.


    Dr. Cynthia L. Hernandez
    Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Texas A&M University

December 2012

  • Religious Affairs: Understanding Interfaith on Campus

    Why is it important to understand religious diversity on campus? In this month’s HigherEd Careers interview, Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson discusses topics surrounding multifaith college communities. Also highlighted are opportunities on how to educate a campus on different faiths and traditions in order to promote people coming together from varied spiritual backgrounds.


    Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson
    University Chaplain, Director of the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, and faculty member at Brown University

November 2012

  • Compound to Campus: Transitioning from the Military to Academia

    Our military students and veterans are some of the best and the brightest on campus. They often make the highest quality students because of their maturity, dedication and military training. However, many experience challenges in adjusting from military life to campus life. Retired Lt. Col. C. Andrew Griffin describes what life is like for veterans on campus and what staff and faculty can do to make their campus military friendly and a supportive environment in which all students can thrive.


    Andrew Griffin
    Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at Northern Arizona University

October 2012

  • From Student to Employee: The Vital Role of Career Services

    For many institutions, gone are the days where the mission of the career service office is "placement." Instead, colleges and universities are focusing on "career education" which teaches students how to manage and take responsibility for their career paths. This month, our guest expert, Andrew Ceperley, discusses this theme and other important topics related to career services on campus.


    Andrew Ceperley
    Assistant Vice Chancellor, Experiential Learning & Director, Career Services Center University of California, San Diego

September 2012

  • A View of Medical Universities and Health Care Education

    What does it mean to be leading and transformative in the area of health care and higher education? How will proposed governmental cuts affect biomedical research at medical schools and teaching hospitals? What do hiring trends look like at medical universities? Our guest this month, Dr. Mark Sothmann of the Medical University of South Carolina, addresses these questions in this month's HigherEd Careers Interview.


    Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Medical University of South Carolina

August 2012

  • Best Practices in Graduate Education

    As graduate education continues to evolve, institutions must be willing to adapt, be it through teaching methods, curriculum changes, use of technology, or in other ways in order to meet the needs of students, higher education communities and societal demands. Our guest this month, Dr. Douglas James, from Duke University, describes the importance of implementing 'best practices in graduate education.'


    Douglas James, Ph.D.
    Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Duke University

July 2012

  • Is the World Smaller? The Need for International Education

    Many can argue that a global experience strengthens an education. Through international education, students can grow personally and professionally by learning to appreciate and embrace differences while exploring key professional components of their field. Read more on this topic in this month's HigherEd Careers Interview.


    Meredith M. McQuaid, J.D.
    Associate Vice President and Dean for International Programs for the University of Minnesota System

June 2012

  • The Blending of Communities: Town and Gown Relationships at Colleges

    What makes a successful relationship between a community and a college campus? In this month's HigherEd Careers, the balance between the "town and gown" is discussed. Kim Griffo, the executive director of the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA), explains common issues and trends as well as tips to foster successful relations between colleges and the communities in which they reside.


    Kim Griffo
    Executive Director of the International Town and Gown Association

May 2012

  • The Transition to Faculty Leadership: What Makes a Department Head Successful?

    Moving into a faculty leadership role can be a challenging opportunity for many, and as our guest this month says, research shows that it often comes without a lot of training. Dr. Don Chu, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at California State University, San Marcos, discusses strategies to succeed in this role, whether it is the first time as a department head position or if it is a role currently held. He discusses being able to "see over the horizon" and being a "selfless servant" as key traits for effective chairs as well as the chair making connections between the talents of the faculty and the needs of the majors, the campus and the constituents served by the unit.


    Don Chu, Ph.D.
    Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at California State University, San Marcos

April 2012

  • Philanthropy and Higher Education: What Defines Success?

    As our guest this month says, "Fish where the fishing is best." So, is fundraising in higher education about finding the right fishing hole? How has the economy changed the development goals of colleges and universities and has it affected the attitudes of donors? Dr. Mack answers these questions and gives us his take on the current state of fundraising in higher education and where success lies in this month's interview.


    Dr. Bruce Mack
    Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Nevada, Reno

February 2012

  • Is the Outlook for the Law Faculty Employment More Fickle Than Most Juries?

    What does the future hold for law school faculty members? In this month's interview, we are fortunate to have the perspective of Lauren Kay Robel, a Val Nolan Professor of Law and Interim Provost and Executive Vice President at Indiana University Bloomington. Dean Robel discusses how the law professor market has changed and potential trends for the future. She also touches on topics such as the role of tenured legal professors, the increased need and importance of adjunct professors as well as female faculty moving into more leadership positions.


