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It has been awhile…

January 18th, 2016 | Posted by Hollie Chessman in 2016 - (Comments Off on It has been awhile…)

So since that “Epic Day” in July when I defended my dissertation – a lot has happened.  I started my post-doc at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC as a Graduate Research Associate.  I have been learning a lot, and have really enjoyed the experience.

Things I have discovered:

  1.  I like commuting (at least in DC).  Riding the metro to and from the city is not so bad.  It beats trying to operate a car in DC.  It is great when my colleague and I carpool, and I get to be her +1 for 66 after 495!
  2. I am have learned how to operate NVivo – which is a qualitative software.  What has been great about this — is that it has opened my eyes to other ways to approach research.  My colleague Lindsay Wayt and I did a blog on TheDemands.org website — and we worked hard to capture the demands students are making on college campuses across the nation related to diversity, social justice and inclusivity.  NVivo was key to making that happen. You can check that blog here!
  3. I am taking things a day at a time.  While my internship is done at the end of April, and I don’t have a full-time position — yet…. I have faith that my efforts in applying and networking will work out.
  4. I have lots of presentations to give in March in April!  I am headed to ACPA and NASPA to talk about my research on student affairs and well-being.  At AERA I will be talking about my research on students affairs and well-being, as well as my new research on graduate student choice.  Dr. Jaime Lester and Amy Gillies and I will be presenting in DC in April.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to talk about all this great stuff!
  5. I like working in higher education policy and research.  While there are times I miss the energy of a college campus, and talking with students.  The ability to make a contribution and help colleagues make contributions to higher education research is rewarding.  I like having a macro-level view.  If I do end up back in the academy as a practitioner or scholar, I hope to maintain a macro-level view of what is happening in higher education.

Send some positive vibes in my direction as the job search is off to a start!  If you hear or anything or would like to send something my way — please do: holliemchessman@gmail.com


Epic Day

August 4th, 2015 | Posted by Hollie Chessman in Aug 2015 - (Comments Off on Epic Day)

July 22nd, 2015 was an epic day.  It was the day that I presented my dissertation research to my committee, family and friends.  I talked about well-being and student affairs professionals, and the limited amount of research there is on the holistic well-being of these professionals.  My dissertation was based on the data of 2,414 student affairs professionals and their reported levels of well-being and their satisfaction with different work-life variables.  In the next several months, I am going to be releasing what I found through presentations, publications and blog posts.

I think some of the results are going to change the conversations we are having about work-life balance in our profession.  It is also going to change the conversation we have about autonomy and gratitude.  Well-being is a concept important to all of us – whether we are in student affairs or not.  But it is especially important to student affairs professionals because they are the care-givers and the ‘boots on the ground’ for students who are struggling and need support.

I look forward to sharing the results.  I think it is my responsibility to share these results.  I hope you will be interested and that you will share with your colleagues.

Oh, it was also an epic day because I became Dr. Chessman.