Higher Ed Social

100 EpisodesProduced by Lougan Bishop & Jon BlankenshipWebsite

Hosted by Lougan Bishop and Jon Blankenship, Higher Ed Social is a weekly podcast dedicated to those that work in higher education. In each episode, we dive into the lives and careers of people who help make colleges and universities work. So sit back, relax and get ready for some fun conversation.

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REBROADCAST: lisa catto & sixty hour minutes

August 22nd, 2019

45:19

The start of the academic year is upon us! We hope you’re enjoying welcoming students …

chris d’orso & the long story

August 15th, 2019

53:03

This week, we welcome back the amazing Chris D’Orso. Since he was on the show back in …

toby stapelton & the state of graduate education

August 8th, 2019

41:09

This week, Lougan chats with Dr. Toby Stapleton, the dean of graduate and continuing education programs at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. We chat …

ravi jain & some bite-sized storytelling

August 2nd, 2019

54:42

Ravi Jain from Boston College joins us on the show this week! Ravi serves as the Senior …

dave eng & the power of gaming

July 19th, 2019

44:25

This week, Dave Eng returns to the show! Since last we talked, Dave has finished his doctorate and serves as a clinical professor & educational …

REBROADCAST: andy shaw & the mommy blogs

July 11th, 2019

13:36

It’s vacation time, so we’re taking a break this week. In the mean time, enjoy Lougan …

kelsey ryan & the whereabouts of zac efron

July 4th, 2019

37:56

Kelsey Ryan the coordinator of fraternity and sorority life at University of Memphis. …

shanna carmack & the tape deck editor

June 27th, 2019

34:51

Shanna Carmack is the director of residence life for Carson-Newman University in east Tennessee. In this week’s episode, we talk to Shanna about getting …

coby dillard & the student veterans

June 20th, 2019

41:17

Coby Dillard is the coordinator for veterans and military services at the University of California Santa Barbara. Coby began his career in the Navy as a …

melissa mae cheater & the power of maple syrup

June 13th, 2019

35:40

For our second international episode, we sat down with Melissa Mae Cheater, the digital content manager at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. …

todd sanders & ryan morejon is on a pontoon boat

June 6th, 2019

39:45

This week, we bring the amazing University of Florida social team back to the podcast. For a quick refresher, Todd Sanders is the director of digital communications & social media at UF and Ryan Morejon is UF’s …

lougan & jon

May 30th, 2019

13:40

You might recognize our new co-host as our guest from two episodes ago where we discussed Nashville parties and the NFL Draft. Jon Blankenship serves as the director of digital media strategy for Vanderbilt University …

jackie vetrano & new beginnings

May 16th, 2019

28:49

They say that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end, and in this week’s episode we say goodbye to Jackie as a co-host & producer of the show. Take a listen to hear what Jackie has been up to …

john delony & the other one fifty three

May 10th, 2019

31:09

On this week’s episode, we talk sit down with John Delony, the Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Belmont University. John talks about how his own mental health challenges proved to be an important turning point …

jon blankenship & the batter of winterfell

May 2nd, 2019

37:40

This week we talked with Jon Blankenship, the director of digital media strategy for Vanderbilt University Development & Alumni Relations. Jon worked with Lougan at Belmont for more than 8 years before his move …

jen doak-mathewson & the task of the husky

April 25th, 2019

33:39

Jen Doak-Mathewson is the Director of Engagement and Acquisition at the University of Connecticut Foundation. We talk about the increased frequency of integrating a university's alumni association and foundation, which …

orlando leon & reporting on-location

April 18th, 2019

34:57

Orlando Leon is the chief information officer at California State University, Fresno. He tells us all about his love of IT – both the tech and business side – and his early memories in his father's memorabilia store. …

steve gavazzi & the story behind land-grant universities

April 11th, 2019

37:43

Steve Gavazzi is a professor of human development & family science at The Ohio State University. While Steve is a marriage and family research scientist by training, he's also been interested in the mission of …

ted fox & the free meal

April 4th, 2019

33:37

Ted Fox works at his alma mater, the University Notre Dame, as executive administrator of the Office of the Provost. Before his return to Notre Dame, he worked a ESPN as a production assistant. The group talks about the …

kate post & the deep hole of space

March 28th, 2019

27:42

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
On this week’s episode, we chat with the incredible Kate Post, digital engagement lead at California State University, Chico. She has a master’s degree in Japanese and planned to go …

steve ostendorff & the temporary spartan race route

March 21st, 2019

36:38

Steve Ostendorff is the director of graduate admissions at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in Manhattan. We talk about commuting to work, …