    Lauren Robel, J.D.
    Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Val Nolan Professor of Law

January 2012

  • The Buzz around Campus -- Looking Inside Campus Activities

    The area of Campus Activities is more than just bringing concerts and movies to campus and planning social events. Our guest this month explains that the role of Campus Activities also includes the important tasks of leadership development and professional growth. Dr. Rouse shares information regarding the work her association does to strengthen student growth, as well as tips for tackling interviews and the idea of remaining open to new possibilities in higher education.


    Dr. Sandra Rouse
    Director of Education and Research for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).

December 2011

  • What Does the History of Faculty Unions Teach Us About Their Future?

    For some, the role of faculty unions can be viewed with debate. This month, we explore the early history of faculty unions to their place in today's higher education community. Do they help or hurt faculty? Can faculty be viewed as management? Dr. Timothy Reese Cain, Assistant Professor at the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, answers these questions and discusses reasons for formation beyond salary and tenure, perceptions of faculty unions, definition of academic freedom and the potential direction of faculty unions.


    Timothy Reese Cain, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

November 2011

  • A Thoughtful Look at Female Careers in Science

    How do female science faculty think about their career? This month, our expert, Paula K. Kleintjes Neff, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, discusses her career as a female entomologist, researcher, teacher, advocate and role model. Dr. Kleintjes Neff shares her views on how opportunities for women science have changed, what can still be done to improve the face of women in science and thoughts on how women can successfully balance their personal life as well as being an accomplished scientist.


    Paula K. Kleintjes Neff, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire

October 2011

  • An academic career case study: Do you go where the path takes you?

    We often receive feedback about professionals who are experiencing a career transition. So, taking this into consideration, we thought it would be interesting to show an example of a higher education professional who recently went through a transition in his career route and what he has experienced and learned through this path.


    Douglas Geiger, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Student Affairs at Manhattanville College

September 2011

  • A Snapshot of Online Learning at Community Colleges

    As Aristotle once said, "The whole is more than the sum of its parts." This month we examine how collaboration on a college campus can lead to success, specifically in the area of online learning at a community college.


    Dr. Calandra Davis
    Assoc. Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair for Mathematics and Comp. Sci. at Georgia Perimeter College


    Barbara Obrentz
    Director of Marketing and Chief Public Information Officer for Georgia Perimeter College

August 2011

  • Part III: 'Making College Accessible' Series - The Dollars and Sense of Affording College

    In our final part of the "Making College Accessible" series, we discuss the financial aspects of attending college. The issue of affording college is on the forefront of many students' minds, and with potential changes to the Pell Grant system, affording college could be an even bigger issue for many. This month, our guest, Dr. Kienzl, discusses the role of the Institute of Higher Education Policy and how it helps students with accessibility to college, some interesting projects he has worked on, and his insight into financial aid and funding policies in higher education.


    Gregory Kienzl, Ph.D.
    Director of Research and Evaluation

July 2011

  • Part II: 'Making College Accessible' Series - Examining the First Generation College Student

    Continuing with our "Making College Accessible" series, this month we are discussing the topic of First Generation College Students (FGCS). We are fortunate to have as our expert guest Ms. Cynthia Demetriou, Director for Retention, Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Demetriou discusses the challenges and opportunities that FGCS students may encounter and shares her insight into helping these driven students succeed. She suggests that by focusing on their strengths, establishing mentoring relationships, encouraging community involvement, and developing other opportunities to feel connected on campus, this will result in higher retention, happier students and ultimately successful graduates.


    Cynthia Demetriou
    Director for Retention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

June 2011

  • Part I: 'Making College Accessible' Series - Examining the Asian and Pacific Islander Student

    HigherEd Careers will be doing a special series addressing the topic of "Making College Accessible." Our guests will be discussing critical issues surrounding making post-secondary education open to all who desire it. These individuals include students of minority populations, the unique opportunities and challenges associated with first generation college students, and the issues of financing higher education for economically disadvantaged students. Through these interviews we will also examine how staff and faculty at our colleges and universities manage these key issues today.


    Neil Horikoshi
    President & Executive Director, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

May 2011

  • The Future of the Fine Arts in Higher Education

    This month, we welcomed Dr. Margaret Merrion, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University, to discuss issues related to the area of fine arts and her thoughts on the future of this culturally important area to higher education and our communities. Budget issues, curriculum relevancy, the connection of K-12 arts education and higher education, employment statistics and the highlights of working in this field are all discussed in this month's interview.


