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Higher Ed Social

100 EpisodesProduced by Lougan Bishop & Jenna SpinelleWebsite

Hosted by Lougan Bishop and Jenna Spinelle, 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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david mee & rolling with the changes

March 4th, 2021

We’re back! And we have some great episodes in store for you. Thank you to everyone who responded to our requests to be on the show! 

For our first episode of …

REBROADCAST: ravi jain & some bite-sized storytelling

October 9th, 2020


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

democracy works: nancy thomas & higher ed’s civic mission

September 25th, 2020


This week, we’re bringing you an episode from Democracy Works, the podcast Jenna hosts when she’s not on Higher Ed Social. She talks with Nancy Thomas, …

melik khoury & a passion for change

September 21st, 2020


There’s a big stir in central Maine this fall, and Dr. Melik Peter Khoury is in the …

corynn myers & the watermelon bowl

September 4th, 2020


Like a lot of us, Corynn Myers is basically working two jobs right now. She’s serving as the lead on all of the University of Michigan’s COVID-related …

REBROADCAST: luke haumesser & the beepy thing

August 7th, 2020


Episode 33 starts off with an ice breaker, introducing Lucky Luke Haumesser, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Governments at the University at …

jessica depaul & the zombie wedding

July 31st, 2020


By day, Jessica DePaul is the Associate Director for Recruitment Marketing at the New …

jackie watches stuff : top gun

July 24th, 2020


Hey everyone! We wanted to share something special with you this week. Jackie Vetrano, who helped create our show, has started a new podcast called Jackie …

REBROADCAST: leigh hall & the most higher ed title ever

July 17th, 2020


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 …

ron alexander & doing the work

July 10th, 2020


Ron started a new job as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct at Northwestern in May — in the midst of a pandemic and just before …

carah ong whaley & ending systemic racism

June 26th, 2020


While a lot of colleges and universities talk about ending racism and inequality on their campuses, Carah Ong Whaley and her team at JMU dove …

REBROADCAST: junior delgado & the cow pasture

June 19th, 2020


This week we're rebroadcasting Lougan and Jackie's episode with Junior Delgado, the director of the Career Center at Westfield State University. He started as the coordinator of senior programs 18 years ago and nine …

jackie vetrano & a reunion of sorts

June 12th, 2020


This week, Lougan and new Higher Ed Social host Jenna Spinelle catch up with Jackie about what she’s been up to in her new role at UNC and how the …

REBROADCAST: kate post & the deep hole of space

March 19th, 2020


This week, we're rebroadcasting Lougan & Jackie's episode with Kate Post, digital engagement lead at California State University, Chico. She has a master’s degree in Japanese and planned to go into translation work, …

beth wolfe & not the other charleston

March 12th, 2020


This week, Lougan sat down with Beth Wolfe, the executive Vice President for enrollment management at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. …

nikki massaro kauffman & failure is part of growth

March 5th, 2020


This week on the show, Lougan chats with front-end web developer Nikki Massaro Kauffman. She develops open source web components to make Penn State University’s online courses accessible, media rich, and interactive. …

rj thompson & the politics of tenure

January 30th, 2020


This week on the show, we sat down with RJ Thompson, the associate director of student engagement in the College of Business Administration at the …

jenna spinelle & the frozen fountain

January 23rd, 2020


Jenna Spinelle is the communications specialist for the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. She describes herself as a team of one, where she handles digital content and media outreach. She is also host of …

russell lowery-hart & empowering students to succeed

January 16th, 2020


This week we discuss the barriers faced by low-income students with Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, president of the Amarillo College. In his time as …

brendan foley & this is 2020

January 9th, 2020


This week, Lougan talks with Brendan Foley, the director of communications for the Morehead-Cain Foundation at the University of North Carolina at …

jackie vetrano & five years of higher ed social

December 19th, 2019


If you can believe it, it’s the FIVE YEAR anniversary of Higher Ed Social! To celebrate, host emerita Jackie Vetrano is back on the show this week. It’s been a semester of change for her as she recently graduated with a …

martha saunders & what it’s like to be president

December 12th, 2019


Have you ever wondered what it's like to be university president? This week on the show, Lougan talks with Dr. Martha Saunders, President of the University of West Florida. In her more than three decades in higher …

kevin singer & the IDEALS research

December 5th, 2019


Kevin Singer is a PhD student in higher education at North Carolina State University where he serves as a Research Associate for the Interfaith …

REBROADCAST: james stafford & that feeling you get from an excel spreadsheet

November 21st, 2019


We're taking a little break from recording the next couple of weeks, so enjoy Jackie and Lougan's episode with James Stafford! 