REBROADCAST: hope cooper buckner & the monograms

March 14th, 2019

37:01

Jackie and Lougan will be back on March 21, but in the mean time enjoy this episode with Hope Cooper Buckner!
This week we talk to Hope Cooper Buckner, the assistant director of communications at Belmont University.  …

REBROADCAST: bruce floyd & the standing desk

March 7th, 2019

48:19

Jackie and Lougan are taking a two week breather from the show. They'll be back on March 21, but in the mean time enjoy the Gator Fax episode!
Episode 80 welcomes Bruce Floyd, Social Media Manager for the Florida Gators. …

martin sickafoose & alumni relations is more than just football

February 28th, 2019

33:22

This week we talked alumni relations with Martin Sickafoose, the vice president of digital marketing at the Purdue Alumni Association. Martin talks about the different ways Purdue reaches out to their many thousands of …

jackie milhans & chicago seafood

February 21st, 2019

40:02

It was guaranteed that Jackie and Lougan wouldn't forget this week's guest, Jackie Milhans! She works as the manager of research computing team at …

jon mcbride & the sesquicentennial episode

February 14th, 2019

34:50

Jon McBride works at Brigham Young University as the media relations and social media manager. Since he started at BYU 6 years ago, he has begun to develop a strong and creative social media strategy. In this episode, …

dave stockton & the musicals

February 7th, 2019

44:55

Dave Stockton is the director of student conduct at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He is originally from the UK, and when he arrived in the US, he learned all about student affairs – something that didn't exist …

carbs & content with jacqueline rowe

January 31st, 2019

38:04

Jacqueline Rowe is the senior enrollment communications coordinator for undergraduate admissions at Stony Brook University, where she focuses on …

michael lemus & stewart, the world’s most expensive cat

January 24th, 2019

46:35

Michael Lemus is a program coordinator at The Serna Center at California State University - Sacramento, which focuses on leadership and empowerment …

milos topic & we’re still not used to 2019

January 17th, 2019

35:14

Milos Topic is the vice president for information technology and operations and oversees facilities at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, New …

jonathan hardy & not skype for business

January 10th, 2019

32:34

photo: Elizabeth RoseJonathan Hardy is the IT Director for Systems Engineering and Telephone Services at the University of Georgia, where he leads teams on storage, virtualization, database, Office 365, and campus …

four years of higher ed social

January 3rd, 2019

24:07

Happy New Year from Higher Ed Social! This week we’re going to share some New Years Resolutions inspired by some of our favorite episodes of 2018. …

natalie williams & the many bird mascots of the OVC

December 27th, 2018

30:56

For our final episode of the 2018 season, we chatted with Natalie Williams from Iowa State University. As the academic coordinator for men's basketball and women's softball, she monitors and supports student-athletes …

christine figgener & the sea turtles

December 20th, 2018

32:22

Christine Figgener is a marine conservation biologist, a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University and Time Magazine recently recognized her as a …

kyle johnson & mainland amazon prime is better

December 13th, 2018

36:33

Kyle Johnson is the Dean for Information Technology & Services at Chaminade University in Honolulu. He grew up in the Carolinas where he started …

jake mclean & the moldy acronym

December 6th, 2018

36:45

This week we were excited to talk with Jake McLean, the assistant director of leadership development and service at Monmouth College. We start the …

jackie, lougan & the ice breaker

November 29th, 2018

35:54

Photo: HighEdWeb AssociationRather than sit down and talk with a guest this week (totally on purpose), Lougan and Jackie chat about what’s going on in our respective offices this semester. Lougan has worked on a variety …

erin supinka & the thanksgiving holiday special

November 22nd, 2018

52:47

Erin Supinka is the assistant director of digital engagement at Dartmouth University., and recorded with us from her car, because she and her fiancé are working on ALL THE THINGS in their house. The group debates the …

noel peloquin & the power of alexa

November 15th, 2018

39:09

Noel Peloquin grew up Starkville, Mississippi. Prior to moving to Boston, she worked in healthcare. She now works as the marketing and communications …

james stafford & that feeling you get from an excel spreadsheet

November 8th, 2018

46:51

James Stafford is the director of marketing and public relations at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He never planned on going into higher ed, but stumbled into it by being a data nerd. James …

jerry cherry & the attack of the candy corn

November 1st, 2018

35:20

Jerry Cherry is the coordinator for student leadership at Appalachian State University. This week, Jerry tells us about what it's like to mentor and manage students and how he's stepped in while other positions are …