    Dr. Margaret Merrion
    Dean, College of Fine Arts, Western Michigan University

April 2011

  • Creating Respect in a Diverse Classroom

    As our campuses continue to become more racially and ethnically diverse, the subject of respect in the classroom becomes increasingly more important.


    Dr. Shari Saunders
    Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

March 2011

  • Is the Adult Student the New 'Traditional' Student?

    There are many varying definitions of the terms adult learner and non-traditional student. A fact that can be agreed on, however, is that the number of students falling into these categories has been on the rise over the past several years and at most institutions, this demographic outweighs the number of traditional students who enter directly after high school. Are colleges and universities recognizing this change, and what are staff and faculty doing to help adult learners and all students succeed with the increasing pressures of balancing personal and academic lives?


    Karen Haley
    Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University

February 2011

  • The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Past, the Present and the Future.

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are relevant and play an essential part in today's higher education. However, how has the role of HBCUs changed over the past several decades? This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Alvin Thornton, the Senior Advisor to the President for Academic Affairs at Howard University, who addresses issues related to HBCUs. Dr. Thornton discusses the significant role these institutions have played, and will continue to play, in local communities and higher education communities throughout the United States.


    Alvin Thornton, Ph.D.
    Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs to the President of Howard University

January 2011

  • Fraternity & Sorority Life in 2011

    Working in the fraternity and sorority system has numerous rewards, such as fostering a student's academic achievement, helping in their personal growth, and guiding them in their career path, but it can also come with challenges, such as drinking and hazing on campus. Our guest this month, Monica Miranda Smalls, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the University of Rochester, addresses some of the key topics on campus today and tips on enhancing your career in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Also discussed in our HigherEd Careers Interview are initiatives taking place in Greek Affairs through the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors.


    Monica Miranda Smalls
    Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

December 2010

  • Health on Campus - What are the issues, services and areas you need to consider?

    The daily life of a college student may be filled with numerous tasks, from attending class, studying, socializing, sports, work and often much more. In the hustle and bustle of juggling all of this, health issues may be not always be in the forefront, but are obviously important. In this month's HigherEd Careers interview, we are fortunate to discuss health issues on campus with Michelle Burcin, Director, Healthy Carolina, University of South Carolina, Columbia. She shares her thoughts on top health concerns, from stress, to nutrition, to alcohol and smoking on campus, and offers ideas for staff and faculty on how to recognize and address these issues.


    Dr. Michelle Burcin
    Director, Healthy Carolina

November 2010

  • Is Accreditation the Conscience of Higher Education? And Should It Feel Guilty?

    Accreditation can be compared to a litmus test for the quality of a higher education institution. Since the facets of accreditation are many -- from legitimizing institutions to determining eligibility for funding -- should it feel guilty about the strong role it plays in quality assurance? This month we talk with Associate Professor, Kevin Kinser, Ph.D., from the University of Albany, State University of New York about the history, current functions, and the future of accreditation in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds of higher education.


    Kevin Kinser, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York

October 2010

  • Student Loans: New Subprime Crisis, High-Risk Business or Changed Industry?

    This month we speak to Tim Ranzetta, founder and president of Student Lending Analytics (SLA), about student loan reform and student debt. In the news and on the Senate chamber’s floor, the topic of student loan reform and mounting student loan debt has been front and center. The future of higher education and careers in higher education depends greatly on how institutions and Congress handle student loans in the coming years...


    Tim Ranzetta
    Founder and president of Student Lending Analytics (SLA)

September 2010

  • Online Learning and the World of For Profit Education

    Is online learning the wave of the future? How are proprietary institutions different than traditional universities? What is all the recent press regarding for-profit institutions? The answers to these questions, the addressing of misconceptions and much more are discussed in this month's conversation with Gary E. McCullough, the President and CEO of Career Education Corporation. The colleges, schools and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation offer education to over 116,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. We examine the aspects of online education and for-profit education and how it affects students, faculty and administrators in today's market.


    Gary E. McCullough
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Career Education Corporation

August 2010

  • Cachet of Cool: Why Your Campus Wants It?

    This month, we speak to three experts on the topic of "cool." How can an institution's image impact faculty recruiting? The panel is comprised of Paul Baldasare, President of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, a small liberal arts college in Laurinburg, North Carolina; Jason Cook, Vice-President of Communications and Marketing for the Texas A&M University System, a large research university with tens of thousands of students all across the state of Texas; and Tom Gariepy, District Director of Marketing and Communications for Maricopa Community Colleges, which has ten campuses throughout central Arizona with nearly 250,000 students.