James Stafford is the director of marketing and public relations at the University of Mary …

jason miller & the groundhog

November 14th, 2019


Jason Miller is the digital specialist at York University in Toronto, Canada. As part of the central communications office, Jason’s has his hands in a lot of digital work, but his primary job is to develop the …

cathy dunn & the journey of a librarian

November 7th, 2019


Cathy Dunn is an acquisitions librarian at her alma mater, Mississippi State University. Lougan and Cathy talk about how she chose her career and the way digital information has changed the landscape of being a …

eric stoller & the lunch episode

October 31st, 2019


Eric Stoller is the vice president of digital strategy at GeckoEngage. You may know him from his articles on Inside Higher Ed, his speaking …

#heweb19 & the return of the golden nuggets

October 24th, 2019


What's better than actually going to the HighEdWeb Conference? Recording an episode with your friends that actually went! At least that's what Lougan is telling himself this week as he welcomes Jackie and Jon-Stephen …

REBROADCAST: jon mcbride & the sesquicentennial episode

October 17th, 2019


It's been a crazy week, and we'll be back next week with a new episode. For now, enjoy this rebroadcast episode with Jon McBride!

Jon McBride works at Brigham Young University as the media relations and social media …

ashley alvarado & the love of teaching

October 10th, 2019


Ashley Alvarado is a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina where she serves as a teaching assistant while obtaining her Ph. D in …

lougan & the amazing emma hawes

October 3rd, 2019


Back in January of 2018, Emma Hawes joined the Higher Ed Social podcast team with episode 97. This week, Lougan sat down with her to chat about how …

amber owens & let’s get this bread

September 26th, 2019


Amber Owens is the social media manager for Indiana Institute of Technology. Amber graduated in 2016 and like many new graduates drifted around from …

REBROADCAST: lisa catto & sixty hour minutes

August 22nd, 2019


The start of the academic year is upon us! We hope you're enjoying welcoming students both new and old to your campus. Because of all the craziness …

chris d’orso & the long story

August 15th, 2019


This week, we welcome back the amazing Chris D'Orso. Since he was on the show back in 2015, Chris has move to SUNY College at Brockport where he is …

toby stapelton & the state of graduate education

August 8th, 2019


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 about the rise of hybrid professional graduate programs and the …

ravi jain & some bite-sized storytelling

August 2nd, 2019


Ravi Jain from Boston College joins us on the show this week! Ravi serves as the Senior Associate Director of Digital Media & Web at Boston …

dave eng & the power of gaming

July 19th, 2019


This week, Dave Eng returns to the show! Since his first episode, Dave has finished his doctorate and serves as a clinical professor & …

REBROADCAST: andy shaw & the mommy blogs

July 11th, 2019


It's vacation time, so we're taking a break this week. In the mean time, enjoy Lougan and Jackie's episode with Andy Shaw! We'll be back next week. 

Get ready for a VERY lively episode this week. Lougan and Jackie talked …

kelsey ryan & the whereabouts of zac efron

July 4th, 2019


Kelsey Ryan the coordinator of fraternity and sorority life at University of Memphis. After deciding that pharmacy school wasn’t for her, she chose a …

shanna carmack & the tape deck editor

June 27th, 2019


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 acclimated as a new director in her first year at a university and …

coby dillard & the student veterans

June 20th, 2019


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 yeoman, and after leaving the Navy, he decided to take advantage …

melissa mae cheater & the power of maple syrup

June 13th, 2019


For our second international episode we sat down with Melissa Mae Cheater, the digital content manager at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Melissa is also the founder of #PSEWEB (Post Secondary Education …

todd sanders & ryan morejon is on a pontoon boat

June 6th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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