#heweb18 & the golden nuggets

October 25th, 2018

This week on the show, Lougan and Jackie are joined by Higher Ed Social alums Liz Gross from Campus Sonar, Jon-Stephen Stansel from University of Central Arkansas and Jeff Stevens from University of Florida Health. We …

nicholas cifuentes-goodbody & there is no such thing as dry heat

October 18th, 2018

29:40

Nicholas Cifuentes-Goodbody is associate director of the language center at the University of Southern California. Prior to his position, he lived in …

derryce howzell & parents want their children to be better

October 11th, 2018

30:28

Derryce Howzell is a professor of communications at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, Nevada College, and the Nevada Career Institute. Working in …

jenna hartwell & the almost adulting symposium

October 4th, 2018

38:02

Jenna Hartwell works at North Carolina State University as the associate director for the Women and Minority Engineering programs in the College of …

allison matherly & the strategy of going in with intention

September 27th, 2018

33:57

Allison Matherly is the coordinator of digital engagement at Texas Tech and teaches public relations as an adjunct professor in the College of Media …

graham carpenter & the first emmy nominated guest 

September 20th, 2018

44:30

Graham Carpenter is a professor at the University of Pacific. Carpenter earned his PhD from the University of Alabama in Communication and Information Sciences. He still works  as a freelance cameraman for ESPN Games …

aerial ellis & the what ifs

September 13th, 2018

35:20

Aerial Ellis is a public relations consultant and professor at Lipscomb University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Aerial is …

joel renner & experience doesn’t pay my rent

September 6th, 2018

39:12

Joel Renner is the co-chair eduWeb Digital Summit and the digital strategy and career systems manager for George Washington University’s School of …

andrea gils & the opposite of dancing is sitting

August 30th, 2018

35:21

Andrea Gils is the marketing and communications manager at University of Kentucky’s International Center. Originally from Uruguay, her experience as an international student at Southeast Missouri State University is one …

carla swank fox & the queen of natural disasters

August 23rd, 2018

32:18

Carla Swank Fox is an adjunct faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. She teaches in the College of Media and …

alan burns & the quest for a good mattress

August 16th, 2018

38:01

Alan Burns is a research associate at the Social Research Science Center at Mississippi State University where he handles all of the communication for the center. The center conducts $10 million worth of research …

bill zimmerman & the virtual bar

August 9th, 2018

Bill Zimmerman is a lecturer at Penn State’s Donald Bellisario College of Communications in the departments of advertising and public relations. …

joseph didomizio & for the love of buffalo

August 2nd, 2018

34:19

Joseph DiDomizio is the director of digital communications in the Division of University Advancement at the University of Buffalo. We start the show with a great discussion about the amazing city of Buffalo, NY. We also …

higher ed social & the first live show

July 26th, 2018

37:32

Ever wanted to start a podcast? Ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes of Higher Ed Social? This episode is for you! Jackie and Lougan recorded the first live episode at the EduWeb Conference in San Diego, …

scott silverman & the pokes of the facebook

July 19th, 2018

35:28

Scott Silverman is the associate dean of the Emeritus Program for older adults at Santa Monica College. Silverman conducted research on the early …

andy shaw & the mommy blogs

July 12th, 2018

33:36

Get ready for a VERY lively episode this week. Lougan and Jackie talked with the hilarious Andy Shaw, director of enrollment communications at York …

kasandrea sereno & the six flights to nashville

July 5th, 2018

31:34

Kasandrea Sereno is the lead academic advisor at the University of South Florida. She is completing her doctorate in higher ed organizational leadership at Vanderbilt University and is the head of My Advisor Says, an …

thea zunick & the feeling of not doing anything


June 28th, 2018

36:47

Talk about a higher ed superhero, Thea Zunick serves as the director of student life at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On top of that, she is an adjunct professor University of the Sciences and …

kristen lemaster & do go chasing waterfalls

June 21st, 2018

30:46

It was great having the insightful Kristen Lemaster on the show this week! She works at Vanderbilt University as the program coordinator in the …

