Articles, syllabi, presentations and other detritus from the mostly-professional life of a student affairs pundit of sorts.
Perhaps the best preparation for my work in higher education was the time I spent getting into and out of trouble throughout my education, beginning with the Little Red House Nursery School. I have a well-developed sense of irony, a keen ear for shaky excuses, and a genuine appreciation of students who don’t see things quite the way their institution might want them to.
I have had the privilege of serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Wheaton College (MA, not IL), and Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut. I stepped away from full-time higher education in order to learn more about serving college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and was lucky enough to do that for two years with Mansfield Hall in Burlington, VT, as Director of Collegiate Partnerships.
I now work independently with a focus on some areas of great interest to me. I am the Director of Higher Education and Training for the College Autism Network and consult with colleges and universities seeking to improve their services to students with ASD. I also have College Readiness Conversations with high school students and their families about the realities of campus-based support for mental health and learning challenges. I occasionally teach in the University of Vermont's Higher Ed and Student Affairs graduate program. And I write as often as I can about all of this.
You can find text links to all of the articles I’ve published in About Campus, a magazine for professional educators. They are evidence of the way I view my work: a series of interrelated narratives that, when taken together, comprise the arc of my life in higher education. There are also many articles from a number of other publications, both print and online which are also referenced.
You'll find my course syllabi, my c.v., various professional presentations, and some other personal and professional links that might be useful.
- D-Log (from the Dean of Students Office of Wheaton College)
- SA Subversive (from The Student Affairs Collective)
- SA Subversive 2
- Clothes Down (More personal, an experiment and where it led me)
My most recent book is Emerging Issues and Practices in Peer Education: New Directions for Student Services, Number 133.
If you're interested in the book I edited with Barbara Leigh Smith (Learning Communities and Student Affairs; Partnering and Powerful Learning) you can get more information at the NASPA Bookstore.
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