Monday, December 14, 2015

Position Open at CPE



Title of Position: Senior Associate, Academic Affairs

Period: Full time state government non-merit position

Starting Date: Open until filled, 1st date for submissions to be reviewed will be 

Compensation: Competitive salary and state benefits

The Council on Postsecondary Education coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky's postsecondary education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. The Council is a statewide coordinating agency.

The Senior Associate will work within the division of the Vice President and Academic Affairs to assist with academic programming, evaluation, review of faculty qualifications, and will take a lead role in several specific academic programming initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assume a lead role in managing a portfolio of programs and initiatives related to the new State-wide Strategic Agenda
  • Support the division of academic affairs and assist with academic program planning,program review, program evaluation/assessment
  • Identify opportunities for research, state-wide grants, and facilitate regional stewardship,
  • Coordinate targeted academic summits and work cooperatively with programs of 
  • Identify and facilitate strategies to lead under-represented minority and low-income student success initiatives
  • Work cooperatively with state-wide constituency, higher education campus personnel, and other stakeholders for special initiatives
  • Conduct periodic research into academic affairs initiatives and provide Council leadership with policy suggestions and background information
  • Direct/lead periodic site visits to campuses for project completion
  • Produce research and data presentations for Council staff and give presentations to stakeholders in higher education and in other public settings
  • Track national, state, and regional data sources and make information available to Council staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Doctoral degree in the Social Sciences, Higher Education, Educational Administration, Grant Writing, Evaluation, or Public Policy, with three or more years of responsible experience on a college/university campus 
  • Experience with teaching and administrative functions in a higher education environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a desire to work as part of a team and to interact with multiple constituencies of the higher education community
  • The ability to prioritize competing demands in a changing, collaborative environment 
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures
  • Experience with evaluation and grant writing/administration
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, writing, and communication skills

Contact Information:

Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the 
responsibilities and qualifications of the position; a curriculum vita or resume; and, the names, titles, and contact information (phone and email) for at least three professional references to:

Rebecca Bowman, Human Resources

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education 

1024 Capital Center Dr., Ste. 320

Frankfort, KY 40601

The Council on Postsecondary Education is an equal opportunity employer.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Kudos to Caroline

Congratulations to Caroline Reisner (EdD Cohort 3) on the publication of her paper originally entitled, "Could Co-curricular Activities be the Formula for Math?" on Edutopia:

Caroline developed this essay as part of Dr. Jim Breslin's section of EPE672 College Teaching and Learning.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Consulting Job Opportunity for PhD Students

From EPE alum, Kayla:

I have been doing some consulting work with an organization called Thrival Academies. Thrival is looking to start another project that looks at the impact of international experiences on pre-service teachers. Since I am already on a project for them (looking at impacts of study abroad on high schoolers), they've asked me if I could put them in contact with other PhD students who could do similar work. They want someone who could spend some time getting to know the org (via phone interviews with leaders and the like) and construct an assessment tool that evaluates learning growth that aligns with their identified SLOs.

If you (or maybe you know somebody who) would be interested in pursuing a consulting job like this (for pay), I can provide some more info and put you in contact with the people at Thrival. Just let me know! And feel free to send this through the listserv! 

All my love to Kentucky!

Kayla M. Johnson
Managing Editor, American Journal of Education
Co-Editor, AJE Forum
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow
Embedded Programs Intern, Global Penn State

PhD Candidate, Higher Education &
Comparative and International Education
The Pennsylvania State University
Twitter: @EduAbroadKayla

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Congrats to EPE students and alumni

The EdD in EPE cohorts were well represented at this spring's KCTCS New Horizons Conference.  Alyssa Young (EPSE-Cohort 1) won a systemwide award for excellence in staff administration.  Bonita Tyler (Cohort 3), Mason Tudor (Cohort 2), and Karen Hlinka (Cohort 1) all won awards for excellence on their respective campuses.  And Mark Hundley (Cohort 1) was recognized for his excellent work at the system office.  Kudos to you all! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Mike Rosenberg on his successful defense last week.  His dissertation, Generational Differences in Transfer Capital Among Community College Students, adds to our knowledge of differences among older students in navigating the transfer pathway.  Mike is the first of EdD Cohort Two to make it to the finish line...well done!

And Kudos to Dr. Laura Wyly who defended her dissertation, Gender Discrimination and Title IX Implementation: Lessons From the Office for Civil Rights Resolution Letters 1997-2011, yesterday afternoon.  Ripped from the headlines, Laura's work helps us understand the social construction of gender discrimination and the changing environment for higher education institutions seeking to provide safe climates for students to learn.  Thanks to Neal Hutchens for calling in yet again from Pennsylvania...we miss you Neal. 

And be looking for great work from Robert Hayes in the coming year as he begins his dissertation study examining the relationships between independent and county high schools and their Appalachian communities.  Robert successfully passed his qualification exam for doctoral candidacy last week.

It's a wonderful time in the EPE neighborhood.  Kudos to all!
Dr. Jane McEldowney Jensen
Associate Professor
Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation
University of Kentucky

EPE Year-End Potluck: Friday, May 1, 6-9pm

Happy End of the Year, EPEers!

Come congratulate our new graduates and celebrate the end of another great semester downtown with your fellow classmates and faculty members! Please bring your favorite adult beverages and/or a dish to share for the potluck.

Friday, May 1, 6:00-9:00PM
(After 9PM, we can all head down to the NoLi Night Market)

Lounge in the Park Plaza Apartments
120 E Main St  
Lexington, KY 40507
(Next to the downtown library)

Hope to see you all there!