higher ed social

a podcast for higher education
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About the Show

Hosted by Lougan Bishop and Jon Blankenship, Higher Ed Social is a weekly podcast dedicated to those that work in higher education. In each episode, we dive into the lives and careers of people who help make colleges and universities work. So sit back, relax and get ready for some fun conversation.

Higher Ed Social was created by Jackie Vetrano and Lougan Bishop and is part of the ConnectEDU network, the first podcast network for higher education, which brings together brilliant minds in the higher ed space and breaks down silos.

Latest Episode

Shanna Carmack is the director of residence life for Carson-Newman University in east Tennessee. In this week’s episode, we talk to Shanna about getting acclimated as a new director in her first year at a university and how much a mentor can make a difference to an up-and-coming administrator. Shanna also lends us some insight on what it’s like to raise a child—in a residence hall! 

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Recent Episodes

coby dillard & the student veterans

Coby Dillard is the coordinator for veterans and military services at the University of California Santa Barbara. Coby began his career in the Navy as a yeoman, and after leaving the Navy, he decided to take advantage of his post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits at Tidewater Community College. There he began his career in higher ed as a work study student. Coby transitioned to UCSB last year, and has been working to rebuild their programs for student veterans. We had a great discussion about what makes student veterans special, and how he works to support their needs.

Links to cool stuff:
Coby on Linkedin
Coby on Twitter

melissa mae cheater & the power of maple syrup

For our second international episode we sat down with Melissa Mae Cheater, the digital content manager at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Melissa is also the founder of #PSEWEB (Post Secondary Education Web), a Canadian offshoot of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association here in the US. During the show, we chat about the differences between student life in the US and Canada. Melissa also shares her thoughts on how departments across campus can better work with their communications teams to celebrate success.

todd sanders & ryan morejon is on a pontoon boat

This week, we bring the amazing University of Florida social team back to the podcast. For a quick refresher, Todd Sanders is the director of digital communications & social media at UF and Ryan Morejon is UF’s social media specialist. During the episode, we chat with the UF Crew about the importance of creating community within a university content creation, as well as the UF President’s high level of engagement with their team. We also discuss audience interaction on various networks and their strategy on jumping into new networks like TikTok.

lougan & jon

You might recognize our new co-host as our guest from two episodes ago where we discussed Nashville parties and the NFL Draft. Jon Blankenship serves as the director of digital media strategy for Vanderbilt University Development and Alumni Relations. The group talks...

jackie vetrano & new beginnings

They say that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end, and in this week’s episode we say goodbye to Jackie as a co-host & producer of the show. Take a listen to hear what Jackie has been up to lately as well as her plans for the future. Click the...