    Paul Baldasare Jr.
    President, St. Andrews Presbyterian College


    Jason D. Cook
    APR, Vice President - Marketing & Communications, Texas A&M University


    Tom Gariepy
    District Director of Marketing and Communications for the Maricopa Community Colleges

July 2010

  • The Growing Role of Hispanics in Higher Education

    HACU is a national organization that represents more than 450 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the more than two million Hispanic students in U.S. higher education across 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. HACU works to advocate for increased access to higher education for Hispanics, as well as working toward improving the quality of higher education that people receive. HACU is active in helping Hispanic higher education professionals network, interact, and work toward improving both their careers and the institutions in which they work.


    Antonio R. Flores
    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

June 2010

  • State of our States - What will be the lasting effects on higher education?

    It seems every year that state funding of higher education becomes an even more critical part of the operation of our state-supported institutions and programs. This year is no different, with so many states facing critical budget issues due to decreased revenue from the recession. What does this mean for higher education and your career?


    Paul E. Lingenfelter
    President, State Higher Education Executive Officers association (SHEEO)

May 2010

  • Enrollment Management - Art, Science, or the Job that Everyone's Job Depends On?

    The privilege of having a career in higher education is helping students learn. The enrollment management professionals at your school are responsible for formulating and implementing a plan that attracts the best students to your institution. This month, we were able to gain many insights into this critical role by sitting down with an accomplished professional in the field, Steven Klein, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Angelo State University.


    Steven D. Klein
    Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Angelo State University (TX)

April 2010

  • The Current State of the Postdoc Experience

    An important step in the career of many higher education professionals starts with a postdoctoral position. These positions provide the necessary experience, mentoring, and networking opportunities for a person's career. For this career topic, we reached out to Cathee Johnson Phillips, executive director of the National Postdoctoral Association for a conversation regarding "postdocs" and advice for people who are looking to obtain a postdoctoral position...


    Cathee Johnson Phillips
    Executive Director of the National Postdoctoral Association

March 2010

  • Educational Legislation Through the Eyes of a Congressman

    The second session of the 111th Congress does not suffer from a lack of legislation. It is obvious that any health care legislation from this Congress will affect all careers. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act may not receive the media attention of its health care counterpart, but it may be no less important to careers in higher education. It appears on Sunday, March 21, these two bills will collide and be jointly voted on...


    Representative Rubén Hinojosa
    United States House of Representatives

February 2010

  • How Do You Do Scientific Research and Teach?

    Most scientists agree that being a successful researcher is a very challenging career. We know careers in Academia can be challenging. What happens when you try to do both? This month we chat with one of the leading Tuberculosis researchers in the world, Dr. Scott Franzblau at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Franzblau shares his insights on funding his institute's scientific research, working in Academia and how to best position yourself to participate in the research process...


    Scott G. Franzblau, Ph.D.
    Professor and Director, Institute for Tuberculosis Research, University of Illinois at Chicago

November 2009

  • Social Media in Higher Education Careers - Are you using your father's resume?

    Twitter. Blogger. LinkedIn. A few short years ago, none of these Social Media sites would have been at the top of your list as career tools. However, many people today include them on their lists but still are not sure how exactly they fit into their academic job searches, let alone their careers. We spend some time this month with Rick Klau who heads up Google's Blogger product. In addition to learning about Rick's "Niner" love and how he was a blogger for a future President, we were privileged to get Rick to share his deep knowledge about how people communicate on the internet and his insights into how it can help you in your career and job search....


    Rick Klau
    Business Product Manager for Blogger at Google

August 2009

  • Emergency Preparedness: Expect the Unexpected

    This month's HigherEd Careers focuses on a topic that is vital to every person on campus - Emergency Preparedness. At some point in your career, your professional skill in handling an emergency situation may be required...


    Michael Schultz
    President of ACUHO-I, Director of University Housing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

May 2009

  • Obama and Higher Education - Romance and Reality

    We are delighted to offer a very thoughtful HigherEd Careers chat this month with David King. Dr. King has been a faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government since 1992 and is the faculty director for its Newly Elected Members of the U.S. Congress program. We had the pleasure of chatting with him about the Obama Administration and Higher Education. His thoughts are very practical insights into what we might expect from our federal government over the next four to eight years and its impact on our colleges and universities...


    Dr. David C. King
    Faculty Lecturer, Harvard University