My background as a higher education professional of over 15 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 processes client 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.
The following includes information on audiences and topics with which I have speaking and consulting experience. Although this is what I have done in the past, I am flexible and have a diversity of experiences that allow me to tailor my work and my message to meet a broad range of needs and for a broad range of audiences.
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.
Much of my speaking and consulting work has 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 work, but present it in an accessible way. My experience in residence life and teaching and training environments also informs my speaking and consulting work on co-curiculum design and student learning. Below are some of the topics on which I’m asked to speak and consult most frequently. These can be modified and remixed according to a client’s needs.
Social Media and Technology
(For both students and faculty/staff)
- 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.
Residential Curriculum and Curricular Approaches
- Multi-day workshops for developing and enhancing curricular models in residence life and student affairs.
- Refocusing your educational efforts away from programming and towards outcomes.
When 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.”
CONSULTING & PROGRAM REVIEW
In 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.
HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
- ACPA – College Student Educators International
- ACUI – Association of College Unions International, Region IV
- BACHA – Boston Area College Housing Association
- Boston Latin School
- CPAC – Colorado College Personnel Association
- CSA-NYS – College Student Personnel Association of New York State
- JetBlue Airways
- “Memphis in May” Student Affairs Conference
- NEACHO -Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers
- NODA – Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education
- OACUHO – Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers
- Online Learning Consortium
- OSA – The Optical Society
- Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and Pi Kappa Phi
- Residential Curriculum Institute
- SATech Boston
- WCPA – Wisconsin College Personnel Association
I also digitally guest lecture for graduate classes on a pro bono basis and as my schedule allows. Institutions include: Bowling Green State University, California Lutheran University, Indiana University, University of Binghamton, University of Idaho, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, and University of South Carolina.