Speaking & Workshops


My background as a higher education professional of over 20 years along with my advanced doctoral study in higher education has helped inform my approach to the topics on which I speak and consult.  My background in college-level instruction informs how I develop and design learning experiences and workshops.  My background in advising and counseling results in my being a listener who identifies campus needs and provides further questions and solutions.  My background in students affairs has given me a lens of inclusion and social justice.  My background in visual design informs how I prepare visuals and media to engage others.

Residential Curriculum and Curricular Approach Workshops

A residential curriculum or curricular approach to residence life and student affairs work is an intentional design process for organizing and enhancing student learning out of the classroom. I have served on the faculty of the Institute on the Curricular Approach (formerly the Residential Curriculum Institute) since 2013. Through this experience and my own research and work, I have developed my own workshops for on campus training. These workshops do not replace the value of the Institute on the Curricular Approach, which provides exposure to a diverse array of institutional curricula and how they enact them, but provide a more cost effective way for getting your entire staff trained and versed in all aspects of the approach.

Although I contextualize each workshop to an individual school’s needs, most workshops typically follow a standard two day schedule:

9:00am – Introduction to the Curriculum<
11:15am – BREAK
11:30am – Archeological Dig and the Educational Priority
Noon – LUNCH
1:00pm – Learning Goals, Narratives, Outcomes, and Rubrics
3:00pm – BREAK

9:00am – Open Q&A, Review Group Goals/Outcomes/Rubrics
10:15am – BREAK
10:30am – Sequencing, and Educational Plans, Assessment, Partners, and External Review
11:30am – Closure
Noon – BREAK

All workshops include copies of all presentation slides, handouts, and supplementary readings for your use. I also continue the relationship with each school I work with through email/phone consultation as the staff works their way through the process.

Previous Campuses I’ve Visited for Workshops: University of Louisville, University of Texas at Dallas, Morrisville State College, Bucknell University, West Virginia University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of San Francisco, University Wisconsin Madison, Butler University, University of North Alabama, Central Washington University, Green Mountain College, University of North Texas, Ohio University, State University of New York College at Cobleskill, University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Eastern Kentucky University, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Michigan Technological University, Illinois Math and Science Academy, University of Colorado, Boulder, Eastern Kentucky University, University of North Dakota, Morrisville State College, Indiana State University, Marquette University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Marquette University.

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Social Media and Technology Presentations and Keynotes

Many of my speaking engagements and keynote addresses have centered around the impact and intersections of digital and social technologies with higher education.  In particular, I leverage my scholarly work and research to inform my presentations, but present it in an accessible way.  Some of the common topics I have spoken on (to both student and professional audiences) include:

  • Social media and technology’s influence on student learning, development, and civic engagement.
  • Teaching and training with digital and social technology.
  • Using departmental and institutional social media channels to engage with college students.
  • Navigating social media, choices, and ethics. (for students)
  • Curating and leveraging one’s online presence for professional development, networking and the job search.

Presentation Style

FullSizeRenderWhen presenting, I utilize a highly dynamic and visual style coupled with wit and humor.  My background as a scholar and college instructor allows me to ground my work in research (including my own original work) while also ensuring the subject matter is accessible to a range of audiences audiences.  Through the utilization of high quality graphics, video, and interactive activities, my aim is to keep the audience engaged, entertained, and learning.

My design work and presentation abilities resulted in LinkedIn’s presentation sharing site, Slideshare, designating me a “Keynote Author.”  My work was been designated a “Top Presentation of the Day” 17 times and recognized as a “Featured Presentation” on the homepage 32 times.  Presentation design and sharing site HaikuDeck has also highlighted my work as a “featured deck.”

I can speak to student as well as professional and industry audiences.  Although I can speak to a broad range of audiences, in my past professional experience, I have worked with special student sub-populations including first year students, and honors and high ability students.  Institutionally I have worked at public and private institutions, religiously and non-religiously affiliated institutions, and internationally.  Professionally I have presented at higher education research conference, student affairs association conferences, and student leader conferences including those focused on housing and residence life, academic advising, and honors programs.


Consulting & Program Review

IMG_0586In addition to speaking, it is not uncommon for me to use my time with a client for consultation and conversation.  Pairing a speaking engagement with a sit down consultation is a very common practice and one that department and institutions have reported as helpful.  Through pre-engagement meetings, I can review and prepare materials to ensure clients get the most out of their time with me.

I have also aided departments and institutions with systematic program reviews, strategic planning, and visioning. With my lengthy history in higher education across a number of institutional types and functional areas, I can provide robust and thoughtful feedback regarding departmental areas of strength and areas for improvement.





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