Professional Employment

2002-present Professor and Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (appointed to Erickson Chair, 2005-2008), Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University. Tenured position with responsibilities primarily for teaching graduate students and conducting research. Courses: Doctoral Proseminar in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education; Teaching in Postsecondary Education; Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum; Research Strategies; Higher Education Change and Transformation. Research interests: Faculty Careers, Faculty Professional Development, Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Settings; Organizational Change and Transformation. I have chaired more than 30 successfully completed dissertations during my career.
2008- Director, Institute for Higher Education in the Global Context. Appointed by the Provost to develop a university-wide institute. Planning Year, 2008-2009.
1993-2002 Associate Professor, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE), Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University.
1999-present Core Faculty Member, African Studies Center, Michigan State University.
Jan.-Dec. 1998 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Selected by 1998 the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board for a Teaching/Research Fulbright Fellowship. Worked in the Centre for Organisational and Academic Development, leading seminars and consulting about teaching and learning and organizational change. Also visited and led seminars at one dozen other universities and technikons in South Africa.
1994-1997 Program Coordinator, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program (HALE), Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University. Responsible for leading the faculty in offering a Ph.D. Program, a Master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education, and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs.
1991-1993 Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University.
1987-1991 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. I held a non-tenure-track position primarily supported by grant money that I secured. Primary work involved research, with some teaching responsibility. Courses taught: College and University Administration, Educational Research Methods, College and University Teaching, and College Student Personnel Services.
1986-1987 Visiting Scholar, Department of Educational Leadership, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Primary work involved research and some teaching as described above.
1984-1986 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education, Oklahoma State University. Course responsibilities: Organizational Theory in Education, History of Higher Education, Effective Teaching in Colleges and Universities.
1983 Graduate Research Associate, School of Education, The University of Michigan. Participated in a research team that developed a proposal on professional education. Also handled administrative details pertaining to the research.
1980-1983 Graduate Assistant to the Dean, School of Education, The University of Michigan. Provided staff assistance to the Dean in many administrative areas. Collected and analyzed data and prepared reports pertaining to the School of Education. Coordinated administration of the Spencer Foundation Seed Grant Program at the University. Conducted a survey and analyzed data from 2500 alumni of the School of Education. Participated in conducting and analyzing a survey of 6000 graduates of The University of Michigan who hold teaching certification.
1980 Statistics Laboratory Counselor, Office of Research Services, School of Education, The University of Michigan.
1977-1979 Admissions Counselor, St. Lawrence University.
1977 Program Director, Syracuse University Pre-College Summer Program, Syracuse University.
1976-1977 Graduate Assistant to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Education, Syracuse University.