toby stapelton & the state of graduate education

This week, Lougan chats with Dr. Toby Stapleton, the dean of graduate and continuing education programs at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. We chat about the rise of hybrid professional graduate programs and the many innovative programs at Salve Regina. At his previous institution, Toby lead a technology incubator which has become a global leader in marine (blue) technology. We also discuss his work there and the future of this growing field. 

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john delony & the other one fifty three

John Delony playing guitar on stageOn this week’s episode, we talk sit down with John Delony, the Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Belmont University. John talks about how his own mental health challenges proved to be an important turning point in his life. Those events inspired him to take counseling classes at Texas Tech and join a crisis team to help grieving families. All of these experiences have profoundly shaped his approach to working with students. 

 

steve ostendorff & the temporary spartan race route

Steve Ostendorff is the director of graduate admissions at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in Manhattan. We talk about commuting to work, and what Steve does to pass the time on his two-hour train ride. Part of his daily routine includes taking a nap, but more importantly doing his homework – because he’s also a part-time doctoral student. Steve tells Lougan and Jackie about his department’s efforts to roll out an online course.

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christine figgener & the sea turtles

Christine Figgener is a marine conservation biologist, a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University and Time Magazine recently recognized her as a ‘2018 Next Generation Leader.’ Christine is credited with helping spark the anti-plastic movement with her viral video of a straw being pulled from a turtle’s nose. She loves how research is connected to mentorship. After graduation, she hopes to focus on science communication to build the gap between scientists and non-scientists.

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alan burns & the quest for a good mattress

Alan Burns is a research associate at the Social Research Science Center at Mississippi State University where he handles all of the communication for the center. The center conducts $10 million worth of research annually in social economic, political, and human resource issues. Right now Alan completed the planning phase of the SRSC’s annual report, which will be released in October. In 2012, Alan Burns obtained an internship at the media collaboration lab within the SRSC. And later he obtained a grad assistantship then took over the lab. The group talks about the accountability of students who are new to a work environment.

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kasandrea sereno & the six flights to nashville

Kasandrea Sereno is the lead academic advisor at the University of South Florida. She is completing her doctorate in higher ed organizational leadership at Vanderbilt University and is the head of My Advisor Says, an independent academic consulting company that helps those who want to go to college. Kasandrea talks with Lougan and Jackie about her doctoral work, advising technology and the importance of the advising relationship to retention and student success. 

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