Inspiring conversations with faculty, researchers, and other higher education experts who are introducing new and innovative ways of addressing retention, equity, and student success.
Counseling Students Facing Mental Health Challenges
In this episode, we talk with Sarah Garlick of UWE Bristol in the UK. She shares her story and how she’s using her past experiences to support students’ wellbeing and provide counseling on mental health related challenges. Sarah knows college campuses can feel lonely and it can difficult to get engaged, so she walks us through what UWE Bristol is doing to help students through adversity.
Sarah Garlick currently serves as the Deputy Head of Student Support (Wellbeing) at the University of the West of England in Bristol, England.
The Future of the Higher Education Workplace
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Kevin McClure (University of North Carolina Wilmington) about his experience with broad-access institutions and regional colleges and universities. We also discuss the future of work and how the higher education landscape is changing for both current and future faculty members. Kevin shares about retaining employees, why people stay and why they leave, and how he’s helping current students prepare for careers in higher ed.
Dr. Kevin McClure currently serves as the Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is also the Director of Public Engagement at the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, a research center dedicated to the advancement of regional colleges.
Harnessing Brain Plasticity to Build Academic Resilience with Karen Oehme
Karen Oehme from Florida State University joins us to talk about the components of academic resilience and how we can actually train our brains to become more resilient in the face of adversity. She shares how she and her colleagues at FSU are helping students learn how to bounce back and press on in the face of mental, academic, and emotional challenges.
Karen currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University and is the chair of the Academic Resilience Consortium.
Chart 1: The Components of Academic Resilience
Chart 2: The Brain's Happy Chemicals to Fight Stress
The Academic Resilience Consortium Conference (October 25-26, 2022)
Fostering Engagement & Belonging at a Large Public University
Dr. Nancy Hutchins from Texas A&M University joins us to talk about the importance of building relationships and fostering a sense of belonging on a large campus where it’s easy to get lost. She shares how her team is giving students confidence to take initiative and find areas in which they can grow and engage in order to be successful. We also discuss how to support first-generation students and transfer students as they transition into a large university.
Nancy currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Texas A&M Mays Business School.
Emotional Intelligence, Mathematic Success, and Transfer Student Outcomes with Dr. Tyra Madison
Dr. Tyra Madison from Miami Dade College shares about the college's leading practices for combining mathematic success and emotional intelligence to improve student outcomes. Dr. Madison also shares her intriguing research on the impacts of transfer and articulation policies on transfer student graduation rates. Tyra currently serves as the Grant Academic Manager for Opening the Gateways: Mathematics Success and Emotional Intelligence—a Title V grant at Miami Dade College.
Engaging Women Overcomers in Business & Higher Education with Dr. Shannon Deer
Dr. Shannon Deer from Texas A&M shares her research on how businesses and higher education institutions can help women facing major social challenges, such as incarceration, poverty, addiction, or engagement in the sex trade. She discusses the skills and abilities unique to women overcomers and how their resilience and motivation can positively impact generations to come. Dr. Deer currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Texas A&M Mays Business School.
Also in this episode, Shannon shares insights from her and Cheryl Miller’s book, "Business Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities.” You can find their book on Amazon or their website businessdoinggood.org.