Join hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they speak with ACPA Convention Chair–Kristan Skendall, ACPA President–Kent Porterfield, and 2015 Technology/Innovation Chair-Joe Ginese as they discuss some of the exciting initiatives planned this week in Tampa. Learn how to best plan your schedule, connect with others, and dip your toe in to new learning and experiences. If you’re not attending, learn how to engage and learn from home and contribute to the conversation. We’ll also explore hotspots and best places to eat in the Tampa area.

Hope you join us. As always, please tweet your questions and comments to #HigherEdLive during the show and we’ll do our best to incorporate them into the show.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Kristan Skendall

Kristan Cilente Skendall is the Convention Chair for  ACPA 2015 in Tampa. She completed her doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park in the College Student Personnel program and works as the Associate Director of the Gemstone Program, a four-year undergraduate research program in the Honors College at the University of Maryland.

Professionally, Kristan has worked at Georgetown University, the U.S. Department of Education, and at ACPA-College Student Educators International. Kristan’s served as the Senior Coordinator for Community Service-Learning in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, where she coordinated the Alternative Spring Break program in its initial years on campus. She has published several articles and book chapters. Follow Kristan on twitter at @kskendall.


Kent Porterfield

Kent Porterfield is Vice President for Student Development at Saint Louis University and President of the American College Personnel Association. He earned his Ed.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northwest Missouri State University. Kent is also a member of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Missouri College Personnel Association, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. His career spans 26 years, and he has been recognized for his contributions to the student affairs field on numerous occasions, including as an ACPA Diamond Honoree, Outstanding ACPA State Division President, Missouri College Personnel Association Richard Caple Award recipient, and ACPA Annuit Coeptis – Senior Professional. Connect with him on Twitter at @DrKPorterfield or @acpaprez.


Joe Ginese

As an MBA trained, entrepreneurial minded, and education focused professional, Joe Ginese has taken his curiosity to task in efforts to advocate for the reinvention of learning experiences and innovation within higher education. Some call Joe an instigator while others describe him as an innovator. He considers himself a champion for change. He studied human resource management and management information systems at Nichols College in Dudley, MA and earned his MBA with a focus on Management from Fairfield University. Currently, Joe is serving as the technology/innovation chair for the ACPA 2015 convention. He tweets most with @JoeGinese, writes sometimes at, and is most likely to be tweeting, writing or reading about psychology, sociology, consumer behavior, creativity, learning, teaching, and storytelling.