I study college students. In particular, I study issues such as academic confidence, political activity and interest, leadership and civic educational experiences, educational outcomes, gender differences, hazing, and social networking. What we learn about lifewide education informs the present and future of higher education.
At the University of Michigan, I lead research for Student Life, and teach in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. The topics I pursue continue to grow, with an eye toward whatever next year's issue might be. I study today's Millennials, tomorrow's Global Generation, and their parents. Ever changing and challenging work.
In volunteer life, I work with Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at the chapter and national levels, and with Beta Theta Pi at the local level. In these environments, I'm passionate about student-to-student learning, as well as meaningful cross-generational mentorship. Both are essential in making the university environment, and society, the most effective and engaging they can be.
I speak at conferences and campuses about peer education, values-based strategic planning, goal setting and achievement, risk management, graduate school aspirations, and hazing prevention. Helping students apply a values-based perspective across their lives is exciting and positive work.
Away from work, I love college bands, working out, and cheering for Wichita State, Colorado, and Michigan.