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Higher Ed Social

51 EpisodesProduced by Lougan Bishop & Jenna SpinelleWebsite

Hosted by Lougan Bishop and Jenna Spinelle, Higher Ed Social is a bi-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 conversatio… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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liz gross & tuning out the noise

March 18th, 2021


Dr. Liz Gross returns to the show to talk with Jenna about what’s happening at Campus Sonar, the company she founded to help organizations throughout higher ed harness the power of social listening. We talk about how …

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 2021, Lougan and Jenna are joined by David Mee, vice …

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 Associate Director of Digital Media & Web at Boston …

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, director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, an …

melik khoury & a passion for change

September 21st, 2020


There’s a big stir in northern Maine this fall, and Dr. Melik Khoury is in the middle of it. As President of Unity College, he recently announced a …

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 communications and managing a team that’s part of Michigan’s …

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 Buffalo. After our ice breaker session, we’re comfortable enough …

jessica depaul & the zombie wedding

July 31st, 2020


By day, Jessica DePaul is the Associate Director for Recruitment Marketing at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She previously worked at …

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 Watches Stuff. As you might know from previous episodes of …

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 the University of South Florida, she realized she wanted to be …

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 …

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 …

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