Meditations on Teaching

This fall marks my 20th year of teaching a college course. I began teaching in the fall of 2001 with a Introduction to College Course entitled SFA 101 and I have been teaching ever since. I have taught courses on college preparedness, policy in higher education, organization and administration in higher education, leadership studies, andContinue reading “Meditations on Teaching”

To Move or Not to Move – A Student Affairs Quandary

I have been working in Student Affairs for 25 years now. That is quite a long time. And I have had a fulfilling and enjoyable career. From my early days as a Graduate Assistant at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in the mid-90s to my current role as the Executive Director of the Florida Consortium,Continue reading “To Move or Not to Move – A Student Affairs Quandary”

My Uneasy Relationship with College Athletics

I am going to say it loud and say it proud, I love college athletics! Love em’! And I don’t mean I love them in a passive or nostalgic way. I mean the majority of my favorite memories are tied to college athletics. A few examples: I fell in love with being a college studentContinue reading “My Uneasy Relationship with College Athletics”

A History of Higher Education Episode One – Jan. 1930

The Journal of Higher Education was a journal published between 1930-2013. It featured educational research, leaders, and voices in several topics related to the administration, social construct, and higher education organization. Many of these issues have been lost in time, but I discovered them about two years ago and have been fascinated with how eachContinue reading “A History of Higher Education Episode One – Jan. 1930”

Day #51 – The Brain is Freaky! How Trivia Night is Good for Cognition

Anyone who knows me is aware that I love a good night of Pub Trivia. My wife and I currently frequent two game nights on Tuesday and Thursday. And we do reasonably well. We are Routinely finishing “in the money” and winning gift cards. Last week we finished second and were rewarded with $30 andContinue reading “Day #51 – The Brain is Freaky! How Trivia Night is Good for Cognition”

Day 50 – How my first week in grad school shaped my management philosophy. #100DaysofHigherEd

A story about my first week in grad school. As previously reported, I attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for my graduate program in higher education administration. I went to SIU-C sight unseen and I really think that was an interesting choice at the time. While we had internet access in 1995 there was notContinue reading “Day 50 – How my first week in grad school shaped my management philosophy. #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 49 – Business is Ready for Florida, but are we Ready for Them? #100DaysofHigherEd

In the early 1960s the city of Orlando was basically a sleepy Central Florida town, in the 1920s few people had even heard of Miami, and the Tampa Bay area was known more for cigars than sunshine. Yet, over time, these three cities have become powerhouses for jobs and innovation in the past few decades.Continue reading “Day 49 – Business is Ready for Florida, but are we Ready for Them? #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 48 – Beautiful Higher Education Spaces I have been to. #100DaysofHigherEd

I must admit, I feel off the writing train. Just happened that way. I got busy, got a little lazy and just plain forgot a few days. But I am back and looking to pick up the pace. I am learning that to promise to do anything every day that is not eating, sleeping, andContinue reading “Day 48 – Beautiful Higher Education Spaces I have been to. #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 47 – Remembering Higher Education’s Middle Kids – #100DaysofHigherEd

I am not very private about my upbringing. If you are a friend of mine, you know that I grew up in some desperate circumstances. The child of teenaged parents, I grew up mainly lower income. For a few years there we were outright poor. Neither of my parents went to college and they bothContinue reading “Day 47 – Remembering Higher Education’s Middle Kids – #100DaysofHigherEd”