The Newtown Shooting and Why I Choose to be a Student Affairs Educator

As the details of the Newtown elementary school tragedy begin to come out, it’s caused me to reflect on my own experiences and calling as a student affairs educator. I work with a very different population of student, but the kinship I feel with the teachers of Sandy Hook is very much the same. I choose this profession because I want to help others. I choose this profession because it allows me to better the world through the students with whom I interact. I choose this profession because it places me in… Read More

Capturing the Elusive: ASHE 2012 Presentation

I have the privilege of presenting a paper with some of my colleagues this week at the Association for the Study Of Higher Education National Conference in Las Vegas. Titled, “Capturing the Elusive: Accounting for Study Attrition and Complex Trajectories in a Longitudinal Study of Low-Income High School Graduates,” this presentation examines a unique method of data collection we employed in attempting to understand the college going behavior of a group of high school graduates of low socioeconomic status.  Below is a little preview of what we have in store.  Please do… Read More

Education Radicals: An Evolution of Image

At left, Michelle Rhee’s Time Magazine cover from 2008 when she was Chancellor of the Washington, DC schools.  At right, two years later in 2010 after she resigned from office. Education and politics are littered with change sagas and heroes.  I find individuals who enact radical change, however, to be particularly interesting.  It always intrigues me how the image of these public figures evolves over time.  They often undergo the journey from being viewed as controversial autocrats to being hailed as trail-blazing visionaries (well, at least the “successful” ones, anyway).  When confronted… Read More