kyle wrather & the podcast about podcasts

June 14th, 2018

34:51

Could we refuse a guest who is working on a dissertation about the commercialization and professionalism in podcasts? Kyle Wrather is earning his …

viorica marian & lougan can sort of curse in tagolog

June 7th, 2018

37:31

Viorica Marian may be known for a viral tweet, but she’s also a psycholinguist, cognitive scientist and the Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor …

teresa gawrych & death and weather journalism

May 31st, 2018

34:55

Teresa Gawrych is many things. She's an instructor at University of Alabama and the internship coordinator for Creative Media Majors. She's also a …

chester goad & the wail of the potato cat

May 24th, 2018

34:07

Warning: Jackie's cat K.C. (aka The Potato) provides the intro sound effects. Chester Goad works as the director of disability services for Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. His office works with areas around …

leigh hall & the most higher ed title ever

May 16th, 2018

30:12

Leigh Hall is a professor and the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming. While studying at the University of South Florida, she realized she wanted to be …

kevin hahn & the next cereal podcast

May 10th, 2018

Kevin Hahn is the associate director of residence life at SUNY-Fredonia in western New York State where he oversees RD and RA development and recruitment. We talk with Kevin about his plans for the upcoming year as …

ed cabellon & all three chrises

May 3rd, 2018

45:40

Ed Cabellon is the director of administration for the division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University, and just …

jason mollica & there are no shelves for lightsabers

April 26th, 2018

38:50

Jason Mollica is a professorial lecturer at American University’s School of Communication where he teaches all about social media and social media …

peyton lipscomb, a camel, a mariachi band, a three legged gator & a cat colony

April 19th, 2018

40:32

Peyton Lipscomb is the retention initiatives coordinator at University of West Florida. Her undergraduate advisor in economics suggested her pursue a career a higher education since she loved serving the campus of …

junior delgado & the cow pasture

April 12th, 2018

35:19

Junior Delgado is the director of the Career Center at Westfield State University, a mid-sized college in Westfield, Massachusetts. He started as the …

dee goines & the student affairs wrestling kliq

April 5th, 2018

29:38

Dee Goines is Director of Residence Life, Housing and Conference Services at The University of North Texas at Dallas. During the show, Dee introduces Lougan and Jackie to the Student Affairs Kliq, a Facebook group for …

brian keiser & the higher ed social merch store

March 29th, 2018

38:39

Brian Keiser is the director of academic advising at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Brian’s path has been a winding one. He originally …

darren stocker & the kick that was needed

March 22nd, 2018

41:15

Darren Stocker is an associate professor and program director at Cape Cod Community College in Massachusetts where he works with students who want to …

janell mora & it’s pi day

March 15th, 2018

45:56

Janell Mora is the Associate Director for International Student Professional Development for Arizona State University. Her position falls in the Career and Professional Development Services office where she works with …

chrissy montelli & the gold lasts forever

March 8th, 2018

34:36

Chrissy Montelli is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst earning a Masters of Fine Arts in writing specializing in poetry. By day, she is a graduate assistant for Student Activities as …

scott grant & letting students drive the bus

March 1st, 2018

44:04

Scott Grant is an assistant professor in the College of Business at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Scott, Jackie and Lougan discuss the …

brenda ice & the award for the most tired

February 21st, 2018

38:12

Can you believe it?  We've made it to episode 100! Our guest this week is Brenda Ice, the director of campus life at Scripps College in Claremont, …

danzel jones & RAs really do leave their residence halls

February 14th, 2018

37:47

Danzel Jones is a Massachusetts transplant at West Virginia State University where he works as a graduate hall director while obtaining his master's degree in media studies. As much as it’s hard to believe, he is a …

big news from higher ed social

February 14th, 2018

We've got some big news for our listeners! Take a listen to this short episode and learn about all the great things happening in 2018 for higher ed social. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Links to …

kevin piotrowski & jackie fills out the fafsa

January 31st, 2018

35:33

This week we’re excited to welcome our first financial aid officer to the show. Kevin Piotrowski is the Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid Systems and Financial Aid Processing at Southern New Hampshire University …

andy brown & the first episode of 2018

January 17th, 2018

33:39

Can you believe it? It's 2018 and our first episode of the year stars Andy Brown, the director of media relations and online content at Kalamazoo …

three years of higher ed social

January 2nd, 2018

15:32

Happy 2018! Jackie and Lougan reflect on the awesome things that happened and some of their favorite moments from 2017. Here's to three years of Higher Ed Social!

