10 Higher Education Questions I Can’t Help But Wonder About

As institutions of higher education cope with the global pandemic, I can’t help but think about the implications our rapid change will have on the future. There are only a few occasions in my lifetime that I recall institutions of our size making such strong pivots and in every instant, there were ripples that impacted…

Let’s Play Professional Polish Bingo

According to Business Insider 80% of America’s population, or about 265 million people, under some form of lock down. Take a break from social media and play Professional Polish Bingo! The game is simple, go for three in a row or a total blackout. The best part is everyone’s a winner!

Leading through Change

Individual leadership styles are shaped by innate characteristics, lessons learned through formal and informal training, and experiences across our lifetime. Over the past few weeks I’ve observed many different responses from leaders and have wondered if there is any correlation between the leadership styles and characteristics we naturally gravitate to and our personal leadership aspirations….

The Expert Generalist: Becoming a T-Shaped Professional

If you’re like me you are interested in lots of things that are not always connected and you struggle when people inquire about your expertise. As long as I can remember I’ve never been content with having one interest and have always resented the idea that people cannot specialize in multiple things. I recently discovered…

Let’s Talk About It | 4 Common Responses to Microaggressions

Have you ever encountered someone who is challenging to work with? So challenging, in fact, that is it common knowledge, or at the very least a shared perspective, that this individual is difficult to work with? However, when the challenges related to this person are discussed there is a greater emphasis on their identity instead…

4 Ways to Stop Being the Annoying Phone Person

Have you ever arrived for a meeting and found that everyone in the room has their nose buried in their phones? You don’t need me to tell you that our relationships with phones range from an extension of self to full-blown addition. You know this, I know this, we know this. Whether I’m in a…

Four Simple Lessons to Thrive in the Workplace

On Sunday, January 12th, I celebrated my fourth year working at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The last four years have been rewarding, as well as challenging, testing my confidence, patience, and faith, but through it all my commitment to learning, service, and excellence never wavered. Every job I’ve had has gifted me with rich experiences,…

Using the Holiday Season to Prepare for the Hiring Season

The holiday season is officially upon us! For those of us that work in higher education this time of year brings many highs and lows, but it also marks the eve of our industry’s peak hiring season. As you prepare to close out the semester, I encourage you to dedicate some time to refresh your…

Lessons Learned Along the Way

Today marks the completion of my first year in academic affairs. The last 18 months have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times of my career, but I am so thankful for the many lessons, both good and bad, that I’ve learned. In honor of this small moment in time, I decided to…