brian keiser & the higher ed social merch store

Brian Keiser is the director of academic advising at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Brian’s path has been a winding one. He originally went to college to study meteorology, and after several changes in major graduated with a degree in communications studies and a master’s in educational psychology. He’s currently pursuing his Ph.D. in child development and early childhood education, which he claims has nothing do with his job. On the show, we discuss Brian’s work leading Bridgeport’s advising and retention efforts that are funded by a Title III grant from the Department of Education.

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darren stocker & the kick that was needed

Darren Stocker is an associate professor and program director at Cape Cod Community College in Massachusetts where he works with students who want to get into the field of criminal justice. After retiring from 20 years in law enforcement, Darren got into higher education. While in graduate school, it became clear to him that education was his next career move. Darren has done extensive work with learning management systems, and he talks with Lougan and Jackie about the pros and cons of discussion boards in an online classroom.

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scott grant & letting students drive the bus

Scott Grant is an assistant professor in the College of Business at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Scott, Jackie and Lougan discuss the value of general education courses and electives toward one’s future career path. Scott believes that teaching students starts with challenging them in ways that haven’t been before. One way he did this was by creating The Oiler 10, a student-run consulting agency. From this, he learned that teaching can go beyond the typical structure within higher education.

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andy brown & the first episode of 2018

Can you believe it? It’s 2018 and our first episode of the year stars Andy Brown, the director of media relations and online content at Kalamazoo College. On the show, we talked with Andy about the work he does and how he got to where he is. We also talk about the K-Plan, Kalamazoo’s four-part, integrated approach to liberal arts and science education through which students can customize their college experience.

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corey patterson & the hidden immunity idol

Jackie and Corey Patterson, director of graduate operations at Abliene Christian University, spend most of episode 84 spoiling episodes of Survivor. They discuss the current season and who they see going all the way to the end. Corey spent some time working in Nashville before settling at ACU, and he and Lougan share memories of their old stomping grounds.

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wesley hough & six degrees of kevin bacon

Wesley HoughEpisode 75 is an exciting chat with Wesley Hough (like tough!), 5th year graduate student in the PhD of Mathematics program at the University of Kentucky. Wesley also works as a Teaching Assistant, teaching Calculus II for Life Sciences. We chat about the structure of his department considering he teaches science students but is studying for a degree in math. He is working on his dissertation and explains it well enough for Jackie and Lougan to understand. We also talk about job searches – Wesley is planning to apply to close to 85 jobs across the US – and a very interesting number.

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