Episodes mentioned: 

Bruce Floyd & the Standing Desk

josie ahlquist & seat 8F

December 20th, 2017

53:01

In Episode 96 we chat with Dr. Josie Ahlquist, Digital Research Author, speaker, and instructor at Florida State University. Josie works from home and wears many hats, and we talk about how she makes it all work (hint: …

brock tibert & the data trough

November 22nd, 2017

40:59

We're at episode 95 with Brock Tibert, Vice President of Audience Marketing and Analytics at CollegeWeekLive. We chat about data, data, and more …

mark anbinder & apple carplay

October 25th, 2017

credit: Libris by PhotoShelter

We return from our break this week to welcome back Mark Anbinder, the web communications manager at Cornell University.  We saw Mark just last week at the HighEdWeb Conference in Hartford, …

liz gross & no amazon, i’m not having a baby

September 20th, 2017

21:43

This week on the show, Lougan talks to Dr. Liz Gross, the marketing insights manager at Great Lakes Higher Education. Due to technical issues with the audio file of the original recording, Lougan had to re-record the …

gil rogers & trying on lougan’s clothes

September 5th, 2017

43:06

We all pile into Lougan's closet for episode 92 with Gil Rogers, Director of Marketing at NRCCUA - National Research Center for College and …

jason boucher & the magic of winamp

August 23rd, 2017

40:58

This week we talk to Jason Boucher, the manager of social media at University of New Hampshire. To start the show, we then talk about how Jason got into social media through his local Social Media Club. Jackie and Jason …

hope cooper buckner & the monograms

August 8th, 2017

36:54

Photo: Belmont Photographer

This week we talk to Hope Cooper Buckner, the assistant director of communications at Belmont University.  Aside from …

REBROADCAST: ben lamb & tiny crepes

July 26th, 2017

42:02

It's been a busy last few weeks for us, namely Lougan and his son Simon had birthdays!  So we're taking this week off and rebroadcasting Episode 56 with Ben Lamb, Assistant Director for Student Organizations and …

ben osborne & OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL EPISODE!

July 11th, 2017

34:40

Grab your passports! For the first time we've chatted with someone outside the United States! We didn't pick somewhere close like Canada, Mexico, or even anywhere in Europe. In episode 89, we talk to Ben Osborne, social …

ben luttrull & the fur babies

June 29th, 2017

34:23

In episode 88, we chat with Ben Luttrull, media relations specialist at the University of Southern Indiana. Each of us have a different structure in …

REBROADCAST: tom diroma & the weather of things

June 13th, 2017

38:17

It's new student orientation season, so we're taking a break and rebroadcasting Episode 27 with Tom DiRoma. Back in 2015, Tom had just begun his new …

larry falck & the throwbacks

May 29th, 2017

37:34

We kick off episode 87 by chatting boy bands with Larry Falck, coordinator of digital media at Francis Marion University. Larry's big summer project is switching the FMU website to a new CMS (content management system), …

ryan morejon & the original instagram

May 15th, 2017

40:53

If you've listened to Episode 1 of Higher Ed Social, you may know Ryan Morejon. Why? He was hired as social media specialist soon after the position was discussed on that episode. He has been at the University of …

kara sassone & the karaoke plane

May 2nd, 2017

39:59

Episode 85 welcomes Kara Sassone, web producer and social media specialist at the Northeastern University College of Science. Kara tells us about how …

corey patterson & the hidden immunity idol

April 18th, 2017

37:25

Jackie and Corey Patterson, director of graduate operations at Abliene Christian University, spend most of episode 84 spoiling episodes of Survivor. They discuss the current season and who they see going all the way to …

wayne glass & the pet dinosaur

April 3rd, 2017

31:03

Episode 83 is with Wayne Glass, a Residence Hall Director at Macalester College. Although he's now settled in Minnesota, Wanye has lived and traveled …

meaghan milliorn fikes & getting internet famous

March 18th, 2017

36:09

Episode 82 welcomes Meaghan Milliorn Fikes, who sometimes goes by Meaghan Milliorn, the Online Marketing Manager at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Meaghan is an alumna of UALR, earning both her bachelor's …

geralyn williams & cowboy bebop

March 4th, 2017

36:41

We chat with Geralyn Williams in episode 81, a graduate student at the University of San Diego. She works in community engagement and social justice …

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